Situated in the northwest corner of Guanacaste, the Papagayo Peninsula is a newly developed center of luxury in Costa Rica. This exclusive gated community contains upscale resorts, private residences, a beach club, golf course, and marina.
The little inlets and coves that line the emerald green waters of the Pacific make the views here particularly stunning. Additionally, Papagayo Peninsula and the nearby Bay of Papagayo is less than a 1-hour drive from the Liberia International Airport making it a quick and easy transfer to your hotel and the beach.
El Mangroove Hotel, on the Bay of Papagayo, is located just 20 minutes from the Liberia international airport.
Gulf of Papagayo Bays and Inlets
While many of Guanacaste’s beaches are coveted by surfers, those on the Gulf of Papagayo are protected, making them great for families with children. All of Costa Rica’s beaches are public, but because the Peninsula is gated the beaches here are more secluded. On Culebra Bay, within the Gulf of Papagayo, is the Marina Papagayo, the first and currently only luxury marina in Costa Rica. Built with an environmentally-conscious blueprint, the little marina blends seamlessly with the vibrant bays and inlets of the gulf.
Papagayo Beach Activities
Papagayo Peninsula beaches are safe, private, and generally calm. The year-round warm waters surrounding the Papagayo Peninsula are ideal for those who love to spend time on the beach. There are a plethora of activities to pursue while spending time in the sand: kayaking, fishing, scuba, snorkeling, paddle-boarding, and more.
Activity Recommendation: Explore the local beaches on the peninsula by kayak. We recommend checking out Playa Nacascolo, voted one of 2014’s most beautiful beaches by Travel & Leisure. You can borrow a kayak and snorkel equipment from your hotel. And don’t forget to have them pack you a picnic!
Papagayo Eco Luxury
Some of the world’s last and most diverse dry forests are found in the Guanacaste province. Thankfully, the Papagayo Peninsula has managed to remain an eco–destination despite its recent developments and upscale accommodations. Guests can explore the area by kayaking to lesser-known beaches, going bird watching, or planning day tours to surrounding national parks and attractions like Rincon de la Vieja National Park or the Borinquen hot springs.
Papagayo Peninsula Activities
- Scuba Diving
- Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Papagayo Peninsula Attractions
- Marina Papagayo
- Arnold Palmer Golf Course
- Prieta Beach Club
- Beautiful bays with protected beaches
- Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Papagayo