Things to Do

Things to Do

Whether your idea of a vacation is to relax and unwind while taking in the breathtaking views of the Panama Beach and the Gulf of Papagayo or take an adrenaline-inspired adventure into the volcanic mountains of Guanacaste and see the rainforest from a zipline through the canopy, the experiences are endless.  Escape to enchantment!

This is called the land of enchantment for many reasons: breathtaking landscapes, locally inspired cuisine, close to nature adventures and unique experiences in a one-of-a-kind vacation.   These are fertile grounds for any type of vacation – family friendly, outdoors, wellness, romantic or for relaxation.

The Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica is where inspirational adventures, serene natural escapes and immersive experiences occur.  In one of Costa Rica’s most privileged positions on the Guanacaste northern Pacific Ocean, this is where you will find a spectacular coastline dotted with white-sanded beaches, mesmerizing sunsets, an idyllic ocean playground to enjoy and a historically rich inland to explore. 

Panama Beach is one of the Gulf´s signature beaches with views of the Papagayo Peninsula and beyond.  Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Guanacaste, it also is conveniently located to a number of national parks, the possibility of doing some amazing beach-hopping to other beaches nearby, the ocean playground as its front garden and the signature tours to explore the province and its adventure-studded activities.

The signature experiences that Papagayo Golden Palms has in its portfolio of selected and curated activities that create the ultimate sea and land adventures include:

Just steps from your beachfront hotel is the open sea that is just waiting to be explored.  Whether you prefer to navigate solo or in the comfort of a luxury catamaran, the opportunities are endless and the possibility to choose how, is part of the fun.  So, pick up an oar or hop on your preferred means of transport, it is time to explore the sea or ride the waves!

SUP (Stand Up Paddle):

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Panama Beach offers the ideal conditions for your SUP experience. It’s mellow currents and scenic coastline ensure a fantastic time on the water. You decide on the rhythm and the route your day on the water will take. This is when you can exercise your free spirit and master your balance while having lots of fun on the Papagayo Gulf.

Outstanding Features:

• A SUP selected according to your capacity.
• Instructions and safety guidelines provided.
• A great workout on the water
• Freedom to explore the gulf, its beaches, and the beautiful coastline.

Ride the Wave

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Costa Rica is one of the world’s best surfing spots so hop on the board and ride those waves. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, the Guanacaste coast has some fantastic breaks for an adventure on the waves.
In the company of expert surfers, you will be taken to the ideal tide-dependent surf spot for your day of fun. Learn the tricks of the board and hang loose till your perfect wave appears.

Outstanding Features:

• For beginners, you may well learn to stand up on your surfboard and the sense of achievement it creates.
• For the pro´s, have a great day surfing the waves in paradise.
• Enjoy a day on the water in the company of surfing professionals.

Catamaran

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Take a morning or a sunset catamaran cruise around the Gulf of Papagayo. Experience some of the most beautiful coastal landscapes and marine life while laying back in the comfort of this modern vessel. With an expert crew aboard, your time on the ocean will be filled with snorkeling, swimming, beach-hopping, and inhaling the beauty of the sun and the waves. Enjoy a light lunch and drinks as you navigate these crystal blue waters.

Outstanding Features:

• A day on the water in a modern catamaran
• Time for snorkeling and swimming in the big, blue sea
• Opportunity to spot dolphins, whales, birds, and marine life.
• Sitting back, unwind and relax time under the sun.

Kayak

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Paddle out beyond the wave break on one of Panama Beaches favorite water activities thanks to its beauty and fantastic conditions to really do some exploring of the Papagayo Gulf, a water wonderland awaiting to be enjoyed. One of the favorite water adventures, kayaking is liberating and the perfect way to make life more vibrant and fun.

Outstanding Features:

• The freedom of going at your own pace.
• A great workout while having loads of fun.
• Glide over perfect water conditions
• Check out the marine life that inhabits this beautiful body of water.

