Playas del Coco Travel Guide

The town and its people

Playas del Coco the paradisiacal place where grandparents came on their vacations and many of them ended up falling in love in their youth. APlayas del Coco, Guanacaste, Costa Rica fisherman’s village became the favorite place to vacation for many local and foreign tourists over the years. Playas del Coco has located 35 km from the city of Liberia and only 25 minutes from the Guanacaste airport, which is the main entrance for international tourists to the Guanacaste province.

El Coco is like a small valley, with approx 5000 residents, it is surrounded by hills that turn brown during the dry season and radically change to an intense green during the rainy season. Very near you can visit other beaches such as Ocotal, Hermosa, or Panama. There is a principal boulevard where most of the businesses are located, and end up at the park called Amor de Temporada. On the beachfront, you will find some bars/restaurants to enjoy a drink or some local food.

El Coco is the largest coastal town in Guanacaste and probably the last one where you can find a mix of nationalities that have made Playas del Coco their home. That makes this area a town rich in diversity of cultures, Italians, Canadians, U.S ex-pats, Argentinians, Spain, French, and Germans are just some of the citizenships that you can meet around.

The Beach

Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, Costa RicaOf course, the beach is the highlighted part of Playas del Coco; it is a 3 km long beach, with gray sand, with intermediate waves, during the low tide you can enjoy very calm waters, mostly a natural pool. The best area for swimming is on the right side of the beach, the water is much cleaner and more transparent, and it is perfect to enjoy the beach.

There is a trail from the park to almost the end of the beach, it is a very nice hike, and you could find some nice spots to relax. Also, during the rainy season, you could find a waterfall that comes down from the mountain and flows into the sea. It is a quiet, family beach during the weekends, and in times of festivities, you may find the place crowded with local tourists.

Do not swim near the river mouths as rip currents could be present.

Playas del Coco Things To Do

Snorkeling & Beach

Guanacaste Snorkeling TourPlayas del Coco is the entrance to several destinations of incredible beauty, from where the boats sail to the Gulf of Papagayo, where you can visit beaches of exuberant beauty and accessible only by boat. White sand beaches, crystal clear waters, excellent snorkeling spots, caves, and incredible sunsets, are just some things you can enjoy here.

The Papagayo Gulf has many beaches, some accessible by land, others only accessible by boat. Some of the beaches you will visit are Playa Huevos, which has a cavern that you can visit during low tide. In addition, there is Playa Jicaros and its shore with calm and crystal clear waters. Palmares and Zapotillal enjoy extraordinary conditions to relax there.

You can also find some of our marine life, such as turtles, dolphins, and during its season, humpback whales. The gulf has exceptional conditions for snorkeling and observing colorful fishes, octopuses, colorful fishes, and a great variety of aquatic life.

Private boats, yachts, and catamarans offer daily services to the Gulf of Papagayo, with which you can discover the scenic beauty of the area and share a sunset with your friends or loved ones. All cruises departs from Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Ocotal, and Playa Panama. Some services include picking up at the hotels in the Peninsula such as Four Seasons Costa Rica, Planet Hollywood Costa Rica, and Andaz Papagayo.

Surfing

Witch's Rock Surf TripFrom Playas del Coco, boats leave for the famous Roca Bruja or Witch’s Rock, located in the Santa Rosa National Park. With 45-minute navigation, you will arrive at this paradisiacal place where the best in the world come to surf. It is also possible to visit the famous point break of Potrero Grande, better known as Ollie’s Point. Without a doubt, if you are a professional surfer, you will want to visit these places.

Witch rock does not offer the opportunity to go down to the beach; it is closed at the moment by the local authorities. Conditions are for intermediate to professional surfers only; paddling can be a challenge because of the extreme winds and currents. If you are a beginner, this place is not the best to start surfing.

On the other hand, Roca Bruja is that place that every professional surfer wants to mark on their list of run waves. The area is paradisiacal, the size of the rock is enormous, and the views of Playas Naranjo and Parque Santa Rosa are unforgettable. The best time to ride waves is when the tide is halfway up and down, so if you want to do both turns, you have to have a little patience and wait on the boat.

The best months to visit Witch’s Rock are between December and April since with the arrival of the northern winds creates conditions to have almost perfect waves.

