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Playas de Coco

- or just  Coco beach -


This charming fishing village, which is situated in the Papagayo Bay at the Pacific Coast, in Upper Guanacaste , is one of the most traditional beaches of Costa Rica.

 

an afternoon in a little beach bar

 

             

 

street vendor at the beach

Besides several bars and restaurants, there are many tour operators for different excursions, boat -  and sport fishing trips, as well as various diving schools  (the Papagayo gulf is famous for its diversified marine life). Further more you find some fully assorted supermarkets, a post office, banks,  rentals for scooters and different watersport gear, a garage, fitness studio, spa,  medical care and pharmacies. And of course there are several car rental agencies in and close to Coco. Most of these facilities are located within walking distance (10-20 minutes).

                                           

                                              

The center of Coco leads right to the beach, which  extends about 2 km from south to north, forming  a beautiful horse shoe shaped bay with dark sand of vulcanic origin. Since 2011 Coco has a new boardwalk  with  some showers and benches, where you can watch the lokals playing basketball or just enjoy one of the stunning sunsets. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes (1mile) to walk down to the beach from our apartments. Shady trees and a fresh breeze provide an agreeable ambiance even during the hot and dry months (February - May). Yet, the most pleasant time and also the peak season (because of the school holidays in Costa Rica) is from beginning of December to mid of February with temperatures around 28C (84F). Travellers, that arrive in November, can still enjoy the lush green of the ending rainy season and often receive off-season discounts in some businesses.

 

 

folkloric dancers at the inauguration ceremony of the new board walk

The rainy season supposedly lasts from May to November in this area. Apart from September and October it rains rather moderate, mostly about one or two hours in the afternoon  or during the night. During July and August there are often days with almost no rain ("little summer"). The advantages for travellers at this period are solitary beaches, a flourishing vegetation (green season) and reduced accommodation prices.

trimming coconut palms during the rainy season