Costa Rica’s Central Pacific

Find World Class Surf in Jaco, visit the National Park in Manuel Antonio and beyond!

The clear waters and sculpted coastline offer the perfect setting for surfing or just a relaxing vacation. Ideal for Surfing that big wave or relaxing on a sandy beach. The Central Pacific is home to an uncountable amount of animals; such variety extends from the dry rainforests of the region. When you visit, make sure to bring your flip flop beach towel and a surfboard. Your sure to have a great time here. The beach towns of Manuel Antonio, Jaco and Dominical, Esterillos, and Playa Hermosa are the real top destinations in this Region.

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Beautiful Beaches, Great Hotels, So much to See & Do!

Costa Rica Pacific Coast is easily accessible from the capital city of San José. The newly built highway can take you through beautiful countryside from the town to the coast in just over an hour. This area is characterized by its’ small coastal villages and several well-developed resort areas. It’s mixed with palm plantations that stretch down the length of the coastline. Also, there are several beach towns that are popular with visitors to the area including Jacó Beach, Esterillos, Manuel Antonio and Dominical among others.

Manuel Antonio – A popular beach destination

Surfing, Relaxing on the Beach and Sports fishing are among the most popular activities in the area. Families and couples flock from around the world to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio. Also, home to one of the most popular national parks in the country. Set up a canopy tour, ride ATV’s, go sports fishing or snorkeling and dolphin watching from a catamaran cruise. So much, to see and do in this beautiful area! Manuel Antonio is the most developed beach towns in the area. It offers incredible hotels and resorts, tons of activities. For example, shopping, restaurants, and nightlife to help keep you busy during your stay.

Surf in Jaco, Hermosa, Esterillos & Dominical

Costa Rica Pacific Coast with miles of pristine coastline is a mecca for surfers and ocean enthusiasts from around the world. Here too you’ll find a wide variety of beach breaks that have made Costa Rica famous as a world-class surfing destination. The beach town of Jacó and near Hermosa are world-famous for their consistent surf, nightlife, and party atmospheres. The “World Surfing Championship was held in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica back in August 2009. Esterillos, a bit farther down the coast also offers a less crowded surfing destination for more experienced surfers. Continue down the coast past Manuel Antonio, and you’ll find the legendary Dominical – and off the beaten path destination offering high and consistent waves year round.

Attractions on Costa Rica Pacific Coast

 There are several national parks and reserves in the area, including the Manuel Antonio & Carara National Parks, the Nayuaca Waterfalls among others. This is a nature and adventures lover’s paradise! Why not come and see these amazing destinations. 

Map of Costa Rica’s Central PacificCosta Rica Central Pacific Map

Top Destinations

Playa Herradura

Herradura Beach

Herradura Costa Rica is ideally located in the Central Pacific area of Costa Rica. And convenient to any number of great activities. There will be something for everyone that you are traveling with to do in this area.

Biesanz Beach

Biesanz Beach

What makes Biesanz Beach in Costa Rica so special? It's a beautiful unknown quiet corner surrounded by crowded public beaches in a very busy tourist area between Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park.

Tarcoles River Crocodiles


If you like crocodiles than come to this bridge and look over the edge. They don't call it Crocodile bridge for no reason.

Damas Island Costa Rica Boat

Damas Island Mangrove

Manuel Antonio’s Damas Island is home to one of Costa Rica’s richest and most vital mangrove forests, providing a unique environment for a fascinating, diverse ecosystem.

White Water Rafting Costa Rica Savegre River

White Water Rafting Costa Rica – Savegre River

Apart from getting your adrenaline levels high, you are going to meet the true wilderness of Costa Rica.

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Guacalillo Costa Rica

Guacalillo is a small, rocky beach on the western side of Costa Rica. Located between Puntarenas and Jaco, only 2 hours from the capital. Guacalillo beach is very near to the Tarcoles river and it is a perfect spot for the surfing beginners.

Punta Leona Costa Rica

Punta Leona Costa Rica

Punta Leona is a natural reserve on 300 hectares of pristine Costa Rica land. Contain both Dry-forest and Rainforest, abounding with life.

Carara National Park

Carara National Park

Establish in 1978 as a reserve the Carara National Park gives you a variety of wildlife and plant species to explore. Not far from San Jose!

Manuel Antonio Costa Rica sloth

Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio National Park is definitely on of the Must Sees of this magical country where nature is your host and you let yourself be transported by its magic.

Dominical Costa Rica

Dominical Beach

Surfers and lovers of nature alike have all they ask for in Dominical, far away from the maddening crowd with all they need at their doorstep!

Jaco Beach Aerial View

Jaco Beach

Jaco Beach is the most exciting party Beach of Costa Rica, and its restaurants and bars bring in gourmets in search of a meal with a view over a flamboyant sunset.

