Fodor's Expert Review The Zancudo Lodge

Main road, northern end of town, Zancudo, Puntarenas, 60704, Costa Rica

Most guests here are well-heeled, avid anglers on all-inclusive sportfishing packages, but the young owners have completely transformed this beachfront property into a top-notch luxury resort that can be enjoyed by those who have never dropped a line. The carefully groomed grounds are a riot of tropical foliage and flowers, shaded by massive mango trees. Water elements, from a koi-filled pond and trickling fountains, to the inviting pool with ocean view, provide a cool note in the southern heat. Hammocks strung between trees and lounging areas, both indoors and on shaded beachfront platforms, provide relaxing places to contemplate the Golfo Dulce view. Guests retreat from the heat into spacious, air-conditioned, deluxe rooms in a two-story building shaded by tall trees. The style is chic and contemporary: dark-wood furniture softened by earth-toned fabrics in natural textures; beds dressed in top-quality linens; and ultramodern bathrooms with thick towels and huge showers. Two separate bungalow suites are larger and have private porches with pool and ocean views. More ocean views can be had in the two huge luxury suites with wraparound glass walls. The remodeled outdoor lounge has handsome teak furniture with front-row seats for watching sunsets. Weary fishers can also relax with a massage after a day of reeling in fish. The upscale restaurant serves bountiful, innovative breakfasts, and lunch and prix-fixe dinners with four to five courses, while a new outdoor kitchen includes a brick pizza oven and a huge grill. Kayaks and surfboards are available, or for landlubbers, there is a regulation boccie court. The hotel boasts fiber-optic Wi-Fi throughout.


  • luxurious hotel
  • excellent fishing boats and captains
  • air-conditioned, rare in these parts
  • fiber-optic Wi-Fi


  • pricey for the area
  • very quiet evenings since fishers go to bed early in order to rise at 5 am



On the beach


Phones: -2776–0008 | 800-854–8791-in U.S. toll-free


11 rooms, 4 suites
Rate Includes: Free breakfast