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A Surfer's Paradise

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Cocles is the first community south of Puerto Viejo and it north of Playa Chiquita. It is one of the most well developed. The beautiful beach is very popular with surfers, especially at the northern end, and also for swimmers. It is one of the few area beaches that is patrolled by lifeguards via the community supported Playa Cocles Lifeguard program.

There's a big variety of businesses located at Cocles, including basic hostel type accomodation up to luxury hotels and rental homes. There are also many restaurants and services although it is just a few minutes by bicycle to Puerto Viejo should you need something more than is on offer here.

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Police and Medical Services

Tourist Police

New office of the tourist police (opened fall 2013) with 36 officers that can assist tourists. Look for the officers in their white shirts patrolling the area.
 2750 0452
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Hardware, Building Supplies, Nurseries

Almacen Villas del Caribe

Hardware store with garden supplies, pet supplies, tools, bicycles and much more.
 +506 2750-2102
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Hostels

Jaguar Inn Hostel

The Jaguar Rescue Center now also offers hostel beds and rooms, both as options for volunteer housing and for those that would just like to stay near the rescue center. Facilities include wifi and shared kitchen.
 +506 2750 0710
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Mi Casa Hostel

Hostel and Hotel El Tesoro. Offers comfortable rooms and dorms. All equipped with fan, ceramic tiles, hot water. Some rooms have A/C and/or kitchenette. Private parking. Free WiFi internet, coffee, safety deposit box and communal kitchen use. Tasty Waves restaurant and bar specializing in Tacos and Burgers. Tour service.
 2750 0128, 2231 4700
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 Average room rate: $35
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Hotels

Puerto Viejo Top PicksLa Costa de Papito
 www.LaCostadePapito.com

Rustic Elegance awaits you in a 5 acre tropical Garden of Eden a few steps away from Cocles Beach. You uninterrupted at our Indulgence Spa and Beauty Salon. Sensual dining in the restaurant.
 +506 2750-0080, 2750-0704
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 Average room rate: $99
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Azania Bungalows

Azania Bungalows is a charming boutique hotel and gourmet restaurant located only 70 yards from Cocles Beach in Puerto Viejo.
 +506 2750-0540, fax 2750-0371
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 Average room rate: $80
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Cabinas Tonka

Offers three types of accommodation: rooms with fan, with A/C and cable TV and 1 apartment with fully equipped kitchen. Rates include breakfast. There are 2 swimming pools (1 for adults and 1 for kids), free wireless Internet, laundry service, safe deposit box and private parking among other services. Previous names: La Isla Inn, Paradise Island Lodge.
 2750 0109
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 Average room rate: $92
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Camarona Caribbean Lodge

Located 2.5 km south of town in the protected area of Cocles. All beach front rooms, peaceful in harmony with nature. Designed in a very rustic-exotic way according to the architecture of the region; cabins have no TV set, no telephone although there is a TV room near the restaurant. The lodge has lots of wood, wide corridors, rooms are very well aired and of course, you can enjoy the Caribbean culture and the exuberant flora and fauna of the place. 13 rooms with restaurant and bar, including 1 handicapped accessible room.
 +506 2750 0151
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 Average room rate: $73
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Caribe Town Resort

Beautiful jungle resort 150 meters from Playa Cocles, 3km south of Puerto Viejo. Five private bungalows - 2 with AC & one with TV, one 2 bedroom family suite with AC and 2 offsite full home rental options. Full hot breakfast included in onsite rentals. Enjoy their pool with swim-up bar, waterfall and Jacuzzi jets, bike rentals, spa services available and much more!
 +506 2750 2034
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 Average room rate: $85
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Cariblue Beach and Jungle Resort

The merger of Cariblue with adjoining Totem Hotel has created a 5 acre property with a great variety of rooms, apartments and suites. Pools, jacuzzis or the beach right in front, the choice is yours. Also on the property is the Sole Luna restaurant, Totem Beach Bar, Aqua Caribbean Spa and Totem Surf School.
 +506 2750 0518, 2750 0035
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 Average room rate: $120
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Hotel Bugabutik