Puntarenas beach


The main attractions of Puntarenas are its beautiful exotic beaches, the sunny days and breathtaking views. You will enjoy the beauty of each and every moment spent here.

Playa Hermosa Jaco

Hermosa Beach Near Jaco

Hermosa Beach is known as one of the best surfing beaches in Costa Rica, attracting avid surfers from all over the world and it hosts several Surf Tournaments per year of which the International Quicksilver Surf Championships in August.

Esterillos Costa Rica View

Esterillos Beach

Esterillos Beach is the place to be ! Feel the direct contact with nature, feel relaxed, happy and in harmony with Mother Earth.

Costa Rica Regions and Destinations Map

Southern Zone

Quetzal in the southern ZoneWhy Visit?

Costa Rica’s Southern Zone is where you’ll find the tallest mountains, pristine cloud forest areas, and a virtually unexplored paradise. Find a large variety of birds and just an endless array of biodiversity.  

Things to Do 

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Central Valley

Why Visit?

Cartago Costa RicaCosta Rica’s Central Valley is home to the capital of San José and the Juan Santamaría International Airport. Steeped in History & Culture, many people use the capital as the jumping off point for their vacations.

Things to Do 

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Northern Zone

National Parks of Costa RicaWhy Visit? 

Costa Rica’s Northern Zone is home to the country’s most famous Volcano and Cloud Forest Areas.

You will be amazed at the wildlife and all the biodiversity.

Things to Do 

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Osa Peninsula

Jaguar of Costa RicaWhy Visit?

The Osa Peninsula is truly an unexplored paradise and a must see for nature lovers. If you are looking to get off the beaten path and explore – this is the spot for you.

Things to Do 

Top Destinations


Costa Rica BeachesWhy Visit? 

Guanacaste is home to Costa Rica’s most popular beach destinations and all-inclusive resorts. If you are looking for a beach vacation, this is your destination for sun, sand, and surf.

Things to Do

Top Destinations

Nicoya Peninsula

Beachfront HotelsWhy Visit?

The Nicoya Peninsula is still largely undeveloped and home to some of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches. Known for it’s laid back surfer vibe and boutique beach resorts.

Things to Do 

Top Destinations

Central Pacific

Manuel Antonio National ParkWhy Visit?

Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast is home to some of the closest beaches from the capital of San José, which are easily accessible from the highway.

Things to Do

Top Destinations


Costa Rica's CaribbeanWhy Visit?

Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast is a rich cultural area offering a laid back tropical atmosphere. Experience what Tico Time truly is on this Afro-Caribbean influenced area. 

Things to Do 

Top Destinations


Granada Nicaragua Why Visit?

Nicaragua is a unique country full of culture and historical parts. You can see a lot of the old part of the colonial age including the cobblestone streets and old forts. 

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Panama CanalWhy Visit?

Panama is a totally different level of destination. It has so much to offer. You can experience history and modern architecture all in one in Panama City with skyscrapers and the old part of the city. 

Top Destinations


Manuel Antonio National Park

Central Pacific Hotels

The Central Pacific has many great destinations with some of the best hotels in all Costa Rica. At the top of our list is to stay in Manuel Antonio Hotels. Here are some breathtaking accommodations for you to enjoy on an ultimate trip to Costa Rica. Check out the top hotels below and more in the area here. 

Arenas Del Mar Resort Pool

Arenas Del Mar

Manuel Antonio

Los Suenos Marriott Marina

Los Suenos Marriott


Mekanda Sunspot

Makanda by the Sea

Manuel Antonio

Bungalows in Canopy

Tulemar Resort

Manuel Antonio


Manuel Antonio Travel Packages

Central Pacific Tours

If surfs not your thing, there are plenty of other activities that are available to the visitor on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast. Play a round of golf at Costa Rica’s Legendary “Los Sueños Course” at the Marriott. Hire a charter boat off the marina and go fishing and perhaps catch a marlin, sailfish, tuna, wahoo among others. Families love to take a ride through the rainforest on the aerial tram. Fly through the treetops on a canopy tour, or explore the ocean snorkeling off a catamaran.

Manuel Antonio

Hiking Manuel Antonio National Park

Hiking through the national park you are guaranteed to see amazing wildlife and plant life. See all four of the monkeys in Costa Rica and even a Sloth or two.

Canopy Tours

Canopy Tour

Take a canopy tour through the rainforest of Manuel Antonio. As you swing from one zip line to another you will be sure to see the stunning flora and fauna.

Scuba Diving Costa Rica Adventure

Scuba Diving Costa Rica Adventure

Take the Scuba Diving Costa Rica Adventure and see the underwater world of the Central Pacific. Amazing marine life is all around as you explore the deep blue. 

Costa Rica Sailing

Catamaran Costa Rica Island Adventure

The Catamaran Costa Rica Island Adventure is a luxury cruise off the coast. They take you to the seas, and you might see dolphins and a few other cool things along the way. 

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