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Playas del coco, Playa Matapalo

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Playas del Coco is one of the oldest beach communities in Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. This region is also one of the fastest-growing tourism areas in Costa Rica. A popular destination for both local Costa Ricans and visitors from other countries during the traditional holiday seasons, local Costa Ricans refer to Playas del Coco affectionately as "El Coco". At the same time, travelers from outside of Costa Rica use the name "Coco Beach", when mentioning this locale.

Playas del Coco is located approximately 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the town of Liberia, Costa Rica, the largest town in the province of Guanacaste. The town experienced rapid growth due to the increasing number of international visitors and foreign-born residents, who arrived in the 1990s. Since Playas del Coco is one of the few beach areas in Guanacaste with a rapidly expanding infrastructure, it has become a hub for tourism and business. Other adjacent beach areas continue to grow as tourism-related activities, and the local population base expand.
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  • Nice beach, lots of "touristy" shops for souvenirs. Nice food from the vendors along the sea front, and some friendly dogs! 
    Nice beach, lots of "touristy" shops for souvenirs. Nice food from the vendors along the sea front, and some friendly dogs!  more »
  • The food and the service in Costa Rica is amazing. From a cheeseburger to lobster is always prepared perfectly. Playas Del Coco and Tamarindo are awesome places to visit 
    The food and the service in Costa Rica is amazing. From a cheeseburger to lobster is always prepared perfectly. Playas Del Coco and Tamarindo are awesome places to visit  more »
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  • Cute little town but the beach is small with black sand and black water from the Volcano that is near by. The resort’s are nice and the tours are good. The food is good too.
  • We enjoy the little town. The beach sand is black, nothing great, but the view of the boats and mountain range that surrounds it makes it beautiful. We also walk down with our pups and usually you se people taking walking or running with their dogs. A lot of expats live close by, most of the expats drive golf carts into town.

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