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About Playa Ocotal

Playa Ocotal Activities,Tours, Excursions

It is nearly impossible to experience all there is to do here in this tropical paradise. We have listed many of the available activities, along with additional information to help you schedule each of your adventures during your visit. We have a wonderful tour guide who will visit you upon your arrival at the villas to explain all of the following in even greater detail.

Floating at Corobici River:

Two-hours on a safe raft floating down the river until the journey takes up on the Tenorio River, where incredible birds will delight your sight. Some of the possible birds to see on this trip include the snowy egret, tricolor heron and the boat bill heron. The tropical flora along the river will be the perfect background for this unforgettable and unique tour. Our rates for this tour include lunch, shopping tour through Liberia, transportation with a/c car and bilingual guide. Half-day trip from our Costa Rica all inclusive villas.

Rincon de la Vieja National Park:

In this nature hike you will find the bubbling mud, steamy sulfur water ponds and fumaroles, while you explore the 1-½ miles of trails in the jungle. On this trip you will keep searching for the animals that make this park their home. Monkeys, toucans, deer’s, coatis are all easily spotted. Full day tour includes a/c transportation, English speaking guide, lunch and entrance fees. Full-day trip.

Arenal Volcano:

Feel the Majesty of the Imposing Arenal. This tour will take us through the most incredible sights of the Arenal Lake. Arriving to the hot springs on the perfect time to enjoy its curative and relaxing pools at the bottom of the impressive volcano. We will stay at the volcano area until dark, hoping to see its red lava coming down, a natural wonder rued by Mother Nature. This tour will includes a/c transportation, dinner, entrance fees to the hot springs and a beautiful hike to the Water Fall in the rain forest. Full-day trip from our Costa Rica all inclusive villas.

Note: We can do Arenal Volcano together with a rain forest hike, that takes about two and a half hours including hanging bridges on the top of the rain forest. Remember to bring rain gear!

Rain Forest Tour:

We offer this tour as an additional tour with the Arenal Volcano full-day tour (above). We do a hike into the rain forest area for three hours, where you will see and learn about the vegetation, local animals and see a Costa Rican Indian reserve. Full-day tour.

Palo Verde National Park:
The best tour in the whole province of Guanacaste to see. This boat ride takes you through a wildlife sanctuary. Scientists from all over the world come to study this rich ecosystem that combines rivers, marshland, mangroves and dry forest. Our river cruise will take us on the Tempisque River, where we will look for crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas and different kinds of birds that immigrate to Palo Verde. This tour includes a/c transportation, English speaking guide, lunch and boat ride. Half-day trip.

Congo Trail Canopy Tour:

This is the time to see the forest like you have never seen it before. From the top of the ancestral trees you will mix yourself with the incredible life of the tropical forest; here the adventure will begin. There are 840 meters of cable between the forest from tree to tree, where you will hang as a monkey with harness and safety equipment discovering the forest from a totally different point of view. This tour is a 100% adrenaline experience worth discovering. Tour includes a/c transportation, English speaking guide, canopy ride and a refreshing drink at the end. Half-day trip.

The Real Hot Springs Place, Borinquen Resort,
Horseback Riding and Professional Canopy Tour:

What is good for the body is good for the soul, and there is not a better spot for body and soul than Borinquen mountain resort, situated at the foot of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. Here you can see the volcanic activity, such as fumaroles, gassers, and a natural sauna situated on the top of one of the gassers, which are heated by the steam of the gassers, and the sulfur water that has been enhanced for your enjoyment between impressive fumaroles. At the natural spa you will have the opportunity to apply a mud mask, with its rich minerals including sulfur, will clean your skin and make you feel reborn. A short horseback ride will take you from the main lodge through green vegetation to the Turkish bath and fumaroles. Also, you will be able to experience the top of the line speed canopy tour in Guanacaste. Tour includes a/c transportation, lunch, canopy tour, horse back riding, hot springs mud bath and English speaking guide. Full- day trip.

Canon de la Vieja Lodge:

This particular tour offers a full day of adrenaline. We start with a canopy tour that has been set up on top of a canon where you can actually see the Colorado River. It offers nine different cables, with beautiful views and adrenaline rush. Once you finish with the canopy tour, we will get ready to go on the rafting tour (this takes an hour). The rafting is done in rubber boats that can only handle two people per boat (a guide and a customer—you will all be together, but everyone will have their own guide). Lunch is provided on this tour.

Monteverde Cloud Forest:

You can choose between two different activities here. The sky trek is the best canopy located in the cloud forest. The highest tower is 398 feet tall and the largest cable is almost two miles long. From this canopy tour you will see the cloud forest from above, the best of the adrenaline rides!

You can also choose to hike in the national park. This takes three hours.

Lunch is served on this tour. Full-day trip.

Super Mega Combo at Buena Vista:
Canopy Tour, Lunch, Man-Made Water Slide (1200 feet long), Horse-Back Riding and Mud-Bath

This tour is one of the most popular from our vactioners staying at our Costa Rica all inclusive villas. This tour is great for family groups of almost all ages. The tour is located right next to the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and the canopy tour is located on a tropical rain forest. The weather is very nice and all the activities are close to get to. They offer the best water slide through the tropical rain forest with its 1200 feet long. You can also do it as many times as you like! Lunch is Costa Rican style with rice, beans, selection of meats and natural juices. The horse back riding is optional (it departs from the reception area to get to the mud bath).

Tizate Wellness at Rincon de la Vieja Luxury Combination Tour:

This tour is very unique: they only allow 25 people per day. The tour is located at the low lands of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. They offer horseback riding for 30 minutes, zip line canopy tour, natural hot springs, open bar and a wonderful lunch. Full-day trip.

They also offer the spa service for those who would like to have a massage. This is extra.

Miravalles Volcano ATV Tour and Canopy Tour:

This tour is for those who like a guided ATV tour for two hours to enjoy the views and vegetation. The machines are automatic, 250 cc Honda (easy to drive). The canopy tour takes two hours (they have 11 cables located at the rain forest, with great views of the Guanacaste territory). A great Costa Rican lunch is provided. Full-day trip.

Water Falls Canopy Tour (Unique Adrenaline Experience—27 Cables):

If you like pure adrenaline adventure, this is the tour that we recommend. They offer one of the best canopies in Costa Rica with 27 cables and you will be passing by 11 different water falls (two of these water falls you will do rappelling). The entire tour takes two hours. We provide breakfast and lunch. The pickup time is 5:30am and you will return to the villa around 4:30pm.


Come enjoy what many consider the best sport fishing in the World. These waters contain a number of species, including marlin, dorado, sailfish, and wahoo. You may charter your own private luxury boats to take you to the deep water. The boats all come with the best equipment and safety gear available.

Upon arrival our Activities coordinator will help you arrange your outing with one of the many great local charter companies.  


Rejuvenate your mind and body. The Bahia Azul Spa will come right to your villa for massages, hot stone massages, facials, pedicures and manicures all overlooking the ocean in your private villa! Simply ask our staff and they can arrange this for you!

Scuba Diving:

Experience the ultimate diving adventure in Costa Rica. There are many certified dive shops in the area. We would be happy to recommend them to you.


Come enjoy the incredible surf to be found all up and down the coastline. In particular, Witches Rock or Ollie’s Point stand out as some of the best spots this side of Hawaii. Both are located in Santa Rosa Park, a 45-minute boat ride from the villas.

Cruise on the Papagayo Bay:

Bring your camera and snorkeling gear and enjoy the breathtaking views as you cruise beautiful Papagayo Bay. The ‘Trongo Negro’ departs early afternoon each day from Coco Beach and returns at sunset. The per person fee includes beverages and snacks. Our staff would be happy to arrange this for you.


Several championship golf courses can be found within an hour of our properties. A couple of the more prominent courses are the Robert Trent Jones designed course at Paradisus Playa Conchal, as well as the beautiful Hacienda Pinilla, a Mike Young course.


Daniel Oduber International Airport, Liberia (Airport Code: LIR). Our Costa Rican Rental villas are approximately 30-minutes away from Liberia Airport.

You can rent a car from the airport (most of the major car rental companies are in Liberia) and Costa Rican Rentals will provide you with driving directions, or prior to your arrival, we can arrange to have someone pick you up and bring you to the villas (for an additional charge).

You can also fly into San Jose International Airport (Airport Code: SJO), which is a four-hour drive away. You can rent a car from here and drive to the villas, take a charter flight from San Jose to Liberia or we can arrange for you to be picked up. Transfers from San Jose to the villa typically cost on average around $175-$200, one-way.

Delta Airlines has direct, non-stop flights from Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York (JFK) to Liberia International Airport (LIR). Continental Airlines flies direct from Houston and Newark to Liberia. American Airlines also provides direct service from Miami and Dallas to Liberia. US Airways provides a direct flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Liberia on Saturdays. There are also several charter flights which fly to Liberia.

