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The scenery of the Nicoya peninsulas coastline is magnificent with is extending beaches, mangrove forests with high biological diversity, serrated islands and dramatic cliffs. The dense, green hills sloping down to the cost hides secret bays and beaches. Sea turtles use many of the beaches as nurseries, and the area is so little developed that you guaranteed will find a beach of your own.

The larger part of the peninsula belongs to the Guanacaste province, with its rolling hills, cattle farming ranches and savannahs. The cultural and economical heritage of the province is based partly on cattle farming, hence pastures define much of the landscape. The people who today inhabit the province are tied to old bloodlines and live and work on the cusp between two cultures. Local cowboys (sabaneros) allows for the illusion that little have changed in the last three centuries. They still herd flocks of cattle grazing on the savannas.

Guanacaste`s climate is in total contrast to the rest of the country. For half the year (Des-Apr) the plain receive no rain, and the dry season usually lingers longer than elsewhere in Costa Rica. Then deciduous dry forests undergo a dramatic seasonal transformation, the purple jacaranda, pink and white meadow oak, yellow corteza amarilla and many more – the forest exploding in Monet colors in the midst of drought. Far rarer than rainforest, the tropical dry forest are significantly more endangered. These forests once covered much of the northwest pacific lowlands; however most of them were cleared long ago to create cattle pastures. But in Guanacaste many pastures now returns to forests, or are transformed to tree plantations.