Introduction to Playa Ocotal
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Playa Ocotal in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, is located three kilometers south of the popular beach town of Playas del Coco. It is conveniently located only 35 minutes from the "Guanacaste" Liberia International Airport (LIR). Playa Ocotal is known for its sport fishing, incredible snorkeling, beautiful real estate, and some of the most spectacular panoramic views of the Papagayo Bay.
You can find a wide variety of real estate opportunities in Ocotal. From new condos very close to the beach starting at $220,000 to multi-million $$$ homes with breathtaking views, Playa Ocotal has it all. The lush and serene hills surrounding Playa Ocotal provide the backdrop for private villas with extraordinary views. Don’t be dissuaded by the drive into Ocotal... The views and quality residential construction will make you feel like you are in a high-end paradise. There are several well-built developments, along with numerous single family houses to choose from: Bahia Pez Vela Resort, Vista Ocotal, Coco Bay Estates, Ocotal Beach Resort, Azul Paraiso, just to name a few.
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The Nature of Playa Ocotal
Playa Ocotal's black sand beach is much smaller than its neighbor, Playas del Coco, but it is absolutely stunning. This lush landscape is loaded with howler monkeys and beautiful birds. Ocotal beach is perfect for snorkeling or scuba diving! You will see so many tropical fish, plenty of turtles and maybe even a giant manta ray. After a refreshing snorkel, you can relax in Playa Ocotal's clear waters and embrace the wildlife around you. During low tide, you can explore numerous tide pools and see wonderfully colorful fish. This great beach offers endless nature filled experiences.
Dining around Playa Ocotal
Although Playa Ocotal is a small beach, there are still many fantastic dining options! One of the most well-known restaurants in the area is Father Roosters. You can enjoy cocktails and an excellent menu right on the beach! Father Rooster is the premier beachfront bar and grill in town and it is situated along the north end of Ocotal beach. Enjoy the wonderfully bright red and purple colors of a rainy season sunset while sipping a frozen tropical drink, munching on their famous nachos, or enjoying the fresh mahi-mahi tacos. Another great restaurant is the Maracuya Beach Club, set above the ocean in the surrounding bluffs offering incredible ocean views. The Maracuya Beach Club is part of the Bahia Pez Vela Resort. Other restaurants include La Caveja, a lovely little Italian restaurant located in the heart of the town of Ocotal offering fantastic pizzas. As well as Sugoi Mexican & Asian Cuisine located in the Coco Bay Estates development. Since Playa Ocotal is located only minutes away from Coco beach, you will never run out of dining options.
Things To Do in Playa Ocotal
There are countless activities for you to enjoy in Playa Ocotal. In the water, you can snorkel, scuba dive, swim, kayak, paddle board, and go sport fishing or boating! On land, you can enjoy going horseback riding, zip lining, dining, shopping, hiking, or simply just relaxing. From Playa Ocotal you can take a tour to Rincon de la Vieja National Park or Palo Verde National Park. You can also charter a boat and visit the nearby Catalina Island to the south and the stunning Bat Islands to the north.
Places To Stay around Ocotal
You can find several small b&b's as well as larger hotels/resorts, all with spectacular views of Playa Ocotal. There is the Hotel Ocotal Bed & Breakfast, Bahia Pez Vela Resort, Hotel Villa Casa Blanca, The Lighthouse, and so much more! Playa Ocotals close proximity to the Liberia International Airport makes it a fantastic place to visit.