I am pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Randy, a member of the Solo Travel Society. Randy is from the United States, and submitted the following report about Playa Ocotal in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!
Solo travel rating: 1.5 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: Spanish, English
Reasons to Visit Playa Ocotal
Guanacaste has beautiful beaches, great places to surf, snorkel, and scuba dive, incredible waterfalls, volcanoes, white water rafting, zip line canopy tours, hanging bridges, monkeys, parrots, macaws, and other birds. The weather is perfect year round – a little rainy in September and October, but always warm and the prices are super low prices in the rainy season.
The people in Playa Ocotal are incredibly friendly and laid back and are glad you are there. The many beachfront restaurants serve great food and drinks. Not to mention the best fruits and vegetables on the planet!
There are low-priced accommodations, including hostels. If you like the all inclusive resorts, there are many to choose from. I loved the Flamingo Beach Resort on the beach in Playa Flamingo, where great food, service and location were all part of the deal. The La Finisterra Hotel and Restaurant overlooks the beach at Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste and is one of the best restaurants in the country for food and to view the sunset.
Taxis are inexpensive, and there are an abundance of shuttle services and tour operators to help you find your “pura vida” things to do on vacation.
For those looking for health care, eye exams can be had for extremely low prices, and dental and medical care are very inexpensive.
Rio Celeste and the Tenorio Lodge both offer amazing scenery and wildlife viewing, as well as a river that is an incredible shade of turquoise. Horseback riding, ATV tours, and kayaking all are part of the best Costa Rican vacations. If you like to fish, be sure to take your catch to the Coco Palms Hotel and Restaurant, just off the beach at Playas del Coco. There are a few small casinos in the province of Guanacaste so if you like to gamble, that is also available.
I have yet to meet anyone who has been to the “gold coast” area of Costa Rica who didn't totally fall in love with it. The first time I visited Costa Rica, I decided on the first day that I would be coming back. It's been over 2 years now and I've been back every month since!
Solo Travel Rating
Safety – 1 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)
Language – 2 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)
Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)
Culture – 2 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)
Average Rating – 1.5 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult)