Quepos and Manuel Antonio

Quepos pulsates with the crowds that converge on this small Pacific town, arriving in search of palm-fringed beaches and the wildlife encounters to be had at the end of a winding 7-km road that climbs and falls over the rocky Punta Quepos peninsula to arrive at the justifiably popular Manuel Antonio National Park. The town has successfully moved beyond a dependency on banana exports and is filled with lively bars and restaurants, sustained by a considerable expatriate community and visiting tourists, that buzz and hum in the warm ocean breeze. The road to Manuel Antonio is also lined with hotels and restaurants each offering comfort and relaxation in the tropical paradise. There's something for everyone here: many hotels are in the upper range, but a few mid-range and budget options are starting to open up, and activities abound from peaceful nature tours through to full on adrenalin pumping adventure.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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