Airport Transfer to Playas del Coco
About Playa del Coco
Playa del Coco is one of the most easily accessible beaches in Guanacaste, located 22 miles (35 km) west of Liberia, with good road connections. This beach has a paved road running down to the water and it has grayish-brown sand. It is quite wide at low tide and almost nonexistent at high tide. In between high and low, it’s just right! Playa del Coco was the first pacific beach to hit the big time with weekending Costa Ricans from the Central Valley.
San Jose Airport to Playas del Coco
Liberia Airport to Playas del Coco
It takes around 5 hours to get to Playa del Coco on a bus from San Jose. You can also get to Coco on local bus services from Liberia that will take 1 hour. The nearest flight arrives in Liberia, from there you can take a taxi and it will take you around 25 minutes to get to Playa Conchal. If you are driving, from Liberia, head toward Santa Cruz. Just past the village of “Comunidad”, turn right. In about 6 ½ miles (11 km), you’ll come to a fork in the road and you must take the left fork. It takes about 4 ½ hours driving from San Jose. The town itself is spread out right in front of the beach with a tiny park as the focal point.
Playa del Coco consists of the horseshoe-shaped Coco Bay and steep hills and cliffs. It is a good place to have fun but not to rest, so if you are searching for a quiet retreat, stay away from the center of town. There are plenty of boats anchored here at Playa del Coco, and that means plenty of opportunities to go fishing on half and full-day excursions that include a boat, captain, food, and tackle. Diving is the most popular water sport in the Gulf of Papagayo where Playa del Coco is located.
The high season for scuba-diving is from April through September. The nearby Catalinas and Bat Islands are the hot sites for turtles, sharks, and octopus. Sailing is also a good water sport to practice at Playa del Coco. However, most popular activities, especially among the Ticos who come here, are hanging out on the beach, the sodas, and cruising the bars and discos at night.
There is no surfing whatsoever at Playa del Coco, but it is a popular jumping-off point for daily boat trips to Witches Rock and Ollies Point. The view from the bay includes Pelonas Islands, Cacique Point to the northwest and Cantinela Point. Other attractions are nearby Hermosa, Ocotal and Panama beaches.
There are many things to do and see in and around Playa del Coco. Rincon de la Vieja is accessible for a day tour. Horseback to boiling “Paulas” where the earth boils and the “fumarolas” release smoke through natural chimneys. Enjoy a mineral mud bath followed by a naturally steaming sauna, and then take a rejuvenating swim in the thermal pools heated by the volcano for a healthy, beautifying and very relaxing experience.
Bird watching is a favorite in Monteverde, another day tour from Playa del Coco, where you can observe many of the thousands of species of birds that claim Costa Rica as home. Experience a river raft ride and observe crocodiles, monkeys, and other exotic animals. Playa del Coco is one of Costa Rica’s loveliest towns at night. There are bars close to the beach with pool tables, and discos where you can enjoy soundtracks of American music.
In some other places, the dancing gets hot and heavy under the black lights to the beats of Techno, reggae, disco and last but not least, salsa and meringue. In hotels, you can find the different option in affordable price ranges. Old-fashioned and modern hotels, plus camping areas are available. And you can also find good restaurants with a variety of Mexican, pizza, popular combinations, Italian cuisine and more. Some restaurants are cheap and some are expensive, but there is definitely a choice for everyone.