Quepos is port town that works mainly as the entrance to Manuel Antonio, which is located seven kilometers to the southward. This humble beachside town sits on Costa Rica’s western coast. It is just 4 hours from the capital San Jose and 2 hours from Jaco, making it easily accessible to all. During the 1930s, the flatlands of the town had been used for establishing banana plantations. After that, the town rose to eminence as a banana-exporting port. After a disease killed off the plantations in the 1950s, African palms took the place of bananas.
Quepos is a place that has appeal to day-trippers from every walks of life. All kinds of people including surfers, anglers, families, couples, hippies, and gays come here to bask in the splendor of pure beaches and to soak up the welcoming lush rainforest.
A Doorway to Manuel Antonio National Park
Quepos is the doorway to the most visited, attractive, and popular National Park in Costa Rica – Manuel Antonio Costa Rica. The park has a few trails that will lead the tourists to some of the most astounding and secluded white-sand beaches in all of Central America. The emerald bays and a jungle-lined island of quietude will take your breath away in the true sense. You may catch glimpses of colorful parrots, three-toed sloths, massive toucans, exotic flowering plants, flamboyantly colored insects, luminous butterflies, white-faced capuchin monkeys, and quirky spider monkeys. However, the real attraction of this park is some of the last remaining squirrel or 'titi' monkeys left in the country.
Quepos Adventure Activities
A good way to enjoy the surrounding natural beauty of Quepos is to take a quad bike riding through the tropical settings. You can take a full day tour that will include visiting the traditional Tico village, tree plantations, and the fudging mountains. There are breaks in the midst of the ride, which will give chance to cool off in swimming hotels.
The energetic travelers can also experience the thrill of river rafting, scuba diving, sea kayaking, canyoning, mountain biking, etc.
This city is also famous for sportfishing. It is a favorite place to those anglers who are seeking to catch Pacific Sailfish. Travelers can charter boats for half-day, full day, or for few days to catch fishes like Marlin, Tuna, Dorado, Snapper, Grouper, Roosterfish, Mahi Mahi, etc.
The nightlife in Quepos offers a good combination of entertainments including nightclubs, bars, cafes, and beachside dancing. Many bars put on live music during the weekends. However, like many other tourists cities, illicit and unwanted activities are not rare in Quepos during nighttime. So, if you are on a family tour, avoid certain spots of the city at night.
Many hotels and hostels are there in Quepos where travelers can stay. If you are looking for a luxurious accommodation within reasonable price, you can choose the Preserve at Los Altos, which sits near the beach in Manuel Antonio. This hotel has indoor pool, spa center, restaurant, and other modern amenities and you can choose either Penthouse suites or luxury suites to stay with your family or partner.
Quepos – As a Whole
Visitors can find here an assorted collection of galleries, bakeries, cafes, bars, backpacker lodgings, boutique style hotels, etc. It has beaches but the hidden coves and pristine bays of Manuel Antonio are more attractive to the visitors. One of the major attractions of the place is the locals themselves. These happy-go-lucky people do not spare a single moment of enjoying the life. Their celebration of life becomes more prominent during the Festival De Mur in February. The month-long festival holds party concerts, carnival activities, and parades.
Quepos, along with the nearby town Manual Antonio, is a place to enjoy at an easy pace, to refresh the mind, watching the rich wildlife, and tasting sporting activities in the clear blue ocean.