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Why is the Annexation of Nicoya, Guanacaste important to Costa Rica’s history and traditions?

Guanacaste landscape

Enjoy nature vacations in Costa Rica, horseback riding at Hacienda Guachipelin in Guanacaste.

Learn about the history and traditions of the Nicoya, Guanacaste region and how they have influenced the entire country of Costa Rica.

History

July commemorates the annexation of Guanacaste to Costa Rica from Nicaragua back in 1824.  Back then the inhabitants of Nicoya voted to secede during a referendum, due largely in part to the civil war Nicaragua was going through.

Guanacaste coat of arms

The Nicoyan coat of arms honors their story with the words “part of our homeland by our own will”, and includes an image of the Guanacaste tree.  Its expansive branches symbolize protection and evergreen life, and it was named the national tree of Costa Rica.

Guanacaste official seal, image by Shadowxfox via Wikimedia Commons

Guanacaste Coat of arms, image by Shadowxfox via Wikimedia Commons
Where to stay

Explore the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.  Its varied lodging options include:   The Rancho Humo Eco Boutique Hotel, in Nicoya, a perfect spot for birdwatching enthusiasts. In Bagaces, Guanacaste, Rio Perdido Hotel offers hot springs and adventure.  Hacienda Guachipelin is in the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano Area, watch a typical Guanacaste cowboy show at their bullpen.  Tango Mar Beach Hotel, in the Nicoya Peninsula, Tambor Beach, offers a romantic beachfront getaway.  In Northern Guanacaste, stay on the beach at Bosque del Mar, in Playa Hermosa or Bahia del Sol or Flamingo Beach Hotel in Flamingo.

Sunset and moon at Bahia del Sol in Potrero, Guanacaste. Photo credit bahiadelsolcr.

Sunset and moon at Bahia del Sol in Potrero, Guanacaste. Photo credit bahiadelsolcr.