Papagayo Gulf Guanacaste

Papagayo Gulf Guanacaste in an area of amazing beauty where you find the beaches as Panama, Arenilla, Blanca, Virador, Cabuyal, Iguanita, and Nacascolo. Most of these beaches are only accessible by boat or in a 4 wheel drive because of the difficulty to get there. Without a doubt the place that marks the entrance to the gulf is the renowned rock called Money Head, which resembles the head of a gorilla, it is to your imagination.

If you take a snorkeling or catamaran tour you can visit some of the beaches with access only by boat. Visit beaches such as Jicaros, Palmares, and Huevos among others, where you can enjoy snorkeling and observe some of the marine life in the area. You can also find caves and white sand beaches just for you. During the low tide, the waters are totally calm without waves and perfect for relaxing with your family and friends.

Well known for its sport fishing and scuba diving spots, Papagayo Gulf contains an incomparable natural and scenic beauty. Its shores bathed by the calm and clear water of the Pacific Ocean invite you to relax and sunbathe surrounded by lush nature.

Most of the resorts in the Papagayo Gulf are located within 25 to 45 minutes’ drive from the Liberia International Airport in Guanacaste. The Planet Hollywood Costa Rica, Four Seasons Costa Rica, Andaz Papagayo are located at Peninsula Papagayo development. Secrets Papagayo, El Mangroove, and Occidental Papagayo resorts, among others, are also located in the area of Playa Panama and surroundings. All Guanacaste local tours can be performed from this resorts.

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Playas del Coco, Guanacaste

Playas del Coco (Coco Beach) is among the most well-known beaches in the country and it is the entrance gate to the Papagayo Gulf. It is located just 25 minutes drive from the Daniel Oduber International Airport, Liberia. A very popular area for sport fishing and scuba diving. This is the largest village in the Guanacaste coastline.

Known primarily as the gateway for surfers to reach places like Witches Rock, Potrero Grande, or Ollie’s Point. This busy beach is a prime scuba diving spot, with many sites to discover the local marine life. Very popular among the locals, Playas del Coco has a well-developed infrastructure.  This beautiful beach is easily accessible all year round with good roads. As well it is plenty of shops, restaurants, bars, banks, ATM, discos, pharmacies, casinos, hotels, resorts, and markets.

The nightlife here is also quite good, so if you happen to visit the area during Christmas or Easter week expect to find a lot of people here partying ‘beach style.’ The beach of Playas del Coco itself is a grayish-brown and the tide here often remains quite low. Surrounded by steep cliffs and hills, this horseshoe-shaped bay area is the ideal place to have some fun. However, if you are looking for a quiet spot to relax, try staying away from the center of town, where most of the fun happens.

From here you can also head out to Las Pelonas Islands, Catalinas, and Bat Islands. All excellent sites to spot turtles, sharks, and octopuses in the natural environment. The main attraction of this beach is its excellent variety of tourist facilities and great weather. Besides fishing excursions, sailing and catamaran tours here are also a must to do. Many tourists also use Playas del Coco as a base camp because of its affordable accommodations. Also because of the distance to enjoy local tours that you can perform from here and national parks when touring the Guanacaste region.

As well you can find a great variety of accommodation as hotels, condominiums near the beach and amazing ocean view and beachfront homes. As well you will find all kinds of facilities like medical services, banks, supermarkets, restaurants, etc. Certainly, Playas del Coco enjoys a great location to stay and travel from during your vacations in the country.

Playas del Coco Location

Tours From Playas del Coco

Guanacaste Beaches

Tours from Guanacaste by Papagayo ToursGuanacaste Beaches are simply amazing!. Along the Guanacaste coastline, you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. With a variety of sandy colors for everyone, in Guanacaste, you can find white-sandy beaches, black volcanic sand, or brown sand beaches. Think about relaxing in the warm, crystalline, and calm waters of the pacific ocean. Certainly, you will enjoy discovering the beauty of our beaches, get ready to relax in some of the most beautiful places you ever visit!

With more than 700 km of coastline and white sand, Guanacaste hides incredible beaches to visit. The proximity to the Liberia Airport makes all the beaches and resorts easy and quick to access. As well you will be able to perform several activities and visit national parks like the famous Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, Santa Rosa, or Palo Verde to name just a few. As well discover local culture and gastronomy that you can find on each of the little villages and beach towns. Each of the Guanacaste beaches encloses a singular beauty, discover the white sand, beaches, or the volcanic black sand beaches, even you can find pink sand in some places. 

