Cocolito Campground | Established Campground

El Salvador

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Last Visited: about 1 month ago
GPS: 13.512100, -89.599433
Altitude: 0.7 masl
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Amenities

Electricity: No
Wifi: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Showers: Bucket
Water: Non-Potable
Toilets: Pit Toilets
Big Rig Friendly: No
Tent Friendly: Yes
Pet Friendly: No
Sanitation Dump Station: No

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Description

Fairly large campground in front of Mizata surf breaks. $5 per night. No "showers" but fresh water with bucket but there is a seatless toilet that works. The area is spacious, shady, and right next to an amazing black sand beach. The family is extremely kind (really: when there was no beer left, the grandson went to buy some, and then later Antonio, the grandfather, brought fresh, complimentary oysters). The entrance appears tight, but they say big busses have fit easily. The approach is a bit steep towards the beach, so be ready for that. They have owned this piece of property for 50 years; we can't recommend it enough.

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Nice spot! Shaded and sandy. $5 per night per car. The family is kind and sells local beer for $1. Steps from the beach and a good surf break. In rainy season the area floods so careful where you park. Toilets are pretty much unusable. They are flush by bucket and when we were there no water was available. They are also pretty dirty, and I have low toilet standards ;). Other than that highly recommend! Seems safe at night. On a Saturday we were the only campers except for the family who lives here.

Cocalito Surf Camp is wonderful. The family that owns the camp is very friendly. Giovanni speaks both English and Spanish. There are plenty of flat, shaded camp spots with tables and benches. They also have cold sodas and beer. The shrimp and fish lunch plates are simple but decent and filling, about $5-6/plate. Camping $5/car. The area is clean, well lit at night, and right on the beach. A chicken bus came in, so it fits at least rigs that size, but due to the many palm trees that provide shade it might be difficult to turn around. The bus did about a 5 point turn to leave. Full Claro LTE. They gave us power for $1/daytime only, $2/24hours from their kitchen area, with an extension cord, but it’s not set up to have power at sites. Flush toilets, outhouse style but clean. They gave us a bunch of free cocos and mangoes.

I've known this place for three years and I've seen comments about it and agreed to them. A german couple told me about this website and decided to report to be careful when camping. Drunken guys steal your stuff at night!

We was the first international tourists, visited this place after the pandemic and the tropical storm. This place is still beautiful and the owners so nice (they didn't charge us for 2 nights, because we ate something in the restaurant). It's 5$ per night, per vehicle. Bathroom available and you can use water from the fountain for showering. It's directly at the beautiful beach. Food is delicious and affordable.

We stay here for two nights after the Pandemia and hurrican amanda. It is a nica Spot close to the beach.

5$ per night.
toilette ✔
agua✔
shower ✔

the owner is very friendly and helpful.

We spent two nights here and the spot is really relaxing, right on the beach where you can enjoy beautiful sunsets.
$5 per night, and you can also enjoy fish for only $4/5 depending on the size. Very well cooked!

Great first stop after the El Salvador border. Antonio is very kind and the vibe is very relaxing. Rustic flush toilet and clean bucket shower. Very few stores that sell tired looking vegetables. Still $5/night per vehicle

Can’t really beat the other descriptions. Really quite, chilled, pretty spot. 3 dollars per person to camp :)

Stayed 4 nights here and came back after sleeping for a night in Zunzal and Palmercito. That's the campground to go if you want to chill right on the beach.

This place has what the others did not and sticks out with:

Right on the beach
No music on weekends
No Salvadoreños
Cheaper
Lots of space and shade
Sunset visible from the beach
Save to leave your table, stove and plates out at night

On our total 5 nights we had just one Salvadoreño (policeman on his day off) come for a couple of hours with his boom boom music. Otherwise chill as can be.

Giovanni lives on the property has some tools and enjoys fixing and building stuff.
While we were there he built two lounge chairs, a bench, fixed his headphones, fixed his powerdrill and lend me his disc grinder to sand and fix my fiberglass pop-top.

Vanessa and her husband are both surfers and did compete at Panamerican Olympics (Goverment paid for their travel expenses).

Their 4 and 6 year old kids (Liliana and Esequiel) are adorable and starting to surf themselves.