Diving

The Papagayo Gulf is rich in marine life, and during your navigation, it could be possible to observe everything from turtles and dolphins to impressive humpback whales and whale sharks, manta rays, and much more. The gulf has some of the best diving sites in Costa Rica; if you plan to enjoy some diving, this is undoubtedly the ideal place.

Sport Fishing

In the same way, due to its currents and the wealth of nutrients in its waters, the gulf offers the perfect place for different marine species to meet, andPapagayo Gulf Extreme Fishing Vacation you can enjoy excellent, world-class sport fishing. Depending on the season, the pacific ocean will offer species to catch, from yellowfin tuna, sailfish, and roosterfish; to marlin, mahi-mahi, snapper, and more.

Papagayo Gulf Fishing Seasons

  • Dorado can be found all around the year, but the best months are between May and October.
  • Marlin & Sail are found; between May and November.
  • Yellowfin & Black Tuna season runs from June through November.
  • Roosterfish’s best months are from November to May.
  • Snapper and Amberjack are present all around the year, but the best months are August to December.
  • Grouper’s best months are from December to April, but it is present all around the year.
  • The mackeral season runs from June to November.
  • Grouper & Jack are found all around the year.

Islas Murcielago

Snorkeling Bat Islands TourPlayas del Coco is the departure point for the Islas Murcielago day trips, a beautiful unexplored place with unparalleled scenic beauty and unique landscapes. The navigation time takes about an hour, once you arrive and visit the viewpoint of San Jose island, you will understand what we are talking about, and of course, the clarity of its waters is unparalleled.

The best time to visit the archipelago is from May to November, that time is when the winds calm down, and the navigation is safe. The staying on the island is short because of the conservationist rules to protect the area. There is a nice hike to the viewpoint, and the trails offer you amazing landscapes.

The trips to Islas Murcielago depart around 7.00 am from Playas del Coco and surrounding beaches and resorts in the Peninsula Papagayo.

Playas del Coco Day Tours

Without a doubt, Playas del Coco is the ideal place to make it your headquarters and enjoy your vacations in Costa Rica from here. In addition to all Guanacaste Nature Safarithe aquatic adventures that you can do here, the area also offers excellent conditions in terms of location, access, and arrival time to many attractions and parks.

A few kilometers away, you will find national parks such as Palo Verde, the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, or the famous Rio Celeste Waterfall. Adventure parks where you will experience zip lines, suspension bridges, tubing or water slides, hot springs, and volcanic mud baths; are located within minutes of driving from Coco.

You can also do activities such as white water, hiking in tropical forests, and visiting caves or history centers such as the Santa Rosa National Park. Also, and although it may seem incredible, from here, you could visit Nicaragua in one of the one-day tours that depart daily from Playas del Coco.

As you can read from ​​Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Ocotal, Playa Panama, and the hotels of the Papagayo Peninsula, such as Andaz Papagayo, Planet Hollywood, and Four Seasons, you could enjoy many activities and save driving time.

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Essential Services

The town offers you essential services for your travel needs, such as pharmacies, dental services, and general doctors. ATMs, banks, supermarkets, stores, and souvenir shops, among others, are also easy to find.

Where to stay?

Pacifico Resort Tours, Playas del CocoIn addition, Playas del Coco offers a wide variety of accommodations. You can find many vacation properties as condominiums, most of them located on the right side of town, known as Las Palmas. Most complexes offer condominiums with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, equipped and all very close to the beach. Nearby you can find services such as restaurants, a supermarket, a cafeteria, a doctor, a beauty salon, and tattoos, among others.

The area also offers vacation homes and villas, most of them on the hills that surround the town, from where you will have views that will take your breath away. Also, very close to beaches such as Ocotal or Playa Hermosa, you will find a variety of vacation rentals and hotels.

You can also find hotels and resorts nearby, such as the Riu Guanacaste and Riu Palace hotels, located about 30 minutes from Playas del Coco. Other options are hotels on the Papagayo Peninsula, such as Andaz Papagayo, Four Seasons Costa Rica, and Planet Hollywood Costa Rica. El Mangroove Resort, Casa Conde del Mar, and Secrets Papagayo Resort are located in Playa Panama. The Occidental Papagayo is located in Playa Buena and in Playa Hermosa you can find places like Villas Sol and Bosque del Mar.

