Things to do in and around Playas del Coco


If you’re planning on living or visiting Playas del Coco, you might wonder about what are some things to do in this little town. Yes, there is the beach but you probably don’t want to lay on the beach every single day. There’s so much to explore! You want to have a fun trip enjoying the area and experiencing the best of it. There’s no shortage of outdoor adventure in Costa Rica. Once you move here, you’ll want to do as many as you can.

There are plenty of attractions and things to do outside of Playas del Coco. However, you might be surprised that you can center your entire time just in Coco. You’ll want to put these on your list!




Located in the Gulf of Papagayo, Playas del Coco offers great opportunities for sailing and boating trips. There are several sailing companies in town that offer morning or afternoon half day sailing trips. You can go swimming, snorkeling and beach hopping. If you go in the afternoon, you can sail back while watching a beautiful sunset. Each company has their own variation of the tour and may visit different beaches or snorkel in different spots. There is also a booze cruise.

Stand up paddling boarding


SUP is becoming more and more popular and you can now do it in Coco. There is a company that offers lessons so you can try out this new sport by the hour. The waves in Coco are fairly calm so although you are exercising, you’re having fun at the same time. It’s definitely a different way to experience the ocean.


Fishing in the Coco area and  Papagayo Gulf is excellent. Costa Rica has healthy waters and many people come specifically for fishing. You can hire fishing charters to take you on a half day or full day of sport fishing. You can also connect with a local to take you fishing the Costa Rican style. When you go sport fishing, you have opportunities to catch huge fish like marlins, roosterfish and grouper.



Coco is a wonderful place to kayak with calm waves and beautiful scenery. You can rent a kayak and go out to the Turtle islands or even further if you’re daring. You might even run into some manta rays, fish, turtles or dolphins. It is common to see those marine animals out in the water. You can also combine it with fishing to go kayak fishing which is popular among locals. You can buy fishing gear at the supermarkets, rent a kayak from one of the places on the beach and enjoy a day kayak fishing.

Scuba Diving

Interesting in scuba diving? Coco is an excellent place to do so. There are many companies in town offering competitive prices for tanks. You can head to the Monkey head, Tortuga Islands or even Bat Islands depending on your level. The marine life in Costa Rica is outstanding and you can be swimming with giant manta rays, turtles and sharks. For the scuba diving experts, you can even book a tour to Cocos Island, a national park that is off limits to everyone except park rangers. You can swim with hundreds of hammerhead sharks, huge rays and dolphins!


Ziplining is probably one of the most popular activities in Costa Rica. You can find canopy tours all throughout the country. Many of these canopy tours go through the forest, so you can be zipping from tree to tree in dense forest. There are a special few that offer something different! The ones in Monteverde allow visitors to soar over the cloud forest, there are some that offer sunset ziplining. You can go at night time and others go over rivers and lakes.



There is one particular river in Costa Rica that is considered one of the best in the world, the Rio Pacuare. Raft down Class 3 and 4 rapids, through a dense jungle, passing waterfalls of all sizes and wildlife such as monkeys and birds. If that is a bit too much adventure and excitement for you… there are several other rivers with smaller rapids such as the Rio Saraipiqui or Tenorio. This is a must-do for any adventurer who loves water and the outdoors.



Even though the hiking in Costa Rica isn’t the type where you will be climbing up steep hills or reaching high summits save for a few, it still is a great activity for the outdoor lover. Trek through the jungle or forest to reach volcano craters, waterfalls, and rivers. Most of the hiking is fairly leisurely so that the younger and older ones will be able to make it without a hitch. If you’re looking for a more intense hike, check out the Rio Celeste waterfall hike, Cerro Chirripo which is the highest mountain in the country or Corcovado National Park, an intensely biologically diverse area.

Bird Watching


With over 800 species of birds in Costa Rica, bird lovers can spend all day every day looking out for these beauties. Many of them are endangered or threatened species and there are several spots in the country that is a haven for birds such as Palo Verde National Park. You can see the biggest birds in Costa Rica, the smallest hummingbirds, herons, and much more. Make sure you get a good pair of binoculars and a long zoom so you can film or take great photos of them all!

For activities outside of Coco, you’ll have plenty to choose from. You can head on over to neighboring Playa Ocotal to enjoy snorkeling (which is better than Coco), fishing, scuba diving and kayaking. Venture further outside to go ziplining at the Congo Monkey Trail. Visit the Rincon de la Vieja National Park or beach hop at the nearby beaches such as Playa Hermosa and Playa Panama.

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