Costa 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you like crocodiles than come to this bridge and look over the edge. They don't call it Crocodile bridge for no reason.
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.
Apart from getting your adrenaline levels high, you are going to meet the true wilderness of 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 is a natural reserve on 300 hectares of pristine Costa Rica land. Contain both Dry-forest and Rainforest, abounding with life.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 Beach is the place to be ! Feel the direct contact with nature, feel relaxed, happy and in harmony with Mother Earth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.