Vanessa and the 3 old woman on the property did start a form of begging after they had built some trust on the third day.
When we went to get grocieres Vanessa asked to bring back chicken for her with no intend to pay for it. This got clear when looking for her to hand her the chicken she did not come out of her house and a minute later the kids came asking for it.
I did overhear a conversation were there was a dicusion why Vanessa got chicken and the old ladies didn't and complaining to each other that we don't give them anything.
When asked to lent her a dollar i wanted to know were she will get the money to pay me back. Her answer made it clear to me she was not thinking of paying back so it was begging again. The same as when she requested to have some of our rum and a few hours later at the campfire she got some in a cup and somehow 10min later she ended up drinking straight from the half full bottle.

It is true they don't have a lot except of a great surf spot but please do don't foster this undercover begging lifestyle by giving them stuff on their request. Better to make them realise that they can offer services like surf classes, surf board rental, surf board repair, running errands, cooking...

We really enjoyed staying here! We have a 1987 GMC Vandura and we’re able to make it easily, just make sure to use the longer road when driving as the short one is extremely steep. The family is really sweet and even gave us coconuts to drink. They have water in a basin that you can use to bathe and they have a clean toilet to use as well. Tons of spots for vehicles and a few dogs and chickens. There are also a few tiendas close by and the Sea Garden restaurant to eat at. We even saw a turtle lay eggs on the beach in the morning. Definitely recommend for surfers and non-surfers alike.

Great spot! Don’t take the road where the sign is unless you’re in a small rig. Go toward the hotel on the point. Hang a right and go to the end of the street. There’s a big sign at the gate.

The best place in El Salvador!!
La playa es preciosa, pero sobretodo la familia que lo regenta es increíble. Te hacen sentir como en casa desde el primer día. Te ayudan con todo lo que necesites, hasta te enseñan a cocinar sus platos Salvadoreños!! un amor de familia todos: Marta, Antonio, Giovanni.. ❤
Sin duda, si vas al Salvador, tienes que pasar por alli!!!

El mejor lugar de el Salvador. Te hacen sentir en familia desde el primer día. Ibamos para 2 días y estuvimos 15. Antonio, Giovanni y Marta, son una gente espectacular! El camping es entre cocoteros y hay palapas en la playa. Es uno de esos lugares que no olvidarás. Te enseñan a cocinar sus platos, y te permiten que conozcas la cultura Salvadoreña desde el interior. ❤

amazing family and place. next to the beach with shades. 5dollar per night (2 people). wc and shower with a bucket with water from the mountains. complementary coconuts. go there it is amazing!you can buy fish and shrimps from them. there is also a small bungalow with a hammock if needed but I don't know the price.

Lovely place! We stayed here 1 night on way to El Tunco, there was a big puddle in one corner as it's September and lots of rain but still plenty if space. Antonio and Giovanni both really lovely, Giovanni speaks very good English. We walked 5 minutes to Sea Garden for a beer ($1.25) and use Internet.

We paid 5 dollars per night for 2 persons and our bycicles. Just in front of the ocean. There's a little grocery in the village ( Hotel Restaurant Edith) where you can buy food and water. It's about 350 meters from the campground.

Magical spot with a super warm and welcoming family. The campground is picturesque under beautiful coconut palms and the beach is beautiful black sand with a huge palapa to escape the sun. There is a little surf break 20 meters from the camp ground. The the toilet is clean, but bring your own paper. Beers are available at the campground, $1 for a small and $2 for a large. The family also cooked us an amazing fish meal on our last night. It was delicious!!! Giovanni also took us to go get Pupusas at a secret local spot and was so helpful with helping us set up a SIM card for our phone. He speaks awesome English and is soo friendly! Make sure you don’t miss this place on your trip to El Salvador! Still $5 a night per car. 🤙

Great quiet spot, plenty of space for big campers. My Jeep with roof top tent had no issues. Giovanni and Antonio are incredibly welcoming and friendly, and made sure I was enjoying my stay. No WiFi, and no showers but they have a pile with water that you can use with a bucket to wash off. Paid $5 a night. Would stay here again!

lugar perfecto para acampar en el vehículo

This is a beautiful place. We wanted to stay for one night and stayed three! We arrived by bicycle and pitched our tent under a palapa roof with tables, close to the beach. First they told us camping is 10 $ per night, which we found too much for the facilities (flushing toilet, but no shower - although you can shower with a bucket - and no wifi). After a short negotiation we agreed on 5 $ per night for the two of us. The family was nice. They also offer food, which we didn't try, and sell beer (2 $ for a 750 ml bottle). We definitely would go there again!

For using wifi we went to a restaurant in the village, called Sea Garden, since the Hotel Last Resort seems to be closed for renovation.

very nice place for enjoy beach Life! very Nice familly !

Nos quedamos una noche pero nos hubiéramos quedado más. Antonio y su familia son personas de calidad, muy amables y atentos. No se consigue mejor lugar en la costa salvadoreña por ese precio.

Baño relativamente limpio, sombra en todos los espacios y mesas de cemento un poco deterioras.

Sobre el mar. A la vuelta hay un señor que vende pescado. Durante la semana pasa un camión que vende frutas y verduras aunque es mejor equiparse antes. Una doña vende hielo a una cuadra por 25c.

La playa Mizata es de arena negra volcánica y en la semana hay poca gente, sábados y domingos baja la gente de la ciudad.

Just spent one week here with our dog. Don't think twice where to go in Mizata. This is the best place. Fantastic and welcoming salvadoreña family. Marta, antonio, giovanni, vanessa and erik are so welcoming. Huge garden with table and lots of shade. the black beach is stunning as well and is just 50 meters from your van. Only some locals for the week end.

Would be a beautiful spot but rainy season does leave this place pretty flooded. They have a few spots that aren’t as swamped but there were three overlander already here when we arrived. The family are lovely, now charging $5.25 - they have a big palapa with sheltered seating we could use to cook under. They offer food and drink... basic but cheap.

The entrance directly to the campground from the main highway is SUPER steep, I’ve done a screenshot of the best route in attaches in the photos. As it was rainy season the gravel road was like a river and completely flooded. We attempted the steep road in but the turning point at the bottom was impossible so we ended up reversing in to begin with. We later had to leave (black route on map) to turn the van around as we are longer than a normal van. Anyhow if you use the black route coming in you’ll have no issues as the turning is wider down to the beach stretch and also paved until this point and you can drive straight in to campground. (Another van obstructed the entrance so we couldn’t turn around dude to trees etc).

This would be an epic place (when not flooded), basic flush toilet and water/laundry sink (no shower still).

Mainly left this post to advise better on the entrance in as we learnt the heard way during heavy rain. Hope the screenshot helps.

As described, beautiful people living here. Restroom pretty basic but ok. They also sell fish and shrimp for 5 dollars and it's really good.

Nice place and and Family. 5 dollars for 2 people for the night. Go there!

Descriptions below are accurate. Not enough words for this place. A real experience of genuine hospitality from a local family in El Salvador. Antonio and his family will make you feel like one of them. Coconut palm trees, lots of parking in front of the beach, pet friendly, very relaxing. Don’t even think about staying in other places in Mizata, this is the place you will love as an overlander.

Antonio and his family run this awesome campground in Mizata. In our opinion the place to stay around here. Tons of shade, flush toilet, bucket shower and best of all super friendly and safe. Grandson Giovanni is helping community to save turtles, check out the beach every evening, tons of turtles lay their eggs here. Paid $5,- per night, inc electricity.

Very nice place!!! Awesome family. Amazing experince. We stayed here 5 nights. We drive a big truck camper and arrived through town main street with no problems. Thanks antonio and giovanni!!!

Este lugar es un paraíso ! No caro y muy tranquilo. Solamente 5$US por vehículo por día. Nos encantamos quedar 10 dias. Puedes comer los pescados y camarones frescos preparados por Marta y Esmeralda todos los días. Es posible de bañarse en el océano Pacífico que está a 30 metros. Todo la familia es amable. Antonio, el propietario, es un hombre accesible y muy generoso . Me gustó hablar con el. He aprendido muchas cosas gracias a él. Antonio es como un padre spiritual. Era difícil de partir. Muchas gracias Antonio por este momento simple y auténtico. Es en mi corazón por siempre. Es gracias a las personas como ti que El Salvador es un pais magico ! Espero que un día podría volver verte. Marjorie y Alex de Francia

5$ la nuit par véhicule. Endroit idéal pour se poser quelques jours. A l’ombre sous les cocotiers sur un vaste terrain d’herbe face à l’océan. Plusieurs places disponibles avec tables, bancs, hamacs. Les chiens sont les bienvenus. Il y a des toilettes ainsi qu’un énorme réservoir d’eau en béton qui sert notamment à se doucher. C’est le principe de la douche au sceau, c’est vraiment très agréable.
Vous pouvez acheter des bières bien fraîches pour 2$ le litre. La mama peut vous préparer une assiette de poisson ou de crevettes pêché du jour pour 7$. Il y a aussi quelques tiendas accessibles à pieds pour faire quelques courses.
Antonio et sa famille sont formidables, nous nous souviendrons longtemps d’eux. Nous sommes restés 10 jours, il a été difficile de les quitter sans verser une larme...tellement généreux et souriants !

Super friendly and kind family. We loved it here. No showers and a very limited water supply, so don't come here expecting to fill your tank. Other than that, it's a perfect little beach camp. Access is bit tight for very big rigs (if you have very low ground clearance you might struggle) but doable for most vehicles with a bit of care. Plenty of park-up space once you're in the camp.

Stayed here for 2 nights, we had a lovely time. Family who takes cares of the place are friendly and loving people. They offered us coconuts and mangoes for free. Our daughter enjoyed with the chickens and dogs. We had a great time playing with the waves and meeting other travelers.

Had to visit a doctor and Antonio accompanied us for several hours. It was really nice of him.

🔺my daughter got a bite on her thigh after sunset on the water. Should be fine, swollen up and itchy thigh.

Now this place is a gem! Beautiful property in front of the beach covered in palm trees. The family are so lovely they were instantly welcoming! We were served cold coconuts straight away and everyone came to meet us. There is now 1 flushing toilet. Well water for showers. Dogs for security. We much preferred using the entrance from the Main Street of town, the other entrance from the highway they have made is very very steep. $5 per vehicle. Park up next to one of many bench + seats and kick back!

Very nice, quiet camp spot. Right on the beach. 5 dollars per night, perfect spot for motorcycles, but also lots of room for rigs. 2 dollar beers (1 litre) and shrimp or fish dinner for 5 dollars. We were able to use there laundry sink to wash some clothes, and there is an ok flushing toilet. No shower but they have a water bucket for washing. Last resort is 2 Minuit walk down the road, they have wifi and a pool you can use if you eat or drink at the restaurant

Great place to spend a few nights near the water. Large Campsite with tables. Very friendly. Still 5 per night per site. There's surf nearby. you can enter it, coming from North, at the second exit (not the first one where the sign is). That might be easier with bigger rigs.

very nice spot hunder the trees. in front of the beach. we stayed 3 nights here. antonio is very friendly, he helped me with advices for fishing. his wife cans cook nice shrimps meal for 5usd. Don't miss the only one sign "cocolito" on the road when you arrive, it's a small one...

Great place, really really close to the beach and shady.
The family is indeed very friendly, they offered us coconuts, and lent us hammocks.
Still 5$ per vehicle per night

Great family run spot a step from a quiet beach. Electricity available (run a line from their place) but it's not strong. They can give you water in a bucket. They were super helpful e.g. Bought us fish. Wild and nice. Shady, quiet. You can also walk down the beach to a restaurant.

Wanted to stay for one night, spent three. Directly on the beach, not many people at all, so beautiful. The family lives on the site and can provide you with tortillas if you ask them. Plenty of shade from the palmtrees. The owner likes to talk and bring you fruit from his property to try. We loved the place. There's a very basic toilet and a place where you can wash yourself. 5$ per night. We really recommend this site as it's beautiful and the only income for the family living there since generations. There's a hostel with restaurant close for your daily dose of wifi.

Highly recommend 👍👍👍 very nice family and very good to stay after border crossing. Antonio and Giovanni are very helpful and they also know a lot of El Salvador living...

A Good place to spend a day or many days! There is other way to arrive in Cocolito! big rigs is posable! Amazing people!

Great spot. Super nice family! $5. Shady, electricity, flushing toilets, bucket shower. Entry is super steep!

A very very nice camping. We were alone and have the beach for ouer self. The owner, Antonio, was a really nice and helpfull person.
The camping have a toilet, no shower but they have clean water for you. Also you can plug in. All that for $5 Usd for nigth.
Antonio can take you for snorkelling, surf (take his boat), fish, he know a lot Of Salvador so he can be very helpfull for directions.
We recomend very much

12m Rig to big for road down.

Fairly large campground in front of Mizata surf breaks. $5 per night. No showers, but there is a seatless toilet that works. The area is spacious, shady, and right next to an amazing black sand beach. The family is extremely kind (really: when there was no beer left, the grandson went to buy some, and then later Antonio, the grandfather, brought fresh, complimentary oysters). The entrance appears tight, but they say big busses have fit easily. The approach is a bit steep towards the beach, so be ready for that. They have owned this piece of property for 50 years; we can't recommend it enough.