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Papagayo Gulf and the Papagayo Project


Papagayo has become synonymous with the Four Seasons Resort, the Grand Papagayo in Playa Buena and Allegro Papagayo in Playa Manzanillo. But these hotels are just part of a larger development project taking place in the breath taking Papagayo region.

In reality, Papagayo actually refers to the 'Golfo de Papagayo' (Papagayo Gulf), a body of water that stretches from Playa Ocotal in the South, to the Peninsula Santa Elena in the North which is part of the Santa Rosa National Park. The Gulf contains one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in Costa Rica.

See Map of the Peninsula of Nicoya

The 'Papagayo Project' specifically, is the region from Playa Panama, around the Culebra Bay to the Peninsula de Papagayo. You may also see signs referring to the 'Polo Turístico Golfo de Papagayo', tourist pole of the Papagayo Gulf. This is where development is taking place to build resort hotels (all-inclusive mainly) and rental or private villas. With the Four Seasons and Occidental Hotels groups leading the way, other property developers have been encouraged to bring their wealth to this region. Hilton Hotels, for example, is planning to open the Hilton Papagayo Resort in December 2007.

Countryside in PapagayoUnlike over-built up beach resort areas like Cancun, Acapulco and Conzumel in Mexico, developers of the Papagayo Project are working hand in hand with the Costa Rican government to make sure that development occurs in such a way as to cause the least impact on the environment. Ensuring that the very reason for visiting this beautiful area is protected and nurtured as much as possible. Careful planning in which nature and luxury resorts can coexist is perhaps the main attraction of Papagayo, Costa Rica.

All Inclusive Resorts in Papagayo

For transfers from Liberia Airport to Papagayo please seee Transportation.