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Playas del Coco Travel Guide

One of the most popular ex-pat destinations in Costa Rica, Playa del Coco has an upbeat nightlife to go along with its famous sport fishing and diving tours. Empty spots are easy to find on the 4km long beach, while the town itself has some decent shopping several fine restaurants.

Most of the tours in the area are either water or eco-related, while the nearby adventure park is akin to resort tourism found around the world.

When To Visit

The dry season from December through April has a near-perfect weather pattern, where almost every day has the same, sunny, blue sky forecast.  While the prices are higher and the crowds thicker, if you come to enjoy the beach or simply to be outdoors, it doesn’t get better than this.

For those looking to sport fishing in Coco, the deep waters of the Papagayo Gulf are teeming with tuna, snapper, jacks, and mackerel from May to September. Offshore fishing can be done at any time in Coco, and you’ll see many locals fishing catch their dinner near sunset.

The green season starts in May, with the floral and fauna scenery becoming lusher with every passing rainfall. The stormy weather, however, really picks up in mid-September and by October, with an average precipitation of 10-20mm per day.

How Many Days

Generally, the tourist crowd in Playas del Coco rent a condo for a week or two and use it as their base while exploring Guanacaste.  Others come for the weekend parties or simply use it as a place to sleep while going offer diving or deep-sea fishing during the day.

In general, if you’re passing through, you could just explore the area during the day, and party the night away, but if you want to schedule a tour as well, it’s best to stay at least a couple of days.

In 4-5 days you can easily visit the neighboring beaches in Ocotal, Playa Hermosa, and Playa Panama, while also going canopy ziplining, diving, or deep-sea fishing and doing a little partying on top.


The only other Hard Rock Cafe outside San Jose is found Playas del Coco and is the newest jewel of the town’s nightlife. Zi Lounge, Bambu Beach Bar, and Coconutz have been around for ages, and make up the other usual suspects when grabbing a drink on the strip.

The Cafe de Playa and the Pacifico Beach Club are great places to enjoy drinks on the beach and can offer a more stylish form of nighttime entertainment.

The El Coco Casino and La Flor de Itabo Casino also offer some slot games, blackjack as well as local poker tournaments.

Where To Eat

La Dolce Vita, Pacifico Beach Club, and Che Sirloin have top-notch menus, but can be a little pricey. Claudia y Gloria and The Lookout Restaurant as local favorites as well, with different views of the beach from close up and far away.

Toucanoos is a cheap little eatery with great happy hour deals and delicious cocktails, while Kaixo offers up numerous sandwich and small dish options which make for a great lunch.

Where to Stay

Located on the hills that look down upon Playa del Coco, the luxurious Villa Buena Onda has very elegant suites and a breathtaking infinity pool overlooking the ocean.

Hotel La Puerto del Sol is a nice little oasis tucked neatly behind Laura’s B&B, whose rooms can rival the beachfront suites at the Cafe de Playa.

Villa Del Sol is a quiet, eco-sensitive boutique hotel on the outskirts of town with has a massive garden area to walk around. The Hotel M&M Beach House is a casual and affordable option in a traditional lodge-style building by the water.