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"Secluded, serene beachside ecolodge with a focus on sustainability and conservation."

Need to know

    • Eight rooms
    • El Zapote, El Salvador
    • Beachside location, pool, natural surroundings
    • Check-in starts at 3pm, check-out is between 9am-2pm

We love

  • Doing yoga on the open air terrace as the sun sets over the sea.
  • Watching for exotic birds and beasts in the nearby mangroves.
  • Taking arranged daytrips to discover the country’s sights – ruins, volcanoes and National Parks.
  • The unforgettable experience of the Turtle Release Program (this is only at certain times of year).

Top Secret

Along with eight luxuriously palm-thatched rooms and suites, La Cocotera Lodge also features a 15-person private villa called La Casita del Estero. Ideal for parties and celebrations, it has its own pool, kitchen and barbeque area.


The resort was created in its current form by Joe Bruderer-Schwab, who first fell in love with El Salvador when visiting a friend many years ago.

The Review

Perched on a western corner of El Salvador’s 191-mile coastline, not far from the border with Guatemala, lies La Cocotera Resort and Ecolodge. Simple yet luxurious, the lodge is designed to complement the natural beauty of its surroundings – a unique ecosystem of mangroves, greenery, and sandy Pacific Ocean beaches that has been designated of international importance due to its biodiversity of flora and fauna.


The resort is built from natural local materials such as palm fronds, teak wood, natural stone and hand-woven fibres, and is run using sustainable and eco-friendly initiatives in order to benefit the local community and prevent disruption to the ecosystem. La Cocotera runs its own parrot breeding scheme, as well as a turtle preservation project – at certain times of year, guests can watch the baby turtles hatch and make their way to the sea.


At its best, the all-inclusive model offers simplicity – a way to enjoy your surroundings with minimal energy wasted on sweating the small things. La Cocotera understands this, and embraces it – offering a buffet breakfast daily along with full meals for lunch and supper, all in a terrace dining area with beautiful views across the local surroundings. This means your mind is clear to focus on other things – for example, the terrace doubles up as the ideal spot to meditate or practice a spot of yoga during one of El Salvador’s magnificent sunrises.


La Cocotera Resort & Ecolodge

  • Address: AHU 23 S, Barra de Santiago, El Salvador.
  • Travel info: A 1.5-hour drive from San Salvador, with helicopter and private plane transportation available to and from San Salvador at additional cost.

Key Features

  • Pool

  • Private Dining

  • Beach

  • Car Parking

  • Bar