Costa Rica Beach

Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco is one of Costa Rica’s oldest beach communities. Because of its proximity to Liberia it is very popular among both local and foreign tourists who flock to the beach for its flourishing nightlife and abundance of daytime activities. There are no big resorts or luxury hotel chains, all the hotels are locally owned. The kid and adult friendly beach is a three kilometer stretch of of dark gold sand and is a safe for swimming. Only occasionally do the waves get big enough for surfing. The hills and mountains that surround the horseshoe shaped beach make for great viewing of the beach and the striking blue ocean.


The residents from Playas del Coco call themselves Coqueños. Especially in the weekends Coqueños love going to the beach with their families, hand line fishing, and playing rambunctious games of soccer. There is a wide array of locally owned sodas that serve delicious local staples such as Casados (a dish made with rice, beans, fried plantains and a protein), Arroz con Pollo (chicken and rice) as well as the ubiquitous licuados (blended fruit drinks) and of course Costa Rica’s famed beer, Imperial.

Getting to Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco is located 70 km north of Tamarindo. Cars can be rented in San Jose (4 hrs), Liberia (30 min) and in Playas del Coco. The closest airport is Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia, serviced by major international airlines and served nationally by Nature Air and Sansa. Bus shuttles to Playas del Coco can be arranged through Interbus and Grayline.

Playas del Coco Directory

playas del coco hotel

Villa Buena Onda

Hilltop adults-only, all-inclusive boutique hotel with stunning views.

Visit Villa Buena Onda.

playas del coco restaurant


Relaxed restaurant with Latin American fusion cuisine, in center of town.

Visit Coco Restaurant Citron.

playas del coco restaurant

The Lookout

Local cuisine, Asian, Bar, Seafood, Central American and vegan options.

Visit The Lookout.

playas del coco restaurant

Rock Divers

Night diving, snorkeling, Bat Island trips, shore diving and local diving.

Visit Coco Diving Rock Divers.

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