Travel Experta’s Interesting Facts – So Much To Do In Quepos & Manuel Antonio, Central Pacific

The Quepos / Manuel Antonio area is one of those parts of Costa Rica that I love because it has a bit of everything for every taste. From cheap hotels to luxury resorts, world class restaurants & tons of activities available.

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ATV Tours

Exploring cattle farms and African palm plantations on an all-terrain vehicle has never been this daring before. Half-day tours include a swimming pit stop in a cool waterfall.

Boating, Canoeing & Sea Kayaking

Kayak or ride a covered-boat to Damas Island. These tours take you through the famous lush mangrove forests, estuaries and backwater canals full of all kinds of wildlife including crocodiles.

Canopy Tours

Canopy tours abound in this neck of the woods, all offering naturalist guides with the canopy. You can even get a combo deal of zip lines, rappel lines, suspension bridges, waterfalls and Tarzan swings.

Dolphin and Whale Watching

When the season is right, spotted dolphins, migrating humpback whales and sea turtles is easy in the waters off of Quepos and Manuel Antonio.


You’ve got plenty of casinos all around this area to try your luck at: Hotels Byblos, Kamuk and Divismar, and Club Atlantis.


With well-marked, easily accessible hiking trails of Manuel Antonio both novice and seasoned hikers will get their money’s worth. Plus you can sign up for a night tour and see creatures normally asleep during the morning hike.

Horseback Riding

What better way to really check out the rainforests and mountains of this area than on the back of a horse. Most tours visit waterfalls for refreshing swims.

Jet Skis

Take a 2.5 hour tour to isolated bays, beaches and islands. Tours include a trained guide and jet skis. Also enjoy a sunset tour.

Mountain Biking

Biking tours take you through the back country roads of neighboring farming communities and mountains.


Naranjo and Savegre rivers offer Classes II to IV rapids.

Sailing and Catamaran Cruises

You can reserve a spot on beautiful catamarans and majestic sailboats daily for half-day or sunset tours. Most tours include snorkeling, dolphin watching, and a fresh seafood lunch with open bar.


You have two options in spoiling yourself in Manuel Antonio:
1. Check into a full-service day where you get natural treatments using tropical fruits, therapeutic hot stone and oriental massages, body wrap and scrubs, facials, pedicures, body scrubs, and all kinds of pampering packages.
2. Or, let the spa come to you.

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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

Snorkeling tours of all sorts are available here. You can choose a half-day excursion aboard a catamaran that features sailing, dolphin watching and fresh lunches or take a tour to coral reefs which host colorful schools of fish. Diving is also available here. Check out the live coral reefs in the open water.

Sport Fishing

This is the place where world class sport fishing is great year round:
* Marlin
* Sailfish
* Mahi mahi
* Wahoo
* Roosterfish
* Tuna
* Billfish

Surfs Up!

Want to surf like a pro and hit those hot surf spots with gusto? Well you’re in the right place. Surf shops and surf schools offer instruction for all levels with board rental.
1. Quepos: Directly in front of town the river mouth breaks mostly left and is best when the surf is big.
2. Manuel Antonio: Great beginner surfable waves are along the Manuel Antonio stretch of beach. Take your pick on these ideal waves for all surfing levels of lefts and rights.

Photo by:

Manuel Antonio National Park – Robert101; Tour in Manuel Antonio – ep_broughton

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About Marina Kuperman Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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