Where to eat?

Playas del Coco is a place where you can also find a wide variety of international cuisine and local restaurants. Taste and enjoy local dishes, including our famous ‘Casados’, or the Gallo pinto for breakfast, or try some of the Lebanese, Greek, Argentine grill, Peruvian, Chinese, and Italian food. In addition, the nightlife offers some places to have a good time. During the day, the beachfront area enjoys a variety of places to have lunch or enjoy a drink with friends.

For the Mediterranean and Italian food, we recommend Verde Salvia, located on the main boulevard at the hotel and casino complex. There you will enjoy fresh and handmade pasta, Mediterranean recipes, and the best Pizza in town. Another good place to visit is Gingers Restaurant in Playa Hermosa, the place offers a variety of tapas and drinks.

For local food you can try Soda Jardin Tropical, you will recognize it because of its particular tropical deco, it is located crossing the park. If you are staying by the Las Palmas complex you can enjoy some Italian food at La Dolce Vita. Crossing the street you will find Cafe Java, a good place for breakfasts, bagels, smoothies, and coffee.

As you can see, Playas del Coco offers endless advantages to enjoy your vacations from here. Friendly people, unparalleled sunsets, a cheerful and familiar atmosphere, and many things to do; this is what this paradise located in the north of Costa Rica offers you.

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Guanacaste Private Yacht Charter

Guanacaste Private Yacht Charter will take you to discover the natural beauties, white sand beaches, and the colorful and abundant underwater life of the Papagayo Gulf, Guanacaste. This 38-foot yacht is fully equipped with a kitchen, air-conditioned cabin, toilet, and a comfortable room. Our private tours will take you to discover some of the best beaches of the Guanacaste north coast.

Visiting the beaches of the Papagayo Gulf is simply an unparalleled experience. There you will find amazing caves, breathtaking landscapes, wildlife, lonely and secluded white-sand beaches. In addition to the luxury of the boat, the service offered onboard is extraordinary so you will not need anything during your expedition.

Guanacaste Private Yacht Charter takes you to visit beaches such as Playa Jicaros, Palmares, Huevos among others. Relax in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and have fun with some of the activities that you can do throughout the day. Enjoy the day snorkeling, taking a donut ride, fishing, or just relax at some of the beautiful beaches you will visit.

Besides the colorful underwater life, you can find in the Papagayo Gulf, you can also observe dolphins, turtles, mantas, and whales during the season.

We offer Guanacaste Private Yacht Charter from all hotels in the Papagayo Gulf, including Planet Hollywood Costa Rica, Andaz Papagayo, and Four Seasons Costa Rica. As well we pick up depending on the tides from Playa Hermosa, Playa Panama, and Ocotal.

Guanacaste Private Yacht Charter is also available from Tamarindo Beach, Flamingo, Conchal. From there you will visit, Isla Plata, Catalinas Islands, and Playa Guacamayita.

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Rates Guanacaste Private Yacht Charter

4-6 people Additional
Half-Day Aquatic Adventure $900  $ 85 p.p
Full-Day Ocean Adventure$1500$170 p.p
Sunset Cruise$1200$110 p.p
Half-Day Sport Fishing$1800$160 p.p
Full-Day Sport Fishing$2500$190 p.p
  • Ground transportation is not included.
  • Daily Departures at 7:00 am and 1.00 pm
  • Charter operates with 2 people min.
  • Rates plus taxes.

Guanacaste Private Yacht Charter Includes:

  • Private Boat
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Bilingual crew.
  • Water, sodas, and juices.
  • Beers, wine, local cocktails.
  • Snacks and chips.
  • Tropical Fruits.

What to bring: Swimsuit, sandals, sunblock, hat, camera & towel.

Duration: 4 hours approx.

Morning Tour: 7.00 am / Return 12.00 noon.

Sunset Tour: 1.00 pm / Return 5.30 pm

Difficulty Level:  Easy, no hiking required, easy hike by the beach. Swimming is a requirement if you want to practice the snorkel.

