I am back in the U.S. from my spring break trip to Costa Rica and am feeling seriously deprived of the sun already! Nothing like freezing temperatures and a snowstorm to welcome you home…
My good friend’s parents own a condo in Playa del Coco, located on the pacific coast in the Guanacaste region, and graciously offered to let us use it for our vacation. It was sunny, breezy, 90 degrees every day, and I’ve never felt so grateful for the heat. We spent our days on the beaches sipping fruity, frozen drinks and soaking up as much sun as we could possibly take. It was everything I needed and more to temporarily escape the stress of my final semester.
Tips for Visiting:
- Most places accept US Dollars, so don’t worry about currency exchange.
- Be mentally prepared for very rural surroundings (including the roads if you plan on renting a car).
- Try a Chiliguaro (spicy shooter) and a Guajito (blended mojito)
Playa del Coco
Playa Conchal – MUST
Buena Vista Lodge, “Buena Vista Mega Combo” Tour
Located in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, the Buena Vista Lodge offers an adventure tour that consists of ziplining or suspension bridges, a 1/2 mile water slide, horseback riding, hot springs, and a buffet lunch all for $80! This is located only 1 1/2 hours away from Playa del Coco so if you don’t want to venture out too far to the other volcanos or forests but still want to do something other than chilling on a beach, this is a great option.
The main strip of Coco is filled with bars, restaurants, and souvenir shops and ends at the beach. Happy hour is between 11 and 7 at almost every bar here, which means $4 margaritas and $1 chiliguaros, and it is also quite lively at night so don’t miss it!
This restaurant is located on the beachfront in Playa del Coco. It was the most expensive out of all the restaurants we ate at, but not by much. AMAZING fish tacos!
The Lookout – MUST
Also located in Playa del Coco, but it’s up on a hill in a hotel so it overlooks the entire beach! I wish I had eaten here the first day because I wanted to try everything on the menu and then eat it all again. My friends and I shared the Ahi Tuna Nachos (omg), the avocado fries, and something else that I cannot remember the name of but it was pan fried sushi-rice cakes topped with a Sriracha sauce and more Ahi Tuna. We also got a coconut drink served in a coconut!
This place is just a tiny stand outside of a grocery store in Coco. I had the jerk chicken tacos with pineapple salsa and cilantro/avocado sauce. Cheap and oh so good.
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