Playa del Coco is one of the closest beaches to the major airport in Guanacaste, the Costa Rican province located along the Pacific Ocean shore. It takes less than hour to travel from the airport in Liberia to this fantastic beach. With towering palm trees swaying the breeze, a wide stretch of sand, and clear-blue waters—all set against the blue sky—Coco Beach Costa Rica is as pretty as any beach you’ll find in Central America.
Like all of the Guanacaste beaches, Playa del Coco lies on the northwest coast of Costa Rica, between the Nicaragua border and the Nicoya Peninsula. The 35 miles between Liberia and the beach are all paved roads, a bit of a rarity in Costa Rica. After a quick and smooth trip from the airport—or a few hours from San Jose, the capital city—you’ll arrive at fun little seaside town. Even though Playa del Coco has a laid-back back vibe, it offers plenty to do by day and by night. You’ll find a welcoming place to spend some time having fun in the sun and after dark.
It’s not surprising that the beach is the center of the action in Playa Del Coco. The name is taken from the chocolate-brown sand, nestled between two rocky outcroppings. Most of the beach parties take place on the weekend, when locals and vacationers come together to have fun. During the week, the beach is rather quiet. You’ll have lots of room for spreading out a blanket or pulling up a beach chair. A relaxing stroll on the beach is another favorite for those seeking a quiet retreat. Of course, that doesn’t suit everyone all the time, and there’s plenty of action. Beneath the surface, you’ll find a world filled with color and wonder, entered by snorkeling.
Many know Coco Beach Costa Rica for its sport fishing opportunities. Plenty of charters shove off from shore, bringing anglers and their expert guides out to sea in search of some serious catches. Most of the year—everything but September through November—these waters offer up some of the best fishing along the Pacific Coast. Marlins are especially plentiful here, both the blue and black varieties, as are sailfish.
Still others look to Playa del Coco as a beginning point for surfing vacations. Two of the best surfing spots in the entire country are nearby—Witch’s Rock and Ollie’s Point. While these areas are especially favored by professional surfers, beginners can sign up for lessons. Surfing is becoming more and more popular with Costa Rica visitors these days.
Beyond the beach, many of Guanacaste’s best resorts are located along the shores the Pacific. You’ll find a mix of all-inclusive and regular hotels in Playa del Coco Costa Rica. If you’re the kind of wants to spent all of your vacation having fun without any worries, you’ll enjoy going the all-inclusive route. With everything paid in advance, you won’t need to worry about pulling out your wallet every time you want to grab a jet ski or enjoy a cocktail at a beachside cantina. After the sun sets, many of Playa del Coco’s resorts spring to life—especially the bars and clubs.