I started my travel to the Costa Rica Pacific Coast three days ago. I traveled with some friends to Jacó Beach first, just to kick off this part of our adventure trip in Costa Rica. After spending two days in Jacó and neighbor beaches Herradura and Hermosa, we were ready to depart to Guanacaste, in the North Pacific.
Our stay in Jaco was very fun: after a first day of our Costa Rica surfing trip, and chilling in downtown Jacó, we went surfing to Hermosa early in the second day. You can get amazing waves there, with the strong currents of this area, but less crowded than in Jacó. Hermosa beach is perfect for surfers.
Moving on Herradura later that day, we catched the last waves of the day and another beautiful sunset, and even stayed there for a quick taste of the nightlife in Herradura. We went back to Jaco, where things can get rowdy at night, and you will always find some club scene action if that’s what you look for.
But now is time to continue our trip and go to Liberia, our first stop in Guanacaste, before heading southwest to some of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches. Liberia is 4 hours from San José, traveling through the North Panamerican Highway section in Costa Rica. Liberia is the biggest city in Guanacaste, just one hour before the Nicaraguan-Costa Rican border. In some ways, it is similar to some of the metro area cities. There’s a lot of commercial activity, with malls and movie theaters, and a bunch of Costa Rica hotels, so you won’t have issues finding lodging.
During the day, from Liberia you can go to every destination in Guanacaste: the international airport, just outside downtown; the Papagayo Gulf, where some Costa Rica luxury hotels are located; Playas del Coco, a very popular spot for party goers and surfers; or travel a bit more and go to high value, popular places like Flamingo, Tamarindo, and Langosta beach, Along the Guanacaste Pacific Coast, you will find a lot of less crowded, beautiful beaches. At night, there’s a chance to go out in Liberia and visit restaurants, clubs and bars. As one of my pals said, if this is your first time in Guanacaste, you gotta stop by Liberia and see what it has to offer.