Quiet afternoons, sunny beaches and nearby natural treasures are favorite features of the Pacific’s Gulf of Papagayo.  Clear blue waters are protected to the north and south by thin fingers of land that provides the gulf with calm waters ideal for swimming and relaxing. Papagayo’s sunsets are heartbreakingly beautiful. For almost an hour each night, the fading sun paints the sky with a rainbow of colors – the perfect end to each peaceful or adventure-filled day.


General Info

Nestled along the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the Papagayo Peninsula is in the northwest province of Guanacaste. Stretching into the Golfo de Papagayo, this peninsula was formed by volcanic activity and has been shaped by weather. With outstanding scenery, this location includes tropical dry forests and untouched beaches and is a unique Central American hideout. The 15 miles of coastline contain 31 separate beaches and the larger Santa Elena Peninsula to the north protects the water.

Beautiful dry forests, endless fields, incredible coastlines and interesting nature reserves surround Papagayo. Palo Verde National Park, home to the largest concentration of waterfowl and shorebirds in Central America, lies just 90 minutes southeast of Papagayo. An hour north, the historic Santa Rosa National Park offers incredible hiking, wildlife watching and surfing.

Visitors can fly directly into the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, or take a local 40-minute flight daily from San Jose. Only a 4-hour road trip from San Jose and a 30-minute road trip from Liberia, the Gulf of Papagayo is close enough for a quick visit, yet secluded enough for a romantic getaway.


Banks, gas stations, Internet, and public phones, are all available in Papagayo.



By Government mandate, 70% of the land on the Papagayo Peninsula must remain natural, ensuring that the beauty of the land is not lost to overdevelopment, which is why  Papagayo is an example of good environmental practices in Costa Rica. The water is tested regularly for purity, beaches are kept clean, and hotels are held to high environmental standards.

Named a top tourist destination, Papagayo Peninsula is home to over 400 species of wildlife; some of Papagayo’s occupants include the howler monkey and the squirrel monkey. Covering the peninsula, the tropical forest provides a sprawling preserve for some of the world’s most unusual creatures. The uniqueness and diversity of wildlife on the Papagayo Peninsula attracts many visitors.

Papagayo Sunset


Things to do


Since so much of the Papagayo Peninsula remains unspoiled, it allows for numerous opportunities for outdoor, in-reach exploration. These available outdoor activities include deep sea fishing, boat cruising, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, windsurfing, sea kayaking, white-water rafting, forest canopy tours and horseback riding. Also close by, visitors can hike through national parks and visit local villages and historic sites in the surrounding areas.


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