The Papagayo Peninsula is the Beverly Hills of Costa Rica, home to its very finest accommodations and some of its most valuable real estate. A beautiful peninsula that’s 70% protected from development, it’s bordered by the Gulf of Papagayo on the west and Culebra Bay on the east.
The Four Seasons is the crown jewel, the finest resort not only in Costa Rica but in all of Central America. The Four Seasons maintains strict confidentiality about the identities of its guests, so it’s the kind of place celebrities come for the utmost in both luxury and privacy.
The Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, managed by Hyatt, is another standout hotel, and Planet Hollywood Costa Rica is also nearby. Papagayo has a golf course designed by Arnold Palmer and a world-class marina bristling with yachts.
There are 31 beaches on the peninsula’s 15 miles of coastline. All beaches in Costa Rica are open to the public by law, and there are free beach shuttles for visitors from outside the peninsula. Playa Nacascolo, sheltered from big waves inside the Gulf of Papagayo, is a popular spot for swimming and jet skiing.
Aside from beach access, Papagayo Peninsula carefully guards its perimeter, allowing nobody in who doesn’t have authorization.
Marina Papagayo boasts 180 slips and the capacity to dock 250-foot megayachts. For boats under 80 feet, slips are selling in 2023 for an annual rate of $32 per foot per month. Services include mooring assistance, 24/7 monitoring, on-site provisioning, fuel bunkering and dockside concierge service.
An apartment hotel at the marina offers studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with pool, gym, lounge, and meeting rooms. Excursions from the marina include deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, surfing at Witch’s Rock, and all-day cruises on pleasure yachts.
The 18-hole, par-72 private Arnold Palmer Signature golf course sits on 125 acres of dry tropical forest and sea cliffs with panoramic views. The expansive clubhouse has a private member lounge, steakhouse, pro shop, and locker areas.
Luxury real estate for sale at Papagayo includes The Enclaves at Nacascolo Bay, featuring 10 tropical contemporary homes designed by Costa Rica’s most celebrated architect, Ronald Zürcher. Custom estate sites and resale homes and condominiums are also on the market.

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