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LM3682 Jul 8th, 2004 06:08 PM

Any comments on Ocotal? We like that it's supposedly quieter than Playa del Coco, but is it hard to find restaurants? Did anybody do a canopy tour from here?

Sailing Jul 9th, 2004 03:04 AM

Ocotal has a small black sand beach and yes, is very quiet. There are only three restaurants in the area but a cab to Playa del Coco is only a 10 minute drive. You can take a number of canopy tours from Ocotal. Time from Ocotal to canopy tours - Witches Rock Canopy - 45 min, Congo Trail - 30 min.
Buena Vista - 1 1/2 hrs Borinquen - 2 hrs, Arenal - 3 1/2 hrs
Playa Hermosa is another option if you are looking for a quiet area with a better beach and more restaurants. Good luck!

tecolote Jul 9th, 2004 08:34 AM

Message: Playa ocotal is beautiful, we live there off and on. its great fo swimming, the snorkeling is very good for cr, there is a big reef on the right side of the beach with many fish. ocotal is very private, safe and residential. you have to go five minutes to playa del coco, a fishing town for resturants,etc they have a new big super now. playa hermosa is nice also, its north of palay del coco. playa flamingo and brsilito are much perttier but less accessible. tmaarindo is for the youth, its kinda hippy, kinda funky, if you go there stay in playa langosta, its nicer. we stayed at the diria in tamarindo for a few days so the kids could go surfing. they loved it. samara is aewsome, its to the south, the nicoya peninsula has the best beaches. drake is too far, ma has too many tourists. have fun

nygeekgirl Aug 4th, 2004 06:19 AM

We just got back from Ocotal and had no trouble finding restaurants. We did the Congo Trail canopy tour and had a blast. Have fun!

rbrazill Aug 4th, 2004 09:18 AM

If you do go to Playa Ocotal, have dinner at Picante, a restaurant on the grounds of the Bahia Pez Vela condo complex. The food is good and the view overlooking the Pacific is fabulous.

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