We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Riu Guanacaste for 4 Days

Sunnyside, New York
Level Contributor
125 posts
4 reviews
Save Topic
Riu Guanacaste for 4 Days

I will be staying at the Riu Guanacaste with another adult for 4 full days and I'm very confused about what tours or activities to do. There are a lot of things to do in Costa Rica and since our time is limited I will like to know what are the must things to do. Also, should we rent a car?

Thank you in advance :)

Mentioned in this post
Hotel Riu Guanacaste
Hotel Riu Guanacaste
7,031 Reviews
Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Central America
London, England...
Level Contributor
2,558 posts
119 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Riu Guanacaste for 4 Days

Will this be the entire duration of your stay in Costa Rica?

If you're actually in the country for longer then it may be nice to do a few days of solid activities and then a few days just relaxing doing nothing at the RIU.

Mentioned in this post
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Central America
Hotel Riu Guanacaste
Hotel Riu Guanacaste
7,031 Reviews
Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica
Brooklyn, New York
Destination Expert
for Sarapiqui
Level Contributor
6,436 posts
148 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Riu Guanacaste for 4 Days

There are a lot of things to do in Costa Rica, but virtually none of them are near the Riu Guanacaste.

Mentioned in this post
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Central America
Hotel Riu Guanacaste
Hotel Riu Guanacaste
7,031 Reviews
Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica
Sunnyside, New York
Level Contributor
125 posts
4 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Riu Guanacaste for 4 Days

Oh that's not good :(

Sunnyside, New York
Level Contributor
125 posts
4 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Riu Guanacaste for 4 Days

It will be my entire trip

London, England...
Level Contributor
2,558 posts
119 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Riu Guanacaste for 4 Days

Have you booked and paid for the RIU?

Mentioned in this post
Hotel Riu Guanacaste
Hotel Riu Guanacaste
7,031 Reviews
Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Level Contributor
25,653 posts
25 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Riu Guanacaste for 4 Days

Well, Racandee, I have to disagree with you - just this once.

While I loathe the RIU as much as anyone else, it really isn't nice to say that there's nothing to do nearby. There's a lot of things to do 2 hours or less from the RIU. Here's the infamous "list:"

1. Do the One Day Adventure Pass at Guachipelin. www.guachipelin.com

2. Visit Rincon de la Vieja National Park for hiking, volcano, waterfalls, hot springs, mud pots, etc.

3. Go horseback riding, fishing or boating

4. Visit Santa Rosa National Park and see the old farmstead known as "La Casona" - now a museum - it figures prominently in Costa Rican history. There are several nearby trails to choose from and one longish trail ends at a deserted beach.

5. Take the boat trip through Palo Verde National Park. www.paloverdeboattours.com

6. Take the boat to Witch's Rock for surfing or just visiting a beautiful beach.

7. Visit the town of Guatil where you can see authentic Chorotega pottery being made.

8. Head to the Tenorio National Park for the hike to the Rio Celeste.

9. Go to Llanos del Cortes waterfall. Huge waterfall with small swimming area. There are often monkeys in the trees overhead.

10. Visit Las Pumas Wildlife Rescue Center in Canas where you can see all sorts of animals, including big cats.

11. Arrange a sailing trip with the Sea Bird out of Playas del Coco. Snorkeling or just a quiet sunset cruise.

12. Take a whitewater rafting trip on the Tenorio River or a float trip on the Corobici River. www.rinconcorobici.com

tina87: If it is at all possible, I would cancel your booking at the RIU and book somewhere else. If you are really set on an AI, then take a look at the Barcelo Langosta or even Allegro Papagayo. Either of these would be 100 times preferable to the RIU which is often referred to as the "most hated hotel in Costa Rica."

If you are stuck with it, just make the best of it. At least you now know of some "things to do."

Mentioned in this post
Hotel Riu Guanacaste
Hotel Riu Guanacaste
7,031 Reviews
Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Rincon de La Vieja...
581 Reviews
Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Santa Rosa National Park
Santa Rosa National Park
62 Reviews
Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Palo Verde National Park
Palo Verde National Park
381 Reviews
Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Tenorio National Park
Tenorio National Park
113 Reviews
Buena Vista, Costa Rica
Rio Celeste
Rio Celeste
1,333 Reviews
Tenorio Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Canas
Canas
Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Playas del Coco
Playas del Coco
Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Tenorio Lodge
Tenorio Lodge
348 Reviews
Bijagua de Upala, Costa Rica
Barcelo Tambor
Barcelo Tambor
1,819 Reviews
Tambor, Costa Rica
Allegro Papagayo
Allegro Papagayo
1,859 Reviews
Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Central America
Sunnyside, New York
Level Contributor
125 posts
4 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Riu Guanacaste for 4 Days

It will be my entire trip

Nowhere
Destination Expert
for Playa Samara
Level Contributor
4,363 posts
88 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: Riu Guanacaste for 4 Days

tina - the RIU is not well-regarded on this forum or, really, with most locals.

That said, it is, apparently, a perfectly nice property.

While it is quite isolated, if you rent a car, you will certainly be able to do and see quite a few things.

For starters, you could visit Rincon de la Vieja National Park.

You might also do a full day of adventures at Hacienda Guachipelin: guachipelin.com/en/…adventure-park.html

You do not need to be a hotel guest to purchase any of these tours or the full-day pass that allows you to partake in as many activities as you can squeeze into your day.

There's also Llanas de Cortez waterfall not too far away.

Mentioned in this post
Hotel Riu Guanacaste
Hotel Riu Guanacaste
7,031 Reviews
Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Rincon de La Vieja...
581 Reviews
Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Hacienda Guachipelin
Hacienda Guachipelin
1,504 Reviews
Rincon de La Vieja, Costa Rica
Nowhere
Destination Expert
for Playa Samara
Level Contributor
4,363 posts
88 reviews
Save Reply
9. Re: Riu Guanacaste for 4 Days

hattie - you are too fast....

Sunnyside, New York
Level Contributor
125 posts
4 reviews
Save Reply
10. Re: Riu Guanacaste for 4 Days

Thank you