Gulf of Papagayo Beaches

Liberia, Costa Rica

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Gulf of Papagayo Beaches

The Gulf of Papagayo and its coastline are a major tourist magnet. Thanks to its splendid beaches, Guanacaste province is an excellent choice for waterside pursuits. Playa Panamá is one of the most attractive beaches in Guanacaste province, perfect for enjoying a swim as well as beautiful views over the ocean — take a walk along the shore, and savour drinks and treats only a stone's through away. Playas del Coco is laid-back during the day but vigorous at night, so a great night out after a chilled day of sunbathing can best be enjoyed here. Do also try out some of the water sports practiced here. Playa Hermosa is a grey sand beach perched between two mountains and, in fact, seldom as crowded as its neighbours. Head here for having a calm day in tranquil surroundings.

Do & See

With its historic buildings and a growing cultural scene, Liberia boasts a lot of opportunities to learn about its rich history and culture — start your stroll at Calle Real, Liberia's oldest street, to see where it all began, and where renovation and expansion are already planned ahead. The town makes an excellent launch pad for exploring the nature and beaches nearby (and farther afield), as well as getting around the impressive province of Guanacaste for a deep dive into the diversity of Costa Rica and its unfathomably beautiful nature.