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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica:

Playas del Coco

Coco beach bay view from the antennas on the hill


Playas del Coco is one of the most crowded beach destinations in Costa Rica. It is the most important town in the Guanacaste province and a national and international touristic center.


Playas del Coco’s village, Costa Rica Playas del Coco Town in Costa Rica


It is the biggest community of the Gulf of Papagayo where you will find the most complete offer in services, lodging and entertainment. It offers a developed infrastructure of hotels, restaurants bars, discos, casinos, souvenirs and shops. It is an ideal place both to relax and party with the daily nightlife that goes on in town. Remember to keep away from the main street if what you are looking for is a quiet place to rest.


Pelonas Islands Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

It’s beautiful and wide beach consists of a shaped horseshoe bay surrounded by steep cliffs and hills and calm waters to swim or dive. There are plenty of charming boats anchored in Playa del Coco which offer fishing excursions. From the highest point of the hill you can appreciate the beautiful view of the bay and the Pelonas islands, the Cacique and Centinela Point.


Playas del Coco is surrounded by two cliffs; on the east side is Playa Penca, Playa Hermosa and Panama beach, and on the west side of the other cliff is Ocotal beach.


Playa Hermosa close to Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

Playa Penca next to Playas del Coco, Costa Rica


Snorkeling and diving are the most famous sports in Coco Beach. Not to far from Coco you can do canopy, sport fishing, golf, diving, enjoy cascades or just nature.


Coco is only 22 miles from the international airport "Daniel Oduber" in Liberia. Coco is close enough to the border, so you can also go to Nicaragua for a day or overnight trip. It is also very close to Playa Famingo and Tamarindo, ideal spots for Surfing.



Sunset Coco Beach bay Guanacaste Costa Rica


Area Attractions:


Activities to do in Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco Beach in Guanacaste, Costa Rica


Scuba Diving:

Diving is one of the most popular sports from the Gulo of Papagayo and can be done 10 - 15 minutes from Coco Beach where there are more than 20 diving spots. For those who are more advanced, we recommend Catalinas Islands and Bat Islands that are part of the Santa Rosa National Park. In the area you can see turtles, octopus, different types of rays and moraines, sea horses, white fin shark.


From december to march, you can enjoy the presence of gigantic mantas, specially in the Catalinas Islands and sometimes in the local diving. The special of the Bat Islands is the bull shark. Diving is within anyone’s reach, both for those who have dived once and for those who have never done it before.

National Park Arenal
: Playas del Coco is the beach resort closest to the Volcano Arenal, the only volcano with constant activity in Costa Rica. It is also near the Tenorio, Cacao, Rincón de la Vieja and Monteverde volcanoes. 


National Park Marino Las Baulas: Near Playas del Coco is the National Park Marino Las Baulas, an incredible park in front of the sea where the leatherback turtles nest.

Whale, Sea Turtle and Dolphin Watching: Playas del Coco is famous for the whales, dolphins and sea turtles observation. The Humpback Whale season is almost all year round as they come both from the Arctic and the Antarctic to mate and procreate.


Dolphin watching Playas del Coco Costa Rica  Sea turtle watching Playas del Coco Costa Rica


Witches Rock Surf: is considered the hottest Surf Spot in Costa Rica and Central America. Its perfect waves and the difficulty to access this place by land located in Playa Naranjo, make Witch’s Rock and Ollies Point some of the most popular breaks in Costa Rica. There are two ways to reach Witches Rock, by land and by water. The most common one and less dangerous is to take a ferry from Playas del Coco with that takes about an hour. The other alternative is by land, in a 4 wheel vehicle, driving through the Santa Rosa National Park.


Boats by sunset in Playas del Coco Beach Costa Rica

Water Sports: snorkeling, kayaking, canoping, sport fishing (marlin, sail fish, wahoo, dorado), sailboat tours, surf, among others.

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