Explore Guanacaste's Marinas in the Pacific Coast

Woman with a dress looking out onto the Marina Papagayo and its docked yatchs in the Papagayo Peninsula, Guanacaste
Welcome to Guanacaste, Costa Rica! This province is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers. And if you're into golf and fishing, you're in for a treat. Guanacaste offers the perfect mix of sports and leisure, promising an unforgettable journey.
Now, let's explore two fantastic marinas in Guanacaste: Marina Papagayo and Marina Flamingo. These marinas are true gems, providing an amazing experience for boaters, yacht lovers, and fishing enthusiasts. Get ready to enjoy the luxury, natural beauty, and coastal charm they offer.

Marina Papagayo, Guanacaste: Where Luxury & Nature Collide

The Papagayo Peninsula and its Marina are a slice of heaven nestled on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. This tropical gem is renowned for its pristine beaches, lush landscapes, and abundant marine life.
Strategically located on the country's northwest coastline, it’s easily accessible from Liberia International Airport, just about 1 hour away. Papagayo Peninsula is synonymous with upscale resorts, golf courses, and world-class fishing. This makes it a popular destination for travelers from all around the world who look for the best of the best.
Landscape view of Nacascolo Beach surrounded by green forests in Culebra Bay

The Ultimate Fishing Experience

For fishing enthusiasts, Marina Papagayo stands as a gateway to unrivaled angling adventures. This world-class marina is a haven for sportfishing. With its prime location, it offers exceptional fishing opportunities and a chance to reel in some impressive catches.
While fishing is possible year-round, the peak season for sportfishing in Papagayo Peninsula runs from May to November. During this period, anglers can hook prized species like marlin, sailfish, dorado, and yellowfin tuna. On the inshore, you will be looking at snapper, roosterfish, seabass, and amberjack all year long due to the region's tropical climate. It ensures favorable conditions for a successful fishing expedition during your vacation.
Setting off from Marina Papagayo, expert local fishing charters greet you with an experience tailored to suit your preferences. From half-day excursions to multi-day fishing trips, these experienced crews will guide you to the best spots, equipped with top-of-the-line gear and a wealth of knowledge. Prepare for thrilling battles with big game fish!

Unleash Your Swing at Marina Papagayo's Golf Paradise

Discover a golfing masterpiece nestled within Marina Papagayo – the Arnold Palmer Signature Course. Recognized among the “Top 100 Courses Outside the United States” by Golf Digest, this course will take you on an extraordinary golfing journey. Test your skills across 125 acres of old-growth forest, valleys, and sea cliffs shaped by ancient lava flows.
With wide fairways and large greens, this signature course offers a fair and challenging feat for all experience levels. Whether you're a seasoned golfer or a novice, this golf course won't disappoint you. It's also famously part of the Four Seasons Resort in Papagayo, a hotel that guarantees top-notch quality worldwide.
Golf Court at Four Seasons Resort with ocean views in Papagayo Peninsula

Marina Papagayo’s Best Bites

When you visit Costa Rica, one thing you absolutely can't miss is the amazing culinary scene. The meals pack rich flavors, inspired by indigenous traditions and Spanish influences, making it stand out in the world. At Marina Papagayo, you're in for a treat with plenty of exceptional dining options that showcase the country's best flavors. Check out these top-notch restaurants at the marina that will blow your taste buds away:
  • La Caña by Amalia: La Caña is a must-visit restaurant for those seeking a fine dining experience. The restaurant offers a fusion of traditional Costa Rican ingredients with international influences, resulting in delicious and innovative dishes. From fresh seafood to juicy steaks, every bite at La Caña is a celebration of flavors.
  • Marea Restaurant: Nestled by the water's edge, Marea Restaurant is famous for its stunning views and great seafood. The menu features an array of fresh catches, prepared using local ingredients and traditional cooking techniques. Whether you choose the catch of the day or opt for their famous ceviche, Marea won’t disappoint.

Marina Flamingo, Guanacaste: The Crown Jewel of Flamingo Beach

Marina Flamingo is a unique project blending marina living, upscale shopping, and stylish villas. The location is also unbeatable. Flamingo Beach is a dreamy tropical paradise with white sandy shores and crystal-clear waters.
From its inception, the Marina was designed to deliver comfort, convenience, and elegance, setting a benchmark for luxury and service. It's more than just a marina - it's a vibrant community right on the waterfront.
The marina opened its doors to the public in February 2023, and it boasts state-of-the-art facilities that are sure to impress. The marina is a fun hub of activity, with a constant lineup of events for the public to enjoy. Whether you're docking your boat or looking for some fun, there's always something happening to keep you entertained.
Sunny day with a clear blue sky at Flamingo Marina

Fun-Filled Days at Marina Flamingo

Prepare for some of the best deep-sea fishing in the world, along with sailing, scuba diving, and more. They have numerous fishing and sailing charter tours available for those who would like to get out on the water.
If you seek land-based adventures, enjoy mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, zip lining, and ATV rides. Golf enthusiasts can tee off at the nearby championship golf course. Robert Trent Jones Jr designed it and it's nearby in Conchal Beach, just a short drive from Flamingo.
Flamingo Marina's cozy and beautiful stores and walkways
In a nutshell, both Marina Papagayo and Marina Flamingo are fantastic spots, each providing a luxurious experience with their own style. Marina Papagayo stands out with its upscale exclusivity and remote beauty. Meanwhile, Marina Flamingo charms with its cozy, colorful vibe and lively waterfront atmosphere.
Whether you crave luxury or vibrant fun, these marinas reveal the best of Guanacaste's coastal wonders. It's a guaranteed unique adventure for all travelers!


About the Author

Sebastián Rojas

Travel Consultant at Costa Rican Vacations       
Meet Sebastian, a Costa Rican native with a passion for adventure and fun. With a background in business and sports management, he now dedicates himself to helping others explore and enjoy the wonders of Costa Rica. He’s a sunset enthusiast, thrill-seeker, and a lover of the local cuisine.
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