Tours from Guanacaste by Papagayo ToursSome of the most renowned Guanacaste beaches are Playas del Coco, once a little fisherman village, today convert into a vibrating center for tourists and headquarter for those who want to travel around, same is Ocotal Beach located only 3km away from Coco. Playa Hermosa is located 10 km out of Playas del Coco, right on the Papagayo Gulf, here you will find a beautiful beach and many vacation homes.

Have you heard about Tamarindo Beach? Well, this is the center for surfing in Guanacaste, for professionals and beginners. The beach offers amazing waves, a long beach, and many beachfront restaurants and souvenirs. It is the favorite for young people looking for surf as well for families looking for the perfect summer.

Flamingo Beach, GuanacasteFlamingo Beach is a beautiful white-sand beach, around 2km of pure paradise. During the low tide, the ocean waters are converted into a natural pool perfect to enjoy and relax. There are some beachfront restaurants. Playa Grande is located within Las Baulas National Park, that’s why here you won’t see many beachfront properties or services.

This is a 4 km long beach visited mostly by professional surfers looking for bigger waves. Playa Conchal is renowned for its white sand made of shell dust product of erosion over the years. This is a beautiful paradise with turquoise, calm waters. There are no services in this area for what you have to bring whatever you need to stay around.

The ocean water is very calm and there is a lot of nature around. Some other Guanacaste Beaches located more south are Samara, Nosara, Punta Islita, Avellanas among others. Below you will find the most important beaches for us, considering accommodations, the beach, local activities, natural beauty, and safety, accessibility, and gastronomic offer.

Guanacaste Beaches 

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Nicaragua One Day Tour from Guanacaste

Nicaragua One Day Tour from Guanacaste is the perfect full-day adventure to discover this beautiful country in just one day. Visit one of the oldest city founded in Latin America in 1524 and navigate the Nicaragua Lake. Also, visit the Masaya Volcano and its amazing active lava lake. Enjoy the Masaya market where you can find amazing handicraft souvenirs, clothes, shoes, hammocks, jewelry and more.

Daily departures from Guanacaste: Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Ocotal, Andaz Papagayo, Secrets Papagayo, Mangrove Hotel, Four Seasons Peninsula, Planet Hollywood Guanacaste, Riu Guanacaste Hotels. As well from Tamarindo, Playa Conchal, Flamingo and Playa Potrero, Marriott Hotel, Hacienda Pinilla, Liberia & Dreams Las Mareas.

  • Nicaragua One Day Tour

    Nicaragua One Day Tour from Guanacaste starts early in the morning when we pick you up and we start driving towards the border with Nicaragua. Before arriving at the border we stop for a delicious typical breakfast at the town of La Cruz.

    Once at the border our guides will take your passports and proceed with all the paperwork at the migration offices. Meanwhile, we take you to the duty-free shops where you will find products such as clothing, liquor and other products free of taxes.

    We continue with the Nicaragua One Day Tour later when we make a short stop at the edge of the Great Lake of Nicaragua. Here you can take amazing pictures of the world’s largest island in a freshwater lake, Ometepe.

    The next stop in the Nicaragua One Day Tour takes you towards the majestic crater of the Masaya Volcano. The volcano is fully active and the gases emanating from the crater create an impressive cloud in the sky. On clear days you can see the lava in the center of the crater.

    We continue down to the city of Masaya, where we expect a hearty lunch and then visit the craft colorful Masaya market. Here you can buy souvenirs at very good prices and with amazing quality.

    Later we move to Granada Colonial City founded in 1524. We take a hike through the city center for a while, here you can see the different colonial building and churches.

    Finally the last stop in your Nicaragua One Day Tour takes you toward the islands of Granada, you will take a boat to make a tour to see over 30 islands scattered on the shores of the Nicaragua Lake.

  • Rates 

    Playas del Coco, Ocotal, Hermosa, Riu Guanacaste Hotels, Andaz Papagayo, Four Seasons Peninsula,

     Planet Hollywood Guanacaste, Occidental Papagayo, Secrets Papagayo, El Mangroove Resort.