In a quiet environment surrounded by nature, in the middle of the tropical forest, just 3 blocks from the beautiful Caribbean sea, you find 12 beautiful rooms with private bathroom, hot water, TV, A/C, swimming pool, sauna, internet, restaurant,bar, solarium, laundry service. Everything is served in the relaxing atmosphere.(Previously named Buganvillea)
 +506 2750 2012
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 Average room rate: $100
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Le Caméléon

5 Star luxury boutique hotel with 24 guest rooms & suites, jungle massage deck, swimming pool & deck, jacuzzi, Le Numu Restaurant, Numu Bar.
 2750 0501
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 Average room rate: $240
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Los Continentes

Beachfront houses, fully equipped, AC, Cable TV, kitchen (toaster, microwave, coffeemaker, refrigerator, electric cooktop), upstairs sleeping room with queen size bed, massage shower, safe, alarm system, guarded parking, hot tubs, snack bar, minibar.
 +506 2759 9263
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 Average room rate: $125
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Physis Caribbean Bed and Breakfast

Offering 4 private rooms including a completely separate & private "Honeymoon Suite" with a television. All rooms have air conditioning, refrigerators, safes, dehumidifiers, ceiling fans, free wi-fi, all new linens & decor. All rooms have an attached private bathroom with hot water & a shower. Outdoor common area complete with a beautifully manicured garden and a soft-flowing fountain. In the relaxation/lounge area we offer a television along with multiple hammocks, benches & swing chair. The hotel is under new owners & has been completely remodeled & updated.
 8866 4405
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 Average room rate: $105
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Spas, Hair, Massage, Yoga

Indulgence Spa
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Massage, facials, skin treatments, hair salon. All using local and natural products.
 +506 2750 0536, 8887 9417
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Celia's Beauty Shop

Traditional Caribbean style trensas/braids, corn rows and extensiones/extensions. Also does manicure & pedicure.
 +506 8913 3472
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Jhosmar Gym

Work out, spinning, free weight
 +506 2750 3006
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Manu Yoga Village

Located in Playa Cocles. Look for the tall wooden sign and follow the arrows. Offering yoga classes, meditation, massages, nutrition workshops and saunas. Yoga students and teachers can also choose to stay in one of their bungalows.
 8326 7048
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Real Estate

Puerto Viejo Group

Full service real estate firm serving clients wishing to buy or sell real estate in the southern Caribbean. Also offers vacation rentals.
 8997-0624
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Sunrise Coast Realty

Fine homes, lots and farms. Pro sustainable development.
 2750 0048
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Restaurants & Bars

Que Rico Papito
 www.lacostadepapito.com

A Sensual Jungle Dining Experience at La Costa de Papito Bungalows
 2750-0080
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La Nena

Casual Caribbean style restaurant with outdoor seating. Vegetarian friendly.
 +506 2537 9791
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Pecora Nera

Italian owned and operated Italian restaurant
 2750-0490
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Supermarkets and Other Groceries

Pirripli Grocery

Small supermarket
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Tours and Activities

Caribe Horse Riding Club

High quality horseback riding. More than 30 years of professional experience. The healthy and sweet horses were rescued and now they live a second life surrounded by love and attention. Provides full service high quality rides, with all the safety possible, on the beach, in the jungle or both, with a professional local guide. Adults and Children, all levels are welcome. English, Spanish, Italian, Polish spoken.
 +506 8705 4250
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Finca Tierra

Food forest, organic gardens, tours & farm to table ecolodge. Also rents cabins.
 +506 8390-8348
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The Chocolate Forest Experience

By CariBeans. Not just another chocolate tour. Guests learn the ecology of the cacao forest, taste European style fine chocolate and experience the chocolate creation lab where the cocoa bean becomes chocolate.
 8836 8930
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Vacation Rentals

Puerto Viejo Top PicksAnnanci Village
 AnnanciVillage.com

Two boutique vacation villas, each with two bedrooms, two bathrooms. Luxury villas with a large pool. AC, SKY, high speed internet. Plus Yoga studio.
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 Average room rate: $250
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Puerto Viejo Top PicksFlor del Caribe
 puertoviejovacation.rentals

House and apartment rentals with a large shared pool and also a smaller pool just for the kids. The location is just a short walk to Cocles beach. The rainforest is just behind so you can see sloths, toucans, frogs and other animals. Rental options include a 3 bedroom house and three 1 bedroom apartments. Or the entire property can be rented for up to 17 people. All houses and apartments have fully equipped kitchens, free wifi internet. Short or long term rentals.
 +506 6260 7426
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 Average room rate: $120
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Puerto Viejo Top PicksGeckoes Lodge
 www.geckoeslodge.com

