The third canton of the Guanacaste Province is Santa Cruz. Similarly, its capital city also carries the same name. The heart-shaped canton is interesting in its own solid right. There are many things to enjoy n Santa Cruz. Despite all these, it still manages to retain its rural vibe that a lot of tourists like us love to enjoy.
What people would surely enjoy in Santa Cruz is the locals’ openness to tourists. They gladly direct visitors to the nearest beaches and advise them on the best hotels. Santa Cruz tourists will easily see how openhearted the locals are. The diverse population is also mostly composed of farmers, workers and fishermen. So somehow, the people are really very humble and warm.
Santa Cruz is also best known for its folk traditions like bullfighting. Compared to Spain, bulls here are not for slaughter. This means that the bulls aren't directed to be killed during the game. Aside from the bullfighting season, the best time to visit Santa Cruz is on January during the feast of its patron Santo Cristo de Esquipulas. The celebration includes cultural dances, parties and overflowing servings of yummy delicacies. If you’ll take advantage of this celebration, make sure you book hotels in Santa Cruz before January 13 as that is the peak time for visitors. Festivities go from January 13 to 18.
Another thing to enjoy in Santa Cruz is the long stretch of beaches. These hot tourist spots are very popular that buses going to the beaches leave every hour. Just ask any local resident how to get to the nearest beach and they’ll gladly give you directions. If you’re lucky enough, they’ll even give you the best recommendation.
Cheap flights to Santa Cruz are directed to the Guanacaste Airport. It’s best to book cheap flights to Santa Cruz early on, if you want to go there during the January festivities. Bear in mind that this is the peak season for travelers so rates are likely to go up.
While you are in Santa Cruz, also take advantage of available day trips to Guaitil, a quiet town famous for its pottery. You’ll surely find the best souvenir items there.