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It's simple — a life full of surprises and adventure is a life well-lived. So dust off your passport, pack your things and say hello to Papagayo!
Make your way to Potrero, 25 kilometres southwest, and take a look at Flamingo Beach. Other worthy attractions here include Conchal Beach.
What could be more soothing than a leisurely stroll beside the water? Take the family to Coco Beach or Hermosa Bay Beach for a fabulous day out.
Head out into the fresh air and contemplate the natural surroundings of Rincon de la Vieja Nationa Park. It's located 50 kilometres away from Papagayo. You can also enjoy some quiet time at Santa Rosa National Park, 20 kilometres away.
Learn about a past era with a visit to the Beach Chocolate Factory.
Head over and see if anything catches your eye at Marina Papagayo.
There's even more to see and do just down the road. Playa Hermosa, 9 kilometres to the south, is known for Ocotal Beach and the Papagayo Golf and Country Club. Alternatively, if the Hidden Garden Art Gallery and Rocio's Kitchen are more appealing, go 12 kilometres southeast from Papagayo to Comunidad.
Tourists and locals alike often make the journey to Liberia. This destination is 25 kilometres away and not far from Church of La Ermita La Agonia, Liberia Parque Central and the Sabanero Statue. If you're staying a while, remember to swing by Iglesia Inmaculada Concepción de María and the Museo de Guanacaste.
To truly experience a destination is to taste its food and drink, so get ready to nibble, gnaw, slurp and sip your way through North Pacific Coast. The only thing you need to take with you is a decent appetite!
Pork and chicken are some typical ingredients in many dishes here. If you don't have a taste for them already, you may by the end of your holiday!
When the locals talk to you about their favourite foods, you might hear casado or arroz con pollo (rice and chicken) mentioned once or twice. These specialties are part of the region's identity and should be on any food lover's list.
If you never say no to dessert, we don't think you'll be disappointed. Be sure to order tres leches (custard flan), a yummy treat that's sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Life's not all beer and skittles, but there's certainly nothing wrong with savouring a cold one now and again. While you're here, make sure it's Bavaria.
Neat or on the rocks — the bartender should know the best way to enjoy Ron Centenario. When the night nods for something with a little more bite, it should be the first drink you order!
You're travelling all the way to the North Pacific Coast region, so why not put in a little extra effort to learn a handful of expressions and greetings in the local tongue? Trust us, it'll make your whole trip that little bit more fulfilling. '¡Salud!' translates to 'cheers/good health!'. '¿Querría bailar conmigo?' ('would you like to dance?') is another one you may need.
Celebrated throughout the entire country, Independence Day takes place on the 15th of September. If you're lucky enough to be here during this important day, it'll be difficult not to get swept up in the exciting atmosphere!
"Hasta la vista" doesn't need to be so final. Why not keep a few Costa Rican colóns for when you return?
From the centre of Papagayo, it's around 480 kilometres to the northwest to El Salvador International Airport (SAL). This is the nearest airport. Remember to give yourself a little extra time to find your way there so you don't miss your flight back home.
Planning to stay over a couple of nights? You'll want to move fast as there are just 18 Papagayo hotels on offer. So why wait? Let lastminute.com.au help you book today!
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