Ocotal Beach

Thinking about visiting Ocotal Beach in Guanacaste? Let’s drive there then walk the beach!

Ocotal is a small town just outside of Coco, which is on the northwest coast of Costa Rica. Ocotal is a very quiet location with very minimal traffic and only a restaurant up against the sand of the beach. There’s lots of condos, houses and hotels spotted along the mountains which envelop the Bay, all of which afford an amazing view of the ocean and the sunset.

Let’s Drive

We’re going to start out video in Coco, on the main road of Avenida Central. We’ll turn left on an unnamed road, which is just after Rich Coast Diving Shop. This road has lots of shops, hotels and markets along it. It’s travelled by foot and bike as well, so speeds are kept down.

After a few hundred meters, you’ll cross a small bridge and find several hotels/short term rentals. One of these is Cocomarindo, which has some shops out front. Continuing along further, the number of shops becomes less and you’ll see a lot more locals houses in this area. Remember to keep the speed down if you’re driving as there’s kids and families around.

After a small climb up a hill, you’ll come down into Ocotal, at which time you’ll be able to see some of the houses up in the hills. You’ll reach a Y Junction, the right will take you to small beach parking, and the left goes through a gate which was open. This gated road will take you do beach parking which is closer to the middle of the beach, and directly to the restaurant called ‘Father Rooster’s.

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Welcome To The Beach!

Where ever you decide to park, you’ll be steps away from the beach. At the time of this video, high tide was approaching so the water was both farther up the beach and a bit more choppy. It’s also taken on a Sunday, so there’s lots of families out enjoying the water and sun.

As you can see in the video, the wildlife is more abundant on this beach. We see a White-Throated Magpie-Jay, which looks strikingly similar to a Blue Jay. These birds are a bit bigger and have very unique features on their neck and tails. We also quickly see a Sting Ray jumping out of the water. If you happen to watch the water for a bit you’ll always see rays and fish jumping just off shore.

Ocotal is known as being a great location for snorkeling. Some of the rocks visible along the shore in this video will actually form tide pools when it’s low tide. Even at this time, though, we still saw fish swimming around steps from the shore while we did some light snorkeling.

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Be Safe & Stay For A While

Use caution with the water, as always, the water presses in on this beach heavily at high tide. Many kids were having a blast just getting thrown about in the water as it broke, but just be sure to keep a close eye on young ones.

If you’re staying in the area, it’s definitely worth grabbing a short term rental in the hills. Just be sure to have the proper plans for getting to town if you’re going to need groceries often. A rental car will do, and a cab drive wouldn’t be too far to be prohibitive.

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