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Take A Winter Break In Punta Guiones, Costa Rica

By Edited Dec 20, 2013 0 0

Punta Guiones (pronounce "Gee-Own-Ees") is a small beach town in Costa Rica located along the Pacific coast, in the province of Guanacaste. It is small, quiet and not over-developed. If you are looking for a relaxing place to visit, this might be the place for you.

There are two main airports in Costa Rica.  You can fly to the capital, San José, or to the northern town of Liberia.  You can then fly in a smaller plane to the airport in Nosara, and from there take a bus to Guiones.  You can also take a bus or rent a car in San José or Liberia.

There are several options for accommodation.  You can stay in one of several hotels in the area, or rent a vacation home or apartment.  For a really relaxed vacation I recommend renting a home or apartment.  Buy some groceries in Nosara and then spend your days walking barefoot down the dirt roads through the village to the beach.

There are lots of things to do in Punta Guiones, and you can be as active or lazy as you like. The beach is the primary attraction. It is good for swimming or for surfing.  You can rent a surf board from many locations, and you can get surf lessons from one of several surf schools, or from one of the local surfers that you will likely run into.  You can also just lie around the pool at your rental house and suntan.

There are horse rentals just off the main road (which is gravel), between Guiones and Nosara.  The guided rides lead through the jungle and down along the beach. The jungle path follows the Nosara river, and offers opportunities to see all sorts of wildlife, from tropical birds to monkeys to alligators.

You can also go on a zip line tour. This adventure takes place in the hills over Punta Guiones and consists of riding cables strung through the canopy of the of the tropical dry rainforest that naturally occurs in the area. It is an exhilarating activity, and again, you'll see all kinds of monkeys and birds.  You'll also get some great views of the beach and surrounding areas.

If you rent a car and go at the right time you can also see mass beach landings of sea turtles.  To do this you actually have to drive north of Punta Guiones and visit the little town of Playa Ostional.  The Ostional Wildlife Refuge begins at Punta Guiones and stretches north, through Playa Nosara, all the way to Ostional. Mass landings called "arribadas" occur with as many as 500,000 female turtles visiting the beach to lay their eggs.  The best time to see the arribadas is between July and December of each year, but they do occur all year-long.

If all you want to do is relax then Punta Guiones will also work for you.  I like to stay in a beach house close to the little town, throw away my shoes, and walk around in shorts and barefeet for the duration. I usually go to Rosi's Soda Tica for breakfast. If you're looking for a gourmet experience, look elsewhere, but if you want a hearty breakfast of gallo pinto and eggs with some strong coffee, this is the place.  They also have fresh juices and smoothies. For lunches and dinner there are lots of other small restaurants ranging from relatively cheap  through to expensive.

The Frog Pad provides internet access if you don't have a computer.  If you do bring the laptop you should make sure that you have reliable internet access at your rental. This is important to me because Punta Guiones is a relaxing place to work from if you have to. This may seem to conflict with a beach vacation, but for many people the ability to work remotely enables them to enjoy vacations that they would otherwise have to do without.   In fact, if you can get internet access it's possible to visit Guiones and relax without your boss even knowing about it!

 

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