Set amidst the jungles of northern Costa Rica surrounded by volcanoes and abundant wildlife and just 15 minutes from Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, the Papagayo Golf and Country Club (formerly Vista Ridge Golf & Country Club) is Guanacaste’s first private golf course open to the public. It is USGA Certified with a Slope Rating of 122. This user-friendly 18-hole golf course and country club with its practice tee and driving range is redefining the game and the sport.
Papagayo Golf and Country Club offers 335 acres of peace and tranquility.
Playas del Coco is one of the oldest beach communities in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. This region is also one of the fastest growing areas of tourism in Costa Rica. It has long been a popular destination with both local Costa Ricans as well as visitors from other countries during the traditional holiday seasons. Local Costa Ricans refer to Playas del Coco affectionately as “El Coco”, while travelers from outside of Costa Rica use the name “Coco Beach”, when mentioning this attractive locale.
Other adjacently located beach areas continue to grow as tourism related activities and the local population base expand. Popular beaches near Coco include Hermosa, Ocotal, Flamingo (incredibly popular with the locals on weekends), Panama, and a handful of remote beaches on the Papagayo peninsula (including the beach at the Four Season Papagayo). Further away, Tamarindo is an excellent surf beach for beginners, as well as a more commercialized beach town. If you’re looking for something and can’t find it in Coco, it’s probably in Tamarindo (a little more than an hour away).
Downtown Coco beach is worth a look, especially after nightfall. You’ll find drinking, dancing, and dining options, and even a couple of casinos.
Coco is also a great place to stay while exploring nearby natural wonders like the dormant volcano Rincon de la Vieja (about 1.5 hours driving time), Lllano de Cortes waterfall (about 2 hours drive time), and dozens of beaches within 1-2 hours drive (too many to mention, in fact). Jungle tours are also popular, and most of the local tour providers include a “zip line” tour as the main attraction.
Coco is fairly far away from Arenal, a recently active Volcano that is a must-see of any Costa Rica visit. Therefore, if you plan on staying in Coco, you might want to set aside two days of your trip to visit and stay at a resort near the Arenal volcano.
Deep sea fishing excursions are definitely available as well – be sure to ask around on the beach in the late afternoon to find the best deal for the following day. You can also hire a boat to take you surfing off-shore near world famous Witch’s Rock just up the coast from Coco. However, if you’re new to surfing or not willing to invest in an all-day boat tour, you might consider driving about an hour to nearby Tamarindo. The surfing there is very good for beginners and kids.
You can explore the Pacific and swim amongst big schools of fish. All dives are in small groups and guided by a PADI professional. They explore 2 different dive sites and hopefully encounter sharks, rays or turtles. Local dive sites are surprising every day with big pelagics or small macro. Drinks, fruit and our famous sweet bread will make your dive day complete. Dive Costa Rica today!