Playas del Coco

"sunset in coco beach"

Playas del Coco, located in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, is a vibrant and bustling beach town that has become increasingly popular with tourists in recent years. This picturesque destination offers visitors a perfect combination of stunning natural beauty, lively nightlife, and a range of outdoor activities, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a fun and adventurous vacation.

Playas del Coco is known for its fun beaches, great nightlife, and fantastic sunsets, making it a haven for tourists. It is also an excellent place to enjoy water sports such as swimming, diving, kayaking, and fishing. In addition to its beautiful beaches, Playas del Coco offers a wide range of dining options, from local eateries serving traditional Costa Rican cuisine to international restaurants offering a variety of international dishes. The town also boasts a lively nightlife scene with plenty of bars and clubs to choose from.

For those looking to explore the natural wonders of the region, Playas del Coco is conveniently located near a number of stunning national parks, including the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, and the Santa Rosa National Park among a long list of many incredible beaches including playa hermosa, playa ocotal, playa prieta, playa penca, and playa danta.

Local’s tip:
If you want to explore the Peninsula de Papagayo and its many untouched and pristine beaches Playas del Coco is the perfect base! You can easily rent a boat ride or pay for a tour from Playas del Coco to the many secluded islands and beaches in the peninsula. The beaches in the peninsula are often empty since they are very difficult to reach, but definitely worth it. I would even dare to say they are probably some of the most beautiful beaches in Guanacaste!


Plan your visit

How to get there:
Playas del Coco is easily accessible by car and bus depending on where you’r coming from. If you’r arriving from San Jose you can take a bus or a shuttle service that will take you to the town. Since Playas del Coco is an ideal base to explore the northern part of the Guanacaste province thanks to its location and many amenities found in a thriving town I would recommend to stay here and rent a car to move around to the many beaches and parks nearby. If renting a car is not an option you can move around in bus or taxi.

Bus options:

From San Jose
Take the Pulmitan de Liberia bus from San Jose to Playas del Coco. Tel: 2222-0610. The journey takes about 5 hours and the price for the ticket is around $8.81 USD. You cannot purchase the tickets online so you have to buy them physically at the bus station. For updated information take a look at the Pulmitan de Liberia Facebook page.

Departure time options from San Jose: 8am, 2pm, 4pm
Return time options from Playas del Coco: 4am, 8am, 2pm

From Liberia
Go to the Liberia Terminal de buses. The buses are also from Pulmitan. They leave every hour from 5am to 7pm and the return service is the same. The journey takes only one hour.



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