The Northern Plains showcases some of our most scenic countryside and small towns. Only a two-hour drive from San Jose, small agriculture communities and cattle ranches cover rolling hills and deep valleys. Known as the heart of Costa Rica, you’ll find a strong cultural identity here. The plains, rivers and most importantly the people make the north central a must-see in any Costa Rica program. The main attraction is the Arenal Volcano which is the youngest and most active in Costa Rica.
Guanacaste’s hot, dry climate makes the region a popular escape for those suffering cold winter months in the northern latitudes. Its white-sand coast is often regarded as one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful, and the beaches offer many accommodations. Visitors to the region can take surf lessons and enjoy an active nightlife at the regional hub of Tamarindo; embark on an arduous volcano hike and explore refreshing waterfalls at Rincon de la Vieja National Park; or enjoy a day of relaxation and reading on the glamorous Playa Conchal.