Papagayo, also known as the Papagayo Peninsula, stands out as a far as gorgeous tropical retreats go. The area is named for the stunning gulf that borders the beach, but there is no official town. This breathtaking 1400-acre private peninsula on Costa Rica’s northern shoreline is surrounded by pristine white sand beaches and is home to key regional sustainable luxury destinations like the Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course. Conveniently located a short drive from the international airport in nearby Liberia, booking your luxury vacation rental in Papagayo is that much easier.
When To Go
Costa Rica lures travellers to its paradise all year long. No matter when you visit, you’ll be getting Papagayo at its best thanks to recent additions, including mountain biking trails, beach clubs, and adventure programming.
If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Papagayo, the hottest months are February through April, and if dry weather is what you’re after, January through March are your best bet. But the green or rainy season, which runs from May through mid-December, is preferred by many. There are many intriguing advantages to visiting at this time of year. For one thing, the brief rainfalls keep the area beautifully lush compared to the dry high season.
Why visit now, in the green season, besides the sheer lushness you’ll encounter?
From June to July, summer vacationers flood the country, while the green season quiets down a bit and sees fewer crowds. This could mean zipping through the rainforest like you own the place, or having more space to sprawl out on the soft, welcoming sand. Enjoy the “developed seclusion” of the area at nearby Hermosa and Coco beaches.
The green season also means that although there are often brief showers throughout the day, mornings are warm and clear, offering plenty of drier time to hit the beach. You can cool off with the afternoon rain, if it happens at all, and expect clear skies again by sunset.
In spite of new tourism-geared additions on Papagayo, the region’s priceless biodiversity is not compromised due to an agreement to keep 70% of the land conserved as green space. The rainforest comes alive in the green season, particularly at night. Halloween crabs, tarantulas, and kinkajous abound, and you can book guided night tours to see them. Cat-eyed snakes and red-eyed tree frogs may also be out because they love humidity.
The Rain Itself
The green season’s frequent rains make fruit and flowers bloom wildly, which in turn draw stunning birds and butterflies, like the Blue Morpho. More rain also makes whitewater rafting possible, as it stirs up furious rapids. Not to mention, standing in a primary rainforest in the middle of a storm is a once in a lifetime experience.
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