Playa Panama Area Guide

Hacienda Del Mar is located in the fastest growing tourist area in Costa Rica, named the Gold Coast. This area is the focal point of the renowned area of The Gulf of Papagayo; just 7 minutes from the first private hospital outside the nation's capital, Hospital CIMA, and only 15 minutes from the Liberia International Airport Daniel Oduber (LIR). Many already enjoy traveling directly from, Berlin, Brussels, Panama, New York, Houston, Atlanta, Miami as well as non-stop winter flights from Minneapolis and Denver into Liberia. This point of access makes this tropical, yet exotic destination a must see and experience, for first time travelers as well as dedicated ones. Many adventures await you, from extreme sports to just plain relaxation. Costa Rica offers an array of multiple activities from world class sports fishing, to golfing, to canopying, to surfing, to yoga, or outstanding nature exposure to the consistent warm climate, mellow mountains, and gentle oceans. But what is a destination without wonderful hospitality, in Costa Rica only a smile awaits you to provide the most memorable time during your stay!

The Province

Guanacaste is the most diverse province of the country, hospitality at the forefront. Vast and extensive land with defined coasts, surrounded by a belt of mountainous terrain, and valleys allow nature to provide an extensive abundance of fauna and flora. Defined by two distinct sea- sons six months in length, one of luscious green vegetation caused by sporadic rainfall during the rainy season, and another by the dry tropical weather with countless days without a cloud in the sky making this destination particularly special, and guaranteeing days with unobstructed sunshine. Many Central American tribes used Guanacaste as the passage way due to its abundance in coast and accessibility to hunting and fishing. Many tribes settled in this area to call it their home, the gentle climate, and the rich soil made many establish also in agriculture and later with cattle. The only true cowboy in Costa Rica is found on this land, the sabanero, and the pride is celebrated with numerous festivities that today still include rodeo, cattle auctions, traditional dishes, and trade. Every little town will save to be able to hold these festivities that are sought after by the local population and many visitors. Large festivities of this same nature are held by the capital of Santa Cruz and Liberia the second largest city in the Province, there the cities are dressed to serve their visitors, with many activities including amusement park games enjoyed by all ages. Guanacaste, still has many rural areas that can be explored as well as gorgeous National Parks that await all visitors, from beach reserves Playa Junquillal to dry tropical forests Parque Nacional Palo Verde where the outmost amount of bird species are observed in the country, as well as the magnificent volcano Parque Nacional Rincon De La Vieja just 1 hr away with thermal pools, wonderful walking trails for all ages and fauna observation. Another well known attraction are the caves of Barra Honda which host many visitors as they are considered unique in their formations.

The Country

Costa Rica is a small country, about the size of West Virginia, located in lower Central America between Nicaragua and Panama. It has coasts on both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The central part of the country is made up of a series of volcanic mountains and raincloud forests. Costa Rica contains less than 5% of the earth's land mass, but is home to over 20% of the bio-diversity in flora and in fauna. Over 25% of the entire country is deeded as national parks of protected green zones. Costa Rica, is one of the most sustainable geared countries in Latin America. At the forefront of ecotourism, Costa Rica has an amazing amount of destinations in such a small territory from lava active volcanos, to wonderful parks and protected areas for the enjoyment of all.