Strategic Stewardship

Sustainable Development


Corporate social responsibility has been integral to the management of Peninsula Papagayo since the beginning. Working together, ownership, management and employees continue to cultivate a community that embraces local culture and sustainability best practices. Including a transformational resort-wide initiative to reduce the intensity of the community’s environmental footprint even further, with the ultimate goal of carbon-neutrality, water neutrality, and zero waste to landfill.



Situated at the doorstep of the Area de Conservación Guanacaste World Heritage Site, Peninsula Papagayo is blessed with a magical biological corridor. The master developer believes the best way of preserving biodiversity and restoring ecosystem services is by integrating people and nature in the most sensitive manner possible, so that residents can appreciate and contribute to its conservation in perpetuity. Peninsula Papagayo will continue to build capacity and credibility as a conservation-focused community by measuring species diversity, abundance and production, and returning degraded habitat to a healthy, functioning condition that supports priority wildlife species.



From its inception, Peninsula Papagayo was envisioned to play a leading role in empowering nearby communities to achieve a sustainable future for themselves and their children. This commitment began in 2001 with the creation of a pioneering community outreach program called Creciendo Juntos—Growing Together. To date, there have been over 600,000 participants in Creciendo Juntos-sponsored courses and workshops, broadening the horizon of job opportunities, self-employment and entrepreneurship for residents in the region.

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Papagayo 2021

Peninsula Papagayo is on track to become water neutral and zero waste to landfill by the end of next year—part of a comprehensive triple bottom line strategy developed in consultation with EY Central America. Underpinning the environmental component is an innovative management system created by EY in collaboration with local stakeholders. Dubbed Papagayo 2021, the new standard incorporates 18 recognized sustainability certifications and interrelated best practices that will enable our team to measure progress across a broad range of environmental, social, and economic impacts.


Raising Coral
in Culebra

Rising ocean temperatures are expected to exceed the ability of coral reefs to survive within the next one to three decades, according to UNESCO. With restoration no longer an option, Peninsula Papagayo, working in collaboration with Costa Rica’s Ministry of Environment and a team of leading experts, has begun the process of restoring the coral reef ecosystems in Culebra Bay. Though growing coral is a long term proposition, there is cause for hope. In a period of 8-10 months, our partners from Raising Coral Costa Rica have been able to achieve an acceleration in growth that typically takes 12-15 years.

One or more images on this page originally appeared in the book “Voices of Guanacaste,” and are presented here courtesy of photographer Tony Arruzza.