The hidden coves and beaches along the Gulf of Papagayo's rugged coastline offer a relaxing and active stay. Spend your days sunbathing at the beach or enjoy ventures like kayaking, snorkeling, and paddleboarding in the protected waters. And if you're after that beachfront experience, this region offers plenty of options.

Staying in Papagayo

The dramatic coastline of Papagayo

The Gulf of Papagayo is a scenic, rugged, and dramatic stretch of coastline on Costa Rica's northern Pacific shore. With many protected inlets and coves, the region provides plenty of beaches and calm waters, perfect for activities like paddleboarding, swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. Some of the best things to do in the Gulf of Papagayo include water sports, but you'll also find opportunities to hike, fish, or learn how to scuba dive. For accommodation, you'll find everything from luxury resorts to humble beachfront hotels.

Casa Chameleon Hotel Las Catalinas

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Casa Chameleon Hotel provides a peaceful retreat on a ridge overlooking Las Catalinas and the area's numerous beaches. To truly enjoy those views, the on-site eatery offers outdoor dining overlooking the coast, complemented by an international menu that changes daily. The hotel bar is great for watching the sunset with a rum or whiskey tasting. If you need a place to relax, head to the lobby with comfy seating or the wraparound infinity pool with sun loungers and views. 

Overall, the hotel has a contemporary and stylish vibe with a cozy and natural atmosphere, blending traditional Costa Rican wood pieces with more modern amenities and finishes. Individual villas and suites offer colorful and comfortable lodgings, spacious bathrooms, private furnished terraces, and unique saltwater plunge pools. Each features a king bed, and since they sit on a terraced hill, you'll have truly exceptional and uninterrupted views. Upgrade to a suite for more space and a separate seating area. Learn more

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Hotel Bosque del Mar Playa Hermosa

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Enjoy a calm, private, and comfortable stay at Hotel Bosque del Mar on Playa Hermosa. Upon arrival, you'll receive a welcome drink while strolling the grounds, which border a lovely stretch of walkable and swimmable coastline. When not swimming in the ocean, you can enjoy the outdoor pool, rent kayaks, have a meal at the open-air restaurant, or relax in the beautiful lounge, which is open for happy hour and dinners. 

Rooms feel hidden among the trees and are very spacious, with private terraces or balconies and separate bedrooms. The beds are notably comfortable, with lots of pillows and blankets. If you want sea views, upgrade to the oceanfront suites, which also feature an outdoor Jacuzzi tub. Around the lodging and common areas is a beautiful garden with varieties of flowers, trees, and other vegetation, pulling it all together and making the rooms feel privately tucked into the forest. Learn more

Golden Palms Papagayo

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A relaxed yet comfortable property, Papagayo Golden Palms Beachfront Hotel offers a quiet location in a more secluded area of Playa Panamá. And with a small river running along the grounds, you'll enjoy peaceful nature and might even see some local wildlife. To maintain those quiet, relaxing vibes, you'll only find 36 units in six buildings spread across the property, each housing six rooms. Choose from Garden, Family, and Forest suites with private terraces. Family rooms have double beds, while garden and forest options have one king bed and a sofa bed. 

A highlight of the property is the open-air lobby and attached restaurant, which features al fresco dining and a recently revamped menu to showcase unique Costa Rican flavors. At dinner, try an "interactive cocktail," and during the day, enjoy the outdoor pool surrounded by palm trees or the hammocks and firepits down by the beach. Learn more

Casa Conde Beach Front Hotel
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Casa Conde is a beautiful all-inclusive hotel bordering Playa Panamá, one of Papagayo's many beaches. Straight away, the hotel's spacious open-air lobby welcomes you to Costa Rica, with high wood ceilings, tile flooring, and a lot of greenery. The buildings and rooms aren't oceanfront, but you have direct access to the shore through a private gate, giving you both a jungle and beach experience. Additionally, guests can enjoy two large outdoor pools, one being saltwater, plus two wet bars and a sports bar. The hotel also features two eateries, in-room massages, and a small playground for young kids.

You'll find 50 rooms across four categories at Casa Conde. The standard rooms offer the basics, with bright spaces, two double beds or a king bed, tile flooring, and a choice of a semi-ocean view or a garden view. Upgrade to a suite to get the genuine Costa Rican experience and add amenities like kitchens, seating areas, private decks, and/or bathrooms with a Jacuzzi tub. Learn more

Hotel El Velero
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Hotel El Velero is beachfront, set between the sands of Playa Hermosa and the main road. You can stroll down the shore or along the main street to reach a few different cafés, bars, and restaurants. You'll have direct access to the beach from the property, plus plenty of ocean views. When not enjoying the shore, relax at the hotel's outdoor pool, which is open 24/7, or have a meal or drink at the restaurant. 

The hotel is relatively small, with just two floors housing 22 rooms. Units are simple, with two queens or one king and the basics, though all have microwaves and minifridges. Only two rooms have a shared balcony, so if you'd like outdoor space, you might want to book early. You can access a small communal lounge on the second floor if you need to spread out. Learn more