Guanacaste is a province that brings great cultural richness to Costa Rica. It is said that its name has its origin in a tree that was used as a reference point where the cattle drovers coming from Rivas Nicaragua met and waited to continue their way to the province of Puntarenas. Dry tropical forests, with a wide coastline bathed by the Pacific Ocean, and a mountain range formed by different volcanoes, Guanacaste makes a great cultural, gastronomic, folkloric, and economic contribution to the country.
A predominant landscape of large savannahs has been an attractive element for cattle ranching. The large ranch is an inherent part of the history of the province. Its dry climate, the wide rivers that originate in the mountain range paint a landscape of contrasts between dry, humid and cloud forest. This influence on the way of life, and a corn and meat based diet is still maintained today.
The canton of La Cruz, number ten in the province, stands out for integrating all these landscapes. The low population density, its more than 50% of protected territory makes it a unique destination. It has the oldest land in the country, with a particular geology that can only be found in the Santa Elena Peninsula. Today, the Guanacaste Conservation Area is a natural World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO. In June 2018, the lastest protected area in the canton was created and called Bahía Santa Elena Marine Management Area, which is a new governance project in the country and that comes to give great economic alternatives while protecting marine resources.
In the local coastal communities, it is possible to share with unpretentious people, with a great desire to undertake and protect the natural resources. Agriculture, fishing, livestock, and services in the larger population centers, along with tourism, are the main economic activities.
Efforts to promote tourism and protect natural resources have given way to the La Cruz Coastal Tourism Corridor, which as "the place to explore" invites visitors to tour, experience, and discover the great attractions both marine and land. Uncrowded beaches and exuberant nature generate a great sensory experience. Sport and artisan fishing tours, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, bird watching, scuba diving, sunsets, and whale watching are some of the activities that take place in the CTC.