PACIFIC BEACH VIBES ITINERARY

This itinerary is perfect for all of you that want to check out the entire Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Get ready for surf lessons, beach front restaurants, stand up paddle boarding, relaxing on perfect beaches and more!

Schedule:

14 nights total

Airport Area (1 night) -> Uvita (2 nights) -> Manuel Antonio (2 nights) -> Jaco (2 nights) -> Samara (2 nights) -> Tamarindo (2 nights) -> Playa del Coco (2 nights) -> Airport Area (1 night)

This itinerary needs to be done by rental car. The reason for this is that there is no direct public bus route between most of these locations. You would have to take the bus all the way back to San Jose and then take another bus to your next destination. This would be completely stressful.

Another reason we suggest renting a car is that most of the activities listed in this itinerary are off the beaten path activities. What I mean is that we have selected activities for you which will give you a totally unique experience on a budget. There are several companies offering day tours from these destinations, but they are all expensive. When we calculated it out it is cheaper to rent a car and drive to destinations on your own than to participate in pre-packaged tours which include transportation.

We suggest renting a 4×4 for this itinerary. Some of the roads around Samara, Tamarindo, and Playas del Coco are not paved and very hilly.

To save you more money we have partnered with our favorite rental car company in Costa Rica, Adobe, to give you a 10% discount on your car rental.

The reason we chose to partner with Adobe is that they are the only company in Costa Rica that we trust fully. We always try to give you guys the best info possible on budget travel in Costa Rica and I can ensure you that Adobe is the best of the best.

We have had some nightmare car rental experiences in this country and we don’t want you to go through the same thing.

In Costa Rica there is a mandatory Liability Protection insurance. This means that every single person who drives in Costa Rica needs to purchase this insurance. Even if your bank or credit card company from home covers certain damages, it doesn’t matter. You need this insurance.

The problem with most rental car companies in Costa Rica is that they do not include this insurance in their online quote. This means that you are quoted a price, think it’s a good price so you book the car, and then arrive and are told it will actually be a lot more expensive because you need to add on this insurance.

I have no idea why companies do it this way because it means that they are left with very unsatisfied customers. I guess in their minds they have you hooked at that point. It is too late for you to search for another rental car company so you’re going to go ahead and pay the extra insurance fees.

The reason we love Adobe is because they are completely upfront about their costs. The price you are quoted online is with the Liability Protection included.

If you book your rental car with Adobe through our site you get:
-A second driver for free (it’s usually $4 per day)
-0% deductible as part of the Liability Protection (it’s usually 20%)
-A free cell phone to use
-10% discount applied to your reservation

We also love Adobe because they are a local company who believes strongly in customer satisfaction.

For example, my dad and sister came to visit a few months ago and we rented a car from Adobe. I put in the online rental car registration form that we would need to be picked up from the airport along with their flight number. There flight ended up being delayed and got in at 10:30pm instead of 8:00pm.

I checked online and the Adobe rental car office closes at 10:00pm. I figured since my dad and sister would be getting in too late there wouldn’t be anyone from Adobe waiting to greet us and we would have to pick up the car the next day. I was so wrong! There was someone waiting for us at the airport with an Adobe sign and they then took us free of charge to the Adobe office which had stayed open to allow delayed passengers to pick up their cars.

How great is that?!

It’s this kind of local businesses that we are all about here at Costa Rica Vibes.

If you still have some questions about renting a car you can read our complete page on renting a car here and feel free to email us! We’re happy to help you out. It can be a bit nerve wracking to rent a car in another country. We totally get it!
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Once you book your car head on over to the maps section of this itinerary to see how to drive this itinerary and our suggestions for GPS usage.

AIRPORT AREA

Casa Maki: This hotel is a 5-minute drive from the airport. It also has a shared kitchen for your use and free breakfast. You can expect to pay about $50 for a double room.

Hotel II Millenium: For about $50 you can get a basic double room with breakfast included. This hotel is about 3 minutes from the airport.

Hotel Cortez Azul: For about $25 you can find a room for two people with a shared bathroom. Breakfast is included as well as a free airport shuttle. This hotel is about a 5-minute drive from the airport.

La Villa Rio SegundoFor about $40 a night you can get a room for two people with a shared bathroom. Breakfast is included and there is also a nice pool on site. This hotel is an 8-minute drive from the airport. There is an airport shuttle, but you have to pay for it.

Note: When looking for hotels near the airport search for “Alajuela” as your location rather than San Jose.