    $130 p.p. 
    Tamarindo, Conchal, Flamingo, and Potrero. $150 p.p. 
    Dreams Las Mareas, Playa Grande and Marriott Guanacaste.$160 p.p.
    Private Tours available from: 

    $250 per person/min 4 people.

    Private Tour Includes horse carriage tour through Granada and visits San Juan del Sur

  • Transportation, Guide, Border Taxes, Breakfast, Visit to Masaya Volcano, Masaya Souvenirs Market, Colonial City of Granada, Boat Tour and Lunch.

  • What to bring: Light clothes, tennis shoes, passport, flight itinerary, cash in small bills, sweater, sunblock, bug repellent, sunglasses, and camera.

    If you are under medical prescription or have a health problem please let us know to take care of any conditions that could put on risk your safety.

    For Reservations we need the following information:

    Full names, Passport numbers with expiration dates and citizenship

    Passports need at least 6 months before expiring.

    Because of the migratory regulations, you need to bring a print copy or digital document of your flight itinerary with you to show at the immigration office.

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About Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Guanacaste is perhaps the greatest cultural and natural richness province in Costa Rica. Located northeast of the country, the province preserves incredible natural treasures. Here you will find amazing beaches, active volcanoes, wetlands, caves, rivers, waterfalls, and many adventures and national parks. Discover the amazing wildlife of the area, pumas, sloths, jaguars, frogs, monkeys, crocodiles, thousands of birds is part of what you can find here. Take some of our Guanacaste Tours that can be performed from Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Papagayo Gulf Hotels. As well as from Tamarindo Beach, Flamingo Beach, Conchal, and Potrero beach. You can also enjoy Nicaragua Day Trips and discover this beautiful country full of history and colonial architecture.

The Liberia International Airport in Guanacaste is located only 25 minutes from the most important places for vacationing as the renowned beach towns of Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Ocotal, Playa Panama. As well as from hotels as Andaz Papagayo, Four Seasons Peninsula, Planet Hollywood Guanacaste, among others. 60 minutes’ drive you will find beaches like Tamarindo, Conchal, Flamingo, Potrero, Pinilla, and Playa Grande. In addition, most coastal cities and towns enjoy the regular services that can be found in any city; banks, health services, ATM, phone and internet services, restaurants, and nightlife.

Walk by active volcanoes, enjoy hot springs, and visit lush waterfalls perfect for swimming. For the most adventurous take a white water rafting trip, or enjoy the zip lines, tubing, horseback riding, and river float trips. If you prefer the ocean take a surf lesson or enjoy a snorkeling trip. Guanacaste also is perfect for those looking for something different. Sports Fishing is definitely one of the biggest attractions of the province. From Papagayo Gulf, Tamarindo, Nosara, Montezuma, or Santa Teresa the fishing is extraordinary. The species range from mahi-mahi, red snapper, marlin, roosterfish, sailfish, etc.

If you love scuba diving the Gulf of Papagayo is the perfect area to stay and discover the variety of marine life. The area has more than 20 diving spots in the Papagayo Gulf. As well as in the Catalina’s Islands located 45 minutes by boat from Playas del Coco or visit the magnificent Bat Islands during the bull sharks season. Guanacaste is the perfect place where you can find it all. A long coastline with white sandy beaches, excellent hotels, and resorts, vacation rentals, an international airport. All this plus friendly people, local cuisine, and perfect weather for your vacation.

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About Us

Inspired by our beautiful country and its people, we began operations with the purpose to share our passion for Costa Rica. Since our inception, our philosophy has always been to provide services and unique adventures for each of our clients.

What began as a family dream has grown into a recognized service company and specialized adventures, we operate our activities from Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Ocotal, Andaz Papagayo, Secrets Papagayo, Four Seasons Peninsula, Riu Hotels, Tamarindo, Flamingo, Conchal & Playa Potrero.

We are confident that an unforgettable holiday begins with a smile and extraordinary service, this is why we have given the task of counting with an excellent team who live our passion for sharing and enjoy as well showing our incredible country and all the secrets that are waiting for you.

In all our adventures you will learn about our flora, fauna, culture, gastronomy, history and the Pura Vida lifestyle. In addition, all our adventures are completely safe and designed to have fun while exploring our country with your family or friends.

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