On the Central Pacific Coast, a 3 hr. drive from San Jose, lies Quepos, formerly a tranquil fishing village and today one of Central America’s fastest growing vacation spots. Favored by eco-lovers, surfers, honeymooners and families alike, Quepos has something for everyone. Manuel Antonio National Park, one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful parks, is a main attraction. Here you can hike well-maintained trails observing interesting tree species, watch howler monkeys, marmosets, ocelots, toucans, macaws and other wildlife; then swim and snorkel in two of Costa Rica’s most celebrated beaches.
Three to five nights
Best time to go:
Best time to visit is dry season (December-May), when days are clear and sunny, and rain is practically non-existent. Day temperatures average 80F dropping into the 70s at night. Wet season is characterized by higher temperatures and humidity, clear mornings and heavy afternoon downpours.
• Manuel Antonio National Park: Hiking trails, exuberant flora, wildlife sightings, white sand beaches.
• Water Sports: Swimming, surfing, snorkeling, sea kayaking.
• Horseback Riding
• Sunset Cruises
• Canopy tours