Real Estate Listings in Papagayo Costa Rica

Welcome to the captivating beauty of Papagayo, Costa Rica—a region that effortlessly marries luxury with nature's splendor. Imagine a destination where untouched landscapes, adorned with sparkling diamonds, unfold like emerald-green velvet against the backdrop of a serene, clear blue sea teeming with wildlife. This is not a mere figment of your imagination; it is the real and unimaginably beautiful Papagayo.

Location and Geography: Papagayo is more than a town; it is a region nestled on the northern Pacific coast of Guanacaste in Costa Rica. Bounded by Punta Santa Elena to the north and extending south to Punta Gorda, the heart of Papagayo lies within the Bahia Culebra, formed by the expansive Papagayo Peninsula to the north and Playas del Coco to the south, with Playa Hermosa and Playa Panama nestled in between. Encompassing 19 communities, Papagayo is a harmonious blend of tourism and nature, boasting one of the deepest and most protected natural bays south of the US border—Bahia Culebra—offering shelter and breeding grounds to a plethora of marine life.

Historical Riches: Papagayo's history stretches back over a thousand years, rooted in a thriving indigenous population that inhabited one of Costa Rica's first coastal areas. The region's journey as a tourist destination commenced in the 1960s, with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration recognizing its vast potential. Designated as a top-level location for tourism-related projects, the Bahia de Culebra became the focus of governmental incentives and zoning to attract hotel and resort development. In the 1970s, then-President Daniel Oduber Quiros declared Papagayo a "national touristic interest," leading to its designation as a "tourism zone" and the implementation of laws supporting its development. Despite initial challenges, Papagayo has evolved into a model of responsible development and ecological practices, attracting over a billion dollars in investments.

Why Papagayo Charms as a Vacation Destination: Beyond luxury accommodations and biodiversity, Papagayo beckons with more attractions:

  1. Weather: Papagayo boasts a comfortable coastal climate with sunny, dry seasons and a low-rainfall wet season. Enjoy endless summers with temperatures averaging 82-90°F.

  2. Beaches: With 14 uniquely beautiful beaches, each offering a distinct charm, Papagayo's shores range from amenity-laden to secluded paradises with calm waters and soft sands in varying hues.

  3. Convenience: Almost every destination in Papagayo is just 30 minutes from Liberia International Airport (LIR). Playas del Coco, the bustling beach community, is a short drive away, offering services, shopping, restaurants, and a gateway to numerous watersports and outdoor activities.

Retiring in Papagayo: Papagayo presents an ideal retirement haven, offering:

  1. Luxury Lifestyle: Enjoy the best of both worlds—luxury in the jungle. Thriving expat communities provide guidance and support, while activities like golfing on the Arnold Palmer Golf Course and building custom homes with stunning views define the lifestyle.



  1. World-Class Healthcare: Costa Rica's renowned, affordable healthcare, coupled with modern medical facilities, ensures residents can access high-quality medical services.

  2. Cost of Living: Monthly expenses vary based on lifestyle, with housing, electricity, food, travel, internet, and entertainment contributing to costs. Many retirees comfortably live on $3000 a month.

  3. Activities: Papagayo offers an array of outdoor activities, including snorkeling, scuba diving, sport fishing, kayaking, jet skiing, parasailing, catamaran tours, ATV tours, ziplining, mountain biking, and golf.

  4. Interesting Parks: Day trips to nearby parks, such as Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Santa Rosa National Park, and Palo Verde National Park, add cultural and natural exploration to retirement.

Where to Stay in Papagayo: Explore Papagayo's diverse accommodations, ranging from luxury to budget options:


  • Four Seasons Resort at Peninsula Papagayo:
  • Andaz by Hyatt - Peninsula Papagayo
  • Ritz-Carlton - Peninsula Papagayo
  • Waldrof Astoria - Playa Hermosa 


  • Occidental Papagayo: An adults-only, all-inclusive resort with scenic views of Bahia Culebra.
  • El Mangroove: A beachfront hotel with boutique hospitality.
  • RIU: An all-inclusive hotel on Matapalo Beach.
  • Hotel Bosque del Mar: A high-end, beachfront property with an eco-conscious focus.
  • Planet Hollywood 


  • El Velero: A Mediterranean-style boutique hotel on Playa Hermosa.
  • Hotel Mangaby: A modern, 2-story hotel with 20 rooms.
  • La Gaviota - Playa Hermosa

Real Estate in Papagayo: Homes with stunning ocean views on the Papagayo Peninsula start around $2 million in developments like Hacienda del Mar incomparison to an entry level of $6 mil for homes on the peninsul. However, one can enjoy the benefits of Papagayo without residing on the Peninsula. A one-bedroom condo in Playas del Coco starts at $80,000, and ocean-view homes in Playa Hermosa can be found around $900,000. Papagayo Real Estate offers something for everyone.

Hacienda Del Mar  is a development accross the Bay from Peninsula Papagayo offer luxurious ocean view lots and homes under construction

Papagayo is a realm where luxury and nature harmoniously converge, making it an ideal destination for vacationers and retirees alike. Whether indulging in the opulence of a 5-star resort or relishing the tranquility of a secluded beach, Papagayo beckons with an invitation to experience Costa Rica's unique blend of sophistication and natural beauty.


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