Important Note: In case of suffering from a chronic disease or specialized care, please bring your medications with you and inform our guide to assist you correctly if necessary.

Guanacaste Private Yacht Charter Policies

  • Tours reserved less than 48-24 hours before departure must be paid immediately.
  • Cancelations made 48 hours before the tour are 100% refundable, bank fees apply.
  • Cancelations between 48 – 24 hours are 50% refundable. Bank fees apply.
  • Non-Shows and cancelations made within 24 hours or less are not refundable.
  • Change of date must be done at least 48 hours before the tour, during office hours (8 am-5 pm). Penalties apply. Subject to availability.
  • We do not accept guests under the influence of alcohol or drugs. No refund will apply.
  • Captain and mariner Tips are not included.
  • If for some natural disaster, or human manifestation we have to cancel the tour, this will be rescheduled for a day of your convenience, or we will make the pertinent money refund. Clients’ safety is a priority for us.
  • We are not responsible for any luggage or personal valuables lost or damaged during the tour. Please take care of your personals during the tour.

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If you are looking to observe toucans, monkeys (we have 4 species), sloths, jaguars, pumas, scarlet macaws, frogs of all kinds and colors, here you will find them all. Furthermore, Costa Rica is world-renowned for its great diversity of bird species. We know that this is nothing, so how about walking through active volcanoes such as the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano or the Miravalles Volcano. There you will observe their boiling muds, lagoons, and more. You can also cool off in waterfalls with spectacular scenery and relax in hot springs in the middle of nature. Walkthrough one of the last dry tropical forests in the world or visit the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest.

If you are looking for some action and adrenaline, of course, Costa Rica is the place for it. An adventure that you cannot miss on your trip is of course the zip lines. You will slide along forests and river canyons with incredible scenery and unforgettable adventures. The hanging bridges will take you to know the top of the tropical forest, its flora, and fauna. Costa Rica is world-famous for its white waters and excellent world-class rapids, without a doubt one of these experiences should not be missed. That just to mention a few, but we can’t forget activities like canyoning, tubing, ATVs, and more.

Our coasts, we had not forgotten, well along our Pacific coast you will find white, black, gold and even pink beaches! You will discover beaches such as Tamarindo, Flamingo, Conchal, Playas del Coco, Hermosa, and many more. You can also find extraordinary resorts, hotels, and vacation homes from the north coast of Guanacaste to the South Pacific. And what can I do there, you wonder? Well, you can learn to surf, take a snorkeling trip, go sport fishing, observe humpback whales, to name a few.

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Alajuela Province, Costa Rica

Alajuela is the more extensive province of Costa Rica. Here we found the main entrance to Costa Rica, the Juan Santamaria International airport. The province is located 20km out of the capital, San Jose. Its territory spreads to the north, reaching the boundary with Nicaragua. Alajuela was founded in 1782 and gave birth to such famous historical characters as Juan Santamaría. He is the national hero that burned down the “Meson de Rivas” in 1856 during the battle against filibusters.

Alajuela, Costa RicaThis province has an enviable natural richness. Its uneven topography includes the rainforest and exuberant plains to the north. Visitors have a choice of the two most impressive, active volcanoes of the country. You can visit the Arenal Volcano, in the City of San Carlos and enjoy some of the hot springs parks as well.  Also, the province enjoys the Poás Volcano, at the Central Volcanic Mountain Range.

Poás volcano is one of the most splendid volcanoes in Costa Rica, for its beautiful landscape. Around it, you may appreciate different habitats, from the cloud forest to areas of scarce vegetation, where species have become adapted to emissions of gas and the climatic factor characteristic of a volcano. The volcano also enjoys one of the largest craters in the world.

Alajuela, Costa Rica The Arenal Volcano, with its conic silhouette, offers you amazing landscapes and lots of nature and wildlife. This volcano used to be one of the most active in the world. Many of the hotels offer a panoramic view of the volcano and its evening show. As well in the area, you can find different activities for all the family as zipline, rafting, or hanging bridges.

Alajuela Province offers you amazing nature and places to relax. Coffee tours, waterfalls and wildlife gardens, and adventures are part of the local offer.

