Cultural Cities of Guanacaste Costa Rica
National Folklore City Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is known as Costa Rica’s folkloric town and is considered to be the second most important town in Guanacaste. Due to its great cultural richness, Santa Cruz was declared the National Folklore City of Costa Rica by the Central American Institute of Tourism.
This small town is known for its civic festivities, rodeos and typical Costa Rican food. Santa Cruz is a ‘must see’ town when visiting the area, and it’s close to many beautiful Guanacaste beaches such as Potrero, Conchal, Brasilito, Grande, Tamarindo, Langosta, Avellana and more.
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Liberia is known as "The White City". Liberia is known for its folklore and customs, as well as for its great development in the past decade and its convenient proximity to most of Guanacaste’s greatest beaches and resorts.
The town is centered around the Plaza Central with its modern church as the main centerpiece. There are also several older buildings and around town, you will find many Guanacaste trees, the national Costa Rican tree.
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Nicoya is the major town of the Nicoya Peninsula and the cultural center of the province of Guanacaste. It was Costa Rica's first colonial city and features the oldest church in Costa Rica.
The San Blas parish church was founded in 1644 and houses today a small museum with ancient religious artifacts. In front of the church is the small but lovely central park of Nicoya. It is shaded by huge old trees and is a favorite place for meeting and relaxing in the middle of the commercial center.
People from the whole surrounding area, including beach villages nearby, come to Nicoya on a regular basis to do their shopping or to deal with their legal and banking needs. The town also hosts the court, and the biggest hospital of the Nicoya Peninsula. Despite its great importance, Nicoya is still a small and pleasant town.
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