UVITA/ DOMINICAL

Hotel Cabinas y Camping el Teca: Located about a four-minute walk from the beach in Uvita, this place has rooms with small kitchens for about $40 a night. There is also a pool on site which guests can use.

Cascada Verde Hostel: Amazing place in the jungle. For about $30 a night you can stay in a double room with a shared bathroom. There is also a communal kitchen area you can use.

Tucan Hotel: The vibe here is cool. This place is located in the jungle in Uvita. They have bikes you can use for free, an onsite restaurant, yoga classes, and a nice garden area. For about $30 a night you can stay in a double room with a shared bathroom.

Cool Vibes Beach Hostel: Across the street from the beach in Dominical, this hostel has double rooms for around $30 a night. There is also a shared kitchen you can use on the site.

Tropical Sand Dominical: Located right next to the beach in Dominical. For about $50 a night you can get a standard double room.

MANUEL ANTONIO

Hostel Wide Mouth Frog: This hostel is located in Quepos (a ten minute drive from Manuel Antonio). For about $30 you can get a private dorm for two people with a shared bathroom. There is a shared kitchen for guests and a pool.

Guest House Pura Vida: Located in Quepos (about 10 minutes from Manuel Antonio), this guest house has studio apartments with a kitchenette and breakfast for two people at prices as low as $20 a night. It really depends on the date though. sometimes the price can be higher.

Torino Backpackers Beach: This hotel is only a one minute walk from the beach in Manuel Antonio. For about $50 a night for two people you can get a large room with breakfast included. There is also a shared kitchen on the property.

Selina Manuel Antonio: This place has a super cool vibe. There is a nice pool and an amazing view of the jungle. For about $50 a night you can get a double room with a shared bathroom. There is also a shared kitchen on site.

Waterfront Hotel Verde Mar: For about $45 you can get a super basic room for two people, but you can’t beat the location. They have a nice outdoor pool and access directly onto the beach from the hotel. It’s about a 10-minute walk to the national park.

JACO

Reboot Resort: For about $25 you can get a small room with bunk beds for two people and a private bathroom. There is also a pool and a shared kitchen which guests are welcome to use. This hotel is not located in Jaco, but in Playa Hermosa (6km from Jaco). Playa Hermosa has a calm vibe and we like it more than Jaco. Oh, and this hotel is a few minute walk to the beach!

La Perlita: For about $50 you can get a room with a kitchenette for two people. There is also an outdoor pool for guests to enjoy. It is about a 10-minute walk to the beach in Jaco.

Buddha House Boutique Hostel: This place has a super cool vibe to it. For about $30 you can get a double room with a shared bathroom. There is a common space with a kitchen which guests can use. There is also a small pool and it is located only a few minute walk from the beach.

Hotel El Paraiso Escondido: For about $55 per night you can get a double room. There are rooms with kitchenettes as well, but those are about $65 a night. There is a pool and barbecue facilities for guest to use. The beach in Jaco is a few minute walk away.

SAMARA

Hostel SamaraFor about $40 you can get a large basic room for two people with a private bathroom. breakfast is not included, but there is an onsite restaurant if you’d like to eat there.

Sunset Chill Out Bed and BreakfastFor less than $60 a night you can get a nice double room with breakfast included. This place is located a bit further down from the downtown area, but it is directly on the beach.

Hotel OasisFor less than $50 a night you can get a cute and clean one bedroom house with a private kitchen. Breakfast is not included.

Hotel El DoradoFor about $30 a night you can get a twin room for two people with a private bathroom. Breakfast is not included but there is a shared kitchen on site which you can use.

Hotel GiadaFor less than $60 a night you can get a double room with breakfast included. There is also a nice pool on site for guests to use.

TAMARINDO

Les Voiles Blanches: This place is paradise. It is located a bit out of the downtown area, so don’t stay here if you want to be in the middle of the action. For about $50 you can stay in a really nice room with a view of their beautiful pool.

Hotel Pueblo DoradoThis place is basic but super well maintained. or about $45 you can get a double room with breakfast included. There is also a nice pool on site.

Hostel Pura Vida: One of the nicest hostels ever! The vibe here is amazing. For about $45 a night you can stay in a double room with a shared bathroom. The rooms all have cool paint jobs and there is a shared kitchen on site.

Hotel MahayanaThis place is basic, but has a really nice vibe. For about $45 a night you can stay in a double room with a terrace. There is also a shared kitchen which guests can use.

