Cobano, Costa Rica
Cobano is the local hub of the southern area of the Nicoya Peninsula. Roads to all beaches pass through the small town and in many cases Cobano is the central access point when traveling from one beach village to another.
Proud horse rider in Cobano
A major attraction are the Fiestas Cívicas de Cobano held for two weeks each year in February. On the party grounds,
1 km from Cobano center, is a fair with carousels, food and sales stalls.
On each day of the fiesta the main event is the rodeo in the late afternoon, where dare-devil cowboys ride on big bulls. When the rodeo is over there is dancing in the saloon with Cumbia and Ranchero music.
One of the most colorful events is the tope, a parade of horse riders, which takes place on Saturday afternoon.
Center crossroad of Cobano
Thirty years ago, Cobano was little more than the crossroads of a cattle raising region. The coastal villages received
supplies by boat from Puntarenas because roads didn't exist or were unpassable by car.
Today, the roads have greatly improved and transportation has shifted from sea to land. More and more tourists visit the beaches of the southern Nicoya Peninsula and Cobano has developed into a lively little town.
Cobano street life
During the day, the town fills up with Ticos and foreigners taking care of their business. After sundown however Cobano quickly returns to its sleepy roots.
Sadly, Cobano doesn't provide much incentive to stay longer than necessary. A large derelict construction site looms on the road intersection in the center of town where some years ago the Saloon was the local meeting point. Nearly all shade trees in Cobano have gone and unlike other towns in Costa Rica Cobano doesn't have a park or central place for relaxing.
There are however a couple of small sodas where you can eat traditional meals, and buying suppplies in Cobano is much cheaper than in the supermarkets and shops on the beach. For staying overnight you find some family-owned cabinas in Cobano - you should only make sure that at night there isn't a Karaoke next door (unless you want to participate).
The Bank in Cobano:
For a long time, the Banco Nacional in Cobano was the only bank to serve the entire southern Nicoya Peninsula. Now there are two more banks in Santa Teresa/Malpais and an automatic cashier in Montezuma.
Keep in mind that for all bank affairs in Costa Rica you will need your passport. Traveler's cheques are rarely used in Costa Rica and most hotels will decline them. Open hours of Banco Nacional in Cobano are from Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Outside the bank building is an ATM machine which accepts all major credit cards and works from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The only post office of the southern Peninsula de Nicoya is open from Monday to Friday 8 a.m. - 12 m.d. and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
The postal code (zip-code) of Cobano and the entire area is 60111.