Coco Beach at a Glance
- Sport Fishing
- Scuba Diving
- Canopy/Zipline Tours
- Liberia City
- Las Baulas Marine National Park
- Souvenir Shopping
Beachfront promenade, plenty of local interaction, very close to Liberia International Airport.
Also Known As: Coco Beach, Playas del Coco, El Coco
Closest Town: Playas del Coco
Closest Airports: Liberia (LIR), Tamarindo (regional)
Average Temperature: 91° F (32° C) Avg High, 71° F (21° C) Avg Low
Crowd Level: Crowded
Coco beach is a caught in between being a tourist hotspot and a local hangout. Its proximity to the city of Liberia and its International Airport means locals flock there for a bit of R&R while foreign vacation makers to Costa Rica take advantage of its calm waters and picturesque hillsides.
The beach features a winding beachfront promenade with open air rinse showers, water fountains and even a basketball court. The sand is a dark tan with generally calm waters owing to a sheltered location on the Papagayo gulf; there are some rock formations so watch your toes. Those calm waters generally harbor a number of small and recreational boats that add to the character of the place. The promenade hosts local pipa (chilled green coconut) and snow cone vendors to help cool you down on a hot day. The town offers a wealth of souvenir shops but you may find vendors selling trinkets right on the shore.
Coco remains a place locals visit consistently so you get a lot of interaction and flavor. Year end holidays, as well as Easter (and even high season weekends) can be quite busy as local families take their free time here as well. While Coco is family friendly during the day, night life is pretty active and best for the adults-only set.
The beach is relatively small and surrounded by hills dotted with villas. Due to the geography there aren’t very many hotels close to the beach, though nearby Villa Buena Onda bridges the gap between hotel and villa.
Best Time to Visit
Coco has consistently warm temperatures year round. Green season (May-Nov) sees fewer crowds and more foliage on the surrounding hillsides with afternoon showers. Dec-April will see more visitors including locals and international visitors, holidays like Christmas, New Year, and Easter are very busy.
Birding & Wildlife Watching
Due to the infrastructure wildlife is limited. Whales will breach occasionally off-shore.
Services & Infrastructure
A wide variety of amenities are available from local dives to upscale supermarkets.
Public transportation: Yes, from San Jose with stop in Liberia via Pulmitan Bus.
Public amenities: Yes
Shopping: Various grocery stores, even big chain store AutoMercado & pleanty of souvenir stands
ATMs: Yes, there are several banks in Playas del Coco
Gas stations: Yes
WiFi or Internet cafés: Most of the businesses in Coco have reliable WiFi service
Cell Phone Reception: Reliable
Restaurants: Yes, a wide variety from local to fine dining are available.
Nearest medical facilities: Public hospital in Liberia (35 min) or private clinic Clinica Biblica (25 min).