PLAYA DEL COCO

Villa del SuenoSuper great hotel on Playa Hermosa (amazing beach near Coco). This is a bit more pricey than the other options (approximately $60 a night) but it is really nice. Breakfast is included and there is a pool on site.

Aparthotel Toro BlancoApartment hotel with a pool. This place is pretty basic, but it is close to the beach and every apartment has a kitchen.

Hotel M&M Beach HotelBasic hotel located across from the beach. Breakfast is included and there is a kitchen that all the guests can use. There isn’t air conditioning, but they have plenty of fans in every room which you can point at your bed while sleeping.

AIRPORT

El Chante Vegano: This place doesn’t look like much from the outside, but get ready for super tasty vegan food. This is the perfect lunch spot.

Yellow Cafe: Great for lunch or dinner. They have good drinks, sandwiches, pasta and more. It has a nice cafe vibe.

La Calle-Beer & Street Food: Go here! This is basically a food truck with outside tables and it is the coolest. They have some great beers and good burgers. It’s not the cheapest (burgers are about $10) but it’s a fun spot to chill.

Pesqueria Qlity Fish: Totally unexpected amazingness. If you like seafood or fish, this is your spot. We suggest going here for dinner.

Jalapenos Central: Quality TexMex style food at super reasonable prices. This place is owned by a guy from the US (Norman) who likes to make his rounds through the restaurant to make sure everyone is happy. Perfect for lunch or dinner.

Denny’s: OK usually we wouldn’t suggest Denny’s as dining option, but it is open 24 hours a day and is close to the airport. If your flight gets in really late or you have an early departure, this is your best bet for a meal.

DOMINICAL/ UVITA

PorQueNO: Located in Dominical, this place has the best coastline view! It’s not the cheapest restaurant, but the food is great. We like this place for dinner with a sunset view that will blow your mind.

Del Mar Taco Shop: Our go-to lunch spot in Dominical. Extremely good tacos with fresh ingredients located across from the beach.

El Pescado Loco: This place in Dominical has a super nice vibe, prices are great, and the fish here is the best. Try the fish tacos!

Ranchos Remo: Located in Uvita, this place has the perfect ocean view from up on a cliff. You will need a 4 wheel vehicle to get up here. This is a great dinner spot, but it is not the cheapest. You can expect to pay about $20 per person for dinner with a beer.

The Dome Drive Thru: Located in Uvita this is a good spot for burritos and fruit juices. Prices are reasonable and the food is wonderful.

Roadshack Deli: Super cute deli with quality craft beer and good sandwiches in Uvite. We highly recommend this place for lunch.

Bar Restaurant Los Laureles: Quality food in Uvita. You can’t go wrong here. Everything is delicious and the service is wonderful.

MANUEL ANTONIO

Ronny’s Place: Really good food (fish, steaks, etc) and even better drinks. This place also has one of the best sunset views in town. The road is a little difficult to get here so 4 wheel drive would help, but you can probably make it without. It is not the cheapest though. You can expect to pay about $20 for dinner and a beer.

Falafal Bar: The perfect cute lunch spot. Their falafal is on point and the prices are good.

El Avion:We weren’t overly impressed with the food, but when else can you say that you ate in a cargo plane? You could also just go there for drinks. This place also has a killer sunset view.

Sancho’s: Quality burritos at a reasonable price. Plus the atmosphere is really fun.

El Avion: We weren’t overly impressed with the food, but when else can you say that you ate in a cargo plane? You could also just go there for drinks (that’s what we do). This place also has a killer sunset view.

TA-CHO’S: Amazing Mexican food and the nicest people ever. You’ll feel so welcome here. This is a great dinner spot.

Sol’s Frozen Yoghurt: Great froyo and smoothies next to the national park.

Backpacks Paradise Costa Linda: Your best bet for lunch after a day in the national park. Located next to Sol’s Frozen Yoghurt, this hostel has good typical Costa Rican food at an affordable price.

Baguette: Pastry heaven. A seriously good little coffee shop which I would happily eat at every day and be huge from due to carb overload.

JACO

Taco Joint: On point tacos at a reasonable price. A great lunch spot.

The Pizza Shop: Seriously top notch pizza at a good price.

Tacobar Jaco Beach: The food is decent, but the vibe here is the best.

Side Street Bistro: Our go-to lunch spot in Jaco. Not the cheapest, but cool vibe and a good place to spend a long lazy lunch. Plus they have a great drink menu!

Soda Jaco Rustico: A great dinner spot if you want an authentic meal at a really good price.

