Playas del Coco has always been our home base for surfing Witches Rock and Ollie's point. The rooms are very large and have a comfortable homey feel to them. this is not a place to stay for parties, but if you hit Witches and Ollie's on a good day, you'll be too tired to stay out late anyway.
I have recommended this place many times over the years and will continue to stay here. the outdoor lounge and bar overlook the valley and is a great place to hang out and drink a beer after surf. The pool is nice and clean and Jim (I think Jim still owns the place) as a great host. It's more like a bed and breakfast than a hotel.
Jim is also good at hooking you up with a good, affordable boat driver to take you surfing. Sometimes on the way back, we drop our pole in the water and catch some fish. What a great experience! I haven't been diving here, but I hear that many divers stay here for that as well. Other than those three activities, I probably wouldn't go to Playas del Coco. It's a decent town, but not much else to do and the beach is not really ideal for swimmer.
Oh, Jim is also a good contact for directing you to a few good restaurants. Thanks to him, I had the best ceviche in Costa Rica at a place near the water. Ask him about it. There is also a good Mexican restaurant that he'll be happy to direct you to.
Been going to to Indonesia for a lot of my surfing lately, but when I head back to Costa Rica, I'll be staying here again for sure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rancho Armadillo Estate, a small private mountainside estate overlooking the Gulf of Papagayo. The estate is perfect for couples, families or groups. Our guests feel like they're coming to visit friends who have a really nice place to stay. Our knowledge of Costa Rica ensures our guests experience the best Costa Rica has to offer. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rancho Armadillo Estate Hotel Playas Del Coco
- Rancho Armadillo Estate Costa Rica/Playas Del Coco