Situated approximately 20 miles from the city of Liberia, Costa Rica, Playas del Coco town is one of the oldest beach town. As it has close proximity to the capital of Guanacaste, it has has historical importance. In Costa Rica, Playas del Coco is one of the more popular beach towns for both locals and tourists. This beach town is popular for being a family friendly town and favorite party place for the holidays. The area is full of nightlife and fun activities. It used to be a small fishing town in the past decade but later grown immensely a little beach town.
The way to Playas del Coco:
To reach the Playas del Coco area, it takes a 25 minute drive from its closest airport Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia. You can get to the town of Playa del Coco from the airport by a variety of ways.
Public bus runs from Liberia to Coco multiple times a day that costs 550 colones one way.
If you want to choose the most convenient and comfortable way, you can also travel by a shuttle that costs $50 for 1 to 4 people.
After lending at the LIR, you can also rent a car and drive to the Coco from the airport. It is very easy and straight forward way.
After reaching the airport, you will find many taxis outside the airport that costs around $50 to 60. While hiring, make sure to tale the official red ones rather the orange or pirate taxis.
In this town you will find an abundance of accommodations. There are also budget hotels for the travelers to help them save a little money. Travelers who are planning to explore the general Guanacaste province, they can choose the base camp option. This town also offers beachfront hotels are affordable usually under $90 per nights. Mountaintop resorts are perfect for the travelers who want to stay close to the nature and watch stunning views. In Playa del Coco town, several upscale hotels have on-site restaurants.
Situated only 50 meters from the beach and 600 meters from the center of Playas Del Coco, Cabinas Chale is featured with rooms overlooking amazing garden view. It also has an outdoor pool and there are several restaurants within 5 minute walking distance.
Call: (506) 2670 0036
Situated 800m north of the town center, Coco Cabinas offers 2 newly built apartments each of which are perfect for 6 people. These rooms also include private bathroom and furnished kitchen. From this accommodation, you can reach Playa del Coco beach within 5 minutes.
Coco Beach Hotel:
Situated 300 m from Coco Beach, Coco Beach Hotel features a sun terrace with swimming pool, a palapa roof lounge and free Wi-Fi throughout. Its rooms are decorated with wooden furniture and featured with air conditioner, bathroom and overlook amazing garden view. It has an on-site restaurant that serves International dishes and it has also a sport bar.
Flor de Itabo:
Situated only 1 km away from the Cocos Beach on the Pacific Ocean, Hotel Flor de Itabo is surrounded by lush tropical gardens. It provides functional and bright rooms with cable TV and air conditioner and also feature private bathrooms with shower. This hotel also provides WiFi access is available at the property for free.
Call: (506) 2670-0003 / (506) 2670-0438
Hotel Coco Palms:
Situated 50m from Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Hotel Coco Palms features all the necessary amenities and a market, restaurant, bar. It also features large pool and kid’s pool.
Call: (506) 2670-0367
Situated in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, Hotel M&M is a small tropical hotel, full of charm and good vibes. Nestled only 30 minutes’ drive from Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, this hotel provides WiFi access, bicycle rentals and a library. Within 5 minutes from this hotel you will reach several restaurants serving fresh seafood and typical dishes of the region.
Call: +506 2670 1212
Sweet Dreams Studios De Lux 3:
Sweet Dreams Studios is situated only 10 minute walking distance from amazing Ocotal Beach. It provides self-catering accommodation with access to a large communal swimming pool and gardens. This hotel is an ideal base for fishing, diving and snorkeling. From the hotel just within 2 km, there are several bars, restaurants and shops in the Coco town and the Liberia International Airport is 25 km away.
Call: +506 26701750
Cafe De Playa:
At this romantic beachside restaurant, you can treat yourself to a delightful meal. It serves delicious meals prepared with local food products, fresh seafood and tropical fruits.
Call: + 506 2670 1621
Situated four blocks from the beach in the heart of Playas del Coco, Citron provides Latin American fusion cuisine at its best. You will enjoy your food in a relaxed atmosphere. This restaurant served a specialized menu prepared with the best local products by the Master Chef Dacid.Posner.
Call: +506 2670 0942
Coconutz Sports Bar & Eatery:
Located in the main street in Playas del Coco, this sports bar and eatery serves a large menu of food and drinks and also arrange live music and movies. It remains open Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. till late.
It serves all the espresso drinks and also offers delicious sandwiches, salads and breakfasts.
Call: (506) 2201 8017 / 8824 9353
La Dolce Vita:
La Dolce Vita restaurant is offers home-made Italian signature cuisine. It is the local expat choice for wood-fried pizza in Playa del Coco. It also serves a range of pastas, unique preparations of seafood and traditional grills, delightful deserts and many more.
