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Guanacaste Province
Cantons and Districts

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Click on the individual Cantons of Guanacaste:
La Cruz Liberia Bagaces Cañas Tilarán Abangares
Carrillo Santa Cruz Nicoya Hojancha Nandayure  

Guanacaste

Escudo of the province Guanacaste Size:  10,141 km2
Population :  220,000
Coordinates:  10º, 28',29" north and 85º, 21', 37" west
Borders:  North: Nicaragua; East: Alajuela; West: Pacific Ocean
Capital:  Liberia
Km from Liberia to San José:  203 km
Annextion:  1825

Cantons

Cantons of Guanacaste Province Cantón 1:  Liberia
Cantón 2:  Nicoya
Cantón 3:  Santa Cruz
Cantón 4:  Bagaces
Cantón 5:  Carrillo
Cantón 6:  Cañas
Cantón 7:  Abangares
Cantón 8:  Tilarán
Cantón 9:  Nandayure
Cantón 10:  La Cruz
Cantón 11:  Hojancha

History

Cantons of Guanacaste Province

The province of Guanacaste is filled with touristic, folkloric and other attractions. Several famous battles took place in this province: The Santa Rosa battle, that defeated William Wlaker on March 20th in 1856. The principal activities next to tourism of this province is cattle farming and rice farming, there are also important sugar cane-, as well as cotton- and bean plantations. There were also mine exploitations especially in Abangares.

There are many National Parks such as the Guanacaste National Park, Palo Verde National Park, and places like the Barra Honda Caverns and Volcano Rincón de la Vieja etc.

Cantons of Guanacaste Province

Before the Spanish arrived, this territory was inhibited by Chorotega Indians form the town of Zapati, Nacaome, Paro, Cangel, Nicopasaya, Pocosí, Diriá, Papagayo, Namiapí and Orosi. The Corobicies lived on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Nicoya and the Nahuas or Aztecan in the zone of Bagaces.

The first church was built out of straw in Nicoya in the 17th Century. At the end of 1824 beginning 1825 the territory of Guanacaste annexed to Costa Rica, because nobody exactly knew to where they belonged, the inhabitants decided by their own will to be part of Costa Rica.

Cantons of Guanacaste Province

In the 18th Century some neighbors of Rivas established their houses and cattle farms in the northern part of the Nicoya Peninsula at crossroads that connected the towns of Bagaces, Nicoya and Rivas. The place was baptized after a famous Guanacaste tree that grows in the neighborhood.

The 25th of July 1824 the town people of Nicoya and Santa Cruz decided to join Costa Rica. In 1836 the town of Guanacaste was declared capital of Guanacaste. Until 1854 the name was changed to Liberia. If you want to know why. Read about it in the chapter of Liberia (Click on the map above).

The Guanacaste Tree

Cantons of Guanacaste Province

The Cantones of Guanacaste

Provinces of Costa Rica

Map of Provinces of Costa Rica: Alajuela, Cartago, Guanacaste, Heredia, Limón, Puntarenas and San José




La Cruz, Guanacaste Canton of Costa Rica Liberia, Guanacaste Canton of Costa Rica Bagaces, Guanacaste Canton of Costa Rica Cañas, Guanacaste Canton of Costa Rica Tilarán, Guanacaste Canton of Costa Rica Abangares, Guanacaste Canton of Costa Rica Santa Cruz, Guanacaste Canton of Costa Rica Nicoya, Guanacaste Canton of Costa Rica hojancha, Guanacaste Canton of Costa Rica Nandayure, Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica Alajuela, Province of Costa Rica Heredia, Province of Costa Rica Limón, Province of Costa Rica San José, Province of Costa Rica Cartago, Province of Costa Rica Puntarenas, Province of Costa Rica Puntarenas, Province of Costa Rica