Playa Cocles

Playa Cocles - Costa Rica
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One of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica is located near Puerto Viejo. The popular Playa Cocles Beach has tan sands and beautiful clear turquoise waters. It is easily accessible, and consists of nearly two miles of white sand fringed with palm trees and lush greenery as a backdrop.

Playa Cocles is one of the most popular spots for surfing on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. The surfing season runs from January to March and the waves on the main beach are generally quite mellow, making them ideal for beginners. Towards the northern end of the beach the waves are bigger and more powerful which suits more experienced surfers.

During the summer months, when the waves are smaller, or non-existant, Playa Cocles can be a good spot for snorkeling, with plenty of colorful fish to spot. There are lifeguards here, and the current can be strong for swimming, but you can play games or sunbathe on the beach. 

This is a popular spot on the weekends and during the high season, so you need to go early to get a spot during these times. Head down to the south end of the beach and set up a hammock to relax on and watch the world go by.

You will find a few hotels and rental houses near the beach. You can find anything from high-end hotels to resorts to bungalows on the beach. There is something for everyone on this popular beach.

Nearest town/city



Dogs allowed

Lifeguard service



  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Surfing


  • Wheelchair accessible

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