Top Experiences in Gulf of Papagayo

Unique things to do, curated by kimkim specialists
Nighttime Pacific Green Turtle Nesting Experience
4 hours
Small group
Witness hundreds of green sea turtles coming onshore to lay their eggs. First, you'll register at the ranger station before waiting for the turtles to come onshore. Once they do, you'll observe as they dig a hole in the sand and lay between 65 to 90 eggs before covering the nest with sand to...
Oropendola Waterfall
Full-day Waterfalls Expedition
7 hours
Small group
Experience a full-day adventure visiting several spectacular waterfalls and the Río Negro Hot Springs near Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin, beautifully situated on the edge of Rincón de la Vieja National Park. Pristine waterfalls, jungle forests, and natural hot springs are the main attractions that...
Enjoy the sunset aboard a luxury catamaran
Catamaran Sailing Adventure
4 hours
Group tour
Soak up the sun and enjoy a sailing adventure on the Pacific Ocean! On this excursion, you'll depart from a landing dock in one of three locations: Playa Tamarindo, Playa Flamingo, or Playas del Coco. Board a catamaran and begin silently gliding along the Gold Coast past pristine bays, white sand...
Snorkeling or Diving at the Catalina Islands
5 hours
Small group
Discover an underwater world on this half-day snorkeling tour off the Catalina Islands! From a local dive shop in Playa Flamingo, you'll take off on a diving boat for a 40-minute ride to a group of volcanic islands and rock formations that rise above the ocean's surface in front of Flamingo Bay....
Enjoy some horseback riding
Zip-lining, Horseback Riding, and Hot Springs at Hacienda Guachipelin
8 hours
Small group
You'll have an exhilarating day at Rincón de la Vieja National Park! You'll start with an early morning pick-up from your hotel before transferring to the park. You'll spend the day horseback riding through the park and experiencing the thrill of 12 different zip lines, including one that is...
Keep an eye out for parrots near the river
Safari Float Tour on Corobicí River
6 hours
Small group
Embark on a Safari-style tour of the Corobicí River with a naturalist guide. Spend approximately 2 hours floating down the river on a raft boat, admiring the diverse ecosystem and spotting a wide variety of animals and plants. Keep your eyes peeled for crocodiles, the tour's main highlight.
Leatherback turtle hatchling
Leatherback Turtle Nesting Experience
3 hours
Small group
Witness the awe-inspiring arrival of endangered leatherback turtles at Playa Grande, where they have returned to lay their eggs for thousands of years. With an expert guide, you'll observe these magnificent creatures climb ashore to complete their ancient nesting ritual.

Experiences in Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica

Leatherback turtle
The Best Turtle Nesting & Hatching Experiences in Costa Rica

One of the most popular experiences in Costa Rica is observing the mighty sea turtles. For thousands of years, several turtle species have used Costa Rican beaches to safely lay their eggs, with each turtle laying roughly 60 to 100 eggs at a time. About two months later, baby turtles wriggle out of the sand and make their way to the surf. Two of the best places to observe nesting and hatching are Guanacaste and Tortuguero, and kimkim provides details on which tours to choose.

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Best Things to Do in the Gulf of Papagayo

Enjoy the incredible scenery of Costa Rica's Gulf of Papagayo, a large stretch of coastline offering some of the best beaches in the country. Set along the Guanacaste region, you can enjoy water sports, including sailing, paddling, and snorkeling, or watch the famous Pacific green turtles nest on the beach at night. Explore natural parks with adventures like hiking, horseback riding, and soaking in hot springs, or view some of Costa Rica's most beloved wildlife, such as monkeys and sloths.

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Top Family Experiences in Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers adventures suitable for all ages, making it an excellent choice for a family vacation. Kids and adults alike love spotting wildlife, ziplining through cloud forests, learning how to surf, touring organic farms, and much more. The unique experiences you can enjoy in Costa Rica—a country leading the world in eco-tourism and wildlife conservation—will leave a lasting impression on the entire family for years to come.

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