All visitors to Costa Rica must possess a passport valid for at least three months from the date of arrival (including babies and young children).

We advise you to bring a photocopy of your passport as well (in case you lose your original).

Both US Dollars and Costa Rican Colones are generally accepted at most establishments.

Yes, the closest ATM is right in Dominical, then there are 2 others in Uvita, approximately 20 minutes from the villas.

Coco is a charming Costa Rican fishing village that is just a short 10-minute drive from the villas. In Coco you will find restaurants, bars, nightlife, a grocery store, casino and shopping.

There are a number of wonderful restaurants offering a wide selection of cuisine, such as native Costa Rican fare, French, Italian, and much more. We can provide a full list of restaurants upon request.

A small grocery store is located minutes from the villa in Dominical, while a larger, fully stocked grocery can be found in Uvita, approximately 20 minutes from the villas.

There are numerous beautiful beaches within short driving distance of the villas:

  • Playa Dominicito is a great beach for snorkeling and is a quick 5 minute drive from the villa.
  • Playa Dominical is also a short drive away and is known as a wonderful surfing destination.
  • Hermosa Beach, a ten minute drive, is normally unpopulated and is a great destination for beginning surfers as well.
  • Uvita Beach, south of Hermosa Beach, is essentially a long sand bar with gently lapping waves on either side. Here you’ll find an impressive array of layered coral rock formations.

Yes, our Costa Rica all inclusive villas do. Please let us know in advance and we will have it set up and waiting for you.

Yes. There is a pharmacy in Coco (10-minutes away), a medical clinic in the town of Sardinal (10-minutes away) and a hospital in Liberia (about 25-minutes away).

Playa Ocotal beach is a mixture, white and black sand beach. The waters are generally clear and relatively calm offering a great environment for swimming and snorkeling. Parts of the beach and waters have rock formations while other areas consist only of smooth sand.

Arenal Volcano is approximately a four-hour drive from the villas. You can take a day trip to the volcano, or we recommend flying into San Jose a day or two early and go the Arenal from San Jose (about a two and a half hour drive). Then from the volcano come to the villa and fly out of Liberia for your return trip home. Costa Rican Rentals can arrange all your accommodations for this outing from plane tickets, to transfer to volcano, hotel stay at Arenal and transfer to the villa.

Cost Rican Rentals all-inclusive plans offer three mouth-watering meals per day prepared by our on-site expert chef, a full open bar, daily maid and laundry service, and a full time bartender / pool-boy.

Tips are appropriate for the staff at the end of your stay (typically guests tip the staff on their last morning at breakfast). The amount of the tips can be reviewed with you by our property manager or assistant manager at some point prior to your departure.

What are they are saying?

A wonderful gathering place for a family. The view each morning is spectacular – the food is incredible – and the the margaritas and pina coladas are the best! We have zipped through the trees, floated down a river, and sailed to a secret beach! We have talked to monkeys and wandered along a black sand beach! What a wonderful moment in time for our family – thanks from all of us!

T.B. & C.B.

Be prepared to gain weight! The food, service, and ambiance were incredible. The weather couldn’t have been better and I enjoyed everything about the villa. Thanks.

G.F. Los Angeles, CA

Just wanted to tell you how much I loved your villa and Costa Rica! I can’t wait to go back! I’ve given my family & friends your website to plan their own vacations. Your staff is excellent; Olmon, Tamaris, Carlos, Allen, Tomato, Guarnar…all professional. All I can say is “wow!” And thanks for your help with the church; the mass was in Spanish but very interesting. I met some people who sat behind me in church from Rock Hill, SC whose son’s at Clemson–small world. Anyway, I could go on but I won’t bore you. I definitely want to make Costa Rica a regular vacation destination! Thanks.

A.G. Atlanta, GA

Oh my—We have just returned from the vacation of a lifetime. We were treated like Kings and Queens by the staff at the villa and Doug and Carlos. We drank pina colata at 10:00 in the morning and decided that we didn’t want to drive all over Costa Rica when we had a view like the one at Villa Allamanda. We really want to stress how much we like Noel, Demaris and Lillete (I’m sure that I didn’t spell the names correctly) but because of them our trip was perfect. We think that Ocotal is paradise and we loved every minute of our vacation. We will be planning our next on soon.Thank you for everything.

D. D. Jackson, MS