resorts lies on the protected side of a larger
peninsula we call Pacheco. This peninsula juts out
into the bay with the Pacific open waters directly
out. To access Playa Bonita, our guests take a
twenty minute kayak paddle around this point and
across a small internal bay which hosts the
Occidental Papagayo Resort. On the far side is a
secluded beach with yellow sand and great
snorkeling. The lighter colored sand is due to a
small coral reef structure that as it breaks up, the
coral structure crumbles into this lighter colored
We have been out on this
tour with whales moving slowly into the bay,
emerging to the surface just adjacent to our kayaks!
This little beach offers two coves and a shoreline
that is steep leading to coral reef off shore.
the wave action is directly exposed to the Pacific
the water is choppier than directly in front of our
resort and this trip should be done in the morning
so you are not paddling against the wind on your
return. Winds pick up in the day from 9:00am to
11:00am and by the afternoon reach a steady flow
from the east.
The small waves within the
bay are a comfortable roller coaster for paddlers.
The resort can offer a guide to accompany those
wanting some additional assistance. We recommend
taking the resorts snorkeling gear with you and
starting this tour in the morning.