Playas del Coco is a small beach town in the northern province of Guanacaste. It is known for its great diving and large marine life, along with frequent sightings of Bull Sharks.Book A Dive Center Online
Set on the northern Pacific coast, Playas del Coco (El Coco to locals) is one of the oldest beach communities in Guanacaste. Set in a volcanic landscape, this section of Costa Rica differs dramatically from the southern shores – and is significantly quieter. Beyond great dive sties, activities in El Coco largely revolve around exploring the surrounding tropical dry forest. This ecosystem is among the most threatened in Costa Rica and again, vastly different from the southern jungles. When not diving, spend days hiking through the forest and setting out into the ocean on a rented kayak, before joining the vibrant nightlife.
Diving off Playas del Coco gives you the opportunity to swim through large quantities of volcanic rock. While coral remains limited and the visibility isn’t great, the abundance of marine life and large schools of fish certainly makes up for it. The region is known for copious amounts of puffer fish, a number of nudibranchs, manta rays and white tip sharks.
Costa Rica is a warm country with temps from 29 to 35 Celsius. Like most tropical countries there is a rainy season and this starts in June with a few afternoon small showers. October is the wettest month and during the rainy season it also gets windier, it is also the windiest month.
This weather makes October a quiet month and cheaper because hotels lower their prices. June and July are also low season. High season is Mid Dec – Feb, Easter week and August. This is the most expensive period to go because hotels raise their prices and are generally full.
Santa Rosa National Park protects Bat Island. This ensures that shark finning is prohibited, and that the local bull shark population remains protected. A park fee of $15 is required per diver to maintain this park and the protection.
Outside of the national park, local businesses and small non-profits are largely responsible for conservation initiatives. A number of businesses have set up tours and lodges that revolve around principles of sustainable tourism, which include green operations and local community involvement. Most initiatives focus on preserving the threatened dry forest on land, but some activities to extend out into the water. Most of the local dive operators are members of Project Aware.
Families are welcome in the area, with many child friendly activities and many dive centres can organise snorkel trips and bubblemaker courses.
Besides diving Costa Rica has great nature and activities like, canopy in the jungle, rafting, horseback riding, waterfalls, hot springs and a great wildlife in the national parks all of which are suitable for families.
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