Playas del Coco or just Coco as it is called by local expats that call this hopping little beach town home, is said to have the most festive and exciting nightlife in the region. In the days of old it was a lazy little fishing village and still has a fishing port and a famous fish market, but in recent years it has been transformed into one Guanacaste’s favorite little hotspots.
The town’s central plaza is where the nightlife sizzles in the many restaurants and bars as well as the casinos and discos. But there is more than nightlife activities in Playa del Coco, like a whole gambit of ocean activities, such as world class sport fishing, snorkeling, Scuba Diving, jet ski, wind surfing kite surfing boating and of course just chillaxing on the beach.
The dark sand beach is seeing constant improvements, and the new boardwalk has done wonders for the beach area. The tourist and expat boom has caused a surge of new development projects and condo’s as well as money into the area, including a modern shopping center.
Coco Beach is very popular with Costa Rica’s younger crowd in search of fun in the sun, packing the beach on weekends. It is also known as a surfer hangout, not so much for the surf inside the horse-shoe shaped bay which is moderate but for the surfing at remote breaks such as Ollie’s Point and Witch’s Rock that is for the more advanced surfer. If you are looking for a more open, family type beach you can check out Playa Hermosa which is only minutes away where you can enjoy plenty of water sports and activities – but if you want to shop and party with some local flavor Coco’s cool atmosphere is for you.
Coco is the largest villages of the Papagayo region, and the Coco area does have a nice variety of luxury resorts and affordable accommodations for budget travelers as well.
Getting to Playas del Coco driving from San Jose is approximately five hours by car and the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia provides easy access to the region. You can also take buses from either Liberia or San Jose which run daily.
The area around Coco Beach is also famous as a mass sea turtle nesting area. Marino Las Baulas National Park is place to go for sea turtles, where Leatherback, Pacific Green, and Hawksbill turtles all make their annual migration to the area. At times thousands of sea turtles crawl up the beaches to lay their eggs. It is truly a unique experience to see these impressive marine animals in such large numbers.
Playa Coco is a very exciting beach town that you don’t want to miss, so if you are visiting the area make sure to stop by and enjoy the coolest hotspot on Guanacaste’s Gold Coast.