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Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

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The port of Caldera and the city of Puntarenas, receive hundreds of tourists daily, from countless cruise ships. Some of these ships are traveling with the Panama Canal as a destination, which allows passengers to explore Costa Rica’s inland, only to meet their cruise ship some days later at the port of Limon, in the Caribbean.

Jaco, Puntarenas, Costa RicaFor many years during the 70s, 80s and even the 90s Puntarenas was the main place for locals to vacation. As well Playa Jaco is a point of reference when we talk about Puntarenas. This is a famous surfers town, located 90 minutes drive from the capital San Jose. Besides the surf, the place is also renowned for its nightlife, bars, and restaurants.

Next to Jaco, you will find the other famous beach for surfing, Playa Hermosa. There you will enjoy a long beach with world class waves, this is a point of referral for many surfers visiting Costa Rica, as the access is fast and easy. Driving south you can find beaches as Esterillos, Baru, Bandera, and others.

Carara Biological Reserve constitutes one of the best showcases of the natural heritage of Puntarenas. This reserve includes an extension of 11.600 acres of forests and mangroves. Today, only some portions of the reserve are available to tourists, but professional guides, who are allowed to explore some restricted areas, may be hired. You will find the Tarcoles River, where you can observe hundreds of American crocodiles.

Manuel Antonio National Park is another of the destinations of the province of Puntarenas. With its impressive white sand beaches, blue waters of the pacific ocean, and hundreds of hectares of rainforest. This park is one of the smallest in Costa Rica, but at the same time, one of the most highly visited. Manuel Antonio is one of the few places in Costa Rica where the spider monkey still lives. Within the park, you may also find over 100 species of mammals and an equal number of bird types. 

More south you will find the amazing area of Bahia Ballena and Uvita. Famous for its whale tale formed of sand and which you can observe and walk Jaco, Puntarenas, Costa Ricaby during low tide. The long beach is nature and wildlife it’s simply amazing. As well this area is famous worldwide because this is where the humpback whales arrive from North or South America, to give birth to their young or to feed and protect themselves for about 4 months.

They also teach their young to eat, jump, and communicate, it has been a type of maternity or kinder garden. In the North Pacific, the season is from December to the end of March, while in the South Pacific it is from July to October

From Ballena – Uvita to the Sierpe – Terraba wetlands everything is green lush, nature, and wildlife. The south pacific of Costa Rica enjoy the most undiscovered lands, where hundreds of species await to be discovered. Also belonging to Puntarenas, another feature is the Corcovado National Park. Located south on the Peninsula de Osa, and constituting the habitat of 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity.

There you can have closer encounters with red macaws, tapirs, pumas, ocelots, wild pigs, and more. There are miles of lonely beaches and the hikes between the stations are amazing. On the other side of the gulf, you will find the beaches of Pavones and Matapalo, world-class surfing spots.

Good food especially seafood- as well as the well-known carnivals held each summer, and the warmth of its people, are some of the nice surprises expecting tourists visiting this province.

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Heredia enjoys a territory of 2.656 km2 and a population of 80.000 persons. It’s Costa Rica’s smallest province, a town appreciated for its colonial heritage and traditional architecture.

At the communities of Barva and Santo Domingo, you can be appreciated a great number of colonial houses. The city of Heredia, best known as ‘City of the Flowers’, was founded in 1706, by the initiative of 150 families living there. All these families came from the main city called Cartago, our other province. These lands were inhabited by Huetares indigenous before the colony. As well in 1751 the first high school in the area was founded, called Liceo de Heredia.

Heredia, Costa RicaYou still find an important number of coffee plantations, where you can perform guided visits with tourists. It can be delightful to enjoy the captivating process of harvesting, drying, and roasting coffee beans.

Among the natural wonders of the province of Heredia, we find Barva volcano. It’s a formidable extinct volcano located in the west part of Braulio Carrillo National Park, which rises 2.906 meters above sea level. The vegetation surrounding this sleeping giant is astonishing; an ideal place for bird watching, especially for those who dream with the magnificent Quetzal.

On the other hand, Braulio Carrillo National Park represents the greatest natural richness near the Central Valley. A tropical rainforest home to hundreds of plant and animal species to discover. The dense vegetation of the park safeguards many water eyes, waterfalls, and rivers, used as tap water. If you are driving to the Caribbean side, you will have to drive through it as the road crosses along the park. You can perform a hike through the national park trails along the rainforest and where you will observe many of the local flora and fauna.

