RESTAURANTS NEAR PLAYA DEL COCO
Toucanoos: Fresh food, Fresh recipes, Great Owners Rated # 1 on Trip Advisor and it's a 5 minute walk from the condo!
Senor Pizza: 20 steps away out the back of Pequeno Paraiso
La Dolce Vita: Good Pizza at the front of Las Palmas
Java Cafe: Good coffee, smoothies, and breakfast sandwiches at the front of Las Palmas
Cafe de Playa: Unbelievable views of the beach and sunsets
Coconutz: Good Beer downtown
Zi Lounge: Good place downtown, good vibe
Ginger: Great tapas, good atmosphere
Father Roosters: few minute drive, great outdoor place to eat next to the ocean
The Lookout: unreal views, sunset, good food, fun drive to get there!
Cerveceria Independiente: further away but very good beer, food
BEACHES NEAR PLAYA DEL COCO
Is an exotic gray sand beach with a calm bay and relaxed atmosphere, yet 30 minutes away from world class surfing. The beach received the "Blue Flag" award by the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism (ICT) due to its cleanliness, quality, and due to the conservation of its natural resources set forth by the community of Playa Hermosa. This beach is also reknown as one of Costa Rica's best places for skim boarding, diving, kite surfing, and snorkeling.
A number of national parks lie within a short traveling distance from Hermosa Beach: Rincon de la Vieja National Park (Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja), Palo Verde National Park (Parque Nacional Palo Verde), and Santa Rosa National Park (Parque Nacional Santa Rosa). These parks provide a great opportunity to view wildlife and experience a few of Costa Rica's diverse ecosystems.
Located within Culebra or Snake Bay in the scenic Gulf of Papagayo in the Gunacaste Province, Playa Panama is one of the most attractive beaches in Guanacaste province. With close proximity to Liberia and the Daniel Oduber International Airport, Panama beach is accessible all year round through a new road that has been opened connecting the beach directly with Liberia.
A five-minute drive from the fabulous beaches of Playa Hermosa and Playas del Coco, Playa Panama offers tourists stunning ocean views and laidback beaches that are within close range of some of the country's best national parks, such as the Refugio Costa Esmeralda and the Marino las Baulas de Guanacaste. A key feature of this beach is also that it lies close to the airport; with international flights regularly landing from cities such as Hawaii, Houston, Atlanta, Madrid and Toronto.
Is a small village that is 3 km south of Playas del Coco on the northern pacific coast of Costa Rica. The beach on Playa Ocotal is one of the best places to snorkel in the area. Playa Ocotal is also one of the cleanest and quietest beaches around.
Playa Ocotal is a calm, sandy beach, about a third of a mile long; it's ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and other outdoor activities. It's also a perfect place to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. Playa Ocotal is a five-minute drive from Playas del Coco, a small fishing and tourist village.
Considered to be one of the most exotic beaches on the Costa Rican Gold Coast, Playa Conchal is situated in the north of Guanacaste province on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Two kilometers from Playa Brasilito, this marvelous beach is also a stone's throw away from the famous Playa Flamingo and Tamarindo. Together with Playa Brasilito, this beach is separated by a rocky headland known as Punta Conchal, which gets its name from the sand found here that is composed of hundreds of millions of tiny crushed shells.
With its pristine beaches, crystal clear blue waters, superb natural surroundings, and near perfect weather, it is no wonder that Tamarindo is among the most popular vacation destinations in Costa Rica. The beaches here are first-rate, and the entire town has a relaxed laidback feel to it, making it a fabulous place for anyone looking to have a good time. With the surfing and windsurfing conditions here near perfect for the experienced as well as novice surfers, Tamarindo Costa Rica is probably the most accessible beach town on the country's entire northern Pacific Coast. Besides surfing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, jet skiing, boogie boarding, horseback riding and scuba diving, visit the nearby wildlife refuge of Diria, as well as the Marino Las Baulas National Park, where leatherback turtles come every summer to nest and breed. It is important to keep in mind that Playa Tamarindo has strong rip currents and barely submerged rocks, so be careful swimming here. Also the estuaries to the north and south are very dangerous to cross at medium to high tide. The estuary to the north that separates Tamarindo from Playa Grande is quite big and canoes can be rented to view the wildlife here. To the south is the beautiful but upscale beach of Playa Langosta, with its excellent Bed & Breakfasts. Most of the high-end expensive hotels and B&B's are spread out along Playa Langosta & south of Tamarindo.
An important part of the Marino Las Baulas National Park, the stunning beach of Playa Grande with its pristine shoreline and clear blue sea, is one of the best beaches on the Guanacaste coast. Lying in the North Pacific Coast in Guanacaste province, Playa Grande is home to the endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles that come ashore every year to lay their eggs on the beach. Another popular reason for visiting Playa Grande is for the excellent surfing found here on the main beach. Playa Grande is much more quiet than say Playa Tamarindo, but the surf here is equally good. In fact according to some expert surfers the breaks and swells are consistent enough for it to be rated as among the overall best surf spots in the country. Further north of the beach is excellent for swimming if you are not a surf fan.
