Quepos Things to Do

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    Playa Espadilla Norte

    by GracesTrips Updated Nov 30, 2014

    This beach is accessible without going into Manuel Antonio National Park. Very nice, big beach. Check out my video of the beach.

    There is a Playa Espadilla Sur which is accessible just inside the park.

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    Manuel Antonio National Park

    by GracesTrips Updated Nov 30, 2014

    We went to Costa Rica in November 2014. Main attraction in Quepos is Manuel Antonio National Park. And, it was quite impressive! Please, please see my travelogues for photos. There are many!

    It is advisable to rent a 4X4 vehicle if you drive there but not absolutely necessary to get to Quepos. The park is open from 7am to 4pm. Closed on Mondays.

    The park allows 600 people on weekdays, 800 people on weekends to enter daily. Entrance is US$10 per person (in 2014).

    Secure parking is available all the way down the hill for half the price charged up the hill. We actually did not have to pay at all. Wave no when they try to park you up the hill.

    The park entrance is at the south end of Playa Espadilla across a small stream.

    There is no food service inside the park. So, you should bring some snacks in case you get hungry.

    Bring comfortable light clothing, hiking shoes, hat, camera, sunscreen, towel, insect repellent, bottled water and bathing suit.

    Decent bathroom facilities are available with showers near the beaches.

    We did not opt for a tour but If you do the cost can be as little as $38 per person. This is pretty good considering they will pick you up from your hotel (no parking fee - or risk of car being broke into) and covers your entrance cost (US$20 for two people) provides snacks, fruits & drinks.

    The link and telephone numbers below is for the touring company I found. Their pickup time is at 7:30am and 12:30pm.

    Here is a link to a map of the park.

    Purchase Tickets Here Where to Park Parking lot Entrance to the Park El Bano
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    Plenty of animals in Manuel Antonio Reserve

    by MariusG Written May 8, 2011

    We've had a great tour through the park. My recommendations are: 1. if you prefer bottled water, bring a bottle along with you (or buy one before the entrance), as there is no water for sale in the park, though there are several (regular drinking) water taps. 2. bring a sun tan lotion, 3. better wear closed shoes (sneakers are OK); my wife didn't do so and got bitten by a bug. The entrance fee is $10 for a whole day (7:00-16:00), as many entries as you want. I also want to highly recommend our guide there Estelle Mansuelle, a French native who lived for the last 20 years in Costa Rica and speaks excellent English (as well as Spanish and France, of course). She's very professional, patient and pleasant. I am including here her details.

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    Scuba Diving and snorkelling

    by Geo80 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Pacific coast diving is awesome. You can learn to dive, advance your skills with loads of different courses or just come fun bubbling. Lots of wildlife, plenty of white tip reef sharks, rays and eels. Always big schools of jacks and surgeons. Its pretty much year round but vis is most reliable between december and may. If you want something thats a little bit more adventurous scuba diving is it! Kids can start with special adventure programs from as young as 8. If scuba may be a little too much adrenaline then, Snorkelling tours are great for the whole family as well with such an abundance of life just moments away from shore. With the tropical heat its just great to be in the water.

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    Waterfall Rappelling

    by DEBBBEDB Updated Aug 28, 2010

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    The tour company calls this "Canyoning"

    We were the only ones doing this and for the four of us there were three guides. Since it was the green season, it was raining, but it didn't matter, we were wet anyway!! We rappelled down the falls and the climbed back up (photo 3)

    The website says that the Tour includes :
    7 am: Transportation , breakfast , equipment
    professional guides , 4WD safari ride , mountain hiking ,
    180 - foot waterfall climbing , 180 - foot waterfall rappelling ,
    40 - foot free fall adventure , swimming , Snacks ,
    photography service

    Going down From the bottom looking up My daughter going up At the bottom of the waterfall Looking down from the top of the falls
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    Zip Lines

    by DEBBBEDB Updated Aug 28, 2010

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    The family had two things they particularly wanted to do in Costa Rica and zip lines was one of them. We drove up to Manuel Antonio and then booked the zip lines and all we could get was the 2 pm one. But it was quite fun, and we enjoyed it even though there were a lot of other people doing it at the same time.