Heredia, Costa RicaSarapiqui River is another of the attractions of the province. This imposing river travels through dense vegetation, where birds and wildlife are abundant. The river has an ideal current for those who enjoy the rapids, with a moderate degree of difficulty. Along the river, you can perform activities as a river float tour in search of crocodiles, monkeys, birds, and more. Or if you are looking for something more extreme you can enjoy the white water rapids of the Sarapiqui River.

Heredia enjoys several places for adventure along with the province, you will find amazing zip lines parks, where you will also find rappelling, hanging bridges, and much more. If you prefer to discover the nature around you in a relaxing way, you can enjoy a hike at some of the nature trails or the parks and reserves. Another way is enjoying the cableway that will take you on a ride through the tree canopy and discover the flora and fauna living above the trees.

Heredia Central Mountain Range characterizes by vast forest extensions and a fair climate. Many people choose these green and fresh sites to establish themselves, to live far away from the city crowds.


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Cartago Province, Costa Rica

Cartago was founded in 1563 by the conqueror Juan Vasquez de Coronado, it was the first formal town in Costa Rica. Located 22 km out of San Jose, Cartago was the capital of Costa Rica between the years 1574 to 1824 when this title was transferred to the city of San Jose. It is a relatively small province, with barely 3.124 km/2 and almost 35 000 inhabitants. It is perhaps Costa Rica’s most important area in matters of colonial art.

The best example is the temple of Orosi, dating back to 1743, a historical jewel that was witness to the birth of a nation. Also at the Orosi Valley is possible to found the ruins of one of the oldest of colonial times churches, the Ujarras Church built between the years 1575 and 1580.

As well on the way you can observe the Cachi Danm used for hydroelectric power generation. Cartago has a humid, tropical climate. In Cartago, we find two mountain ranges: the Central is where we find the Irazú Volcano which is easy to visit and offers amazing views. As well you can find the Turrialba volcano, active massive showing eruptions constantly. The Talamanca mountain range is the other great mountain formation of the province. The imposing Cerro Chirripo, the highest point in Costa Rica, is located here, at 3.600 meters above sea level. Cartago is a land of traditions and religiosity.

Cartago, Costa RicaIn the north, we find the national monument of Guayabo, located on the outskirts of the town of Turrialba. Here visitors may admire the enigmatic constructions, dating back to Precolombian times. It’s one of the largest archeological areas discovered in the country. Mounds, bridges, plazas, and highways, as well as an aqueduct that is still working, are some of the remains of ancient cultures.

Pilgrimage to Our Lady of the Angels Basilica at the center of the city of Cartago is the most important religious activity of Costa Rica. Celebrated each August 2nd, here attend millions of people from all around the country. Nevertheless, the main attraction of Cartago could be the Irazú volcano. This is a splendid giant which still remains active, whose five craters gather thousands of tourists yearly.

Irazu Volcano is the highest in the country with 3.432 meters over sea level. Several rivers nurturing the basins of others, like Chirripo, Reventazon, Sarapiqui, and Grande de Tarcoles are born here. As well this province offers a soil rich in nutrients of which the agricultures take advantage of and are used for several crops like potatoes, carrots, onion, and many more. Another great place to visit is La Marta, this refuge offers you amazing rivers, flora, and fauna to discover, this place is located in Turrialba. Also, it is a great place for bird and wildlife observation.

If you are looking for some adrenaline and adventure to go, in Cartago you can find some of the best rapids in the country. Take the Reventazon or Pacuare White Water Rafting trips and live one of the most exciting adventures you can have in life. Or take a hike by some of the national parks you can find here. Visit the Tapanti National Park, part of the International Park La Amistad, shared between Costa Rica and Panama.

Certainly visiting Cartago can be a great experience where you will learn about everything. Here you can discover about or aborigines, the way of life and more, as well discover volcanoes and colonial churches. Visit extraordinary national parks full of nature, try typical food and make new friends.


