There is so much to be said about Costa Rica. From its respected reputation among the world's best surfers, impressive biodiversity, and its notoriety among yoga enthusiasts, Costa Rica is a truly spectacular place. The Papagayo Gulf stands out with its pristine beaches and natural wonders. Our local travel guide to the Papagayo Gulf will help you experience the best Costa Rica has to offer!

What to Do 

Explore the Arenal Volcano

At 5,437 feet, the Arenal Volcano towers over Costa Rica's largest lake and miles of pastured green hillsides. Although it is currently "sleeping" the volcano's history makes it one of the country's most active natural wonders. In fact, up until July of 2010 the eruptions had been constant. Today, you don't have to worry about eruptions from the sleeping giant but rather can enjoy amazing rainforest hikes, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, in the rich rainforest that surrounds the volcano.

Tenorio River Rafter

Rio Celeste and Tenorio Volcano hike: legend that God washed his paintbrush in the Rio Celeste after he painted the sky.

Borinquen- horseback riding, zip lining, and soaking in hot springs

Barra Honda Caves

National Parks: Santa Rosa, Marino las Baulas, Guanacaste, and Rincon de la Vieja

Dry tropical forest and stunning topography

Birding

Beaches: white-sand coast and turquoise sea

The Gulf of Papagayo is the ideal place for nature lovers, beach bums, and adventure seekers. The national parks of Guanacaste offer exciting hiking opportunities while the Papagayo beaches are known for their pristine and luxurious qualities.

Getting There 

New Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia offers travel to the Guanacaste region

Where to Stay 

About the Country 

The Costa Rica Biodiversity Institute (INBio) reported that the biodiversity in Costa Rica represents close to 4% of the total species on Earth.

Rains year round-- bring jack and pack accordingly

Busiest times are Christmas and New Years and week leading up to Easter Sunday because of Semana Santa

Clean water

Currency is the colon: 500-550 colones/ $1 USD

Food and produce is pretty inexpensive

Always check local road conditions before planning a rental car -- a flooded road or big storm could really ruin plans

the road along the pacific along Papagayo Coast is paved because of a lot of recent development there

Culture: "Ticos and Ticas" male and female Costa Ricans embrace a lifestyle committed to health and stewardship of the natural environment. Switzerland of Central America -- high standard of living