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5 star dive center
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Resort Highlights

  • 3* hotel on the North Pacific coast of Costa Rica
  • Abundant wildlife- turtles, iguanas, birds and more!
  • 5 mins walk from Playas del Coco beach
  • Set in quiet, lush gardens with a pool
  • Free Shark Specialty for all PADI Travelers!
  • California King size beds, new air-conditioning units

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Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot. If there are any issues, we get back to you within 24 hours

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If all is good, we send you an E-mail confirming that your booking is final

24H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 24 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment terms

  • 30% of the total booking amount is due at the time of booking
  • 70% (balance) is due 60 days prior to arrival

Cancellation fee

  • 0% 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

Adaptors & tanks

  • 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
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed)
  • First Aid Kits
  • 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

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

Resort Amenities

Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Garden

Activities

  • Sunset Cruises
  • Live Music
  • Jet Skiing
  • Hiking

Payments

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

Food & drink

  • A La Carte
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

How to get there

Arrival 

  • The resort is 25km from Liberia Airport and the resort will arrange to pick you up upon your arrival (advance notice is required, 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 give you a lift back to the airport (advance notice required, additional cost). 

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