Fishing

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One of the greatest joys of fishing in and around Papagayo Gulf is the ease of access to some of the world’s greatest fishing spots. Just minutes by boat you will arrive at the best in-shore fishing spots so before you know it, you will be angling snapper, jacks, tuna and mackerel.
For the off-shore fishing experience, while it does take longer to get out to the best fishing spots, the fish are bigger! Grouper, wahoo, tuna, mahi-mahi and even black marlin are possible catches (and sometimes releases).
Your experienced crew will create a fishing experience that meets your wildest dreams whether you are a seasoned big game fisherman or it’s your first time in the chair!
And after an eventful day of fishing, let our executive chef delight you with delectable creations from your catch.

Outstanding Features:

• Some of the best fishing grounds in the world
• Just minutes away from some great fishing grounds
• A real experience for experts or beginners
• The fantastic views and marine life spotting during your time on the boat

Inland Adventure

A beach vacation in Costa Rica isn’t all about the ocean.  Going inland is full of eco-inspired tours in one of the last standing dry tropical forests in the world, navigating through wildlife-laden rivers, and traveling through a culturally rich landscape as part of the adventure:

Palo Verde

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Palo Verde National Park belongs to Costa Rica´s protected areas that cover an impressive 25% of the country. This relaxing boat journey down this important river means you have front-row seats to spot animals galore. From the sun- basking crocodiles to the tree-lounging monkeys to the variety of endemic and migratory birdlife, guarantees a day of visual excitement and wildlife overload all from the comfort of your boat in company of a naturalist guide with an incredible eye for finding even the most camouflaged furry friend.

Outstanding Features:

• Experience a jungle-river boat safari.
• See lots of wildlife including reptiles, monkeys, birds, crocodiles.
• Accompanied by an expert bilingual naturalist guide.
• Enjoy a delicious, traditional Costa Rican lunch
• Travel through rich agricultural land and typical, local towns

Buggy Tour

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Come prepared for some off-road adventure in your 2-person buggy deep into the forest and through some of the regions most rugged and beautiful terrain. Travel through native forest, along deserted beaches and through local townships and see some rural culture up close. This is a day of ups and downs and there is even time for a refreshing and relaxing swim to contrast the adrenaline rush of the off-road energy.

Outstanding Features:

• Immersion in nature with an adrenaline-rush.
• Opportunities to see wildlife in their natural habitat.
• Fantastic photo-ops of the spectacular ocean views.
• Travel through local towns and say “hola” to the community.
• Have a swim on a near-deserted beach.

Views of the Sea from Above

Costa Rica is the land of stunning contrasts.  From the striking coastline, not far away are the majestic mountain ranges that are the country’s backbone as they stretch from the northern tip to its southernmost base.  These ranges are also home to numerous volcanoes and dense cloud rainforests that open up incredible adventure-based experiences and of course, spectacular views of the sea below.

Monteverde

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Costa Rica´s mountain gem is a scenic two-and-a-half-hour drive over the Guanacaste savanna up into the misty, cloud forest of Monteverde. This is an adventure of contrasts and of extreme natural beauty in many ways. This is where you experience a higher level of fun, laughter and renewal while exploring the depth of the forest from new perspectives.
Your day in Monteverde is excitement filled at the highest nature and adventure ecological park. Zipline through and walk over the hanging bridges in the cloud forest canopy and experience this precious mountain landscape from above.

Outstanding Features:

• Experience the incredible natural contrasts of Costa Rica.
• Travel from the clear blue ocean to the misty green mountains in one day
• A day of adventure in the cloud rainforest that will be unforgettable.
• Feel the exhilaration of flying through the rainforest canopy.

Rincón de la Vieja

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Welcome to Guanacaste´s volcanic adventure mountain! A day that will never be forgotten as you adventure through canyons, rivers, rainforests, mud baths, hot springs immersed in nature and full of adrenaline.
Pick from a variety of close-to-nature experiences on the slopes of the very much alive Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. Your day will be a combo of fun activities that include ziplining through the forest canopy, tubing down a river, horseback riding and relaxing in the hot springs that our volcano generously supplies us! There is no better way to enjoy true Costa Rica adventure!

Outstanding Features:

• A day of adventure on the slopes of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano.
• Experience nature from different perspectives and levels of adrenaline.
• Bath in natural hot springs that the volcano sources.
• See Costa Rica´s cowboy country.

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