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San Jose, Costa Rica

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San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose is a bustling city, busy and with traffic, like any other around the globe. If your flight arrives at Juan Santamaria Airport, San Jose becomes the first entrance to Costa Rica. From here you can start your trip and stay one or two in the city and learn a little more. San Jose, the country’s capital and most highly populated province. Located in the Central Valley, it extends to the northeast, crossing the impressive volcanoes of the Central Mountain Range. Which includes national parks, forest reserves, and fertile lands, with an abundance of coffee plantations

Founded in the first half of the eighteenth century, San Jose is nowadays a city where visitors of the entire world converge; a metropolis full of interesting places, faces, and colors reflecting the history of a population. Despite the fact that there are still beautiful colonial buildings, not many are still standing today since they gave way to new buildings. However, there are places like the National Theater, Inaugurated in 1897,  that is a must if you have the possibility to stay here.

San JoseAt night in San Jose, you can find a wide variety of gastronomic offers, from gourmet places to sodas with typical dishes. You will find cuisine from all corners of the world in this small city. If you stay in San Jose for a couple of days discover the National Museum. Gold and Jade Museums. There you will learn about our history, cultural origins and much more.

From San Jose, you can also take one of the one-day tours. If you want some adrenaline take any of the white water rafting trips available and challenge yourselves with amazing rapids class III, IV & V. From San Jose you can also perform the Tortuga Island cruise. This is an amazing trip that takes you to Puntarenas where you embark. The trip takes you along the Nicoya Gulf until arrive at this amazing jewel of nature in the middle of the ocean.

If you want to discover the tropical forest from a different point of view, you should take the ziplines and aerial tram tour. This trip will let you discover the rainforest in two different ways but both from the sky. Enjoy an easy ride on the gondolas along the forest and discover the flora and some fauna of the area. Later prepare to slide through the forest on the ziplines adventure.

A place that you can’t miss during your stay in San Jose or your surroundings is the Poas Volcano. The crater is one of the largest in the world and it is active, so are able to stay there only for a few minutes, because of the gases and your safety. But no worries, we won’t take you there just for that. Later you can take the Coffee Tour and discover the amazing process of the famous drink. As well you can perform a visit to La Paz Waterfall Gardens and enjoy the amazing landscapes, the waterfalls, and the animal shelter.

The central valley (GAM) is full of national parks and adventures to enjoy, culture, and gastronomy to discover as well. You can go from the mountains to the islands and from adrenaline to relax. There are activities to enjoy for everybody.

Our recommendation would be to spend the first night in San Jose or two and either take a city tour or one of our daily expeditions. Also depending on your departure flight, you will have to spend your last day in San Jose. You have the chance as well of flying out from the Liberia Airport in Guanacaste.

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San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica

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Cartago Province

Cartago Province, Costa Rica

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Heredia

Heredia Province, Costa Rica

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Green House Vacation Rental, Playas del Coco

Green House Vacation Rental is a beachfront house located in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, with 4 bedrooms, 5 baths, pool, equipped, near a town, market, and restaurants. The house is open and fresh and you will be just a few steps from the beach. The area is very relaxing and quiet. The house has a capacity for 13 people.

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Category: Beach Front House

Rooms: 4             /               Bedrooms: 5               /               Max persons: 13

Green House Vacation Rental has 4 spacious bedrooms plus 2 convertible beds at the second level overlooking the ocean, 5 full bathrooms, a private pool, gardens, and the beach just steps away.

Green House Vacation Rental is fully furnished and equipped, it has 2 master bedrooms, one master bedroom is located downstairs and enjoys one double bed and one twin bed. The second master bedroom is located upstairs and has a king-size bed. The other two bedrooms are located downstairs next to the pool and enjoy 2 double beds each.

The house is located at the far end of the beach, in a private property surrounded by big trees, where the howler monkeys will surely visit every afternoon. It is just steps from the beach and the swimming pool is big, the house is close to supermarkets and restaurants, coffee shops and near the town.

Green House Vacation Rental

Dates Per Night Per WeekMin Stay
Jan. 02  – Apr. 30$625$35004  nights min
May. 01  – Jul. 31$550$30003  nights min
Aug. 01  – Nov. 20$550$28003  nights min
Nov. 21  – Dec. 16$550$28003  nights min
Dec. 26  – Jan. 2N/A$40007 nights min

Beachfront, A/C, Cable TV, Wi-Fi, fully furnished and equipped kitchen, pool, balcony, terrace, security, gardens, bike paths, telephone line, ceiling fans, close to restaurants, shops, markets.

