Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where is Costanoa?

Costanoa is located on Rossi Road, off of Highway 1 (also known as Cabrillo Highway). We are approximately 25 miles from Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay, and 10 miles from Davenport and Pescadero. For more information, click here



2. Where does the name Costanoa come from?

Long before maps and diaries were inked on Spanish galleons, the indigenous people, the Ohlones, sang the name of this place: "Dancing on the brink of the world." For hundreds of years, 40 Ohlone tribelets lived on the coast, each with its own territory, language and chief. The Spanish explorers called these tribes Costeños-coast people. Later, English-speaking settlers changed the name to Costanoans. From this we took our name.

Today, descendants of these native peoples call themselves Ohlones. The early settlers here found the Ohlones to be peaceful and friendly, offering them food and travel guidance. The Ohlone legends and spirit live on today. The Cabrillo Highway (Highway 1) and Highway 92 in Half Moon Bay follow the original Ohlone footpaths. Please enjoy and explore these protected natural areas in the spirit of the Ohlones: "Take only pictures and leave only footprints." 



3. Why are there no televisions in the rooms?

It is sometimes necessary to disconnect from civilization in order to rest and relax; at Costanoa, we take pleasure in helping you do so. We encourage our guests to get out and Discover the Pace of Nature. As such, we are more than happy to provide you with a list of activities to enjoy in the great outdoors.  



4. Will there be a bathroom in my room/cabin/tent?

The only accommodations at Costanoa with ensuite bathrooms are those in the Lodge. All of our other accommodations use the Comfort Stations, which are the shared bathroom facilities featuring indoor and outdoor showers, a sauna, heated floors, and an outdoor fireplace. For more information, please see our accommodations page. 



5. How far are you from the beach?

Costanoa is about a 15-minute (or 1 mile) walk from our two closest beaches. We are also less than 5 minutes drive from other more accessible beaches. 



6. What activities do you have for adults/for children?

Costanoa has regularly scheduled activities year around. Visit our activities calendar for date specific offerings. 



7. What do I pack?

Based on guest feedback, we have created a Packing list PDF for your trip to Costanoa. 



8. Do we bring food? Can we barbeque? Where is the nearest restaurant?

Costanoa's restaurant, Cascade, is open all day, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with table service. Costanoa has briquette grills available for guests, and are for use on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you are with a larger party or interested in renting out one of our picnic areas, please contact our Sales Department at 650-879-7307. 



9. Can I request a specific room/view/campsite?

If you visited us before, chances are you have a favorite place you like to stay. Upon making your reservation, you are more than welcome to request a specific room, view, or campsite; however, we cannot guarantee that all requests made will be given. 



10. What's the weather like?

The weather at Costanoa can vary dramatically; a sunny beautiful day can turn into a windy, chilly night in the space of a few hours. We recommend that you pack your warm clothes as well as shorts and t-shirts. Traditionally, we get our best weather between the months of August-November. In the winter we get quite a bit of rain, and in the spring/summer months we see a lot of fog. So be well prepared! 



11. How does breakfast work?

Costanoa serves breakfast seven days a week at Cascade Bar and Grill. To-go items are available. In addition to our restaurant we will be serving a pancake breakfast most Saturday and Sunday Mornings at the Pine Tent weather permitting. Cost is $7.00 and includes pancakes and bacon. Breakfast is available from 7:30 - 11:30 am. 



12. Can I bring my pets to Costanoa?

Due to Costanoa's proximity to State Parks as well as sensitive habitats, we have a very specific policy regarding dogs on our property. Dogs are allowed only for guests who are staying in Recreational Vehicle sites. This does not include guests at Pitch Your Own Tent Sites.

  • Dogs must be leashed at all times unless they are inside a secured Recreational Vehicle
  • Dogs may only be walked within the Recreational Vehicle parking area
  • Dogs are not allowed in any of the Costanoa picnic areas
  • Owners are responsible to clean up after Dogs waste
  • Dogs must be under owners control at all times
  • Dogs are not allowed in any of the nearby State Parks. Fines for dogs in State Parks are up to $125 per dog.
  • Dogs are allowed on leash at Bean Hollow trails 10 minutes north of Costanoa as well as Lighthouse Field in Santa Cruz.

Thank you for your understanding. Please do not hesitate to contact any of our staff if you have questions or would like clarification in regards to our Dog Policy. 



13. Where are campfires allowed at Costanoa?

Due to the sensitive nature of our location, we do not allow open campfires at Costanoa. Instead we offer a communal fire area in the Ranch House picnic area and have fireplaces on the Lodge Terrace and in every comfort station. We light the fireplaces each day at sunrise and sunset or upon request. 



14. When is quiet time?

Quiet time at Costanoa begins at 10 p.m. and ends at 9 a.m. 



15. Do you offer wireless internet access?

Yes! Each accommodation as well as public space on our property is in our wireless internet range. Please visit our section about wireless internet for more information. 



16. What's the best time of year to come with kids, or as a couple?

At Costanoa, we strive to create an atmosphere for individuals, couples, and families alike to Discover the Pace of Nature. Traditionally, summertime is kid-time at Costanoa; we offer many activities for the little guys and it is a great place for a family summer vacation. During summer and specific holiday weekends, we still offer plenty for couples and individuals to do as well, but if you are looking for a more romantic or quiet getaway, try to book during the weekdays during the summer or after Labor Day which is coincidentally when we have our best weather. The sunsets during our Indian Summer are amazing and with school back in session, are usually a bit quieter. 



18. What is your cancellation policy?

To hold your reservation we will charge your credit card for your first night's stay plus tax immediately. This advance deposit is refundable, apart from a $10 processing fee, if the reservation is cancelled up to 72 hrs (3 days) before your arrival. The cancellation policy may be slightly different if your reservation is part of a group or wedding. Please contact our group reservations department for additional information at 650-879-7306. 



19. Do you have Gift Certificates?

Yes. Gift Certificates to Costanoa make the perfect gift for any occasion. These are available either for a specific type of accommodation or for an amount of money towards goods & services at Costanoa. Gift Certificates are available for purchase by phone or over the phone by calling our reservations department at 650-879-1100. 



20. If I'm interested in some specific activities at Costanoa, what do I book before I arrive? What can wait until I get there?

We recommend that you book spa treatments and horseback riding at least 2 weeks in advance. Reservations for the restaurant are also strongly encouraged. Sign-ups for bike rentals, kids camp, and yoga can be done upon check-in. Kids camp can be arranged ahead of time with parties of four or more children by calling our Activities Department at 650-879-7312.