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Playa Cocolito

This white-sand beach just before El Chorro Waterfall is a national treasure. Dramatic rocks separate two swimming areas, where the ocean displays the entire spectrum of blue and green. A freshwater lagoon underneath the palm trees invites tired travelers for a dip. The spectacular view from the rocks surrounding the waterfalls is an enticing reward for the tedious journey to Cocolito. The hike takes between three and four hours by foot. Because it is such a long trek, most people opt to arrive on horseback -- a one-hour journey. Wildlife is especially abundant early in the morning, so plan ahead and leave by sunrise to make the most of your day.

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