About the Local Area

Playas del Coco, translated in English as Coconut Beaches is located on the Pacific Northwest coast of Costa Rica in the province of Guanacaste; one of seven provinces located in the country.  The area is known as the Gold Coast due to many golden sand beaches, stunning coastline, and variety of wildlife all along the Pacific.  It is also home to the Papagayo Peninsula, best known for luxury resorts, a world-renowned golf course and marina, and celebrity tourism. 

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The total population of Guanacaste is approximately 350,000, this number climbs significantly throughout the year due to tourism and snowbirds.  The climate is unique, it claims the smallest annual rainfall and is the driest province.  November through to April sees little to no rain, while May until the end of October does see some rain with the highest amount of rainfall being September and October.  What is considered a North American summer is also a lovely time to visit, a little rain and a lot of sunshine.  The weather can vary of course.  The capital city of Guanacaste is Liberia.  The province borders the country of Nicaragua and is an easy one-and-a-half-hour drive.  The local airport is Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, also referred to as Liberia (LIR), and is an easy twenty – five minute drive from Playas del Coco and area. 

 The beauty, sincerity and friendly nature of the local people will make you feel welcome and glad you came.  Natural surroundings and unspoiled beauty create the perfect lifestyle.  Tourists, expats, and snowbirds are increasing annually as Costa Rica is a hot spot for tropical travel and retirement.  Home to many expats from around the world, the area ensures a variety of authentic restaurant choices.  Food offerings include authentic Costa Rican, Italian, Mexican, Asian, Lebanese, Greek and French just to name a few. You will find many full-service grocery markets and liquor stores, as well as roadside markets and kiosks all selling the freshest and finest of produce imaginable.  The local area has your choice of cafes, bars, spas, fitness, medical & dental clinics and hospitals, boutique shopping, art, jewelry, live entertainment, tours, boating, dive shops and much more.  Walmart and PriceSmart (Costco in Canada and the US) are just a short drive away. 

If it’s the Pura Vida lifestyle you are seeking, you have found it.   Chill under a tree at one of our many beautiful beaches with a book and a cool drink.   Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Playa Ocotal, and Playa Panama, just to name a few of the beautiful communities offering a unique and flavorful place to hang out and enjoy fun in the sun. If you love being active, you are in luck. There is truly something for everyone here from fitness to leisure.  Enjoy a variety of fitness activities including swimming, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, cycling, yoga, and the list goes on. Stop by a local gym for a workout, or take in a class such as Cross Fit, Functional Fitness, TRX, Barre, or Spinning and so on. Playas del Coco’s 3km beach is perfect for that morning run or walk.  Furry friends are welcome.  There is a lovely, shaded trail parallel to the beach in Playas del Coco, ideal for strolling or simply sitting under a tree with gratitude.  Playa Hermosa translated as Beautiful Beach lives up to its name and is a favorite among beach lovers.  If you are a golfer, there are several courses all within a fifteen minute to one hour drive.  This entire area also offers many wonderful tours from rainforest to rivers, waterfalls to hot springs, animal wildlife, zip lining plus much more.  Want to enjoy a day on the water?  The local waters are perfect and smooth with many boat choices such as yachting, sailing or catamaran with most boat tours including food, drink, snorkeling, and sightseeing.  It is all here waiting for you, don’t forget your sunscreen. 

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