It’s pleasantly warm all year round, but there are some seasonal differences. May through November sees temperatures of 28 to 30°C (82 to 86°F), while December through April sees temperatures of 25 to 28°C (77 to 82°F). For more details on the water conditions for swimming, surfing and boating throughout the year in Peninsula Papagayo, please click here.
Wet season here is classed from late May to November, with peak rainy season in September and October. Temperatures drop slightly at this time of year, but they are still pretty stable. Don’t let that put you off though.
September and October are great months to come and immerse yourself in nature at our local reserves and parks. Although you may experience showers throughout your stay, it also makes for the perfect climate to keep you refreshed in between your adventures. Even though it’s classed as our cooler season, you’ll find that it’s still warmer than on the Caribbean coast.
Unsure of when is the best time to plan your trip to Peninsula Papagayo? No problem! Our dedicated concierge team is here to help you plan your itinerary and handle all the little details for you, ensuring that you can make the most of your trip. Simply contact us to get started.
Dry season here spans from November through April. When visiting us during this period, you’re pretty much guaranteed to experience sunny weather while you’re here. You may still experience the odd shower from time to time, but on the whole you’ll enjoy long dry days filled with beautiful sunshine.
If you’re looking to catch some rays during your trip and enjoy the warmer temperatures, consider visiting Guanacaste in March and April. During this time, you’ll enjoy highs of up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius). As we’re positioned close to the seaside, you’ll often feel a refreshing breeze throughout the day, which certainly takes the edge of when you’re sitting under the heat of the sun.
It really depends on the type of vacation you’re looking for, and on what you’re planning on seeing! There really isn’t a “bad” time to come and visit. Guanacaste in particular has a tropical climate that offers two main seasons: dry season and rainy season (also known as “green” season locally). Those who want to hit the beach will undoubtedly prefer the dry season, while the green season is much more favorable to those who want to make the most of their adventures. Want a happy medium between the two? We recommend planning your trip in July or August – although you’ll experience a few more showers, you’ll also avoid the crowds that are often found in peak holiday periods.
When planning their trips, many of our guests ask us what the weather is like in Guanacaste. The good news is that we’re based close to the equator, so the region enjoys long stretches of sunshine all year round. It also means that the sun rises and sets at pretty much the same time each day, so daylight hours are plentiful no matter what month you’re visiting us in.
Having said this, there are some key seasonal variations to take note of when booking your trip. Due to the varied nature of the country’s landscape, there are multiple microclimates depending on which region you’re planning on visiting. Read on to see what the weather is like in Guanacaste to get a better idea of what you can expect during your trip!
It’s pleasantly warm all year round, but there are some seasonal differences. May through November sees temperatures of 28 to 30°C (82 to 86°F), while December through April sees temperatures of 25 to 28°C (77 to 82°F).
There are different types of vegetation in Peninsula Papagayo, from tropical dry forest and mangroves to rainforest. The good news is you can see all three of these nature spots within a 1.5 hours drive from your Papagayo Luxury, luxury villa rental. You can read more about it here.
Absolutely! Guanacaste is home to everything from breathtaking beaches and rich rainforests to lush mangroves and nestling coves…which makes it the perfect habitat for all kinds of wildlife. Many of our luxury vacation villas also have lots of tall trees and deep vegetation nestled around the properties, making them a great place for spotting some of the local creatures. When you’re looking out from your villa’s terrace or balcony, you can expect to see everything from howler monkeys to vibrantly colored birds.
If you want to immerse yourself in nature further, we have so many excursions and trails that we can recommend – click here for more details.
Yes, you need onsite transportation. The terrain is hilly and can be quite steep. Any vehicle will work fine in the resort. Outside of the resort, a car should be sufficient. If you plan on self driving out of the resort, you may consider an SUV to have a bit more clearance.
It is 30-50 minutes to the grocery store from your vacation home. We also offer provisioning service where your groceries are delivered to your home and placed in the cabinets and fridge prior to your arrival.
The Andaz and the Four Seasons resort have live music on certain days. Ask the concierge for specific recommendations in the nearby beach towns which are approximately 50 min away. We can provide a driver, if desired.
We supply your vacation home with organic handmade Costa Rican spa quality bathroom amenities. We provide shampoo, conditioner, body soap, and hand soap.
Each home will have basic kitchen provisions including salt/pepper shakers, oil, vinegar, sugar for coffee, aluminum foil, and plastic wrap. If you are grilling and may use a lot of aluminum foil, please consider stocking up with an extra roll.
We have a “pay it forward” pantry system. After you leave, we will keep on hand the unused items that might be helpful for the next guest (spices, sugar, flour, pancake mix, etc).
Our guests have access to the private Prieta Beach Club which backs Playa Prieta. This beach is great for boogie boarding and beginner surf lessons. Guests also have access to Playa Nacascolo, which is located near the golf driving range. Playa Nacascolo is perfect for families with small children as it is flat water (bay side) and with a very long, shallow entry, with no steep drop-offs.
With a day pass (or by taking the stair trails for the adventurous), you can access the beaches of the Andaz Hotel (Playa Sombrero) and Four Seasons (Playa Blanca and Playa Virador).
Historically the Four Seasons and the Andaz hotels offer a day pass. This is generally not available until 24 hours prior to arrival. Most recently the Four Seasons day pass is $200 per family of 4 with $100 food credit when ordered poolside or on the beach. The Andaz Hotel day pass is $50 per person with all of that credited to food purchases. Hotel day passes offer access to the hotel pools, beaches, programs, fitness center, and children’s programs.
The day pass is subject to availability and all rules and costs are subject to change and at the discretion of the hotel.
Two types of monkeys are primarily found at Peninsula Papagayo, the mantled howler monkeys, and capuchin (white-faced) monkeys. In the past year, guests and staff have seen a spider monkey as well, which is certainly a more rare occurence. We see monkeys nearly every day at the resort, though they may be more difficult to spot during green season when the trees are thick with leaves. Ask me for my “monkey map!”
Some of the activities are paid in cash and your concierge can offer a suggestion of how much cash to bring for the planned elements. There is an ATM at the Four Seasons hotel and also at the Papagayo Marina. Most ATMs will give you cash in local currency only. There is also an ATM and bank at the Do-It-Center between the airport and Peninsula Papagayo.
There are a variety of onsite or nearby adventures and opportunities and here is the current schedule for Nov 2019-Apr 2020. The resort will frequently add new adventures, and your concierge will advise of new activities.
If you have US dollars, you will not need to change money. We do not recommend changing money at the airport as those are very high transaction rates. Most of the rates in-resort and for the tours are shown in US dollars. If you require change, you will receive change in local currency (Costa Rica colon), and they should be at a fair and reasonable exchange rate. You can use a credit card for many charges and you can also use the ATM if you require cash. There is also a nearby bank at the Do-It-Center which is located between the airport and Peninsula Papagayo.
It is approximately 19 miles from the Liberia (LIR) airport to the Peninsula Papagayo entrance gates.
Leave the airport and turn right onto the airport road. After 0.8 miles, turn right onto the main road (route 21). After 17.7 miles, turn right at the Do-It-Center, which is well marked (Route 253). There is also a sign for the Andaz at this intersection. Drive for approximately 12.2 miles until it ends at a roundabout. Turn right at the second exit off the roundabout and drive about 200 meters to the guard gate.
Your concierge will send you specific instructions on how to get to your home from the Peninsula Papagayo guard gate.
The tap water is fine to drink. There is a water purification plant onsite at Peninsula Papagayo and the water is purified by reverse osmosis process. The water may be different than you are used to at home, so certainly feel free to purchase bottled water.
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