• The Oceano, Playa Zancudo on Google Earth
    A long stretch of black sand backed by coconut palms and almond trees forms the idyllic setting for Playa Zancudo. Located along the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica in the Golfo Dulce, Playa Zancudo is a beautiful and untouched area that sees significantly fewer tourists than other parts of the country. The atmosphere here is laid-back, and a variety of activities ensures that visitors will be occupied as much (or as little) as they'd like to be.

    Playa Zancudo sits next to a small fishing village (pop. 450), where a scattering of bars, restaurants, accommodations, and sport fishing operations offer visitors the basic services. A handful of gringos and Europeans live here alongside their tico counterparts, forming a friendly and surprisingly diverse local population. From the beach to the bar, the whole atmosphere of this place is an experience in tranquility.
    Playa Zancudo is located 10 km south of Golfito, part of Costa Rica's Puntarenas province. The easiest way to get to Playa Zancudo is by boat from Golfito, which takes about 25 minutes. Pavones, a world-class surf spot with incredibly long left-breaking waves, is just a few km south. See what Moon travel guides has to say about Playa Zancudo!