Quepos, Manuel Antonio
Quepos, Manuel Antonio Area
Renowned internationally for its natural beauty, biodiversity, and incredible year-round sport fishing, Manuel Antonio is a thriving destination with an international community, increasingly modern with the up and coming Marina Pez Vela, and just a 25 minute flight or 2.5 hour drive from the San Jose International Airport. Home to the annual OWC Offshore World Championship, fishing off the waters of Quepos, Costa Rica is truly a once in a lifetime that should be repeated much more often than once in a lifetime! But not only is sport fishing here off the charts, the rest of the town has much to offer as well.
Whether you are looking for incredible food and dining or adventure tours and sightseeing in the rainforest, the area of Manuel Antonio is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Established in 1972, the Manuel Antonio National Park is credited by Forbes as being one of the “World’s Most Beautiful National Parks.” According Trip Advisor “Traveler’s Choice” Manuel Antonio is also home to the best beaches in Central America. And of course, the locals will gladly tell you that this is the best place to be– and they even knew that long before the internet came along!
Downtown Quepos has a special kind of charm as well. Dating back to being an old fishing village, one of it’s famous sayings is, “A quaint drinking village with a fishing problem.” Quepos used to be entirely comprised of entangled mangrove systems, which were gradually cleared away for infrastructure as banana plantations and later African palms helped bring the port town to prominence, however fishing has always been a way of life here.
The local Farmers Market is held right off of the ocean boardwalk every Friday night and Saturday mornings. Popular with one-and-all, the weekly market offers fresh organic produce, cheeses, artisan soaps, jewelry and crafts, delicious baking, herbs, spices and natural remedies, sugar cane drinks, freshly squeezed orange juice and cold coconuts to sip on, as you peruse the stalls of brightly colored vegetables and tropical fruits, sampling unfamiliar tastes and smells that are authentic to Costa Rica. The Marina Pez Vela is within walking distance from the Farmers Market, where at “Sunset Place” you can check out the restaurants, catch a movie on the big screen in the open-air amphitheatre, listen to bands, rent your own boat, go catamaran cruising, and of course, access world class fishing grounds year-round.
From downtown Quepos to the Manuel Antonio National Park and public beach area, it’s about a 7 km drive, where “Monkey highways” run throughout, connecting the surrounding trees so that monkeys, sloths, squirrels, anteaters and other wildlife can travel safely to and fro. This main road is dotted with the area’s luxury villa rentals, hotels, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops, and offers excellent ocean views. You’ll encounter menu selections from all over the world and can spend jovial evenings with live music, energetic dancing and laid-back locals. With so much to see and do around in and around Manuel Antonio, it will be hard to choose between activities!