Luxury vacation home rental in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Our Location

Playas del Coco, near Papagayo

Playas del Coco is a quiet fishing village at the heart of Costa Rica’s famous Gulf of Papagayo.  This is a large, calm body of water in the northwest part of the Guanacaste Province. This area is known for outstanding sunny weather, several marinas and golf courses, high end resorts, and a handful of upscale residential projects.


What to See & Do


There’s plenty to do in the area, so much so that you really do not need to go far to enjoy a full, authentic Costa Rican experience.  So if you are suffering from FOMO (fear of missing out), do not worry! We will be sure you get a proper taste of what Costa Rica has to offer during your time with us.  We offer a handful of on-site activities and can arrange a wide variety of area tours.


When to Visit

What is generally considered the best time to visit is Costa Rica’s summer season, which runs roughly from mid-November to early May.  That’s the period when we generally see the least rainfall.  But there are also several blocks of very good weather during “green season”, most famous of which is the veranillo or “little summer, that tends to occur in late June or early July.  Temperatures average around lows of 72 degrees and highs of 90 in most months (22 to 33 Celsius), making it an ideal beach destination.

Liberia Airport Temperatures


Misconceptions about Green Season


There’s a general misconception that “green season” = rainy season.  Rainfall in the dry tropical forest of Costa Rica is a funny thing — it can absolutely pour for 1 hour and be absolutely lovely for the entire rest of the day.  And the amount of rainfall produced in that short period can be incredibly intense, the weather that immediately follows is serene, beautiful and perfect for vacation.  The upside of visiting during green season is that the flora and fauna is in full bloom, lush, green and radiant. For many locals, the best time to travel internally are the very start and end of green season, when the landscape is green.  That tends to occur in early May and late November. The absolute rainiest part of the year is September and October. Even then, average rainfall days are 17 and 16, respectively. So your odds of seeing rain, even in the “wet” months are about 50/50.


Area Rainfall

Rainfall in Liberia

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Popular Questions


Are you on the beach? 

Villa Buena Onda is not on the beach.  We are located on the hills of Coco, with amazing views of the Papagayo Gulf.  We are a 7 minute ride to Coco by car. We offer private transportation services for an additional fee.


How far is the beach?

By car, Coco is a 7 minute ride.  Playa Hermosa is a 13 minute ride and Playa Ocotal 15 minutes.  We provide transport to all nearby beaches.


Can I walk to the beach? 

Downtown Coco is an easy, 25 minute walk (3km / 2 miles) on mostly flat roads.  We also have a few beach cruiser bicycles you can use to zip into town.


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Drive Times to Other Popular Locations:


Point of InterestCategoryDrive TimeNotes
Four Seasons ResortHotel45 minOne of the top golf courses in the region, large marina
Hotel Rio Celeste HideawayHotel2 hrsVery interesting and unique hotel property
La Fortuna (Arenal Volcano)Volcano3 hoursPerhaps the most iconic site in Costa Rica
Las CatalinasBeach45 minUnique planned beach town, mediterranean design
Liberia airport (LIR)Airport27 minFastest and most convenient way to visit the area
LiberiaCity45 minsClosest city to Villa Buena Onda
Llanos de Cortes WaterfallsWaterfall1 hourOff beaten path site, large waterfalls in a secluded spot
MonteverdeMountains2 h 45 minQuaker founded town in the cloud forest
Numu Brewing Co.Beer30 minThese guys brew good beer and offer a nice tour
Palo Verde National ParkNational Park1 h 30 minSee giant crocs and wetland birds: ibis, spoonbills, storks
Playas del CocoBeach5 minsClosest beach to Villa Buena Onda
Playa ConchalBeach1 h 15 minHome of Conchal Resort, another good golf course
Playa FlamingoBeach45 minMarina is jumping off point for many water based tours
Playa HermosaBeach15 minVery nice beach that’s super close to VBO
Playa NosaraBeach2 h 40 minPopular beach with yoga fans and surfers
Playa OcotalBeach15 minDark sand beach that’s different than anything you’ve seen
Playa PanamaBeach20 minQuiet beach spot, near hotel Mangroove
Playa PotreroBeach40 minSleepy fishing village
Playa TamarindoBeach1 h 15 minOne of the best known beach towns in the area
Poor Calzon BeachBeach20 minFantastic, hidden beach very close to VBO
Rincon de La Vieja National ParkNational Park2 hoursHot springs, mud baths and a taste of cowboy culture
Rio Perdido LodgeHotel1 h 25 minExcellent complement to VBO, an adventure/nature lodge
San Jose airport (SJO)Airport3 h 40 minCosta Rica’s capital city and largest airport
Santa Rosa National ParkNational Park1 h 30 minLess visited, gigantic National Park


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