|About Costa Rica
Officially Republic of Costa Rica, republic (1995 est. pop. 3,301,210), 19,575 sq mi (50,700 sq km), Central America. It is bounded on the north by Nicaragua, on the east by the Caribbean Sea, on the southeast by Panama, and on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean. The capital and largest city is San José . In addition to the capital, other important cities are Alajuela , Heredia , Puntarenas , and Cartago .
One of the most stable countries in Latin America, Costa Rica has a long democratic tradition, a literacy rate of over 90%, and no army. The population is largely of Spanish descent, and the official language is Spanish. About 95% of the people are Roman Catholics.
Costa Rica is an agricultural country, although industry is being developed at a moderate pace. Industries include food processing and the manufacture of textiles and clothing, construction materials, fertilizer, and electronics. Coffee, bananas, sugar, and beef are exported, as well as manufactured goods such as textiles. Petroleum, machinery, consumer durables, chemicals, and foodstuffs are imported. Tourism is the second biggest money-earner, after agriculture.
The country is governed under the 1949 constitution. The president, a strong executive, serves a four-year term and may not be immediately reelected. The unicameral legislature is also elected for four years. There is universal adult suffrage, and voting is compulsory. The country is divided into seven provinces.
*Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, Copyright (c) 2003.
|Playas del Coco |
Playa del Coco lies 35 kilometres (22 miles) west of Liberia, Guanacaste’s main city, and is the easiest beach on the Nicoya Peninsula to access by road from San José. and just 24 km or 20 minutes drive from the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia .
This pleasant fishing town is a popular destination for Ticos, and offers a variety of nightlife and restaurants. Sailboats and fishing boats can be seen scattered throughout the bay, offering a great opportunity to watch local fisherman at work. Playas del Coco is one of the best known beaches in the country. Plays del Coco is the best known for it's sports fishing , surfing, scuba diving and snorkelling.
Playas del Coco is the largest village in Guanacaste province of Costa Rica. Originally known as the main Costa Rica hub for surfers with places like Ollie’s Point and Witches Rock within easy reach, this busy beach is a prime scuba diving spot, with many tour and diving companies set up here. Social life is very active and dining and nightlife are superb.
Playas del Coco has a fairly well developed infrastructure, good roads and lots of shops, restaurants, bars, discos, casinos, hotels, resorts and markets . If you happen to visit the area during Christmas or Easter week expect to find a lot of people here partying ‘beach style’, when the main road is practically impassable from 10 pm until 3 am.
The sand of Playas del Coco beach itself is a greyish-brown and the tide here often remains quite low. Surrounded by steep hills, this horseshoe shaped bay area is the ideal place to have fun. However, if you are looking for a quiet spot to relax, try staying away from the centre of town, which could be quite busy with tourists and local people.
Pelonas Islands, Catalina Islands and Bat Islands, which are excellent sites to spot turtles, sharks and octopuses in the natural environment are within easy reach from Playas del Coco. The main attraction of this beach is a combination of tourist facilities and great weather. Many tourists also use Playas del Coco as a base camp because of its affordable accommodation, when travelling around the country.
|No 1 - "Papillion" Restaurant and Bar|
"Papillion" Restaurant & Bar, is regarded as one of Papagayo's finest restaurants .
The restaurant is located within the Monarch Resort, a short walk to the beach and within a beautiful setting by the resort pool and in between Nakuti Hotel and the future Westin Hotel.
There are a number of new condominium projects under development in Playa Panama and custom homes in two existing private communities. Though the restaurant has been recently sold to Nakuti Resort, but the chef and staff will remain working in the restaurant under the new owner. The chef-Miguel-has professional credentials, cordon bleu training. Anything on his menu is done to perfection. Experience one of the best meals you have ever had. Seating capacity 56 plus during special planned events, seating around the pool and above.
|No 2 - "Roca Bruja" - Witch's Rock Restaurant|
"Roca Bruja Restaurant", is regarded as one of Costa Rica's most picturesque spots.
Sitting on the top of a cliff and surrounded by a 270 degree view of the Pacific Ocean, Ocotal's main restaurant, "Roca Bruja", is regarded as one of Costa Rica's most picturesque spots.
