The Papagayo Peninsula of Costa Rica is home to some of the most luxurious and exclusive hotels and all inclusive resorts in Costa Rica. This calm bay offers lovely beaches, calm waters and excellent scuba diving. Here are what we believe are the best hotels and Papagayo resorts in Costa Rica.
Sun-bleached sands, quiet afternoons and the hoots of resident howler monkeys welcome you to Papagayo, an idyllic retreat on Costa Rica’s north Pacific coast. The sparkling Gulf of Papagayo is a sapphire swath of sparkling ocean and warm waters, protected by graceful fingers of land that encircle the bay to its north and south. And dotting the golden coastline: Papagayo’s hotels and eco resorts, which blend luxury, natural beauty and exclusive amenities.
Papagayo is a beach town unlike any other in Costa Rica; in fact, there is no city center here. Instead, Papagayo’s hotels encircle the glittering bay – a scattered offering of restaurants, guided tours, and self-guided excursions. Papagayo is an excellent choice for any beach aficionado, but is particularly suited to visitors who prefer the all-inclusive model and travelers with independent and adventurous spirits.
For every interest, Papagayo answers with sun, fun and exhilarating adventures. Your Costa Rica vacation begins along Papagayo’s golden shores, where 12 powdery beaches form a gentle curve of inviting waves and palm-lined coast. Scenic dry forest, home to those vociferous howler monkeys, abuts the beach and provides much-needed shade for for sunbathing. Speckled hermit crabs scuttle down the beach and dolphins frolic in the bay. A small island’s rugged cliffs welcome pelicans, seagulls and other marine birds. And if you squint, you may just see a humpback whale breaching in the bay – her well-deserved break on a journey north.
The Pacific offers almost endless opportunities for relaxation and adventure, from sunbathing on spotless beaches and sunset catamaran tours to banana boat rides and parasailing. And if you’re itching to explore further abroad, numerous national parks and reserves welcome you to spectacular bird and wildlife watching; an active volcano is just a day trip away; and you can even book excursions to the underground caves of Barra Honda, the colonial buildings of Nicaragua, and the ethereal mists of the Monteverde Cloud Forest.
Hotels in Papagayo specialize in green luxury – a unique blend of exceptional service and eco-friendly amenities. And like every traveller, each Papagayo hotel has its own personality: Villa Buena Onda, an adults-only retreat, is Costa Rica’s finest all-inclusive boutique hotel. The villa’s five-star services are always first class: a two-tiered swimming pool, swim-up bar, and personalized concierge service complement the villa’s scenic, oceanview location.
International luxury brands join the list of Papagayo hotels: both the Four Seasons and the Hilton have take up residence on the gulf’s golden crescent. The Four Seasons is arguably Costa Rica’s most luxurious resort, home to opulent rooms, suites and rental villas with breathtaking sunset views. The Hilton’s 80-acre private reserve fronts onto volcanic beach, and the resort offers the ultimate in convenience with several restaurants, a swimming pool & bar, and other amenities.
And if you’re looking for small and understated, the 35-room Bosque de Mar rounds out our Papagayo hotel offerings. The hotel’s oceanside location, just steps from inviting sands, is the perfect home base for Pacific coast explorations – or the ideal choice for lazy afternoons doing nothing at all. From private terraces and a fabulous lounge bar to lush gardens and a gourmet restaurant, this boutique hotel joins the ranks of Papagayo’s best.