Green Room Cafe: We haven’t eaten here but they have a great craft beer menu and a chill vibe. There s also live local music here on some evenings.

Amphitheater Restaurant: This restaurant is located at the Villa Caletas hotel and is expensive, but we suggest just going for a drink around sunset. Just ask at the front desk and they’ll direct you. You can sit in their outdoor Roman amphitheater on a cliff above Jaco and watch the sunset here. It doesn’t get better than this.

SAMARA

Samara Organics: Not a restaurant, more of an organic store, but they serve delicious smoothies. They also have great organic products you can take with you as snacks.

Bouticafe Bohemia: The vibe here is great plus the food is on point. We suggest going here for breakfast or lunch to get a healthy and tasty meal.

Microbar Samara: If you are into craft beer you’ve got to head here! Craft beer is pretty expensive in Costa Rica, but hey, sometimes you just need some quality beers. This is the place to get it! Plus the bartenders here actually know what they are talking about and will happily steer you in the right direction for the best drinks.

Falafel Cafe: If you are into Mediterranean food, head here. The prices are extremely fair and the food is absolutely delicious!

Soda La Perla: Great typical Costa Rican food at an affordable price.

PLAYA DEL COCO

Soda La Teresita: Super good typical Costa Rican food at a great price.

Ticoffia: The best coffee shop in Coco. This place is super cute and a great breakfast spot for when you need a break from Costa Rican food.

Soda Oasis: Doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the food is great! They make a seriously good burger.

Le COQ Lebanese: Awesome Lebanese food at a great price.

Chorotacos: Doesn’t look like much but the tacos are amazing (and cheap).

TAMARINDO

Honestly, pretty much every restaurant in Tamarindo is amazing. This town is foodie paradise, but here are our eight faves.

Green Papaya Taco Bar: Super casual and laid back taco/ burrito bar which is crazy tasty!

Falafel Bar: If you like Mediterranean food, you’ll love this place. It’s soooo good.

Lola’s: Not the cheapest, but a great place for an afternoon cocktail outside on the beach. Super cool vibe here.

Shrimp Hole: I can’t really tell you how good this place is because I’m allergic to seafood (yea my life is hard), but I know tons of people who love this place. Their menu is small (they stick to what they do best, shrimp) and it is totally affordable.

Santa Rita Cafe: The vibe here is perfect. I highly recommend this place for breakfast or lunch.

Surf Shack Burgers: This doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the burgers are cheap and great. It’s perfect for when you need a break from Costa Rican food.

La Bodega: Go here for breakfast. I promise you’ll love it!

El Sapo Ristopizza: This place does amazing wood fire pizza. I’m a bit of a pizza snob and I loved it.

AIRPORT

Check out the city park: In downtown Alajuela, there is a cute city park which is the happening spot on the weekends. You probably won’t spend more than an hour there, but there is a nice church there that you can go in. There are also plenty of vendors selling snacks. Grab a bunch, get a snack, and do some people watching.

Watch the planes take off: If you want a fun/ unique evening experience, check when the next planes are taking off and head on over to the airport. If you are coming from the downtown area of Alajuela, drive past the airport on the highway and you’ll see parking spots on the side of the road. You can pull off here or turn right on the street at the end of the runway. There aren’t any parking spot there, but you can just pull your car off the side of the road. You’ll probably see many families with picnics set up in the grass. This is (in my opinion) the best spot to watch the planes, but I’ll warn you, it’s absolutely terrifying to have planes flying literally right above your head. We like to go out night to get the full effect. There are also usually vendors here selling food.

Do some shopping: If you’re coming from the US, the prices in Costa Rica will be a bit higher than what you are used to, but if you are coming from Europe they are pretty comparable to what you are used to. In Alajuela, there is a city mall, which has a ton of stores which you’ll love. If you want an even crazier experience, head to MultiPlaza. MultiPlaza is not in Alajuela, but it’s still close by in Escazu. That mall is crazy even by US standards. It is the largest mall in Central America and is super modern.

Catch a film: Not really the optimal thing to do on your vacation, but if you are visiting during rainy season, you might be out of luck finding something else to do on a rainy afternoon. Both malls that I listed above have nice movie theaters in them which show films in English with Spanish subtitles. If you’d like to see what is showing, you can check that out here. Just click MultiPlaza Escazu or City Mall, depending on where you’d like to go.

