About the Area
Zancudo is a small community of 300 Costa Ricans, and a handful of laid-back foreigners. We all flourish on fishing, and a small tourist industry. The area was originally settled by boat builders of the long dug-outs carved from jungle trees, and by pig farmers that found plenty of feed from the bananas that would wash up onto the beach from the old banana company lands up the nearby river. Over the years, as bananas changed to oil palm farming, the beach became a vacation spot for coffee growers from San Vito, and workers from the surrounding rice, palm, and cattle farms. Now Playa Zancudo offer small beachfront hotels, great restaurants, jungle tours, surfing, safe swimming, and world class sportfishing and fly fishing. We are Susan and Andrew Robertson, and we arrived here in 1979 from British Columbia, and fell in love with this place and the people. We established Cabinas Los Cocos in 1990, to provide a place for the travelers who wanted to discover a Costa Rican hideaway.
This unique and undeveloped area is located far south, on the Pacific side of Costa Rica. We are about 6 miles by boat from Golfito, and 8 miles by boat from Puerto Jimenez. Most of our guests fly into Golfito, to arrive here in our taxi boat, and others drive in rental cars. The bus is another way to arrive, or even a private taxi right to your cabin door. Many of our guests come here to relax after visiting the Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula, and we pick them up in Puerto Jimenez in our taxi boat. We can help you choose the most comfortable arrival for you trip.
All our guests love this quiet and safe beach and our beachfront accommodations, and often want to extend their visit. We enjoy many return guests, who come back for longer stays, having found the quiet beach retreat that they have dreamed of. Our cabins are right on the beach, facing westerly, with a sunset view over the Osa Peninsula. Many come to read in the hammocks overlooking the ocean, or walk for hours along the long empty beach that stretches 12 miles from the point of the Zancudo Peninsula, south to Pavones, home of the longest left breaking wave. Many others come for the plentiful water sports.
What's Fun to Do
The beach in front of the cabins is wonderful for swimming, the water is glassy in the morning, and very warm. We may have the warmest waters in Costa Rica. Our location on Zancudo Beach is deluxe, as the waves are mid-size, easy, safe, ocean fun for all levels. At times with the tide, the waves are great for bodysurfing and boogie boarding. Within a 10 minute walk the wave size increases for those who want some more challenging waves, that are also good for surfing. We provide boogie boards for our guests.
A scene along the Rio Coto.
We have bicycles, to go to the nearby stores, or to ride along the hard sand beach at lower tides. At higher tides you can kayak right from the dock behind our house, into a beautiful mangrove estuary with an abundance of birds. We have kayaks that you can play in the waves with. Many people take our boat tours on the picturesque Rio Coto, which is a birdwatchers paradise. We also have a spectacular botanical garden tour - see our Zancudo Boat Tours section.
Many guests come for world class sportfishing and fly fishing. They fish for sailfish, marlin, snook, dorado, snapper, roosterfish, and much more. With the several sportfishing businesses here on the beach we can take care of all your arrangements for successful sportfishing. Many guests bring casting rods and fish from the beach, or from our canoe. For those coming for sportfishing with family, the fishermen will get picked up at the cabins in the morning, while the family can sleep in and then enjoy the beach, kayaking, jungle tours, and other local activities at their leisure. We find that many guests enjoy the sportfishing without having to stay in a sportfishing lodge.
Though the cabins have kitchens, many guests try the local restaurants. The fish and shrimp are good, and the people are very friendly. There is a nice community here of Costa Ricans, and foreigners. The cantinas are fun, and you will meet all the locals. There are week-end dances of salsa and meringue. There are activities such as volleyball and horseshoes next door. The guests love the colorful characters that hang out here.
When you contact us, we can arrange your arrival here, as well as suggest where to go after you leave. We can buy your tickets on the local airline, Sansa, from San Jose to Golfito, or to Puerto Jimenez, and have our taxi boat pick you up there. When you are ready to leave, we can help you to get to your next destination, whether it be by taxi, boat, or plane.
For reservations at Los Cocos or for Boat Taxi service:
Or Mail: Susan and Andrew Robertson
Apdo. #88, Golfito