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New multi-million-dollar theme park planned for Guanacaste region of Costa Rica

A brand new theme park is planned for Costa Rica, following an announcement from Discovery Communications, the owner of the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. The $400 million theme park will be located in the coastal province of Guanacaste, and it will have hotels, sports areas, restaurants, and eco-adventure activities spread out over 800 hectares of land.

New multi-million-dollar theme park planned for Guanacaste region of Costa Rica

Costa Rica will be getting a brand new theme park, according to an announcement by the country’s government. The $400 million theme park will be built by Discovery Communications, the owner of the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, and developed by Costa Rican investment firm Sun Latin America.

The theme park will be located in the north-western coastal province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica, 140 miles north of the capital San Jose. Developed on 800 hectares of land, the construction of the park will start in 2018 and it is expected to be completed by 2020.

As well as rides and attractions, the theme park will also have hotels, sports areas, restaurants, shops and eco-adventure activities for visitors. The project will create around 2,000 jobs during its two-year construction, according to Luis Guillermo Solis, the President of Costa Rica.

Guanacaste is a popular tourist destination in Costa Rica, with miles of pristine beaches that face the Pacific Ocean, and lush dense jungles and national parks that are thriving with wildlife species. The region boasts mountainous terrains, caldera volcanoes, cascading waterfalls, hot springs and mud baths.

Holidaymakers can visit "Rincon de la Vieja" with its volcanic landscapes, "Palo Verde" where visitors can tour on river boats, "Santa Rosa" with its varied hiking trails, "Lomas Barbudal" which has tracks that lead to the river and waterfalls, and "Las Baulas National Marine Park" which is home to sea turtles and colourful marine species.

Once sleepy fishing towns have been transformed into vibrant tourist spots and are now buzzing with hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. Tamarindo is a popular coastal town with a pristine white sand beach and pumping surf, as well as conservation parks including the National Wildlife Refuge of Tamarindo and Marino Las Baulas National Park.

Liberia is Guanacaste's largest town, and home to the Liberia International Airport. Travellers from all over the world use Liberia as a gateway into the Guanacaste region where they can enjoy easy access to the beaches and national parks, but the town itself is becoming an attractive hub for tourists with new hotels and attractions under construction. 

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