Nearly all of Costa Rica’s two million-plus tourists each year visit at least one beach during their vacation. Logistics are easy given that the San Jose International Airport is a little less than one hour from the closest Pacific Coast beach, and it only takes 30 minutes or so to get to the coast from the Liberia International Airport in Guanacaste in the north Pacific.
Called “El Coco” by Costa Ricans or “Coco Beach” by foreign visitors and residents, Playa del Coco is one of the oldest beach communities in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The festive beach has long been a popular tourist destination for both foreigners and Costa Ricans, and is one of the fastest growing areas of tourism in Costa Rica.
People come from all over to visit this tranquil horseshoe-shaped bay to relax and enjoy the village’s ongoing beach party. The village is always hopping with happy people and lots going on at plenty of restaurants, bars, casinos, discos and shops. Newly opened this month in Playa del Coco is the second Hard Rock Café in Costa Rica.
Hills surrounding the bay and three little islands offshore of the grey sand beach provide beautiful views. Things to do in Playa del Coco include scuba diving, snorkeling, world-class sportfishing, boating, surfing, horseback riding, hiking, and zip lines. Nearby is the Las Baulas National Marine Park where you can see nesting Leatherback, Pacific Green and Hawksbill sea turtles.
Getting to Playa del Coco is easy. Playa del Coco is located approximately 22 miles (35 km) from the city of Liberia, the capital of the Guanacaste province in Costa Rica, and 17 miles (27 km) from the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia.