Local Activities

Beach Walks

Turn right out of La Cocotera and you can walk along the beach to the bocana, or mouth, where the estuary and ocean meet. The tip of land at the end is a protected area, but there you can find a little snack shack that offers drinks and local snacks.

Turn left out of La Cocotera and you can walk along the beach to the village of La Barra de Santiago, a local fishing village. It’s about a 30-45 minute walk one way, so make sure to bring water and sun protection. In the village there are places on the beach for a cool drink or snack.

Turtle Release (in season) – Free

From October through January we usually have baby turtles that can be set free in the ocean. Each guest is invited to release one turtle.

Surf class with a local - $15 for 1 hour

For beginners or intermediate surfers. Includes board. Please contact our manager to schedule.


In-Room Massage - $35 for 1 hour

In-room massages are available. Please contact our manager to schedule.

“La Ranchita” Sunset Dinner - $15/person (min. 2 people)

Set out on our floating rancho, La Ranchita, for a magical sunset/evening outing in the mangroves that includes a dinner of local pupusas.

Visit the Local Village by boat - $15/person

Travel by boat to the fishing pueblo of La Barra de Santiago where you can visit a local school and a women’s cooperative where you can watch them make delicious treats out of coconut. Have a cool drink at one of the many restaurants on the beach.

Estuary/Mangrove Tour – $20/person for 1 hour

Go by boat with a guide into the mangroves and see a wide variety of birds and reptiles. Learn about the mangroves and their connection to the local ecosystem.


Water Skiing - $20/person for ½ hour
Boat Pulled Activity (Donut) - $35 for ½ hour (max. 3)

As long as the tide cooperates, you can water ski in the estuary or get pulled around on a “donut” by our boat. Beginners are welcome. It’s all great fun!

Soccer on the beach with the locals – Free

It’s not guaranteed, but most days around sunset you can find a group of locals (including some staff) playing soccer on the beach directly in front of the hotel. You’re welcome to join them for a fun game.

Behind the Scenes Eco Tour – Free

We’d be happy to show you our different eco processes, which include our water treatment plant, solar capabilities, non-chlorinated pool, turtle nesting area and more.

Fishing with a Local - $50 ½ day, $90 full day

Fish with one of our locals in our panga and troll the coast for a variety of fish. All equipment is supplied, plus a picnic lunch and local beers and sodas.