Playa del Coco lies 35 kilometres (22 miles) west of Liberia, Guanacaste’s main city, and is the easiest beach on the Nicoya Peninsula to access by road from San José. and just 24 km or 20 minutes drive from the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia .
This pleasant fishing town is a popular destination for Ticos, and offers a variety of nightlife and restaurants. Sailboats and fishing boats can be seen scattered throughout the bay, offering a great opportunity to watch local fisherman at work. Playas del Coco is one of the best known beaches in the country. Plays del Coco is the best known for it's sports fishing , surfing, scuba diving and snorkelling.
Playas del Coco is the largest village in Guanacaste province of Costa Rica. Originally known as the main Costa Rica hub for surfers with places like Ollie’s Point and Witches Rock within easy reach, this busy beach is a prime scuba diving spot, with many tour and diving companies set up here. Social life is very active and dining and nightlife are superb.
Playas del Coco has a fairly well developed infrastructure, good roads and lots of shops, restaurants, bars, discos, casinos, hotels, resorts and markets . If you happen to visit the area during Christmas or Easter week expect to find a lot of people here partying ‘beach style’, when the main road is practically impassable from 10 pm until 3 am.
The sand of Playas del Coco beach itself is a greyish-brown and the tide here often remains quite low. Surrounded by steep hills, this horseshoe shaped bay area is the ideal place to have fun. However, if you are looking for a quiet spot to relax, try staying away from the centre of town, which could be quite busy with tourists and local people.
Pelonas Islands, Catalina Islands and Bat Islands, which are excellent sites to spot turtles, sharks and octopuses in the natural environment are within easy reach from Playas del Coco. The main attraction of this beach is a combination of tourist facilities and great weather. Many tourists also use Playas del Coco as a base camp because of its affordable accommodation, when travelling around the country.
TOP 5 RESTAURANTS AND BARS IN PLAYS DEL COCO
GREAT FOOD, DRINKS AND PEOPLE!
Coconutz is your neighborhood Sports Bar and Micro-Brewery in an exotic tropical setting complete with gorgeous local hard wood, trees growing through the floor, license plates from all over the world, surfboards hanging from our roof top, and of course… our famous swing sets!
Located in the heart of Playas del Coco, Zi Lounge is widely regarded as Coco’s local hot spot for food, drink, and entertainment.
Along with lunch and dinner, Zi lounge features the longest happy hour in town, as well as multiple flat screens to watch all your favorite sporting events. Zi Lounge provides live music weekly in addition to featuring Coco’s top DJ’s nightly. Zi lounge is known for it’s over the top theme parties and events, from the incredible 4th of July fireworks show, to our unforgettable Super Bowl parties, Zi Lounge does it all. With the VIP Lounge, Zi can also help plan your next event, whether it is a birthday party, bachelor/bachelorette or your own private event, Zi Lounge can assist.
Papagayo Seafood Restaurant
as its name implies, is a restaurant excelling in seafood, based in Playa del Coco. It offers delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Given its location, near the beach shops, visitors find it easy to get to the spot. If you are around this area, you’d try this amazing place; it has lots of surprises for you.
Master Chef, David Posner, created a specialized menu based on the best local ingredients to satisfy the most demanding customers.
An explosion of heat and light emanated through the kitchen window, crackling through the dense night air and delivering wafts of salient aromas. The chefs were in overdrive as the restaurant was abuzz with a flurry of activity on the late April night. It was a welcomed sight for the crew as the high season in the Costa Rican beach town had come to an end two weeks prior, resulting in predictably sparse crowds.
TOP 3 PLACES TO VISIT
Hotel Borinquen Mountain Resort & Spa
Secluded in the picturesque outskirts of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Hotel Borinquen Mountain Resort & Spa is the perfect place for fun, adventure and relaxation.
Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and lush forests, the hotel offers a wide variety of outdoor and adventure activities to enjoy and is very close to the city of Liberia and the Daniel Oduber International Airport.
The popular North Pacific Region of Costa Rica is broad and diverse. It offers unspoiled beaches, indigenous cultures, green forests, sports and much more. Make your vacation in Guanacaste complete and include a stay in the beautiful and serene mountains of Hotel Borinquen, the perfect complement to any visit to the area.
After a thrilling drive through a well-maintained gravel road surrounded by amazing views and natural wonders, a charming hamlet scattered at the foothill of the mountain will come into view... you are at Borinquen!
The thermal springs with hot pools, the mineral mud and the natural steam-room will add to the relaxing atmosphere of this retreat in the highlands. You can take advantage of the curative properties that have long been attributed to mineral rich waters and mud-pots. Enjoy the unique experience of relaxing in a hot spring-fed pool after one of the exciting Adventure Expeditions and do not miss a relaxing massage or mud mask in the luxurious Amhra-Sídhe Spa.
The Borinquen Restaurants serve national and international cuisine prepared with the best quality standards. Excellent cuts of meat, fresh fruits and vegetables and sumptuous desserts are prepared with your absolute delight in mind. There are also a snack and juice bar and a swim-up bar where you can enjoy tropical drinks.
Located near the base of Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica’s Northern plains region, Tabacón Resort provides guests with a relaxing, nature filled experience. Natural hot springs and thermo mineral water pools grace exuberant tropical surroundings in the shadow of the majestic and active Arenal Volcano. Two restaurants, offering captivating views of the volcano and hot springs, serve international and traditional Costa Rican cuisine. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily.
Guests may relax in Tabacón's mineral hot springs, waterfalls, 12 mineral pools and an indoor Jacuzzi or indulge themselves in Tabacón Resort’s Iskandria Spa, which provides body and mud treatments, facials, and aromatherapy in a lavish, peaceful setting. Activities at or near the resort include Horseback Riding, Hiking to La Fortuna Waterfall, Mountain Biking, ATV Tours, Fishing and White-water rafting.
Four Seasons Resort at Peninsula Papagayo.
Spilling down a coastal hillside to an isthmus of golden sand, Four Seasons creates an ambience of simple luxury in this pristine natural setting. With two unspoiled beaches, an indigenous spa, championship golf and the magic of the tropical dry forest.
With views of the Pacific Ocean, the spa at Four Seasons Costa Rica provides an oasis of calm tranquillity and a world of peaceful balance. Offering a complete range of treatments, the spa reflects the wonders of the rich Costa Rican natural environment, awakening your senses and soothing your soul. Therapies unique to Costa Rica are offered, using mineral-rich rainforest muds taken from the nearby Osa Peninsula.
The spa is accessed via a separate entrance in the main lobby of the Resort. It features eight massage rooms, seven wet treatment rooms with showers, four facial treatment rooms and three pedicure stations. Spa services are available to guests 18 years of age and older.