Two luxurious holiday houses with private plunge pools set in a magnificent rainforest and river setting minutes from some of the world's most beautiful beaches. Experience barefoot luxury on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica where the rainforest meets the ocean. One bedroom Casa del Bosque has a stunning rainforest backdrop & is romantic and secluded. Two bedroom Casa Bromelia is elevated to capture the rainforest view, bringing your closer to nature.
 +506 2750 0908
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 Average room rate: $200
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Puerto Viejo Top PicksHabitat Vacation Rentals
 habitatpuertoviejo.com

Vacation Rentals at the South Caribbean of Costa Rica. Fully furnished houses, villas and studios to rent for a minimum of 2 nights, weekly and monthly rates available. These properties are in the most beautiful and renowned areas, some of them are just meters from the beach and others are surrounded by the forest, there are options from 1 up to 10 people. Also offering property management services for owners who would like total peace of mind knowing that their investment on the South Caribbean of Costa Rica is safe and cared in their absence or for vacational rental projects they’d like us to manage on their behalf.
 +506 8839 2644, 8303 2359
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 Average room rate: $80
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Cabinas Sloth Club

Set 50 metres from the Sea, this is a rustic cabin with coffee-maker, refrigerator and lovely tiled shower. Front porch includes lounging and eating areas with an amazing view straight to the Caribbean Sea. Private driveway and outdoor area, include chaise lounges.
 +506 8446 2166
 Average room rate: $80
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Casa Amarilla

Caribbean Style House, walking distance to Cocles beach. Each bedroom has a double bed share the bathroom. The kitchen is furnished with the basics. House for 4 people.
 +506 8839-2644,  8303-2359
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 Average room rate: $85
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Casa Colibri and Casa Mariposa

Rustic style houses surrounded by lush vegetation and abundant wildlife, yet only 200 yards from beautiful Cocles Beach offering guests a simple and natural experience with a few of the comforts of home. Casa Colibri is a 2 bedroom house which sleeps 5, Casa Mariposa is a 1 bedroom house which sleeps 4.
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Casa Margarita

This house offers a beautiful pool and BBQ area for a family holiday. Master bedroom has a queen size bed and a private bathroom, AC + Cable TV. Downstairs is a complete separated apartment with 2 bedrooms each with a double bed which the bathroom. Both bedrooms have AC and a safety box in each room. House for 6 people.
 +506 8839-2644, 8303-2359
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 Average room rate: $150
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Casa Rameen

Simple cozy house in the heart of Cocles only 400 meters from the beach. 2 bedrooms with a double bed, kitchen/living room, beautiful bathroom with tropical flowers. House for 4 people.
 +506 8839-2644, 8303-2359
 Average room rate: $75
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Casa Santi

2 bedroom casita in Cocles, Puerto Viejo, surrounded by a tropical garden, many birds, monkeys and sloths. Wifi, Kitchen, only 300 mts from the beach. House for 4 people.
 +506 8839-2644, 8303-2359
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 Average room rate: $85
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La Casita de Cocles

Magical 2 bedroom casita for 4 people in the Costa Rican rainforest surrounded by a tropical garden. 2 other houses on the 2500m2 property.
 +506 8839-2644, 8303-2359
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 Average room rate: $95
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La Finca Chica

Exquisitely designed and built wooden cottages with kitchen, fully equipped including phone, satTV and ADSL internet access, located in a 2,5 acres, very private, landscaped property, with huge jungle trees and lots of tropical fruits and flowers. Nightly, weekly, monthly rates.
 +506 2750-1919
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 Average room rate: $98
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The Mango Walk

Chocolate forest with ocean view accommodations.
 8607 7901
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 Average room rate: $120
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Villa Aurora

Two lovely rental homes which are fine examples of classic architectural styles of the region, and have all modern conveniences.
 8823 9450
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Villa Laurel

Two-bedroom upper-floor apartment which can host up to 4 persons and is located in a tranquil and safe area in Cocles. The beach can be reached in 2 minutes (250 m), the nearby five-star hotel has a beach club. The house is beautifully offset from the main road. Four people and a small child can be comfortably accommodated in the apartment which has a large terrace (including a hammock). Towels, beach towel, bed-linen, fully-equipped kitchen, wireless internet are included. Access to washing machine upon request.
 8480 3667
 Average room rate: $120
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Villa Sunflower

Located walking distance from Cocles beach and just 10 minutes from downtown Puerto Viejo. One bedroom has a double bed , the other has a Queen size bed and A/C - they share the bathroom. The kitchen is furnished with the basics. House for 4 people.
 8839-2644, 8303-2359
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Additional comments from our visitors about Playa Cocles

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What are people saying about us?

