I am located in Manuel Antonio - Quepos, where I have lived for the last thirteen years, this region is considered the most beautiful coastlines in Costa Rica! In Manuel Antonio, mother nature sculpted the perfect set of beaches with rainforest terraces overlooking the tropical Pacific. Discreetly integrated amidst the most ideal jungle hilltops are hotels, which provides comfort and luxury for all kinds of its guests.
Manuel Antonio and Quepos coastline is irregular and varied with rugged, rocky headlands alternate with broad, sandy beaches, mangroves and swamps. Its tidal flotation produces a broad inter-tidal zone that offers excellent foraging for wildlife. Scattered around the former are numerous salt-collecting ponds, or Salinas, to which thousands of animals especially shorebirds repair at high tide to rest or to sleep. Notable concentrations of wildlife are also found at many river mouths, especially where these are flanked by mangroves. Along Manuel Antonio and Quepos are numerous islands, ranging from small stacks and pinnacles of naked rock to wooded islands with varied terrain several meters in area. These are uninhabited islands which support breeding seabirds.
The sport fishing town of Quepos has the quaint heritage of its maker, the United Fruit Company. It boasts enough nightlife for the young and not so young to "salsa" until the small hours of the morning at local discotheques. If you're in the mood for something considerably softer, all you need to do is enjoy a peaceful evening on your private balcony under the stars, or listening live acoustic music.
This is also where you'll find some of Costa Rica's most popular and spectacular national parks and biological reserves: Manuel Antonio National Park, home of three-toed sloth and white-faced monkeys; and Carara National Park National Park, one of the last places in Costa Rica where you can see the disappearing dry forest join the damp, humid forests that extend south down the coast.
Here in Manuel Antonio and Quepos. The weather is warm and moist. The Dry Season spand from December to April, with average temperatures of 28°C (68°F), and hottest days raising to 34°C (93°F). The average rainfall is about 4000mm (150 inches) per year. The Green Season often brings storm, with occasional days of torrential rain. However, most days are sunny, with rain fall occurring in late afternoon or evening.
HOW TO GET THERE
Getting to Manuel Antonio and Quepos in the Central Pacific is truly a scenic adventure! From the Costa Rican International Airport, take the Pan-American Highway to Atenas. Exit at the Atenas - Orotina sign and continue your drive over the scenic mountains past Orotina. Follow the signage past Jaco to Parrita, and finally Quepos. Once in Quepos, turn left just past the tiny park and drive on the only road to Manuel Antonio National Park. The total distance from the international airport is 150 kilometers (90 miles) and will take around 3 hours. There are also two domestic airlines that fly to Quepos from San Jose, the flight time is about twenty minutes. SANSA operates out of the international airport and Nature Air from Pavas near the capital.