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Costa Rica Pacific Gateway

Costa Rica Pacific Gateway will take you to visit three of the most exotic destinations in Costa Rica. Pacific Gateway takes you to the amazing world of the Corcovado National Park, one of the most biologically intense places in the world. As well you have a visit to the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park with its white-sand beaches. Finish your journey enjoying the beaches of Santa Teresa and its beautiful surroundings.

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Costa Rica Pacific Gateway Itinerary

Welcome To Costa Rica
Day 01 Your vacation starts when you meet our driver at the airport exit gates for the short transfer to San José. Check-in at your hotel choice and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in San Jose.
Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica (23)
Day 02 Transfer to the local aerial terminal for your flight to the Peninsula de Osa area. Upon arrival in Puerto Jimenez meet the driver for the transfer to your hotel located next to the Corcovado National Park. Enjoy the lonely, beach, the breathless landscapes, and the sound of nature. Overnight in the Corcovado National Park area.
Tapir at Corcovado National Park
Day 03 Costa Rica Pacific Gateway takes you to discover one of the most beautiful parks in the world. Prepare for the Corcovado National Park Hike Tour. Get ready to observe squirrels, howler and white-faced monkeys, tapirs, red macaws, pumas, or even jaguars, this park enjoys 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity. Enjoy the rest day at your leisure. Overnight in the Corcovado National Park area.
Dolphins at Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica
Day 04 Enjoy the morning at your leisure. Later we will drive you to the departing point for your Ocean Kayak Tour in search of dolphins and whales. This is an incredible ride by the calm and crystalline waters of the gulf. Overnight in the Corcovado National Park area.
Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 05 Today you will take a short flight to the Manuel Antonio National Park area. Enjoy the panoramic view of the rainforest and beaches from your hotel room. Take the rest of the day to relax in the pool or visit the beach. Overnight in Manuel Antonio National Park area.
Manuel Antonio National Park Canopy Tour
Day 06 After breakfast get ready for the Canopy Tour Adventure. Travel in suspension cables from platform to platform and discover the humid tropical forest. After the tour enjoys the beach or the hotel. Overnight in Manuel Antonio National Park area.
Sloth at Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 07 Prepare for the Manuel Antonio National Park Hike Tour. Observe squirrel, white-faced, and howler monkeys, as well as sloths, iguanas, and many species of birds. Relax at some of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica surrounded by wonderful flora and fauna. Overnight in Manuel Antonio National Park area.
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Day 08 Enjoy the morning at your leisure. By the afternoon we will drive you to the Santa Teresa beach area. Check-in at your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at the beach or its surroundings. Overnight at Santa Teresa Beach
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Day 09  After breakfast meet our guide for your Tortuga Island Half-Day Tour. Enjoy a full day of white sand, dolphins, snorkeling, colorful fishes, tropical food, and amazing views in this exotic destination. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight at Santa Teresa Beach
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Day 10 Day to enjoy at your leisure. Take some of the tours available in the area, relax at the beach, or take advantage of some of the special therapies in the resort spa. Overnight at Santa Teresa Beach
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Day 11 This is the last morning in Costa Rica, prepare for the short transfer to the Tambor airstrip. Board the flight that will take you to the Central Valley. Upon arrival, our driver will be waiting for you for the short transfer to the Juan Santamaría Int. Airport for your flight back home.

Costa Rica Pacific Gateway

Package Includes 11 Days / 10 Nights.

  • 1 Night in San Jose
  • 3 Nights at Corcovado National Park area.
  • Corcovado National Park Hike Tour.
  • 3 Nights at Manuel Antonio National Park area.
  • Butterfly Botanical Gardens Tour.
  • Canopy Tour.
  • Manuel Antonio National Park Hike Tour.
  • 3 Nights at Santa Teresa Beach.
  • Turtle Island Tour.
  • Breakfast included.
  • Private transfers between hotels and /from the airport.
  • Local flights described.
  • Hotel & Sales Taxes Included.

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