Beautiful water and snorkelling
Playa Ocotal is a wonderfully peaceful place to enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing in the sun. Scenic hills and cliffs hem in the beach, and the Catalina Islands sit just offshore. The quaint village of Playa Ocotal is located a few minutes south of the popular beach town of Playas del Coco, where visitors can find numerous restaurants and nightlife options.
The tranquil beach of Ocotal is situated in Costa Rica's stunning Guanacaste Province on the northern Pacific coast. In Guanacaste, there is a world of pristine white sand beaches lined with swaying palm trees, endless summer days, and breathtaking sunsets. The region is home to a vast stretch of tropical dry forest that houses abundant wildlife and beautiful birds.
Playa Ocotal is a fantastic place to scuba dive with Manta Ray, schools of tropical fish, turtles, sharks, and octopus. Sport fishing, Surfing, Horseback riding, and sailing are also popular activities in the area.
Nearby Playa Ocotal, restaurants, bars, luxury and budget hotels, discos, casinos, and plenty of nightlife fun can be found at Playas del Coco, the largest village in the Guanacaste Province. Adjoining Playa Coco is the exotic beach of Playa Conchal, with a seashore made up of millions of tiny, crushed shells. At the Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort, visitors can obtain a day pass for use of the resort grounds and access to its world-class golf course.
The accommodations in Ocotal itself are varied. Primarily there is a selection of middle to upper range options. Those on a tight budget may find much more affordable lodging in the nearby Playa Coco. A great advantage of traveling to Playa Ocotal and the surrounding Guanacaste beaches is the close proximity to the Liberia International Airport, which facilitates easy-access to the region.
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Father Roosters on the beach was great. There is an Italian restaurant in Playas Del Coco that is great. La Caveja.
This is the perfect place to unplug--there is nothing here but the beach and it's quiet and not developed.
More populated than the rain-forest so not as clean. Ocotal was quiet & not a lot happening there - Coco is about 3 km away & that is where you find the restaurants, stores, bars etc. Do the Sunset Catamaran Tour!!! Husband went scuba diving & gave it great reviews!!
Looks safe. People are friendly. Great for country exploration.
Lovely, in terms of nature, and the locals too (but not that many in Ocotal). Too many North Americans...but Playa Coco was interesting (tho too touristy). Felt a bit 'out of my element' in terms of exclusive clubs, etc. but the beach and views and people were nice. LOVED staying at the Villa Casa Blanca! Wonderful staff, location, architecture - and so cool to be able to cook and relax there!
Ocotal was scenic and the people were extremely friendly
The coast is amazing here. However, the Ocotal beach has black sand. There are many other beaches with white or gold sands around and I would recommend to stay at these places (Playa Flamingo, Playa Grande, Playa Conchal). We had good food, good places to eat. However very expensive