This secluded cluster of self-catering cabins right on the beach, under palm trees swaying in the breeze, is designed for people who want to kick back and enjoy the beach. Artist Susan England and her husband, Andrew Robertson, are Zancudo fixtures, and can organize any activity, including river safaris, kayaking tours, and visits to nature preserves. Two idyllic, castaway-island cabins have thatch roofs and hammocks and lots of clever decorating details. The other two
are renovated, 40-year-old banana-company wood houses moved here from Palmar Norte and painted pastel pink and blue. It's a rare chance to experience a little bit of Costa Rican history. Book early, because many guests return the same time every year.