First Rush of Tourists Head into Guanacaste, Costa Rica
The loll of the rainy season has passed, and waves of tourists are hitting beaches like Nosara and Samara in the northwest province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
The rainy season may be the best time if you are the kind of person that doesn’t like to stand in lines, but if you are a people person, as many are, then hop on a plane and head to Guanacaste, Costa Rica. There are plenty of people heading into the beaches and mountain resorts that Costa Rica is so well known for. The prospect of a subzero winter sounds foreboding for folks in the northern US states as well as for the Canadian neighbors to the north.
Last year’s average number of visitors was up 5.4% from 2013 for the first half of 2014. 1,391,617 people made their way to Costa Rica in the first six months of 2014. Costa Rica can likely expect a similar trend with the results of latest Bing search polls. Bing revealed that Costa Rica was the number one travel destination searched for in 2014 beating out traditionally popular locations such as Paris and Jamaica.
Since the beaches were last packed by vacationing Costa Ricans at the end of the Christmas holiday, the beaches have been seeing an upswing in foreign visitors. They’re coming for the surf; for yoga on the beach; for zip-line trips in the canopies of trees; for the spa treatments of resort hotels; for warmth. The locals are appreciative of the returning guests who are flooding hotels to the point that some backpackers have been asking if they can set up tents in hotel yards. Before hitting the beaches along the Pacific Coast in Guanacaste, you may want to check the availability of rooms. Everything is selling out and fast.
As the droves of tourists make their way into Costa Rica for the 2015 dry season, locals are gearing up to accommodate their visitors. Restaurants are prepping their kitchens, hotels are flipping their mattresses and the tour guides are prepping their vans, horses and ropes in order to make your Costa Rica adventure a fantastic one.