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Our first look Playas del Coco

Hot & Windy

sunny 36 °C

February 22, 2015

Wow! What a change. Waking up in a fluffy bed, showering with hot water and more than enough thick towels. No roosters but some kind of dove or pigeon. We are staying just off the main drag on the edge of this small town. Playas del Coco gets its name from the many Coconut Palms that fill the area. The beach sets nicely in a horseshoe bay with scenic yet at times dry vegetation covering the rolling hills. This area is one of the fastest growing areas of tourism in Costa Rica.

Playas del Coco is a sport/commercial fishing town and is one of the oldest beach communities in Guanacaste Province. Its also a place where surfers can get a boat out to Witch's Rock, one of the many famous surfing spots in the country.

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We wandered down the main drag towards town. It’s about a 15 minute walk down to the water. Play del Coco has embraced its beach town image. Lots of souvenir shops and restaurants along the way but nicely mostly under shade trees. The sand is greyish, not the most attractive but clean. Surprisingly not busy as expected. Maybe it’s night crowd that livens the place up. We’re good without knowing. We walked down to the end of the beach and then to the beachfront club which belongs to our condo development and we have access to, for a swim and lunch. The wind had picked up and was blowing the sand down the beach. We headed back to the condo with a stop at the grocery stores…an adventure when the labels are in Spanish, and then to relax by the pools in the amazing hot wind.


Posted by Colenso 18:57 Archived in Costa Rica

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Your narration is great and the photos are beautiful. I've enjoyed following you adventure. Your going to have to explain to me how you have been able to post daily. I'm sure you haven't had an Internet connection in the areas you've visited. I guess I can cross Cost Rica off my shortlist. I feel like I've already been there.

by Roger Stafford

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