Call: +506 2670 1384
Situated in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Lookout is a sea food restaurant and a oyster bar. In this beach town, Lookout is the first and only restaurant to stock live oysters to be eaten raw on the half shell (or charbroiled, steamed and fried). It is also the first and only place in town to serve Costa Rican craft beers on tap and it has also bottled options.
Call: +506 8548 8679
Nightlife at Coco:
In the Playa del Coco town nightlife is truly something to experience. If you are looking for a party, a nightlife party in this beach town will give you the opportunity to meet both Ticos that are on holiday and also the tourists from different countries all over the world. You can go for a beach-style party in the town’s plaza and make yourself enjoy at a casino, a disco or a local bar. You might be slightly surprised at how lively and busy this little beach town can get at night. There are plenty of places around the town to enjoy a night full of laughing, drinking, dancing and celebrating with friends and family. You can rent a golf cart to get around and visit different spots at night.
Bar La Vida Loca:
This bar is considered as one of the top places for Coco nightlife. As it is a spacious open bar, it allows the guests to enjoy the amazing ocean view at night. You can join the Sunday Reggae nights and pull out your dancing shoes or just get mellow. At this bar you can enjoy rocking Fridays and Saturdays. Its awesome music, friendly atmosphere, tasty food will make your night memorable.
This sorts bar is situated right on main street so you will be right in the heart of downtown Coco nightlife. At this bar on karaoke night, you can belt out some tunes with your friends and also can join in on movie night or dance to live music on Thursday.
Lizard Lounge has a dance floor, TV’s everywhere and a stage. It is a perfect place for young travelers, backpackers, tourists as well as locals who want to enjoy some fun time at a nightclub style bar. With its blasting music on weekends with colored lights flashing for a very lively party scene, Lizard Lounge is definitely the loudest on the main street of Playas del Coco. If you are looking for a party scene to drink, dance and mingle all night, you will find this bar perfect.
At the Los Ranchitos, you can enjoy experiencing Costa Rican nightlife and indulge yourself in some Latin culture. Located just a little bit outside of Coco, this place have traditional dance, meringue and salsa dancing. At this place you will have a great night immersing yourself in a little bit of the Costa Rican culture and nightlife.
National Parks, Private Parks and Wildlife Refuge:
Guanacaste National Park:
This hotel can be reached with a one and a half drive from Playa del Coco. This park is adjacent to the Santa Rosa National Park and its 86,000-acre area is home to several habitats from lowland dry forest to mountainous cloud forest. Two volcanoes – Orosi and Cacao – frame the park.
Lomas de Barbudal Wildlife Refuge:
From Playa del Coco, Lomas de Barbudal Wildlife Refuge can be reached just within one and a half hours. It is a tranquil wildlife refuge that helps to protect endangered rosewood and mahogany trees. With its 6,500 acre area, this refuge is home to 250 bee species as well as 200 bird species. It also has a small network of hiking trails.
Palo Verde National Park:
Situated just over an hour and a half’s drive from Playa del Coco, Palo Verde National Park has 45,500 acre area that also includes the Caballero Wildlife Refuge. This park is home to more than 300 bird species.
Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park:
This park is situated 60 km from Playa del Coco. Its trails show off the active volcano’s power with bubbling mud pits, thermal springs, rivers and waterfalls and all of these are surrounded by dry tropical forest on the Pacific slope.
Santa Rosa National Park:
From the Playa del Coco, Santa Rosa National Park is just 76 km away and it takes only an hour drive. Its 122,350 acre area is home to 10 unique habitats, ranging from mangrove swamp to dry tropical forest.
In the town of Playas del Coco, you will meet very friendly people who are proud to be Guanacastecos and they call themselves “coqueños” that means from Coco.
During the dry season, the sun remains quite strong and intense in Playas del Coco. It can stay between 90 – 100 Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) and above for weeks. The Coco area is known as one of the driest and hottest places in Costa Rica as it has a longer dry season. Until around August with October as the peak rainy month, it generally doesn’t start raining constantly. This area constantly experiences water shortages and droughts due to the dryness and shorter rainy season.
Health & Security:
There is a public clinic ‘Ebais’ in Playas del Coco. In the town there is also a private clinic called ‘Coco Medical Center’. There is also one main veterinarian clinic in town in Pueblito Norte of Las Palmas, Veterinaria Dra.Sharine Alice.
Right in front of the beach by the park there is a police station where you can ask for help in case you experience any kind of trouble.
Playas del Coco Beach:
Lies within the Gulf of Papagayo and stretches 3 kilometers from point to point, Coco beach is not a surfing beach but has a variety of fish species that make it a popular fishing spot. Its water is not quite as blue as you will find in other beaches in Guanacaste rather its water seems more blue-grey than blue-green and its sands have a dark grey-brown color. Coco beach water is perfectly suitable for swimming and bathing.