With individual palapa-roofed huts spread over the beach, Costa de Cocos was the exact picture of a “remote beach adventure”. Here, we saw no blocky concrete buildings, but small resort huts with modern comforts and daily cleaning service.
Costa de Cocos has a full-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Fly fishing packages are popular, and boats leave right from the Costa de Cocos dock.
Essential Highlights of Costa de Cocos
- Simple beach living with comfort (expect quality beds, hammocks, fans, en suite bathrooms, and hot water showers)
- On-site restaurant serving complimentary guest breakfast
- Daily cleaning service
- Fly fishing packages and lessons
- On-site dive shop
- Wooden dock
- No minimum stay
- Family friendly
- High-speed Wi-Fi available in the restaurant area
How’s the location of Costa de Cocos?
Located only 1.1 km / 0.7 mi from town, Costa de Cocos is well away from the noise of the beach road and there are no adjacent hotels. Following the many colorful signs from town, the entrance to Cocos is tough to miss. If in doubt, look for spinning wind turbines above the palm trees as you drive along the beach road – Costa de Cocos powers the resort with wind and solar (along with a backup generator).
All 16 beach huts at Costa de Cocos are arranged to have a view of the sea. Between the huts and the water you’ll find only sand and palm trees, so every room gets the breeze off the Caribbean Sea (and for days with no wind, each room has a ceiling fan).
What are the rooms like at Costa de Cocos?
Each round beach hut at Costa de Cocos is made using traditional methods and materials. The roofs are palapa, floors are tile, and the shutters are wooden. There are screened windows all the way around each hut.
Décor is minimal, the huts embrace comfortable simplicity and traditional design. Each room has basic furniture, a small bookshelf with English books, power outlets, and a lock box (locks available at the office). If your bed isn’t adventurous enough, each hut comes with a hammock you can set up in your room. Enjoy the sea breeze all around you as you nap or read a book.
Relax outside your door on the reclined beach chairs and enjoy the view with a cold beverage. Oh, and don’t worry about bugs – Costa de Cocos uses technology to control the mosquito population.
Choose from a hut with a double or king bed, or a room with two double beds. The largest suite available has two rooms, each with two beds. It’s possible to request up to two extra beds in your room to accommodate the whole family. If you plan to bring a pet, inquire whether your four-legged family member can accompany you to Costa de Cocos.
What’s special about Costa de Cocos?
Staying in a beautiful palapa-roofed hut surrounded by sand, next to the sea feels like living on a deserted, tropical island. Fortunately, you don’t have to compromise on comfort, with hot water and electricity available 24/7, and daily maid service to keep your room fresh and clean.
During your stay, enjoy exploring the reef with available sports gear including snorkeling equipment and kayaks. Fly fishers (and those wanting to learn) are more than welcome at Costa de Cocos, which specializes in all-inclusive fly fishing packages.
Underwater enthusiasts will be happy to know that Cocos also has an on-site dive center, with guided dives and instruction available.
The Reel Inn restaurant is a highlight of Xcalak, and it’s open to guests and the public for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, guests are the only ones to get Cocos complimentary breakfast buffet. Favorites at Cocos restaurant include mango-lobster pizza and fish tacos.
Sidle up to Cocos full bar and (take a break from wimpy Mexican beers) to try Cocos craft beer. Aptly-named choices include Permit Me-1 Porter, Tarpon Pale Ale, or Sunrise Amber Ale. More recently, homemade whisky has been added to the menu. Try a shot of the smooth Mango Moonshine to wash down your sunset view.
What’s included when staying at Costa de Cocos?
A breakfast buffet is included every morning in a stay at Costa de Cocos, as well as bottles of purified water in your room. Guests are free to roam 100 m of beachfront, enjoy the beach chairs, or play a game of horseshoes.
Costa de Cocos has snorkel gear and several kayaks for guests to use, and the end of the long dock makes a convenient starting point for snorkeling or swimming. Speaking of the dock, it’s the pickup and drop off location for fly fishing excursions, and couldn’t be much closer to your accommodation.
- Each room has a lock box to store your valuables
- Daily cleaning service
- High-speed Wi-Fi in the restaurant area
- Small library with English books in every room
What’s the story behind Costa de Cocos?
When David Randall took a winter break from catfish farming in Kansas, he didn’t plan on visiting Xcalak, Mexico. But fate brought him here and he loved it so much, he stayed one night and decided to buy property the next day.
In 1988, David opened up the first tourist accommodation in Xcalak and named is Costa de Cocos (Coconut Coast), after the coconut plantations that formerly stretched up and down the coast of Xcalak (many plantation trees are still here today). Business took off and David added a restaurant and dive shop.
Ilana Randall was a guest at Cocos when she and David first met, and she liked Xcalak (and David) so much she left her career to join the adventure. They now both live in Xcalak year round, as they’ve done for the last 30 years.
What’s the best way to reserve Costa de Cocos?
Contact Costa de Cocos through their website to reserve a room or book a fly fishing package.