Paul from Windsor, CT
1st trip tp Costa Rica

I'm looking for a place owned by Dick Gossman and Holly Edmunson. Is this the place?

Thanks
Paul

February 13, 2011

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Cory from South Carolina

A group of 4 of us is headed down in February for 1 week and we're staying at Costa de Papito. Your thoughts or suggestions of things to do? Is it best to bring all cash or do travelers checks work the same?
Thanks!

November 30, 2009

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Doug from Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Cash and an ATM card is the easiest; travelers checks are a total hassle, you'll spend a lot of time in a long bank line up. Check the money page for more details on this.

As far as stuff to do, well big question...there's so much to do here! Surfing, biking, hiking. Have you checked out the tours page? Whether you want to do organized activities like that or do it on your own that page will still give you a good idea of the stuff to do locally. You could also contact the folks over at Gecko Trail Adventures, they can give you good advice and organize any of it as well.

November 30, 2009

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margo Wilkinson from usa & P.V.

Cash is king! Put $ in your bank account and go get it out at the ATM. Much much faster that waiting in lines at the bank. If you bring alot of dollars , you will have to go into the bank with your passport and get colones and that takes time too.
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To do....take a rafting trip from Exploradores from San Jose (your hotel) and they will drop you off in P.V. after the rafting for free. Rafting is the ultimate blast! They are a good company that takes good care of you! You could horseback ride....that is alot of fun and it will show you some of the pretty countryside and also the beaches too. Call Raul 8823-3659. He has good horses and is a English speaking local guy and will treat you right! Rent bikes and explore...watch your stuff on the beach. There are lots and lots of pretty different beaches to explore. Go to animal rescue center in Cocles and have baby monkeys crawl on you! Very cool and $ is for a very good cause! $10 . Sloth rescue is very cool too! They are the cutest!

Eat....Eat ...Eat! There are lots of places and most are great! Go see Tina at Jammin for great cheap Jerk chicken and all kinds of other great food , right on the beach in town. She just built a very cool second story to her place that has a nice view and breezes too!

Costa de Papito is a great place to stay. LOVED our cabana . We had our ipod and dock for the front porch to chill out too! We just stayed there a few months ago and Eddie and his staff will take good care of you. Bring a cooler for your cabinas , so you can keep snacks and cold beer and drinks in there. Coolers are expensive in C.R.

Have fun ....you will love the vibe of Puerto Viejo. If you ride bikes to town at night , bring lights . so people in cars can see you....it is very very dark on the road! Margo

December 01, 2009

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Julien Robitaille from Sherbrooke, Canada

Hi!! You've been to Cocles, and I plan going to! What are the nice places to stay for low cost? Thank you very much!

November 04, 2009

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margo Wilkinson from austin and p.v.

Cocles is not the cheapest area to stay , but if you have friends with you , you could rent a house in Cocles. My friend Erick Palmer (506-8829-8216) has small rooms to rent out on his tropical property for good prices. Safe and secure with wifi too. 10 minute walk to beach , 4 or 5 minute bike ride to beach.

In Puerto Viejo , we stay at Cabinas Guarana for $ 30 or so and like it alot! Clean and spacious with your own porch to chill. Great owners too! Good luck...it is wonderful in Puerto Viejo!

November 04, 2009

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Catherine from Toronto

This is the best place in the world! Beautiful beaches, great food and wonderful people. I always look forward to going back as often as I can.

September 11, 2009

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Stu from Vancouver, Canada

Ahhh Cocles..........My home away from home. Can't wait to be back. I figured someone would take an opportunity to comment. Great place, close to everything you need. C'mon everyone!!!

July 30, 2009

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