Playa Cocles Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica

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The Playa Cocles is small village on Caribbean coast just south of Puerto Viejo, Limon, Costa Rica. It is a very small town; there are only two stores, a school and a soccer field. Cariblue is actually located 150 meter. Local is calling this as “beach break” as there is no coral reef, the waves break directly on the beach. Beach break was awarded the Blue Flag for ecological quality, and is one of the most popular beaches in the area. Cariblue supports the 24 hours lifeguard program at Playa Cocles. Local businesses have contributed to pay for lifeguards at Playa Cocles to help keep beaches safe. It is also the only beach on the Caribbean coast that has life guard service 7 days a week. The people of Playa Cocles are friendly, a common factor to all small towns. The community has a strong and varied cultural background, consisting mostly of Latino Ticos and Afro-Caribbean’s, with a small number of foreign immigrants mixed in. The atmosphere is welcoming and relaxed, and you can see people standing around in the street laughing and talking. The soccer field is the main focus of the community. People get together once a week for the big soccer game, the only big event in town. Soccer is the national sport of Costa Rica and usually draws a big crowd.
The beaches in this region are excellent. It has impressive waves for surfers.The other beaches near Playa Cocles are also wonderful and attractive. The wave is inspiring for surfing; there are several spots where you can find quiet, protected pools and they are ideal for swimming. The beautiful white sands, rich greenery and clear blue Caribbean Sea make this a favorite tourist spot and will leave you breathless. The wonderful white sand beach of Playa Cocles will leave you breathless. Surfers and travelers from all over the world assemble here to surf and enjoy beach life at this off-the-beaten track location, joined by local surfers from all over the Costa Rica.
Besides surfing, Cocles Beach is an outstanding beach for sunbathers and there is plenty of shade and private space for those who want to chill out with a book. From Playa Cocles the visitors can easily walk to other beaches and Puerto Viejo is just a kilometer to the north.

Accommodation

Hotel Cabinas El Tesoro
This is located at a privilege location at the best beach of Cocles, with white sand beach. It is now operating under with a new management. They are specialized to care of families, groups, couples or individual adventurers. They have around 5000 square meters of facilities in cohabitation with the wild life and Caribbean vegetation of Costa Rica. They have the capacity of up to 50 people in rooms ranging from Luxury/ Executive suites to private Cabinas surf-lodge dormitories combining good taste and life in the Caribbean. Enjoy Italian Cuisine, Pizza, Lasagna, Pasta, Caribbean Cuisine and Mexican food. All food services can be served on the beach.
They also organize tours to beach Punta Mona, Manzanillo Beach, reef view snorkeling and dolphins, sea inside with private boat.
El Tesoro offers a list of perks a mile long, from free coffee and free Internet access to community kitchens. Evening entertainment is also included. — Lonely Planet

Tour’s adventure bribri Falls, canopy, chocolate forest, tour of the coffee, banana tour, rafting, jaguars and butterfly reserve, reservation of indigenous crusade boutique duty free border river panama buying possibilities.

La Isla Inn Hotel
La Isla Inn Hotel is located at Playa Cocles, a beautiful sandy beach with a little island just off of the coastline. It is perfect for surfing. The rest of the year it is calm with wonderful crystal and blue waters. The hotel has a warm and friendly atmosphere. The Hotel consists of two recently built houses, constructed of beautiful wood, and a restaurant where you can enjoy the flavors of Caribbean-Costa Rican cuisine. It has has beautiful rooms and provide all the amenities.

Lodges
The visitors can find luxurious spacious holiday houses with private pools are available just only minutes from spectacular Cocles beach with all amenities.

Activities/ Things to do in and around Playa Cocles

The famous surf destination of Puerto Viejo is located with a short distance north of Playa Cocles, in addition to the wonderful surfing; there are also various parks such as the Cahuita National Park that has the biggest Coral Reef of the Costa Rica. The Talamanca Indian Reserve and the Gandoca Manzanillo Wild Refuge shielding the region’s most endangered flora fauna, mangrove marshes and tropical rainforest.

There are several Activities and tours on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. We suggest some activities and tours either in the area or around the area. Most of the tours will pick you up and return you to your hotels.

White water Rafting / River Trips
These Trips to different Rivers will give you the ultimate blend of wilderness exposure revitalizing excitement. So you are free to enjoy full day in the river.
Pacuare River – One day
Hike and Paddle Rafting Trip – Two days
Pacuare Lodge Honeymoon Getaway
Reventazón River: Pascua Section

Reventazón River: Florida Section

Jungle, Nature and Wildlife

The Puerto Viejo region has a number of the most amazing natural areas in Costa Rica. These places have international importance. This region has some protected areas including Cahuita National Park and the Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge. Experience the richness and diversity of the jungle in a nature
Caribbean Canopy & Zip line
Animal Rescue Centre, Waterfall and Chocolate House
Canyoning
Cahuita Boat, Snorkel and Hiking Trip
Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge Jungle Hike
River and Sea Kayaking with Rainforest Hike
Aiko Logi Reserve
Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling
Bird Watching
Nighttime Turtle Watching

Learning about Indigenous Communities
Costa Rica’s South Caribbean (along with Panama) is the home to the Bribri people. Many of these communities had no exposure to the modern world until recently. These tours not only give you a glance into a unique life but they support these communities in their effort at economic diversification. The Caribbean is also home to a unique Afro-Caribe culture. These tours includes to
Uatsi Waterfall and Indigenous Reservation

Indigenous Cultural Centre and Medicine Man
Local Activities
There are several local activities, if you want to experience horseback riding along the beach or learning to surf in one of the best spots in the world, you can contact the local operators.
Scuba Diving
Pure Jungle Spa: Massages Facials and more
Beach Massage
ATV Jungle Tour
Horseback Riding
Surf Lessons
Fishing trip

Getting to Puerto Viejo / Cocles

It is located 130 miles from San Jose and 9 miles south of Cahuita. Just south of Puerto Viejo, visitors will discover the inspiring beaches of Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva. The dirt road connecting the villages is often in poor shape and full of potholes, though road repair vehicles labor daily to improve conditions. Beachfront cabins, restaurants and shops line the street, almost all the way to Manzanillo.