Nestled just off Cabrillo Highway 1 about thirty minutes from Santa Cruz is the Costanoa Resort, an eco-adventure resort that immerses its visitors in the tranquility and rugged natural beauty of the California coast.
An ideal escape for those harried by the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley, Costanoa offers a variety of accommodations to fit every family. It has 39 well-appointed rooms at the lodge, numerous rustic cabins scattered throughout the trees, and ten cozy tent bungalows for those looking for a glamping experience. There is also a KOA campground where visitors can set up tents or RVs. The cabins, tents, and campground all have access to numerous Comfort Stations, high-end bathroom facilities that include amenities such as saunas, heated floors, a central courtyard with fireplace, and private indoor and outdoor showers.
Experiencing nature at Costanoa is simple. The coastal compound is surrounded by beaches with craggy cliffs, lush meadows, mountains, forests, and farmland. At base camp, visitors can hike, bicycle, or go horseback riding on nearby trails or launch a kayak and paddle into a kelp forest in search of playful sea otters. There are yoga classes, wildlife educational talks, and community areas to connect, play games, and socialize. The on-site spa provides deep tissue and aromatherapy massages and there are BBQ and picnic areas, campfires, a hot tub, and kid’s play area. And, the expansive inky night sky is illuminated with stars that one can only see away from the city lights.
Tucked in the middle of a “banana belt” between Año Nuevo State Park and the picturesque Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Costanoa enjoys an unusually temperate climate and has more than 30 additional days of sunshine than its neighbors to both the north and south. Thanks to a concerted conservation effort, wildlife abounds on land and sea in Costanoa’s robust ecosystem, including numerous rare and endangered species such as the gray whale and elephant seals. Numerous wildlife excursions offer ways to explore and engage with nature including guided bird watching, falconry presentations, and trail camera lectures.
Costanoa has two restaurants, the more formal Cascade and the casual open-air Pine Tent eatery, both of which are managed by Chef Mo L’Esperance. Cascade offers a seasonal menu, born from organic ingredients Chef Mo sources from Costanoa’s own garden and other local, sustainable farms. Open Fridays through Sundays in Spring through Fall, Pine Tent is an al fresco dining experience with fast, fresh food, live music, a large deck and adjacent communal lounge. Open daily, the general store sells organic foods, local beer and wine, spa products, games, and products made by local eco-oriented artisans.
Away from base camp, there is so much to experience. The small communities of Pescadero and Davenport, Coastways Ranch and Swanton Berry Farm, Pigeon Point Lighthouse, and numerous beaches and state parks.
You don’t need to go far to discover the diversity and beauty of nature. Costanoa Resort, located at 2001 Rossi Road at Highway 1 in Pescadero, is a unique way to unwind, relax, and experience all the California coast has to offer.