Zancudo Beach is a beach located 12 miles south from Golfito in the South Puntarenas area. It is considered by many of the best beaches in Costa Rica, perfect for back packers, surfers and Costa Rica family packages. It is a beautiful place secluded from the crowded beaches, ideal for quiet vacations. The black-sanded beach has natural landscapes and a glorious view of the Pacific Ocean, with breath taking sunsets and clear skies, and the Golfo Dulce inside the bay can be seen from the beach.
Zancudo is a quiet beach, with ideal conditions for swimming due to the soft currents and clear waters. It is ideal also for Costa Rica surfing trips and fishing. The 4 mile plain beach is located in the southern side of the Coto Colorado River, it is close to the swamp mangroves, providing a great chance to watch the diverse wildlife of the area. Birds, monkeys, and crocodiles can be seen too. The central section has strong swells more suited for boogie boarding and surfing.
Being a refuge for back packers, you will find many cheap Costa Rica hotels in Zancudo Beach, ideal for budget Costa Rica vacations. There are restaurants, clubs, discos and bars, all in a laid-back atmosphere. Local people is kind and will help you if you have questions or problems.
There are many activities that you can practice in the Pacific Ocean, like sports fishing, snorkeling, ski, kayaking, scuba diving, and tours to the Coto Colorado River, including horse back riding. If you prefer to stay in the landside, you can visit the Casa Orquideas Botanic Garden, or walk through the trails near the river.
To get to Playa Zancudo, you can take a bus from Golfito, or a water cab in the docks, which will let you have many chances to take wonderful pictures, so take your camera with you. The weather in Zancudo Beach is hot and humid during all the year.
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