This stretch of coastline features some of the most charming and romantic accommodations in the country.
The broad, 2km, white-sand Playa Cocles lies within easy walking distance east of Puerto Viejo (only 1.5km away), offering proximity to the village and its many restaurants but plenty of peace and quiet, too.
It isn’t exactly clear where Playa Cocles ends and Playa Chiquita begins, but conventional wisdom applies the latter name to a series of beaches 4km to 6km east of Puerto Viejo.
In calm seas, Punta Uva has one of the region’s most swimmable beaches. It's a quiet spot, embraced by a palm-tree-lined cove. To find the turnoff to the point (about 7km east of Puerto Viejo), look for the Punta Uva Dive Center sign.