Within walking distance and right on the beach, you will find the famous "Father Rooster Bar & Grill"; an old farm house turned into a bar where tourists and residents from Ocotal Beach meet for a very relaxed beach atmosphere and some night life. Excellent food, great music and dancing.
The "K-lamar Snack Bar" is located near the dive shop and the beachfront swimming pool, where cocktails, and fast food are served.
Only three miles away is Playas del Coco, a small fishing and tourist village, were you can find a variety of restaurants. Ask our front desk agents for suggestions and directions.
| No 3 - "Father Rooster" Beachfront Restaurant|
Father Rooster ~ Beachfront Dining in Ocotal
The Father Rooster Bar and Grill is open daily for lunch, dinner, and cocktails. It features the freshest ingredients the rich coast has to offer including wild caught seafood and a variety of Costa Rican, Latin American, and international favourites.
Beautiful beachfront location and excellent service.
The Father Rooster is just a short drive from Coco and is the perfect spot to have a romantic dinner, a family meal, or a casual drink with friends.
| No 4 - "Picante" Restaurant|
Picante Restaurant and Bar: Poolside restaurant and bar is the perfect place for a casual meal or refreshing beverage with a fabulous view of the Pacific.
Picante offers a tasty selection of both local and international cuisine, always served with a smile. And don’t miss one of their cool tropical concoctions – spectacular at sunset.
How to get there: As you enter the town of Coco, the road divides. One block after the division ends, you will see “Rich Coast Dive Shop” on your left. Take the first left after the dive shop. Follow the signs to “Bahía Pez Vela”. The gate to the property will be on the left-hand side of the road. Tell the guard that you are a guest at Bahía Pez Vela and he will let you pass. Keep following the signs to Bahía Pez Vela until you enter the property going down a hill.
| No 5 - Café de Playa|
|The International cuisine of Café de Playa offers hot appetizers, tantalizing salads, premier pasta, fresh seafood daily and delicious desserts.
Compliment your meal with a glass of wine from our extensive selection of quality and choice. As a delicious alternative to our standard menu, taste the fresh fish of the Pacific Ocean sushi style!
|Hotel Borinquen Mountain Resort & Spa |
Secluded in the picturesque outskirts of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Hotel Borinquen Mountain Resort & Spa is the perfect place for fun, adventure and relaxation.
Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and lush forests, the hotel offers a wide variety of outdoor and adventure activities to enjoy and is very close to the city of Liberia and the Daniel Oduber International Airport.
The popular North Pacific Region of Costa Rica is broad and diverse. It offers unspoiled beaches, indigenous cultures, green forests, sports and much more. Make your vacation in Guanacaste complete and include a stay in the beautiful and serene mountains of Hotel Borinquen, the perfect complement to any visit to the area.
After a thrilling drive through a well-maintained gravel road surrounded by amazing views and natural wonders, a charming hamlet scattered at the foothill of the mountain will come into view... you are at Borinquen!
The thermal springs with hot pools, the mineral mud and the natural steam-room will add to the relaxing atmosphere of this retreat in the highlands. You can take advantage of the curative properties that have long been attributed to mineral rich waters and mud-pots. Enjoy the unique experience of relaxing in a hot spring-fed pool after one of the exciting Adventure Expeditions and do not miss a relaxing massage or mud mask in the luxurious Amhra-Sídhe Spa.
The Borinquen Restaurants serve national and international cuisine prepared with the best quality standards. Excellent cuts of meat, fresh fruits and vegetables and sumptuous desserts are prepared with your absolute delight in mind. There are also a snack and juice bar and a swim-up bar where you can enjoy tropical drinks.
COCO Health SPA, Beach Massage & Spa-to-You !!!
Nine Professional, Trained, and Certified HEALTH CARE Specialists offer different Techniques that include: Swedish, Shiatsu, Reductive, Body Tone, Chiropractic Treatments, Fat Reduction, Reflexology, Sport, Stretching, Deep Tissue, Body & Skeletal Alignment (similar to “Chiropractic”), Massage for Babies and New Moms, Lymphatic Drainage, etc.
