Destination guide

Something different in Playa Ocotal

While the other resort towns pulse with cocktail bars and scuba touts all over the coastline of Guanacaste Province, Playa Ocotal seems happily content to carry on with those laid-back Tico vibes. It's not built-up but rustic. It's not hedonistic but chilled. It's got a smattering of homey Playa Ocotal vacation rentals hiding between the palm blooms that dress its shores, and a wide, shady beach that tumbles into a yacht-spotted bay. The town of Playas del Coco offers nightlife and gastronomy nearby, while little coves around the coast are a snorkeler's dream-come-true.

Things to do

Plenty to see around Playa Ocotal

The draws of Playa Ocotal might be mainly low-key and Zen-inducing but there are plenty of world-class attractions just a stone's throw from the shores. Check out the enthralling provincial capital of Liberia, sat only 25 miles away inland. There, you can lose yourself between intriguing relics of Mesoamerican civilizations in the Museum Guanacaste, or delve into colorful Tico marketplaces. Further north is the acclaimed Santa Rosa National Park, where safaris include sightings of spider monkeys, capuchins, and mud-caked mangroves.


Unhurried beach life in Playa Ocotal

The pace of life in Playa Ocotal is noticeably slower than in the other beach towns of Costa Rica's northern Pacific Coast. Here, you can while away whole days lost in the pages of a book, soaking up the tropical rays on the patios of those luxurious Playa Ocotal vacation rentals, or with hard-earned hammock time between the palm trees close to the shore. When action does call, snorkeling abounds in the nearby coves, and there's always plenty of beach shacks, cocktail bars, and Central American seafood joints in the town of Playas del Coco over the hill.


Playa Ocotal shines throughout the year

Playa Ocotal enjoys long, sunny days for much of the year, not to mention temperatures that sit steadily in the high 80s and low 90s _ talk about needing the Pacific to cool off. There are some slight seasonal changes to be aware of, though. Occasional rains drift in between May and September, but they are often light enough to keep the beach sessions ticking over. Then there's the Christmas and New Year period, when visitor numbers peak and prices in Playa Ocotal vacation rentals climb to their annual high.

Natural features

Playa Ocotal is raw, Costa Rican coast

Playa Ocotal doesn't have the glimmering, shimmering light-sand beaches of the other resorts that enfold it along the coast of Guanacaste Province. Instead, it's got dusty, beige-black sand that peaks just out of the verdant clusters of palm trees that fringe the shore between 2 craggy headlands of stone. It's those rocky outlets that make Playas del Coco a veritable mecca for snorkelers. You can don the gear and hit the waters to spy out schools of colorful tropical fish and huge manta rays alike.

How to get there

How to get to and around Playa Ocotal

The nearest airport is in Liberia (LIR-Daniel Oduber Intl.), located 13 mi (20.9 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Playa Ocotal?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,098 vacation rentals near Playa Ocotal. From 281 Houses to 227 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Playa Ocotal for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Playa Ocotal?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Playa Ocotal:

  • Playa Grande: 457 vacation rentals
  • Palm Beach Estates: 102 vacation rentals
  • Coco Sunset Hills: 210 vacation rentals
  • Ladera del Mar: 245 vacation rentals
  • Rancho Armadillo: 77 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Playa Ocotal?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Playa Ocotal. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ocotal Beach: 1,684 vacation rentals
  • Playa Conchal: 1,364 vacation rentals
  • Flamingo Beach: 1,277 vacation rentals
  • Playa Grande: 1,865 vacation rentals
  • Playa Hermosa: 1,254 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Playa Ocotal listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Playa Ocotal?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 281 Houses in Playa Ocotal. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Playa Ocotal include:

  • Villas: 227 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 516 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 6 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Estates and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Playa Ocotal?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 946 vacation rentals with pool available in Playa Ocotal. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.