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3 Star
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34
Wellness/Spa
NO
Internet
FREE
5 star dive center
Walking distance
House reef
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Resort Highlights

  • Spacious rooms with balconies in Playas del Coco
  • Steps from Rocket Frog Divers
  • Turtles, reef fish, moray eels, sharks, rays, macro life
  • Pool and Jacuzzi surrounded by sunloungers
  • Short walk to a white sand beach
  • Open-air pool-side restaurant 
  • Sailing tours, quadbiking, zip lining, trekking in the rainforest

Resort Description

Colono Beach Hotel is located in Playas del Coco, a stone's throw from Rocket Frog Divers. 

Diving in the Guanacaste region provides the chance to swim with turtles, moray eels, sharks, large rays, reef fish and a diversity of macro critters including nudibranchs, shrimp, seahorses and frogfish. 

The hotel offers a pool and Jacuzzi surrounded by thatched-roof sunshades, loungers, palm trees and vegetation. The guestrooms are within a double story building with large balconies. Rooms are spacious and air-conditioned. 

The in-house restaurant serves local and international breakfast, lunch and dinners in an open air setting. 

Activities include a walk to the beach, sailing tours, zip lining or trekking in the rainforest and quadbiking.

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Explore diving around the Colono Beach Hotel

Best dive sites in Playas del Coco (Guanacaste)

There are approximately 20 dive sites near to the Playas del Coco shore. You’ll find additional sites at the Catalina, Bat and Tortuga Islands. The dive sites at the offshore islands are the most famous. In particular, Cueva del Tiburón (a.k.a. Shark Cave) near the Catalina Islands is home to several, sleeping reef sharks. Also, Big Scare near the Bat Islands offers up an adrenalin-filled Bull Shark encounters. Closer to shore, Cabeza de Mono is a superb site for watching rays pass by. Punta Gorda and Punta Argentina are other superb dive sites in the area with a healthy variety of tropical fish life.

Snorkeling in Playas del Coco (Guanacaste)

Because of the poor visibility and lack of coral immediately surrounding the shore, Playas del Coco is not known for its snorkeling opportunities. However, Playa Guacamaya and Nacascolo are both within an hour’s boat ride and feature coral reefs with plenty of marine life. The snorkeling at both of these destinations is the best in the region.

What to see

Playas del Coco is particularly popular for its abundance of pelagic species. You won’t have to wait long before you find something big in the water.

During the rainy season, plankton blooms occur in the Pacific, attracting dozens of Giant Manta Rays, mobulas and migrating humpbacks and pilot whales. Occasionally, a whale shark may float past. Fantastic arrays of sharks, including the Bull Sharks of the Bat Islands also arrive from May to November to feast on offshore bait balls. Nurse sharks hide out in the caves of the Catalina Islands.

Throughout the year, colorful fish and endangered sea turtles cruise along the Guanacaste coast, stopping to lay eggs on the area’s beaches.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Best dive vessel in the Guanacaste region (36ft, 2x 300 HP Yamaha engines)
  • Daily dive trips to 22 local sites, fresh fruit on board
  • Regular diving around The Catalina and Bat Islands 
  • Recreational and professional PADI training
  • Experienced, multilingual dive masters and instructors
  • Maintenance station, rental equipment, WiFi
  • Free pick up in new van

Description

Rocket Frog Divers is a PADI 5* IDC based in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica.

The dive operation is proud to offer their customers the absolute best dive vessel in the area. Built with the sole purpose of diving in mind, the Pacific Express is 36 feet long and is fitted with two 300 HP Yamaha engines.

Dive trips depart daily to local and specialty dive sites (The Catalina Islands and The Bat Islands) in less than half the time of other local dive boats. Refreshments and fresh fruit are available during the surface interval. 

PADI recreational and professional courses are offered, including night, Nitrox and wreck specialties. Divemasters have in depth knowledge of the local marine ecosystems, and training is provided in English, French and Spanish. 

Facilties include a shop, gear maintenance station, rental equipment and storage space, air-conditioned classroom, filling station, WiFi and fish ID book selection.

Free pick up in Rocket Frog Diver's new van. 

DIVING SERVICES

Courses

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Divemaster Internship
  • Instructor/Idc Course
  • Free-Diving Course
  • Kids Courses
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Underwater Videographer
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Underwater Propulsion Vehicle
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Sidemount Diver
  • Other Specialties

Equipment

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • Nitrox ($)
  • Rental Equipment ($)
  • Open-Back Fins ($)
  • Dive Computer ($)
  • Equipment For Kids
  • Filling Station
  • Rebreather Friendly

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Camera Room
  • Battery Charging Station
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • Air Conditioning
  • Warm-Water Showers
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

Safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed)
  • Vhf Radio
  • Nautilus Lifeline
  • Enos
  • Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • French

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc
  • Padi 100% Aware

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star Cdc/Idc

Resort Amenities

Wellness

  • Hot Tub / Whirlpool

Facilities

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Garden
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • External Guests Allowed
  • Us Power Sockets

Activities

  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Jet Skiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Fishing
  • Tennis
  • Ping Pong
  • Golf (Close By)
  • Horseback Riding
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Yoga

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • A La Carte Menu
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Amex
  • Discover
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

How to get there

Arrival

  • The closest airport is Liberia. 
  • You can catch a taxi from the airport, ask for 'Hotel Colono Beach'.
  • A private transfer can be arranged via the hotel for an additional cost.

Departures

  • A return taxi can be caught back to the airport, or a private transfer can be arranged for an additional cost. 

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