QUEPOS / MANUEL ANTONIO


 

Quepos/Manuel Antonio is the hub of the central pacific coastline and is well known for its rainforests, abundant wildlife, and white sand beaches. But what makes this area so unique is that it has both lush jungle and modern comforts such as hotels, restaurants, grocery stores in such close proximity.

The world famous Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio is the number one reason why people come here, but there are so many other activities to take advantage of while visiting this picturesque coastal town. Whether you are looking for an extreme waterfall rappelling adventure or just simply want to stroll around the National Park and take pictures of monkeys, the Quepos/ Manuel Antonio area has it all.

 

TOP 10 ACTIVITIES

  • Ziplining
  • Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio tour
  • Sportfishing
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Waterfall tours ½ day and whole day
  • Catamaran
  • Mangrove tour
  • Rainmaker Aerial Walkway Park
  • 4WD quad tours
  • Surf lessons

 

WHERE TO STAY

Between Quepos proper and Manuel Antonio National Park, sleeping accommodations range from budget youth hostels to luxury hotels and villas. Whether you are traveling with an extended family unit or with your new spouse on a honeymoon, I can find the right fit for your stay.

 

WHERE TO EAT

  • Runaway grill at the Quepos Marina: large, well rounded menu, happy hour, sunset spot
  • Cuba Libre at the Marina: Cuban inspired menu, sunset spot
  • Gabriella's at the Marina: upscale dining
  • Coffee Stop: hidden gem with AC, lunch menu, good coffee
  • Tentacion: good for people watching, varied menu for breakfast and lunch, healthy smoothies
  • El Jardin: Quepos staple for local food
  • Soda Sanchez: famous soda with typical food
  • El Arado: typical food and good chili guaros
  • Gaia Hotel: fine dining experience with great sunset view
  • Ronnie's Place: Sunset views with a typical menu and tropical drinks
  • El Lagarto: grill/steakhouse menu, good sunset view
  • Falafel Bar: authentic falafel spot
  • Ape:  Mediterranean/Israeli inspired menu 
  • Barba Roja: 2x1 burgers on Tuesdays, sushi, and sunset happy hour
  • Emilios: amazing coffee, mediterranean inspired menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • La Lambretta: wood fired pizzas, pastas and salads
  • Agua Azul: North American fare, great view for sunsets
  • Cafe Milagro: great coffee and a varied menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • El Wagon: wood fired pizzas and typical food
  • Buena Vista: typical food and located right on the beach
  • Baldis Fresh: varied menu for breakfast, lunch or dinner right across from the beach
  • Morpho/Espadilla Hotel: consistently good food, service and atmosphere

 

GETTING AROUND

Local Buses:  

Start at the main bus station in Quepos at 5:45am, then 6:45, and then every hour and half an hour from 7:00am to 7:00pm.  In the evening it runs at 7:00, 8:00, and the last one at 9:30.

Leaving from the main beach in Manuel Antonio at 6:00am till 6:00pm on the hour and every 25-30 min after the hour and in the evening it at 7:30, 8:30 and 10:00.

Cost of bus: ₡345 ($0.57)

Taxi Rojo (red taxis) are the official taxis, meaning they have insurance and can be trusted. Please decide on a price before you accept the ride.

 

GROCERY STORES AND FARMERS MARKET

There are many local markets up on the hill in Manuel Antonio, the biggest one being Super Joseth (which also has a delivery service) and various Super Pura Vida Markets.  

The prices can be a little lower in the markets down in Quepos. There, the biggest markets in terms of variety are Mini Price and Super Jordix. Best fruit and vegetable shop is La Cosecha if you don’t happen to be here for a farmers market. And of course, since Quepos is a fishing village there are multiple fish markets, our favorite being Mariscal Pescaderia.

The farmers market is in Quepos downtown by the waterfront on Friday nights starting at 5 and Saturday morning until the early afternoon. This is a great place to try local tropical fruits, drink a cold coconut and immerse yourself into local culture.