While Tamarindo maybe the most developed beach resort along the Guanacaste coastline, Playa Flamingo is still one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Situated on the country's Gold Coast, Playa Flamingo is located in Punta Salinas, northwest of Bahia Brasilito, 75 km southwest of Liberia. Located in between the beaches of Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito, Playa Flamingo or Flamingo Beach is the sole full-service marina between Acapulco and Panama on the Pacific coast of Central America. With its stunning white sand, unspoiled beaches and pristine clear blue waters, Playa Flamingo is the ideal vacation getaway, offering visitors some of the best deep sea fishing in the world. Marlin, tuna, swordfish and snapper can be found off the coast all year around, making this beach an extremely popular tourist destination. Every July, this beautiful beach also plays host to a fantastic international sailfish tournament sponsored by the Costa Rican Amateur Fishermen's Club. Besides deep sea fishing, Playa Flamingo also offers a wealth of water sports along with close proximity to the amazing Santa Rosa National Park and the Palo Verde natural reserve. Nearby, for the golfing enthusiast is also an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Scuba diving is available here all year round, allowing tourists to experience the excitement of swimming with white-fin sharks and an array of other stunning tropical fish and marine life. Sailing and diving expeditions and tours can also be arranged to the close by island of Plata.
A five-minute walk from the wonderful Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero is a quiet gorgeous bay on the northern Pacific Coast of Guanacaste province. Found along Costa Rica's "Gold Coast", this tropical beach with its warm tranquil waters is an amazing place to hideaway from the hustle of city life. Around 7 km north of Playa Brasilito, Playa Potrero is just ten minutes from Playa Penca and Playa Prieta, with the fabulous five-star resort, the Melia Conchal nearby as well. Come here to relax amid the peace and quiet, as this beach is not as crowded as the chic Playa Flamingo or Playa Brasilito. A great place to stay at with plenty of affordable and economical hotels, there are a few upscale hotels in Playa Potrero as well. Indulge in a variety of activities here such as swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, sportsfishing, horseback riding and kayaking, or just simply go for a stroll or sunbathe along the shore. The sunsets here are a wonderful sight and should not be missed at any cost. At the northern end of the beach is the tiny fishing community of Potrero. In close proximity to Playa Potrero is a small harbor from where you can hire a local Tico fisherman to go Marlin fishing or arrange short day trips to the surf hot spots of Witches Rock and Playa Naranjo. There are also a number of diving facilities available here as well as jet skis and other water sports equipment that you can rent out at the marina.
Among the first beaches to attract international attention along Costa Rica's "Gold Coast" Playa Brasilito along with Playa Flamingo and Playa Conchal sit on the northwestern shore of Guanacaste province. A tiny fishing village offering a wonderful beach stretch to relax and enjoy, Playa Brasilito is located 70 km from Liberia and around 45 km from the town of Santa Cruz. Easily accessible by bus and taxi, many people land at the Liberia International Airport to get here. A 2-kilometer long beach of great scenic beauty, Playa Brasilito is a 10-minute walk from Playa Conchal and a 5-minute drive from Playa Flamingo. Offering economical and convenient accommodations and transportation, Playa Brasilito is more often than not the destination of choice for most budget travelers who come to this part of the province. Besides a few hotels, there are bars and restaurants as well as an internet cafe in town. Here one can also find a number of rental shops for horses, dive equipment, motorbikes and much more.
Drenched in sunshine most days of the year, Playa Brasilito gets between 11 to 12 hours of sunshine during the dry season from December to April with a warm average temperature of around 36 degrees Celsius or 99 degrees Fahrenheit.
Adjoining Playa Coco is the exotic beach of Playa Conchal, with a seashore made up of millions of tiny, crushed shells. Playa Conchal is located in one of the most beautiful regions of Costa Rica, the Province of Guanacaste. Guanacaste is a combination of stunning first-rate beaches and incredible bird watching opportunities. The region is blessed with radiantly sunny days and unforgettable sunsets. Among the Guanacaste beaches, Playa Conchal is a gem. It is one of the only Pacific Coast beaches with crystal clear water, similar to that of famed beaches along the Caribbean. In the Playa Conchal area, it is effortless to create a memorable and warm beach vacation. In addition to swimming and snorkeling, visitors to Playa Conchal can enjoy deep sea fishing excursions and hiking trips to the nearby national parks or nature reserves. There are even a few areas along the beach where overnight camping is permitted, and what better way is there to end the day, than beneath a starry sky? If camping, however, is not your cup of tea, the luxurious Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort and Golf Course provides first class lodging directly behind the beach, and it offers a resort day pass for those who would like access to the resort grounds and its amenities. The neighboring town of Brasilito is within a short walking distance along the beaches of Conchal and Playa Brasilito, and in Brasilito, visitors will find an array of affordable Hotels, restaurants, and bars. Also within close proximity to Playa Conchal, the community of Playa Flamingo, with its palm-lined, white sand beach provides a small assortment of classy hotels and restaurants.