Costa Rica's Guanacaste province is heralded as the "next Hawaii," with a tremendous building boom that includes five-star hotels, all-inclusive resorts and large condominium projects. Expansion of the Daniel Oduber International Airport in the capital city of Liberia has helped fuel this phenomenon.
Some of Costa Rica's most beautiful and expansive beaches are located in Guanacaste, and many of them have black volcanic sand. The contrast of these ebony-sand beaches with sparkling blue waves crashing on them, bordered by verdant forest, is striking. Some of them, such as Tamarindo, are favorites of the surfing crowd.
The forests that abound in Guanacaste are dry tropical forests as opposed to tropical rain forests found in the rest of the country. The weather is drier than the rest of the country and subject to drought. Along with cattle ranches, the province has a large cowboy population.
The city of Nicoya, located in the middle of the Nicoya Peninsula, is considered a center of arts and crafts for the Province of Guanacaste.
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