Travel Bites: Coco Loco – A Galapagos Local Find.

By Posted in - Galapagos & Travel Bites on June 12th, 2013 A traveler holding out a coconut rum drink in the Galapagos Islands called the Coco Loco.

There were 98 episodes of Gilligan’s Islands, and despite fashioning an astonishing amount of items out of coconuts, I’m pretty sure the Coco Loco never made an appearance.

After finding this Galapagos favorite on Isabela Island, I felt a little bad for the castaways of the SS Minnow who were stuck in TV Land for three seasons with a whole lot of coconuts and no rum. I think it’s safe to say that a few CoCo Locos would have helped take the sting out of all those botched escape attempts.

Related: Discovering the Galapagos: The Landing

We were only on Isabela a few hours when I got my first glimpse of the concoction. One of the passengers on our cruise carried it back to the meeting point, finishing it off just as we boarded the dingy back to the Galapagos Odyssey.

“What’s in that,” I asked curiously.

“Rum. Lots of Rum,” he said smiling.

As a boat drink hobbyist, I felt it was my duty to delve into this mysterious coconut drink. So, I did just that when we returned to the island later that afternoon for some beach time in Puerto Villamil–a small port village located on the southeastern edge where most of the island’s population lives.

I had spotted a tiny beach-shack bar earlier in the day, so when we got back, Beth and I made it our first stop. With the help of a machete, the bartender made quick work of the coconut.

Before I knew it, he was having me suck out some of the juice so he could lively up its soul (and mine) with white rum.

After a few more sips to ensure the strength was right, Beth and I moved down to the beach where we spent the next couple hours body surfing in the small waves that crashed on the sandy shores of Puerto Villamil.

Want to make your own Coco Loco? Here’s a recipe!

It’s VERY easy – once you get the coconut opened!


2 oz of coconut water
1 oz of rum
A squeeze of lime juice

Directions: Mix and enjoy!

For those who like there cocktails sweet and fruity, the Coco Loco is probably not for you. In reality, this drunken drupe is like one huge fibrous shot of coconut rum. I’m not the biggest coconut fan (love rum though), but I really liked the Coco Loco, partly because it was pure to the last drop.

Do you have a favorite island drink? If so, let us know in the comments – even better if you can share the recipe!


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  • Jason’s Travels -

    June 12, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Recipe for my favorite drink? Sure. No problem. Go to your fridge. Grab a beer. Crack the top off. Enjoy. 😛

    • Bethany -

      June 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Hahahaha – hysterical Jason! We’re going to Molokai next week, wish you were coming so we could partake in your fave alcohol recipe with you! 🙂

  • bastiaan @ -

    June 12, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I’d so love to go to the galapagos islands. I’ve heard the diving there is absolutely stunning! Did you guys dive there?

    My favorite island drink by the way is Boracay rum from the Philippines mixed with fresh orange juice… Cheap and amazingly tasty!

    • Bethany -

      June 14, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      That sounds really tasty! We didn’t dive in the Galapagos but we did a lot of snorkeling! We’ll have a lot of video coming up about it – it was amazing, animals EVERYWHERE!

  • Mike (Nomadic Texan) -

    June 13, 2013 at 4:09 am

    My wife and I had one of these each and watched the sunset in Alcapulco several years ago. It had every “white” alcohol and we were almost laid out for the count! Barely made it back to the hotel! Have to be careful with these depending on where you are in the world! ha!

    • Bethany -

      June 14, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      Hi Mike! Yah – I think you are right. These things are seriously strong!!! Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun though. 🙂

  • Jennifer -

    June 13, 2013 at 7:52 am

    The national liquor on St. Maarten is a guavaberry liquor made from rare wild guavaberries from the interior of the island. They make guavaberry coladas from it and they sure are delicious! Get them during happy hour just about anywhere on the island when they’re two-for-one and they’re also dangerous. 😉

    • Bethany -

      June 14, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      That sounds SO good! I would probably like it because it’s sounds a little sweeter than this drink – this one was stiff for sure. 🙂

  • Juliann -Browsing the Atlas -

    June 13, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    We liked a rum drink that was popular at all the bars and restaurants on Vieques Island in Puerto Rico. It was called a Painkiller. It was apparently also a memory killer, because I don’t remember what else was in it!

    • Bethany -

      June 14, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Oh the painkiller – i have heard stories of this drink. None of them good – hahahaha! 🙂

  • Jess -

    June 13, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I know I’d like this, because the #1 thing I think a good drink should have is ‘lots of rum.’ I know if I was stuck on Gilligan’s island, looking into making my own moonshine would be by #2 priority. I mean, rescue is important, but if you can’t be rescued, you need some beach drinks.

    • Bethany -

      June 14, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks for commenting Jess – I love your outlook on life! 🙂

  • Danny Delnison -

    June 14, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    The good drink! I want to use it soon! Thanh for sharing. Hope to see you soon 😀

  • Jackie -

    June 17, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Yum! Sounds refreshing and tasty. Need to give it a try.

  • Preston McGee -

    June 17, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    There is no place in the world like the Galapagos Islands. Tours and cruises to the mysterious islands vary, but there is something for everyone to enjoy in this amazing natural wonder of the world.

  • The GypsyNesters -

    June 23, 2013 at 4:18 am

    You had me at the Gilligan’s Island reference! We spent an afternoon in Puerto Villamil last year. Can’t believe we missed the coco locos, just stuck to the cerveza.

  • gregory urbano -

    June 26, 2013 at 2:35 am

    I think the recipe is missing one important ingredient – locale, to be enjoyed in a tropical paradise!

  • Nicholas -

    July 4, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Hi Bethany, coco loco sounds to be amazing. And yes I would agree it is pure since it is a mixture of coconut water, rum and a tinge of lemon. I am wondering about its taste, will try to have it the next time I am in Galapagos islands.