Quepos is a harbor town located in the province of Puntarenas in the Central Pacific Zone. This town is named after the indigenous people of the area, the Quepos natives. Quepos also is well known for its proximity to the most visited National Park in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio National Park. The town of Quepos is very tourist friendly. It has a wide variety of restaurants, clubs, bars, a marina, banks, post office, and shopping. Also, a fully functioning, world-class marina adds to the appeal of this charming beach community! If you are a keen sport fisher, you will find that Quepos can offer you just what you need. Quepos has built up a reputation as one of the most visited Big-game sport locations!
Whether you are a novice or a veteran of the deeps, Quepos is bound to offer you some world class fishing. You can take charter tours with bilingual experts and go inshore as well as offshore. Be prepared to hook the marlin, sailfish, snapper, amberjack, wahoo, dorado and many more!
There are some stunning beaches in close proximity of Quepos. Playa Espadilla runs from downtown Quepos to the entrance of Manuel Antonio National Park. Manuel Antonio’s Biesanz Bay has what is considered one of the most beautiful ocean views on the Pacific Coast. The Quepos area is an aquatic playground. You can kayak along the beautiful coast, take a catamaran tour to see dolphins, jet ski, boat, or go parasailing.
Manuel Antonio National Park
The guided Manuel Antonio National Park tour is a must do! Described as an “outdoor zoo” by visitors, the variety of wildlife species is remarkable. There are great zip lining options in this area as well as rafting and tubing adventures for all ages. Make sure to take a night tour and spot some of the more elusive yet equally beautiful nocturnal creatures.
Marina Pez Vela
The opening of the Marina Pez Vela in Quepos has dramatically changed the town and local area. This impressive Marina opened in 2014 and currently holds water slips for 200 boats. Additionally, the Marina has become the hub for many activities including international Fishing Tournaments, boat rentals, stand up paddle boarding and catamaran tours, to name just a few. You can also spoil yourself with some world class dining and enjoy live music.
Visit between December and May for dry weather: These months are the Costa Rican dry season and when visiting beaches, this is your best option.
Fishing season: The high season for fishing runs from December to August. So if you are looking to fish, mark your calendar for these months.
Festival del mar: If you would like to experience a month of parties, concerts and parades, visit in February. Prepare yourself for a wonderful but super busy time!
If you are traveling from San Jose, you can take advantage of the domestic flights to Quepos airport (XQP). This is by far your fastest option as Quepos airport is located at only 5 km from town. You can take a shuttle or rent a car as well, but you will have to prepare for a 160 km trip!
Quepos has quite a few high quality dining options and you will definitely not go hungry. Sea food lovers will adore the Z Gastro Bar at Marina Pez Vela. This restaurant is mainly known for their amazing fish platters and shrimp cocktails. But vegans are also welcome! For a more international flair, visit Gabrialla’s Steak Seafood and Pasta!
Where to stay
The Gaia Hotel and Reserve is a gorgeous 5-star boutique resort. Enjoy the Manuel Antonio jungle from the comforts Gaia Hotel’s supreme luxury. You can take advantage of the highly rated on-site restaurant, pool, rainforest spa and full-service gym.In fact, as a 2015 World Travel Award Nominee, it lives up to all expectations and promises to leave you in awe.