Our property is a small holiday home facility with only 5 units. The place is situated in Playas Del Coco, a beach village at the northwest coast of Costa Rica in the province of Guanacaste. It is located a bit off the center of the village, in a local neighborhood, which means one has to walk about 20 minutes to the very center and the beach. Yet, very well sorted supermarkets and a lot of other stores are within 10 minutes of walking distance. Also, staying a little retired from the center spares you its bustle and buzzing, which in peak season might not be every one's taste. There is a nice and always clean swimming pool for common use, as well as a gazebo with a barbecue. All is displayed within a beautiful tropical garden. A carport within the complex provides one parking place for every unit.
Coco is an original fishing village which over time has developed quite a touristy infrastructure. It lies at the northwest coast of Costa Rica, 35 km away from Libiria, the capital of the province of Guanacaste. Halfway between the two there is the international airport of Liberia. Coco has a volcano - sand beach and offers sport fishing, diving and snorkeling schools, as well as some tour operators, which offer tours to the nearby national parks and beaches. There are well sorted supermarkets, electrical appliance stores, boutiques, several banks, pharmacies, medical offices and - of course - all kind of restaurants and bars. This makes Coco an ideal base, not only for beach vacationers but also for nature lovers and hikers.
Playas de Coco is a fishing village of about 6000 inhabitants, a number, which in peak season is filled up with tourists to about 10000. It is probably the only naturally grown village at this part of the Costa Rican coast. It has a volcano - sand beach of about 2 km length and is bordered by hills towards the inland. Its inhabitants live mainly by fishing and tourism. There is a little public hospital for emergencies, several doctors' offices, dental surgeries, various banks, a bus terminal for connections to Liberia and San José, an elementary school and a high school and of course - all kinds of bars and restaurants, tour operators, boutiques, grocery stores, farmacies
Many beautiful beaches like: Playa Hermosa, Playa Panamá, Playa Conchal and more. National Parks are: Rincón De La Vieja, Santa Rosa, Rio Tenorio, Barra Honda and more.
Next airport: Liberia Airport, Daniel Oduber at 20 km distance. Country's main airport is San José Airport, Juan Santa María at 250 km distance. There are direct buses 3 times a day from San José to Playa del Coco
There are several public bus connections, such as to Libera (almost hourly), to San José (2 times a day), and to other nearby villages. Taxis are available until late into the night.
If you should want to stay longer than 3 months, you will have to leave the country for 72 hours. At arrival don't tell the migration officer that you want to stay longer than 3 months. Just say you are traveling on to Nicaragua or Panamá.
The Costa Ricans (they call themselves "Ticos") are easy to go with, pretty casual and always in for a party. Time over here still isn't a big issue. Pace of live still is very relaxed and take - it - easy way. Lovers of culture holidays may be warned - not much of it is to be found here; what one comes here for is nature and having a relaxed holiday.
Peak season is from Dec. 1st to Easter week. Most pleasant climate is from Dec. 1st to end of Feb. with no more than 28° C, dry air and mostly with a refreshing breeze. Green Season is from mid May to end of August with occasional rain showers, mainly in the afternoon. Upside: everything is green, lovely nature, fewer tourists and lower accommodation rates. Temperatures between 30° and 32° C.
The language spoken is Spanish. In touristy areas you can get along with English, not so off the beaten tracks.
Eating out is slightly cheaper than in the US or Canada and about the same or slightly more expensive than in southern Europe. Grocery is slightly cheaper than in the US or Canada and about the same or slightly more expensive than in southern Europe - especially if you are buying imported food! Accommodation is slightly cheaper or the same as in the US or Canada and about the same or slightly more expensive than in southern Europe (depending on the country). Buying clothes is slightly cheaper than in the US or Canada and the same or slightly more expensive than in southern Europe. Public transport is cheaper than in the US, Canada and southern Europe, so are taxis. Medical treatment is cheaper than in the US or Canada and more expensive than in most European countries (apart from dental care, which is probably cheaper than in any of the other mentioned countries).