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view over the bay of Coco


Playas de Coco - a charming fishing village with about 3000 inhabitants - situated in the Papagayo Bay at the Pacific Coast, in Upper Guanacaste , is one of the most traditional beaches of Costa Rica.

 

streetlife on Cocos mainstreet

 

             

 

one of the souvenir shops in Coco

Besides several bars and restaurants, there are many tour operators for different excursions, boat trips and sport fishing, as well as various diving-schools  (the Papagayo gulf is famous for its diversified underwater world). Further more you find a fully assorted supermarket, post office, bank, laundry, Internet cafes,  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.

sunset in Coco

The 2 km dark sand beach of vulcanic origin extends from south to north of Cocos' centre, which is situated  directly on the seaside. 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 summer holidays in Costa Rica) is from mid of December to mid of February with temperatures around 28C (84F).

 

panoramic view of the Papagayo gulf

 

coming back from a boat trip

The rainy season supposedly lasts from May to November in this area. Apart from September and October it rains rather modestly, mostly about one or two hours in the afternoon. 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.

idyllic view on Coco's  beach