Also: Spa Facials, Manicures, Pedicures, Waxing, Scrubs, Hair Cuts, etc. All in the comfort and privacy of YOUR HOME, VILLA, or HOTEL, or in front of the PACIFIC OCEAN, in the shade of the trees, enjoying the breeze, the sounds of the surf…
On-the-Beaches …or in the New Coco SPA!
Tabacón Mountain Resort & Spa
Located near the base of Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica’s Northern plains region, Tabacón Resort provides guests with a relaxing, nature filled experience. Natural hot springs and thermo mineral water pools grace exuberant tropical surroundings in the shadow of the majestic and active Arenal Volcano.
Two restaurants, offering captivating views of the volcano and hot springs, serve international and traditional Costa Rican cuisine. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily.
Guests may relax in Tabacón's mineral hot springs, waterfalls, 12 mineral pools and an indoor Jacuzzi or indulge themselves in Tabacón Resort’s Iskandria Spa, which provides body and mud treatments, facials, and aromatherapy in a lavish, peaceful setting. Activities at or near the resort include Horseback Riding, Hiking to La Fortuna Waterfall, Mountain Biking, ATV Tours, Fishing and White-water rafting.
Pura Vida Retreat and Spa
Pura Vida Retreat and Spa is considered by some as the Wellness & Yoga destination of choice outside the United States. We offer you a perfect balance of mind, body and spirit in an oasis of beauty, tranquillity and home like intimacy. Pamper your body and soul whilst exploring the delights of Costa Rica, a country which is renowned for its beauty.
All services and halls are within short walking distance of tents and rooms. Additional bathrooms and showers are located throughout the resort for guests' comfort. There is a beautiful gift shop on site that sells a few basic sundries. Plus, the nearby town has stores that offer almost anything you might need. Reception is open from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. for guest services and staff is available 24 hours a day for emergencies.Directions to Pura Vida retreat and Spa
If making your own way to Pura Vida (by taxi, rental car, etc.) use the directions below:
As you exit the airport, you will have to make a right. Just after exiting the airport you will go under the Pan-American Highway and take the ramp to the right following the sign to Alajuela. This ramp will loop around and merge onto the main highway. Make your way immediately to the right lane and take the first off ramp to your right, again following the sign to Alajuela. Take this road about 2 kilometers past the Mall Internacional on your left. Go to the second traffic light and make a right. Continue straight through several traffic lights. You will pass a McDonald´s on your right. Two blocks after the McDonald´s, follow the flow or traffic which will be making a left turn (there is a Martinizing dry cleaning store on the corner.) After this turn, continue straight about 6 blocks. At a traffic light, you will see a building on the right with Coca-Cola signs painted on it. Take a right at this corner. Just after the turn, you will see a large red structure on your left, which is a soccer stadium.
Four Seasons Resort
Four Seasons Resort at Peninsula Papagayo. Spilling down a coastal hillside to an isthmus of golden sand, Four Seasons creates an ambience of simple luxury in this pristine natural setting. With two unspoiled beaches, an indigenous spa, championship golf and the magic of the tropical dry forest.
With views of the Pacific Ocean, the spa at Four Seasons Costa Rica provides an oasis of calm tranquillity and a world of peaceful balance. Offering a complete range of treatments, the spa reflects the wonders of the rich Costa Rican natural environment, awakening your senses and soothing your soul. Therapies unique to Costa Rica are offered, using mineral-rich rainforest muds taken from the nearby Osa Peninsula.
The spa is accessed via a separate entrance in the main lobby of the Resort. It features eight massage rooms, seven wet treatment rooms with showers, four facial treatment rooms and three pedicure stations. Spa services are available to guests 18 years of age and older.
Hotel Punta Islita's Casa Spa
Hotel Punta Islita is a secluded paradise of spectacular ocean views, charming luxury, and exciting activities underscored by a genuine commitment to responsible tourism. Explore authentic Costa Rican culture, the natural beauty of the Guanacaste province, and the wellness benefits of the Nicoya Peninsula.
Hotel Punta Islita’s Casa Spa is a unique haven for holistic well-being. Beauty rituals, traditional healing arts, the wellness attributes of the Nicoya Peninsula, and the herbalist wisdom of native Chorotega tribes are artfully combined to provide gentle release from daily stress.
Casa Spa’s menu features over thirty original offerings including massage therapy, aqua therapy, body scrubs, aromatherapy, facials, and healing stone therapy.
Punta Islita’s own organic garden supplies the key natural ingredients found in Casa Spa’s products.
According to Lonely Planet, Playa Ocotal has “the cleanest and quietest beach in the area, offering good swimming and snorkelling.” Known for its breathtaking view of the Gulf of Papagayo, with lush Santa Rosa National Park across the way, Playa Ocotal is a dreamy getaway for those seeking peace and relaxation. Elegant vacation homes scatter the mountainside through Ocotal on the way to Bahía Pez Vela – then disappear from sight the moment you enter our secluded community.
Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula
Once part of Nicaragua, the Guanacaste province chose to secede from Nicaragua to join Costa Rica in 1824. Famous for its unforgettable beaches, perfect climate and friendly residents, Guanacaste is Costa Rica’s most popular visitor destination.
Nicknamed the “Gold Coast”, Guanacaste enjoys a drier climate than the rest of the country; the region experiences little precipitation even during the rainy season – just one of the reasons why so many feel it is “the place to be” in Costa Rica.
With an international airport in Liberia, Guanacaste’s main city, and direct flights now available from Atlanta to Liberia on Delta Airlines, visitors destined for Guanacaste can bypass San José altogether – and head straight for the beach.
The Nicoya Peninsula’s spectacular beaches and long Pacific coastline are the region’s star attractions. The country’s best dive sites are here, as well as ample opportunity for record-breaking sportfishing, surfing, snorkelling, swimming or just plain sun-worshipping. The area also offers excellent windsurfing and sailing.
A region rich in folklore, music, colour and delicious casados (typical dishes), Guanacaste offers up the bounty of the sea to its tables, including lobster, ceviche and whole pescaditos (fish).
The area’s national parks harbour some of the oldest formations in the country, such as the caverns of Barra Honda National Park, with their many stalactites and stalagmites, as well as important expanses of dry tropical forest. In addition, many of the region’s protected areas possess worldwide importance for protection of wildlife, including the several species of sea turtle that nest on the peninsula’s beaches.
National Parks in the Area
Guanacaste is home to several national parks protecting a spectacular host of flora, fauna and marine life.
Approximately 90 kilometres (55 miles) from the property. Stroll through a network of caverns created sixty million years ago by limestone reefs thrust upward by tectonic forces.
Approximately 75 kilometers (45 miles) from the property, across from Santa Rosa National Park. Rainforest, tropical wet forest, cloud forest and tropical dry forest shelter hundreds of bird and animal species and thousands of insect and plant species.
Marino Las Baulas
Approximately 75 kilometers (45 miles) from the property. On the northern side of the village of Tamarindo, this national park protects Playa Grande, one of the world’s most important nesting sites for the leatherback turtle (baula in Spanish). Leatherbacks are the largest reptiles in the world, with some measuring an astounding five meters (over 16 feet) head to tail.
Approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the property. A migratory and resident waterfowl refuge, the lakes and floodplains here are inhabited by more than 50,000 waterfowl and forest birds. Swimmers, take note: crocodiles up to five meters (over 16 feet) long have been seen in the Tempisque River, which runs through the park.
Rincón de la Vieja
Approximately 60 kilometers (35 miles) from the property. This park’s claim to fame is the active volcano it’s named after; it also boasts the country’s largest populations of guarias moradas (purple orchids), Costa Rica’s national flower.
Approximately 75 kilometers (45 miles) from the property, across from Guanacaste National Park. This park harbours important habitat for protection and restoration of Costa Rica’s Pacific dry forests, as well as several sea turtle nesting sites.
For more information on these and other National Parks in Costa Rica, check out the following websites:
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1.Plays del Coco
2. Luperon Supermarket
3. Luperon inside
4. Lusitania Grill Restaurant
5. Hardware Store
6. Canope Ride