In the Province of Guanacaste, there is a world of pristine white sand beaches lined with swaying palm trees, endless summer days, and breathtaking sunsets. The tranquil beach of Playa Ocotal is situated on the northern Pacific coast. Located three kilometers south of Playas del Coco, the beach at Playa Ocotal is a calm, unique black sand beach about a third of a mile long situated in a tiny cove protected by high bluffs. It is ideal for swimming and snorkeling, or just to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility in a lush tropical setting. The beach at Playa Ocotal offers more privacy than the main beaches of Playas del Coco to the north.
Ocotal was a quiet little fishing village up until the past 10 to 15 years when entrepreneurial individuals looked at the hillsides and were determined to build roads and homes on these hillsides. Today Ocotal has some of the most exclusive homes in Guanacaste with incredible ocean views taking in every landmark in the area - truly wonderful ocean views in a quiet tranquil atmosphere.
Nearby Attractions and Activities
Playa Ocotal is a great family beach with great snorkeling accessible with local tour guides and their pangas or simply by walking the beach to the North or South. All types of beach activities can be enjoyed here without the fear of riptides or undercurrents. For those more adventurous scuba, diving is also available, and the nearby Catalina Island or further out Bat Islands are recommended diving locations. Playa Ocotal is a fantastic place to scuba dive with Manta Ray, schools of tropical fish, turtles, sharks, and octopus. Sport fishing, surfing, horseback riding, and sailing are also popular activities in the area. You can also arrange great day or overnight tours to Volcan Arenal or Rincon de La Vieja. Never a shortage of things to do for those seeking adventure or just kicking back!
Father Rooster is the premier beachfront bar and grill in the area and is situated along the north end of the beach. Enjoy the wonderfully bright red and purple colors of the sunset while sipping a frozen tropical drink, munching on their famous nachos, or enjoying the fresh mahi-mahi. Other great restaurants include the Ocotal Beach Resort, set above the ocean in the surrounding bluffs offering incredible ocean views, as well as Picante, a restaurant on the beach in the Pez Vela Resort offering delicious international cuisine at affordable prices. Ocotal has impressive development projects such as Azul Paraiso, Vista Ocotal, the Pez Vela Resort, and the Ocotal Beach Resort, as well as an array of smaller bed and breakfast hotels with a low-key, rustic vibe.
Getting there and away
Playa Ocotal is only a five to seven minute drive to Playas del Coco, the commercial hub of the surrounding bedroom communities, offering all the necessary services and featuring an abundant night life with many lively bars, restaurants, shops, and two casinos. After living it up in Playas del Coco, return to the quiet and tranquil peacefulness of Ocotal and realize that you are so close to everything, yet a world apart.
Ocotal is only 25 minutes from the Daniel Oduber International Airport near Liberia. You can easily arrange a shuttle service from the airport or grab a taxi. Rental car agencies will deliver rental cars right to the airport, plus they provide a drop off service as well. Getting to Playa Ocotal has never been simpler!