Take a drive through the Central Valley: From the city of Alajuela, head north and check out the amazing views of the valley. I always feel like I’m in Switzerland while driving through here. There are tons of little places selling fresh strawberries and cheese along the way. If you would like to see a nice waterfall, type in “Catarata de la Paz” into your GPS. This waterfall is free (just on the side of the road) and it’s a beautiful drive to this spot. It is really close to Poas Volcano, but unfortunately, Poas is currently closed indefinitely due to eruptions 🙁

Catch your lunch: From downtown Alajuela, you can take a 40-minute drive to a trucha called Los Arroyos. Now, I’m sure you have no idea what I’m talking about, but this is a super popular activity with locals. It’s a totally unique experience that most tourists aren’t lucky enough to have. At this place, they will give you a piece of fishing line with bait on the end and send you over to their little pond. It doesn’t look like much, but it is stocked with trout. Catch a trout for each person in your group and then they will cook it up for you on site with great side dishes. For about $10 you can have a fun half day activity and a really tasty meal. It’s one of our absolute favorite things to do with visitors.

Play with hundreds of dogs: You may have seen a video of this place that has been going viral recently. Territorio de Zaguates (land of the strays) is located in the valley in Alajuela and is home to hundreds of stray dogs. It is possible to visit this beautiful place and play with the dogs, but only on certain days. They usually do one open day a month on a Saturday or Sunday. Check out their Facebook page to stay up to date on their next open day.

DOMINICAL/ UVITA

MANUEL ANTONIO

Visit playa Biesanz and go sea kayaking /snorkeling: Playa Biesanz is not the most beautiful beach you’ve ever seen, but it has a charm about it which we love. You can park on the side of the road and have an attendant watch your car for under $5. Then walk down the path to the beach (check for howler monkeys in the trees). The beach is filled with locals selling everything you need. You can rent sea kayaks, snorkel gear, stand up paddle boards, buy cocktails, buy food, rent beach chairs, and more! All of this is at a very reasonable rate.  Plus it’s usually not very full with tourists.

Visit the national park: The main reason you are probably in Manuel Antonio is probably to go to the national park. You can read our full post with tips for the park here.

Go to the Quepos farmers market: The nearby town of Quepos has a farmers market every Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. It is located along the sea wall in Quepos. We suggest picking up some unusual fruits you’ve never seen before and trying them out.

Head to La Playita: This beach is located at the very end of Playa Espadilla. It used to be known as the gay scene beach and there were a lot of nude sunbathers. Last time we were there I didn’t see any of this cool scene. It was mostly just couples who wanted a quieter beach experience away from the action of Playa Espadilla.

Watch the sunset: Please don’t miss the sunset while you are here. It’s amazing! We suggest getting dinner on the cliffs for a good view (we have suggestions in the restaurant section) or watching it from Playa Espadilla.

JACO

Chill on the beach: Jaco beach is perfect if you want a large open beach. If you’d like a bit more privacy head to the northern part of the beach. It tends to be pretty empty there.

Go partying: If you are into the nightlife scene, Jaco is where it’s at. Because this area is pretty saturated wth backpackers there are tons of clubs and bars along the main stretch downtown.

Take a surfing lesson: There are tons of companies that offer surfing lessons in Jaco. We have not personally tried out any of these companies, so we can’t give you a good recommendation, but check here on TripAdvisor for the top companies.

Try SUP: Carton Surfboards in Jaco has stand up paddle boards you can rent. They cost $25 per hour or $35 for a half day. Just ask at Carton and they will direct you to some good spots to explore on your SUP.

Walk the beach: Jaco beach may not be the most beautiful beach in the world, but it is long and is a great place for a long beach stroll.

Watch the sunset: Grab a beer at one of the many convenience stores and sit on the beach for sunset. We’ve never had a bad sunset view in Jaco.

Check out Playa Hermosa: If you are looking for a more relaxed vibe head a few minutes south of Jaco to Playa Hermosa. This little seaside village is the perfect getaway from the action in Jaco.

Hike Miro’s Mountain: A secret hidden gem in Jaco is the hike up Miro’s Mountain. Search for “El Miro” on your gps or in Google Maps and it should come up. The trail head is not marked, but it is located directly across from the gas station at the south part of town. If you can’t find it just ask someone for help. The hike is a little over a mile one way. Make sure to walk far enough to get to the abandoned restaurant. It’s super cool! Plus you’ll get a great view of Jaco.

Check out the farmers market: Every Friday from 7am to 2pm next to the soccer field in the center of Jaco there is a farmers market. We love the farmer’s markets in Costa Rica because you can find tons of exotic fruits you’ve probably never seen before.

