History: Guanacaste & Nicoya
The History of Samara is really the history of Guanacaste. This goes back more than 10,000 years, before the Spanish invasion. The Guanacaste region was populated by indigenous people, mostly the Chorotegas. Their life style was mainly based on agriculture, with corn as the principal crop. The presence and traditions of the Chorotegas can still be seeing all over this province, especially in terms of the high quality pottery they produced. The Pale Verde trip offered by Samara Beach tours stops to see some of the pottery of the Chorotegas.
Guanacaste was originally part of Nicaragua when the parts of Central American countries broke away from Spanish rule. In 1824 the locals of Guanacaste asked that they be allowed to join Costa Rica. As a great example of democracy, Guanacaste's people officially voted to be part of Costa Rica on July 25, 1825. To this day, July 25 is known as Guanacaste Day and is celebrated throughout Costa Rica with traditional events. This annexation was very influential in forming most of Costa Rican folklore and tradition.
The Guanacaste province is bordered by two mountain ranges, the Cordillera de Tilaran and the Cordillera de Guanacaste, which have some of the Costa Rica's most beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.. The province covers most of the Nicoya Peninsula on the northwest part of the country and has over 200 miles of coastline, more than 70 different beaches, several famous National Parks, spectacular views and volcanoes.
Today, Guanacaste is one of the main areas of tourism in the country. With beautiful beaches and nice warm weather, this province is a most for every trip to Costa Rica.
In Guanacaste you can find popular Samara beach, which is part of the town of Nicoya, located in the northwestern part of the country, along the coast of the Pacific Ocean. This white-sand beach is the perfect place to relax or have fun with the kids. It offers amazing opportunities for many beachside activities, including snorkeling to enjoy the amazing marine life and surfing.