Riu Guanacaste

Riu Guanacaste Hotel is a superb modern resort on Costa Rica's north-west coast. Offering many on site activities, including tennis, swimming and volleyball, Guanacaste enjoys a less humid climate than the rest of Costa Rica, making it a popular destination for young and old alike.

The best time of year to enjoy the hotel
There are no really bad times to visit Guanacaste, but those seeking a true beach experience should head over during the "dry" season between November and April. Expect hot, dry conditions that are ideal for perfecting that tan, playing golf or taking a dip in the swimming pool. During the dry season, the tourist attractions of the region will be up and running, with everything available for you to have as relaxing a trip as you wish.

The "wet" season is still a fine time to fly out to Guanacaste, however. From around May until November, the tropical rains bring a wonderful natural diversity into bloom. For those seeking the full spectrum of colour, the widest possible range of animal life to see, and lush green hills that make perfect holiday snaps, then could be the right time to book. The weather is still warm enough to enjoy surfing and swimming, but Guanacaste the natural attractions of Guanacaste can really shine, and with fewer visitors, crowds are thinner and sight-seeing can be more pleasant.

Getting to the resort is easy at any time of year. Most visitors arrive by plane at nearby Liberia Airport, and take buses or taxis to the resort. But you can also find many hire car businesses in the town of Liberia, as well as maps in local tourist information centres. Driving gives you much more flexibility in visiting local attractions and is well worth considering.

A treasure trove of delights in the area

There are plenty of activities to enjoy and places to visit in the area around the Riu Guanacaste Hotel. Whether you love the outdoors or the tranquility of the beach you will find something that excites you.

With beautiful terrain and many successful stables, the Guanacaste area is heaven for horse and pony enthusiasts. Book lessons and head out on the trails at professionally run private ranches. Or visit one of the many adventure centres in the countryside. Try zip-lining, rapelling or whitewater rafting in breath-taking surroundings. There are few better ways to see local beauty spots like Rincon de la Vieja than with expert adventure companies who let you combine enjoyment of nature with the thrills of adventure.

Take a tour of one of Guanacaste's nature reserves and see the heart of Costa Rica. The country is proud of its natural wonders, and near to Riu Guanacaste you will be able to spot exotic animals, from charismatic tapirs to gorgeous birds. Stumble upon natural wonders like the Viento Fresco Waterfall and take the plunge into the pure mountain waters. Or reach some of the country's least visited, but most wonderful beaches via the nature reserves. Secluded coves like Nancite are only reachable through the Santa Rosa National Park, so fuse your love of nature with your passion for the beach in a perfect day out.

Hotel air view the Pool

Guanacaste resort is also a fabulous place to enjoy an active holiday. Play golf at the fabulous Reserva Conchal course, rent tennis courts or enjoy water sports like water-skiing or paragliding. Head out snorkelling or scuba diving to see the spectacular marine life or just spend your time relaxing with a favourite book on the pristine tropical beaches. And surf fans, don't forget to try the region's famous waves. There are surf shops and tutors on hand to initiate learners, and waves that will satisfy the experienced.

A classic destination

So if you are looking for a natural extravaganza or just a week on an idyllic tropical beach, Guanacaste may be the perfect destination. Every day can involve a new activity and be packed with beautiful sights, all from the comfort of a world-class hotel.

Making the most of your time

Whether you are travelling in a large group or enjoying a romantic break away, the complex and surroundings of Riu Guanacaste offer visitors a warm welcome with fine dining, night life and attractions to suit every taste. When you arrive, ask the concierge for particular highlights of the season; depending on when you are visiting, this could be a placid boat trip to a secluded cove or the lively celebrations of Costa Rica's Independence Day in September. At Hotel Riu Guanacaste the dining options are mouth watering: from Furama's Asian fusion buffet to the fine dining of Tucan, seafood is always a speciality in Costa Rica and your pleasure will be so much the better for it. Enjoy your stay.

** This website is not a part of the official RIU website **

Address: Playa Matapalo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
Telephone: (011)-(506) 2681-2300
Email: hotel.guanacaste@riu.com

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