Papagayo Gulf

The northern Guanacaste shoreline looks out over the expansive Gulf of Papagayo (Golfo de Papagayo), the setting for Costa Rica's premier luxury resorts and most sought after beaches. Immersed in stunning natural beauty, it is no wonder that the gulf is experiencing an unprecedented boom in the construction of all inclusive resort complexes.

Papagayo Gulf Best Things to Do

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This tour of the Papagayo Gulf will take you along the coast of Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region. Guanacaste is a tropical region with abundant fish near its coast. You can book this tour as either a half-day or a full-day tour.

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Sport Fishing
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During one of these tours, you’ll head out into the Papagayo Gulf and get the chance to hook a range of impressive fish. There’s no better way to experience Costa Rica’s coastal areas than by landing a massive fish.

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Area Guide

From Ocotal to Culebra Bay, resorts are popping up along the coast line, particularly at Coco, Hermosa and Panamá beaches, as well as Culebra Bay, the site of Costa Rica’s most premier resorts.

Surrounded by unspoiled dry tropical forest and dazzling topography, the Gulf of Papagayo is the ideal setting for nature lovers and beachgoers seeking to plunge themselves into the national parks of Guanacaste, or simply kickback and relax along one of Papagayo’s world-class beaches. The nation’s new Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in Liberia provides seamless travel to the Guanacaste region, while paved roads facilitate the rest of the journey to the Pacific coast and the Gulf of Papagayo.

From birding in the region’s dry tropical forests to exploring the volcanic landscape of the Guanacaste Mountains, northwest Guanacaste has it all. In close proximity to the gulf are a number of national parks, including Santa Rosa, Marino las Baulas, Guanacaste, and Rincón de la Vieja, which provide visitors opportunities to explore the natural inland terrain.

Of course, the Gulf of Papagayo is most famous for its beaches. Here, the sun shines throughout the day, heating the white-sand coast and the immaculate aquamarine sea. Tropical trees sway in the breeze at the edge of the beach, providing shade from the burning sun, while the warm gulf waters beckon visitors to take a dip in the calm water.

Accommodations range from all inclusive resort complexes to small intimate hotels and bed and breakfasts. Budget travelers will find their options sparse, as the Gulf of Papagayo mostly caters to visitors seeking mid-range and luxury accommodations.

Feedback From Travelers

Had a fantastic time! Loved it all. I was skeptical using an online travel agency for the trip. I read the reviews extensively & decided to go for it. Glad I did. We would absolutely use Anywhere again. Transfers were easy, excursions great & hotels fantastic! We splurges a bit in La Fortuna & stayed at The Springs. So glad we did. Amazing property w outstanding customer service. In Guanacaste we stayed on the beach at El Mangroove. Beautiful property,wonderful staff. Poolside treats are brought around & cooling towels. We rafted in class 3-4 rapids that were closer to 5 in my opinion. Intense! Amazing traditional Costa Rican meal followed & guides were skilled, professional but so fun. Zip lining is a must do. Professional company w safety as top priority. Wonderful surprise was our surf lessons which took us to a beautiful beach by boat. We all rode waves by the end & saw a sunset that was beautiful beyond belief. If you’re hesitant to go to Costa Rica because of recent bad press don’t let it ago you. Just stick to high end liquor if u must drink & remember Pura Vida!!!

- LISA G, JUL 2019

Gorgeous outdoors. Hotel was great.

- LESLIE B, JUL 2019

This area was gorgeous. We LOVED our hotel and the surrounding wildlife.

- AMALIA R, NOV 2018