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Rich Coast Diving @ La Puerta del Sol

Hotel category

3 Star

Rooms

10

Wellness/Spa

NO

Internet

FREE

5 star dive center

Walking distance

House reef

NO

Resort Highlights

  • Your ideal base for a nature-based adventure in Costa Rica
  • Kick-start your Marine Science Education - Free Shark Specialty for all PADI Travelers!
  • Explore the region's rainforests to see sloths, iguanas, brightly-colored birds and more!
  • Stroll down to Playas del Coco for an afternoon on the beach
  • Pull up a sunlounger and relax by the pool, set within beautiful quiet gardens
  • Stop by the Garden Bar for a cold beverage -  the perfect place to return after a full day of activities
  • Get a fantastic night's sleep in a California King sized bed under new air-conditioning units

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1. BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot

2. CONFIRMATION

We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final

3. 48H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

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  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 35% (downpayment)
  • 60 days before trip start: 65% (balance)

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 5% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 39 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 39 days prior to arrival

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Resort Description

La Puerta del Sol is a 3* hotel in Playas del Coco, on the North Pacific coastline of Costa Rica. 

The hotel's convenient location is 25km from Liberia Airport and 5 minutes from the beach. The hotel is set within quiet, lush gardens and has a pool, Garden Bar and 24/7 security. 

Two room types offer California King size beds, spacious living areas and new air conditioning units. All come with free WiFi, hot water, coffee maker, mini fridge and an in-room safe. 

The area is rich in wildlife (turtles, iguanas, birds), surfing is a popular activity and there are plenty of beaches to explore!

 

Explore diving around the Rich Coast Diving @ La Puerta del Sol

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

  • PADI 5* CDC in Playas del Coco
  • 5 minute walk from La Puerta del Sol Hotel
  • Free diving, snorkel trips, Tec diving
  • Big schools of fish, pelagics, rays, turtles
  • Mantas (Nov-May), bull sharks (Nov-May)
  • Marine science, divemaster and social media internships

Description

Rich Coast Diving is a full service PADI 5* CDC in Playas del Coco, Costa Rica. 

The team offer dive instruction from introductory courses through to Instructor level. Snorkel trips, free diving and Tec diving is available.

Explore the Pacific on daily 2 tank local dives. Look out for big schools of fish, pelagics, rays, turtles, macro life and sharks.

Between May and Novermber, advanced divers can look for bull sharks (30m depth) around the Bat Islands. From November till May, manta rays are frequently signed around Catalina. 

Rich Coast Diving offer internships for divemasters, marine science and social media. 

DIVING SERVICES

PADI® Courses Available

  • Project Aware Specialties
  • 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
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Sidemount Diver
  • Other Specialties

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

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

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed)
  • Vhf Radio

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Italian
  • Portuguese

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Cdc

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star Cdc/Idc

Dive boat facilities

  • Ladder
  • Custom Built
  • Drinking Water
  • Shaded Space
  • Seating Area
  • Dry Area
  • Surface Interval Snacks
  • Toilet
  • Camera Rinse Tanks

Resort Amenities

Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Garden

Activities

  • Live Music
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Jet Skiing
  • Hiking

Food & drink

  • A La Carte
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Payments

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

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

How to get there

Arrival 

  • The resort is 25km from Liberia Airport and you can catch a taxi upon arrival (additional cost). 
  • The journey will take you around 35 minutes. 
  • Check in time is 2pm.

Departure

  • Check out time is 11:30am.
  • Once you have checked out, the resort will help you call a taxi to take you back to the airport (additional cost). 

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