    The Titi Canopy Tour had 16 platforms four of which are build on the ground and the other twelve hang 90 feet above it from trees.

    daughter on zip line My son our daughter Son suited up for zip line Three of us ready for the zip line
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    White Water Rafting

    by DEBBBEDB Written Aug 28, 2010

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    The other thing we wanted to do here was white water rafting. We have done the rafting in other locations and we wanted to try it again. My son and husband were in the front of the raft and my daughter and I were in the back. It was raining (it was the green season) but it didn't matter we were wet anyway.

    This was a half day trip. It was pretty strenuous. My son was too tired (after waterfall rappeling and white water rafting) to eat dinner.

    Naranjo River: Class III – IV (green season) challenging for more experienced paddlers
    Cost : Half day (4 Hours) $79

    In the raft Ready for rafting
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    Rafting w/H2O Adventures

    by lewins Updated Jun 20, 2009

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    I went rafting in November to the Naranjo River and it was great. Before the rafting trip starts they walk you down a spice farm and show you cinnamon trees, lemon grass, hombre grande (a terrible tasting plant use to kill germs in your stomach) and vanilla. The rafting was a lot of fun, the river was big and you can tell they love what they are doing. A kayaker came along with the raft for safety and it looked as he was dancing down the rapids.
    They kept telling me to come back in January because the rafting was even better and so I did. The upper section of the Naranjo is called Chorro and it was crazy fun. I totally recommend this trip for adventure seekers. They are the only ones who run this section so be sure you ask for CHORRO!

    Chorro Rapid
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    Quepos - No night life and Boring

    by CaptHookUp Updated Oct 21, 2008

    While the tour operators, booking agents and travel agencies in Quepos will try and tell you otherwise, The nighgtlife in Quepos is pretty much non-existant. Quepos is dead after 7pm. Other than a few restaurants and it's proximity to Manuel Antonio Park, I wouldnt suggest booking a whole vacation to Quepos to anyone. The place is dirty, and dumpy, and it is flat out boring.

    If you'd like a real vacation with great nightlife, the best variety of Restaurants, Accommodations, Tours, and much more to see and do, book your vacation to the Jaco Beach & Los Suenos area. It's the most popular destination in the country. The fishing is also better out of the Los Suenos-Jaco Beach area than it is out of Quepos.

    Manuel Antonio National Park & Wildflife Reserve is only an hour drive South of Jaco. It makes for a great day trip, where you could see the park, the wildlife, and the beaches there then get back to the livliest and most fun place to visit in all of Costa Rica. Jaco Beach.

    There have been a lot of improvements to the Jaco Beach area over the last 6 months, and despite the abundance of out-dated negative reports and reviews about Jaco, they have really cleaned it up, made it safer, and have further improved everything about it.

    It's the #1 destination in Costa Rica for good reason, and thousands of visitors every year that were lucky enough to choose Jaco Beach as the place to visit in Costa Rica have enjoyed the best Costa Rica vacations there.

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    Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

    by static1 Updated Oct 31, 2006

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    Well, if you're in this area, how can you not do Manuel Antonio.

    A couple things for first timers. Manuel Antonio sits at the end of the main road coming from Quepos. There are relatively no side roads. The bus runs every 30 minutes and will take you right to the park (it's virtually impossible to get on the wrong bus). Learn the buses!

    The park costs around $7.00 (under 12 free). Near the park, you will be confronted by people wanting to be guides. We were offered prices (for 4 people) from $50 to $160. I'm sure we could have found one cheaper, but we weren't interested. You absolutely do not need a guide, and the park is too small and too well marked to get lost. That said, a guide will almost guarantee that you will see snakes, monkeys, sloths etc., as they keep in touch with each other and let each other know the animals' locations. Some also supply food, and have very powerful telescopes that you can take pictures through.
    The choice is yours, but be sure and get a good rate.

