It was an old dream of all “coqueños”. A prettier beachfront, a place to go for a
walk, an area of encounter, of sports, of sunsets and… a place for romance.
that has been accomplished with the new pedestrian walkway appropriately named “Amor
de Temporada” (Seasonal Love) in remembrance of a well-known song by
Hector Zuñiga, whose inspiration was Playas del Coco.
new promenade has changed the face of Coco and at the same time, renewed its
people quickly made the park their own and now, on a daily basis, there are
hundreds of “coqueños” and visitors enjoying it. People are having picnics, reading books,
riding their bicycles, enjoying a “Copo” (the tasty local version of a
snowball), walking their dogs, playing basketball or volleyball, showing off
fancy moves on a skateboard and just conversing with one of their neighbors who
they haven’t see on the beach in years…
| President Chinchilla and mayor Cantillo cutting the inaugural ribbon.
at the beach through downtown Coco is now a very different experience. Even
from a distance you can see the ocean, not the ugly, decaying buildings that
used to litter the beachfront. One can see the Pelonas Islands, the sun, the
sky, the clouds and those magic sunsets that have made this beach famous.
development process was long and somewhat controversial.
however, “coqueños” have left all that in the past.
everyone jumps for joy and with good reason.
promenade is just the first step in a comprehensive overhaul that promises to
bring the sorely lagging urban and recreational infrastructure of the community
up to date. (See
interview with the county’s mayor here).
El Coco looks at the future with optimism while enjoying its present even
town is happy. As are
What do you think of this new coastal promenade?
Angela Pierce, British tourist.
It’s very impressive and a pleasant surprise we were
not expecting. We came here 2 years ago
and, honestly, we didn’t much like what we saw in this area of the town. This
time when we got here a week ago our jaws dropped when we saw the change. Good
for Coco! Yesterday we even played volleyball with some cute guys that invited
us to join in…
Maria Agustina ‘Tina’ Castañeda.
Wow…Fantastic and it has
been a big success since its opening. One can appreciate a lot more activity here on the beach; the difference
is noticeable. People, tourists and locals alike, are coming out more frequently
to walk on the beach…
And the “copo” sales, they have increased?
Mmm… A lot!
Ana Yuri Cerdas.
Jose Mauricio Espinoza
Very pretty, I think it’s just perfect. Now, one can enjoy the beachfront more, and
the park is expanded. My family and I come during the day and also at night
since it’s well lighted, it is very safe.
Pretty, it allows a much better view of the beach and
an improved image of the town and it also is a big attraction for the
tourists. Because of my job I come out
every day and have witnessed the change in the level of activity including more
people walking around here.
Ruben Pacheteau. Tourist from the Mauricio Isles.
Oh, we didn’t know it’s new. I find it very attractive and very well
integrated into the beach scene. I like
the balance achieved between cement and nature. It’s also quite clean and a very pleasant spot to sit and admire the
ocean and the beautiful sunsets. We have
been coming every evening for the 3 days we have been here.
Merrill Nelson, Californian and 10 years resident of P. del Coco.
Ever since his arrival, Merrill has been documenting
the daily life of Playas del Coco with photos. He is something like the town’s paparazzi that is
always present, camera on hand, at every community event there is. He proudly tells us that “from the time of beginning of the
demolition of the buildings 3 years ago, I have taken some 2000 pictures of
If you want to see this chronological
compilation, visit his secret paparazzi identity on Facebook: Papa Rooster