Under Costa Rican Skies
The setting sun gives the dramatic cloud formation a fire like colour over Bahia Culebra, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
Guanacaste Province is located in the northwestern part of Costa Rica, along the coast of the Pacific Ocean. To the north it borders Nicaragua. To the east is the Alajuela Province, and to the southeast is the Puntarenas Province. It is the most sparsely populated of all the provinces of Costa Rica. it covers an area of 10,141 km2 (3,915 sq mi) and as of 2000, had a population of 264,238.
The territory was inhabited by Chorotega Indians before the Spanish arriived. Prior to the independance from Spain, Guanacaste was part of the Nicaraguan territory, but in 1824-25 the territory was annexed to Costa Rica. The inhabitants decided by their own will to be part of Costa Rica. 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 province. In 1854 the town of Guanacaste was renamed Liberia.