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Gulf of Papagayo

The Gulf of Papagayo is dotted by 12 golden-sand beaches separated by gray cliffs that jut out into the Pacific Ocean. The calm coves' protected waters are ideal for beginner swimmers, young children and visitors just wishing to relax.

Many of Papagayo's secluded beaches are best accessed by canoe or sea kayak. Their sparkling sands dance with scuttling hermit crabs, and the gulf's resident howler monkeys will boldly call out to you during a relaxing sunbath. Make a date to watch the sunset from one of these gentle strips of sand -- Papagayo is known for some of the best sunsets in Costa Rica.

Gulf of Papagayo in Pictures

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