Location: between Ocotal and Penca Punta Cacique beaches in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
Ocotal beach GPS Coordenates: 10.551831,-85.697673 (10°33’06.59″N, 85°41’51.62″W)
District: Sardinal, canton: Carrillo, province: Guanacaste.
Zone postal code: 50503
Coco Beach (Playas del Coco in Spanish) is a beautiful gray sanded beach with calm waters and a distinctly blue-gray color instead of the usual blue-green which is characteristic of the Papagayo beaches, surrounded by hills and cliffs that extend over 3km to the Centinela point. Coco Beach is located in the province of Guanacaste, it has been ranked as one of the top destinations in Costa Rica and its one of the best known beaches in the country.
Coco Beach is very popular for both, locals and foreigners, as it has easy access and a well developed infrastructure with a wide variety of facilities for tourists such as restaurants, bars, discos, casinos, luxury hotels and lodges for all budgets, markets and shops. In addition, Coco Beach is well known as a gateway for surfers to reach Ollie’s Point and Witch’s Rock (Roca Bruja), where the waves are great.
Coco Beach is ideal to relax for a day in a boat or do a little fishing, as well as it is a main point for snorkeling or diving, as from Coco Beach you can head to the Pelonas or the Catalinas Islands which are excellent sites for observing a variety of tropical fish, turtles, sharks and octopuses in their natural environment. Also, thanks to its location, Coco Beach is located relatively close to several national parks, where you can visit volcanoes, take a tour of the history of Costa Rica, or observe flora and fauna, for example the opportunity to see the famous arrivals of Leatherback and Hawksbill turtles laying eggs on the coast.
Getting to Coco Beach (Playas del Coco) in Guanacaste:
From San José
Drive north to Puntarenas and then follow the Pan-American highway until you reach Liberia. There, turn right and continue for 8 km (5 miles), pass the DO IT Center and take the next exit to Sardinal on your right. Once in Sardinal, continue on the road to Del Coco Beach for about 7 km (4 miles) until you reach the beach. This route requires a total of 4 to 5 hours from San José.
From Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR)
Drive south to Santa Cruz, pass the DO IT Center and take the next exit to Sardinal on your right. Once in Sardinal, continue on the road to Coco Beach (Playas del Coco) for about 7 km (4 miles) until you reach the beach.
Take a bus from the route San José – El Coco Beach, which takes about 5 hours (Pulmitan Liberia, 2222-1650 / 2666-3818). We recommend buying the ticket the day before to ensure your space.
You can also take a flight from the Juan Santamaria Airport to the Daniel Oduber airport at Liberia, either with Sansa or Nature Air airlines every day. From here you can rent a car and drive or take a taxi to Coco beach (Playas del Coco), which takes about 15 minutes.