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Why you should visit the gulf of Papagayo on your next Costa Rica charter

By Editorial Team   Last Updated: 28 February 2023

If you seek unbridled tropical escapism in the utmost comfort on your Costa Rica yacht charter, then consider visiting the gulf of Papagayo. A recently developed hub of luxury in the northwest tip of Guanacaste, this lush finger is fast becoming popular with the jet-set. Seldom-visited arcs of sand and bountiful bays are just as ubiquitous here is glossy resorts, upscale beach clubs and high-end restaurants. Plus, the gulf of Papagayo is home to an incredibly well-provisioned superyacht marina. 

As legislation has recently come into force in Costa Rica allowing foreign-flagged yacht charters to cruise in its waters for up to a year, we will see this verdant paradise quickly turn into a yachting hotspot. Here's why you should prioritise this exotic peninsula. 

Hip beach clubs

The gulf of Papagayo shimmers with a cosmopolitan brilliance, yet still beguiles the senses with its undulating rhythms of lush jade greens that whirl into mellow, aquamarine seas. It bursts at the seams with fabulous beach clubs, all entertaining yacht goers with serious panache. 

Jumping ashore to sip sundowners at Prieta Beach Club as an apricot glow dapples the coast is well-worth it

Highlights include the urbane cool of Prieta Beach Club, situated on the uber-exclusive Peninsula Papagayo Club and Resort,all billowing cabanas at the shorefront, beckons the most discerning sybarites in Costa Rica. 

Jumping ashore to sip sundowners as an apricot glow dapples the coast is well-worth it. Poro Poro Beach Club, Maracuya Beach Club and Pacifico Beach Club dotted further along the coastline are also invariably popular among yacht goers.

Serene beaches and inlets

One thing the Gulf of Papagayo isn't short of is gloriously unspoiled beaches and inlets, so slip on some scuba gear or doze happily on one of its intimate sands before jumping back on board.  A long sweeping crescent of sparkling blue backed by palms, the SuperyachtSet flock to Playa del Coco or Playa Huevo each year.

The spine-tinglingly gorgeous Playa Junquillal, Playa Penca or Playa Jicaro are all equally idyllic if you are looking for glorious strips of pearly white coastline and crystalline waters.

For some seriously outstanding diving, take a tender towards the gulf's seldom-frequented islands. Experience underwater magic at Bat Islands, Monkey Head Islands or Ocotal for scuba thrills that will linger long in your memory. 

World-class marina

Cradled by soaring cliffs, Marina Papagayo is both a mind-blowingly beautiful spot as it is a deluxe superyacht haven.

Conveniently situated just 30 minutes from the international airports, it is also located below the hurricane line and protected for northern winds. Guests can feel rest assured of smooth charter, unaffected by choppiness.   

Catering to vessels up to 250 feet with a 180 fully serviced berth capacity, Marina Papagayo boasts state-of-the-art facilities

Catering to vessels up to 250 feet with a 180 fully serviced berth capacity, Marina Papagayo boasts state-of-the-art facilities and an impressive selection of beaches, hiking trails, beach clubs, and even sprawling golf courses. Yacht charter guests needn't ever worry about feeling bored off-deck here.

Fabulous dining options

Speckled with five-star resorts, including the Four Seasons Resort, El Mangroove and Andaz on the ultra-hip Papagayo Peninsula, yacht charter guests have an exquisite range of dining options to cater to every possible palate.

Ideal for gourmands, world-renowned Ostra delights patrons with its ceviche offerings, using the finest ingredients plucked straight for the ocean.

Buzzing Anejo is a sublime spot to watch Costa Rica turn into a twinkly nightscape

Meanwhile, lively yet sophisticated Anejo enthralls guests with its Latin-influenced cuisines and breathtaking panoramic views —  a sublime spot to watch Costa Rica turn into a twinkly nightscape.

Outside of the Peninsula, if you are looking for hearty, wholesome dishes served with aplomb, consider La Dolce Vita, revered for its particularly juicy yet tender steaks.

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Costa Rica's colorful culture, delectable food and spellbinding landscapes offers a slice of Central American perfection, leaving yacht rental guests yearning for more. It's the ideal destination for avid thrill-seekers, as it is for those wishing for heavenly solitude.

To find out more about booking a yacht charter in Costa Rica, please consult your chosen yacht charter broker. They can provide you with personalized information and advice concerning your vacation, creating an itinerary that perfectly caters to your individual needs.

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