The Gulf of Papagayo and the Papagayo Peninsula
About the Gulf of Papagayo
The Papagayo Peninsula and Gulf of Papagayo are located on the Northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica and are known for their beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters and luxurious resorts.
Visitors to this region can enjoy a variety of activities such as swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, sport fishing, and even a round of golf at the region’s premier golf course. The area is also home to a variety of wildlife, including monkeys, iguanas, and a wide variety of bird species.
Papagayo Geography, Flora, and Fauna
The flora and fauna in the Papagayo peninsula and Papagayo gulf region is diverse and unique. The area is home to a variety of different species of birds, such as the scarlet macaw, toucan and parrots. Additionally, visitors may be able to spot monkeys, iguanas, and sloths as well. Marine life is also abundant in the area, with species such as dolphins, sea turtles, and manta rays commonly found in the waters.
The average elevation of this region is 320 feet (97 meters).
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What to Do in and Around the Gulf of Papagayo
- Beach Hopping
- Nature Safari
- Jet Skis
- Horseback Riding
Types of Travelers Who’ll Enjoy the Gulf of Papagayo
The Gulf of Papagayo is a great destination for travelers looking for a mix of adventure and luxury.
Where is the Gulf of Papagayo Located?
5 hours from Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose (SJO) (150 miles/242 km).
0.45 hours from GuanacasteInternational Airport Liberia (LIR) (22 miles/35 km)
*Times are approximate and dependent on time of day and other factors.
Here are three features that make people fall in love with the area around the Papagayo Peninsula:
All-inclusive resorts: The highest concentration of luxury in the country can be found here in the form of the Four Seasons Papagayo Hotel, El Mangroove, and Hilton Papagayo Resort & Spa.
The weather: This region is the driest part of Costa Rica. The sun shines year-round, bringing out the alluring blue color of the ocean. The vegetation in this area is a tropical dry forest.
The gulf: Two of the most popular beaches in the area are Playa Panama and Playa Hermosa, located side-by-side on the Southern side of the Gulf of Papagayo. Playa Ocotal is especially popular as a headquarters for several sports fishing and scuba diving tour operators. Boat tours take you across and around the gulf to other tours. Jet skis and speedboat tours provide adrenaline-filled activities to enjoy the sparkling blue waters.