Playa del Coco
The location of the town of Playas del Coco makes is a natural choice for people just wanting to get off the plane and head straight to the beach. Combine that with savvy marketing, the namesake beach, Playa del Coco, is the busiest beach in all of Guanacaste. It is a favorite for both Ticos (the locals) and tourists who also take part in the towns seemingly never-ending fiesta. The area is packed with people during the high season weekdays from late November through December when most of the locals take their holidays. And on the weekends? Fuhgeddaboudit!
The soft sand of the beach extends out into the water, eliminating the need for reef shoes. The water is comfortably warm and is a favorite of locals. The town itself is similar to some of the other beach communities found a little farther down the coast. Playas del Coco has it’s share of luxury resorts and even boasts the only Hard Rock Café in the entire region. On the whole, this area predominately caters to more of a budget minded traveller.
One could say that Playas del Cocos has two faces – one during the day, and another at night. During the day, the town has a sleepy beach vibe, with local shops and restaurants lining the streets. There are lots of places to rent beach toys, stand up paddleboards and kayaks too. Everything you would expect from a small beach community which makes this a comfortable place to spend the day with your family. There is no surfing at Playa del Coco.
At night it all changes. Playas del Cocos literally comes alive as many of the restaurants transform themselves into bars and nightclubs. The bar-scene varies from laid-back lounges, to live music venues, to full-on night clubs. The noise and hustle typically continue late into the night, so if you are looking for a more peaceful, romantic getaway, then Potrero, Flamingo or Conchal would be a better choice. For a younger traveller looking to party, you need to look no further! You will definitely meet all kinds of people from all over the world.
The area is home to many fishermen, and you will see their boats moored just off the beach. Looking beyond this flotilla, you can see the islands of Pelonas and Montosa, which are a favorite diving destination. Grab your fellow divers and take a swim with pacific octopus, giant pacific manta rays, the Jurassic looking leatherback turtles, wolf eels and of course, all kinds of colorful fish! If you are lucky you may encounter something you’ve never seen before!
Speaking of leatherback turtles, it is possible to see them the National Park Las Baulas, which is located approximately one hours to the south, by car. The park is this the most important nesting site of the leatherback sea turtles in the whole Eastern Pacific area. These mammoth creatures are by far the largest of all sea turtles and look like true dinosaurs! They can grow to over 2 meters long (7 feet) and weigh up to 700 kilos. To learn more about how you can witness an actual leatherback turtle laying its eggs, see this article: See Leatherbacks Nesting in Costa Rica.