SAMARA

Go surfing: There are plenty of places which offer surfing lessons rentals in Samara, but our personal fave is Pato’s Surfing because they offer a good rate for lessons and with each lesson you get five days of board rentals for FREE! Plus, they are just an all around wonderful company. They also offer amazing rates on SUP boards and kayaks.

Explore nearby beaches: There are several beaches nearby you can check out. Our personal favorite is Playa Carillo because we love how it is lined with palm trees and it is almost always empty.

Check out a waterfall: Near Samara is a waterfall called Belen. It is pretty difficult to find and you will need a 4×4 to get there, but it is a fun off the beaten path adventure. If you want more info check out the TripAdvisor page here.

Take a yoga class: We are big fans of yoga classes at Samara Massage because they are well done and are taught in the shade on the beach! Classes are only $10 for a drop in and include use of a yoga mat. You can find out the class schedule and other details here.

Walk the beach: Playa Samara is really long. It’s the perfect beach for a long relaxing walk to clear your head.

TAMARINDO

Walk the downtown: There are tons of nice shops lining the streets of downtown Tamarindo. We usually don’t buy much because it can be expensive, but there are some really cute shops that are definitely worth checking out.

Go surfing: There are tons of surf shops in Tamarindo that offer lessons and board rentals. We have not personally tried out any of these shops so we can not suggest any to you. Instead, we think you should ask at your hotel if they have a place they suggest. Sometimes they partner with local surf shops and can get you a discount.

Visit Playa Avellana: A little bit south of Tamarindo is this quiet gem of a beach. It’s best to have a car that can handle some dirt roads if you plan to visit. It’s the perfect spot to spend a relaxing afternoon. If you’re looking for a good meal or cocktails definitely check out Lola’srestaurant on the beach.

Besides Playa Avellana there are plenty of quiet beaches nearby. If you have a car which can handle some unpaved road driving, just pick a few beaches from Google maps that you’d like to check out and go for it!

Visit the farmers market: Every Saturday morning from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm there is a nice farmers market located next to Restaurant Pescador. Definitely check this out if you are interested in trying unusual exotic fruits that you probably have never seen before.

Go partying: Tamarindo has a serious nightlife scene. If you are into partying, just walk the downtown area and you will find plenty of cool bars and clubs.

Rent a SUP board: If you’d like to do some stand-up paddle boarding, Kelly’s Surf Shop has boards for rent at $25 for two hours or $40 for a full day. If you are new to SUP you can also take lessons (but I think you can figure it out on your own without paying the extra money).

Visit Marino Las Baulas National Park: This national park is located slightly north of Tamarindo. The beach here is absolutely beautiful and undisturbed. People may tell you that you need to go there with a tour, but that is simply not true. You are welcome to walk the beach on your own. However, it is a turtle nesting site (so if you are lucky you’ll see some little babies hatching or mommas laying their eggs) and if you disturb the turtles you may get in some trouble. Although, I know none of you would do that anyway.

PLAYAS DEL COCO

Visit Playa Penca: Playa Penca is a seriously beautiful “secret” beach. Just look it up on Google maps to see exactly where it’s located. As you drive there you might think you are in the wrong spot because you’ll drive higher and higher into a residential neighborhood. Just keep going. When the road ends you’ll see other cars parked. Park your car (make sure you don’t leave anything of value) and walk down the path to the beach. It is a little steep so wear sturdy shoes. You’ll be rewarded by an absolutely amazing beach.

Check out Playa Hermosa: Close to Coco is a nice expansive beach called Playa Hermosa. We like this beach because t is much cleaner than Coco. It is also nice and long, which makes it a great place to walk.

Enjoy the nightlife: Playas de Coco may seem calm enough during the day, but at night you can walk the main strip and enjoy lots of bars and clubs.

Visit an amazing waterfall: About 45 minutes from Playas del Coco is a waterfall called Catarata Llanos del Cortez. Last time we were there we only paid about $2 for parking. The waterfall is seriously amazing and definitely worth a visit. You can swim under it and if you are feeling really adventurous you can hike up behind the waterfall for an overhead view.

Visit Rincon de la Vieja:  Rincon de la Vieja national park is located close to Coco and is a great place to spend a day hiking. You can go with a guide, but you are also able to pay to enter the park and hike on your own.

AIRPORT-> JACO

JACO -> MANUEL ANTONIO

MANUEL ANTONIO -> UVITA/ DOMINICAL

UVITA/ DOMINICAL -> AIRPORT