    We went during the rainy season and had most of the trails to ourselves. The main beach was the most crowded (20 people) and is where we saw the most wildlife (monkeys, raccoons, and a large German couple changing out of their swimsuits in front of everyone). Watch your possessions! There was a raccoon going from bag to bag seeing what kind of goodies he could steal. This baby was not shy.

    The park is beautiful, with well marked trails and gorgeous beaches. There is no sense of roughing it. At times they have a concessions stand open, there are bathrooms, primitive showers if you go swimming, and even pay phones. It's still beautiful though. None of it has pavement, or sidewalks.

    It's mostly like going to a large nature center, but an extremely beautiful one with wonderful beaches.

    If you take the back way out down the service road, you will exit by some small hotels that are tucked away in the woods. There are some small stands here selling food and drinks. As you exit, make a left to get back to the main road.

    Very wet, very green
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    Canopy Tours

    by static1 Updated Oct 31, 2006

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    Of course you have to do one! They're fun, they're safe, and when you get home, everyone will ask if you did a canopy tour. There are plenty, but we did Canopy Safari. They pick you up at the hotel, take you on the canopy tour, give you lunch, and if you ask nice, they stop at a small roadside bar on the way back.

    Obviously we can't compare to the other tours, but these guys were great. The guides were lively, great with the kids, and really seemed to enjoy what they were doing. Plus they were very safety conscious. You're never unhooked from a line, and they do all the coupling and uncoupling for you.

    In case you're not familiar, canopy tours involve taking a drive out to the forest, getting hooked up to a cable, and rolling down it along the tree tops. It is an absolute blast and requires no skill or special knowledge. The guides hook you up and are always in control. You can hang upside down, spin around or whatever. It's exhilarating. The actual zip lines probably wouldn't be too much of a problem if you have height issues, but on this tour you have to repel twice from platforms located 100ft or more up a tree. That seemed to give people the most problems. Again, the guides let you do some of the work, but ultimately control your decent, so you can't go smashy smashy on the ground.

    For kids, we took our 7 & 12 year olds, and they absolutely loved it.

    It was about $60 per person. and it goes from like 8:00am to 1:00pm. They will try to sell you a photo CD of your adventures for about $25 a person.

    Bad Devo impersonation Roadside bar on the way home
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    Horseback Riding

    by static1 Written Oct 30, 2006

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    We took a fun trip to a waterfall on horseback. It was very peaceful, and the scenery was amazing. We booked through Ranchos Los Tucanes (Several people recommended Finca Valmy, but we booked at the last minute and had trouble reaching them). The horses seemed a bit on the old side, but still had spirit. Our guide, Hugo, made sure we enjoyed ourselves, helped out with the kids, and even joined us swimming to show us where to go. The trip takes place just outside of a town called London, where Hugo grew up.

    This cost about $50 per person.

    The Magnificent Four At the ol' swimmin' hole
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  • Sportfishing

    by 7774444 Written Oct 27, 2006

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    The waters off Quepos are teaming with life. There have been over 100 IGFA records set for fish caught in these waters. December through march is the prime time to catch sailfish, it is not uncommon for one boat to land a dozen sails in a day. There is also a large selection of other species including marlin, Mahi-Mahi, tuna, wahoo, snapper, snook and roosterfish. Dont go home and wished you had fished.

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    National Park: Hike the Mirador Trail

    by Kindra Written Sep 14, 2006

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    Follow the signs in the park- it is 800 metres up a small trail to see the National park from above- wear good footwear and don't go up if it has been raining a lot as the trail can get very muddy and slippery.

    View from Mirador of Park below Jungle along the trail

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    Enjoy the public beach on a beautiful day

    by Kindra Written Sep 14, 2006

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    The downside of the national park is the daily entrance fee and big crowds of tourists. When it is nice, you don't have to pay anything to sit on the public beach unless you want to spend a few bucks to rent a beach chair and umbrella! Men will come up and down the beach with wares to buy, offers to get you lunch or drinks or my favourite, the sno-cone man!

    Be vigilant about your things on the beach- don't leave them unattended and hold onto them if you are sleeping!

    Playa Espadilla  Norte Playa Espadilla  Norte

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