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January 14, 2010

Costa Rica's Jurassic Park

A huge new Costa Rican marina/resort complex promises five-star luxury, pristine jungle and wide-open fishing

Planning a Trip to Papagayo

Peninsula Papagayo bills itself as "the first environmentally sound luxury resort and real-estate project in Costa Rica." The 2,300-acre residential community includes the Four Seasons Resort with 153 guest rooms/suites and a full-service spa; it's surrounded by a half-million acres of pristine jungle as part of a national park system. Golfers can enjoy the Four Seasons Golf Club - Arnold Palmer's premiere Central American course, 6,788 yards with 14 of the 18 holes offering breathtaking ocean views. Six more (five-star) hotels are planned for Papagayo. As you might expect, this is not the place to go for a bargain-basement fishing trip; prices reflect the luxury visitors have come to expect.

Papagayo is about a half-hour from Guanacaste's Liberia International Airport, which is served by Air Canada, American, Continental, Delta and US Airways.

For more information, visit www.peninsulapapagayo.com, or call 866-703-7444. For the chance at a free trip, register at www.marinapapagayo.com/contest; you could the be grand-prize winner of four days and three nights for two at the Four Seasons Resort, dinner at the Playa Prieta Beach Club, a day fishing offshore, golfing on the Arnold Palmer course and an eco-tour adventure.

Marina Papagayo Fact Sheet
• Opened last year with 180 slips and another 200 scheduled
• Very wide docks and fairways; accommodates vessels as large as  240 feet
• Dockside marina concierge
• On-site customs/immigration operations
• High-speed fueling
• Dry-dock services
• 200-key marina hotel, plus retail/business center adjoining in the Marina Village (boutiques, cafes/restaurants, bars)
• Crews' quarters; restroom/shower/laundry
• Transient, leases, purchases
• More than 500 residences planned for the marina - condominium, town houses, homes
• Pending as an official IGFA weigh station

For more information, visit www.peninsulapapagayo.com and click on "Marina Papagayo," or call 011-506-2690-3600.

Billfish Safaris
Offering charter trips to fish northern Costa Rica for 15 years, Billfish Safaris established its operations originally in Flamingo Beach, just to the south of Papagayo. Billfish Safaris boats are the exclusive providers of charter-fishing services out of Papagayo Marina, with four boats available. For more information, visit www.billfishsafaris.com, or call 011-506-2654-5244.