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5 star dive center

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Resort Highlights

  • Unwind and relax on a sun lounger next to one of the two swimming pools at this boutique garden hotel in Hermosa Beach
  • Expect fresh and colorful cuisine from the Mediterranean-Costa Rican fusion menu (top tip: dont miss the house-baked sourdough bread - gluten-free option available!)
  • Visit the world-famous Bat Islands with eco-conscious Rich Coast Diving Center and kick-start your Marine Science Education with a Free Shark Specialty for all PADI Travelers!
  • Experience the magic of a candlelit dinner under the stars - perfect for those seeking romance (Dec till April only)
  • Go zip-lining through the rainforest, swim under waterfalls or visit Nicaragua in a day

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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

CONFIRMATION

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

  • 25% of the total booking amount is due at the time of booking
  • 75% (balance) is due 60 days prior to arrival

Cancellation fee

  • 10% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 22 days prior to arrival
  • 25% will be charged if you cancel between 22 and 15 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 15 days prior to arrival

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Resort Description

Villa Sueno is a Spanish-inspired boutique hotel and restaurant just 150 meters from Hermosa Beach, Costa Rica. 

Stroll through the beautifully well-kept gardens, admire the tropical flowers and end up at one of the resort's two pools for a refreshing dip. Soft music invites you to relax, unwind and truly settle into your vacation. There is a good variety of accomodation options to suit your budget and taste, from stylish yet simple rooms through to fully-equipped 2 bedrooms suites - ideal for a family or group of friends traveling together. 

The hotel boast a fantastic restaurant, serving up locally-produced food with passion and care. The cuisine draws inspiration from Costa Rican favourites and Mediterranean flavours - think garlic shrimp, spicy chicken wraps and avocado toast with pico de gallo. Don't miss the sourdough bread, baked fresh in house each day (gluten-free option available). The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner between December 1st and April 15th, offering candlelit dining in an atmospheric, serene garden setting. During this time, live music is often arranged! The rest of the year, only breakfast is served. There is a great selection of alternative restaurants within walking distance. 

This region of Costa Rica is a dream for adventurous, nature-loving divers. When you're not exploring the underwater wonders of the Bat Islands or looking for bull sharks off the Coco coast, get stuck into some cultural or land-based tours. Visit Arenal Volcano or Cortes Waterfalls, take out a sailing yacht for the day, marvel at ornate and colorful butterflies in the Monteverda Cloud Forest or zip-line through the rainforest. For those looking to make the most out of their visit to Central America, take advantage of the 'Over the border with Nicaragua' day trip - experience two countries for the price of one!

Explore diving around the Villa Sueno

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

Activities

  • Live Music
  • Cultural Excursions
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Hiking

Food & drink

  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Facilities

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

Payments

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

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Sailing
  • Fishing

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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