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Quepos
Puerto Quepos drapes itself across a tropical inlet surrounded by primary rainforest. The village center is a delightful six-block square of restaurants, bars, hotels, bakeries, art galleries and gift shops, all fronted by the main beach and sportfishing fleet. Quepos is growing quickly yet maintains many of its sleepy and humble beginnings.

Quepeños are great celebrators of life and seem to make dancing in the streets a local pastime. The high season runs through the drier months of December to April and explodes during the Festival del Mar, a month long party held each February that features concerts, sporting events, parades and a street carnival with dancers from across the country. Quepos fills to the brim with families, surfers, backpackers, ecotourists, blissed-out scientists and gay jet-setters, all as colorful and intriguing as the flora and fauna surrounding the village. The ever-friendly locals take it all in stride, going out of their way to make sure everyone has a good time.

Tourism is now the area's leading employer as Quepos evolves from its banana growing roots into a premier holiday destination. After the demise of the Quepoa Indians in the late 1800's, vast banana plantations were developed throughout the region. Bananas were shipped to world markets across the docks that now service the sportfishing fleet. In the 1980's bananas lost out to heartier African palms and their high quality palm oil. As Quepos diminished in importance as a banana port, it renewed itself as an ecotourism and sportfishing destination. World travelers are discovering the area, with many visitors purchasing homes and returning each year to enjoy the relaxing village lifestyle and natural beauty of nearby Manuel Antonio.

Quepos is a small town some 160 km from San Jose in Puntarenas province. Located on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, Quepos is a beautiful place to enjoy a nice relaxing weekend. A three-hour drive from San Jose, you will need to pass through the towns of Atenas, Orotina, Tarcoles, Jaco and Parrita on the way here. A quick way to get here would be to fly in on a domestic flight from the Juan Santa Maria International Airport, and then take a quick drive to Quepos.

Well known throughout the country as a key fishing town, Quepos offers tourists not only fantastic fishing opportunities but also plenty of other activities to indulge in as well. This town has a number of reasonably priced hotels, accommodations and luxury resorts scattered all over the place, as well as many fine restaurants, lounges and bars. The town center is a charming square filled with many eateries, hotels, art galleries and shops, all situated on the beach front. If you happen to visit here during festival times, the streets are filled with dancing, parades and concerts.

With an interesting atmosphere that is all its own, the best time to visit Quepos is between January and April, when the weather is dry. Though peak fishing season lasts from December to August, March and April can get pretty hot, while September brings a lot of rain.

Quepos has some of the best game fishing in the world with marlin, sailfish, snapper, Amberjack, Wahoo, Dorado, Yellow fin and big eye tuna, and roosterfish found in abundance here. Angling enthusiasts can fish inshore or offshore, and can even fly fish here as well. If fishing is not your thing, you can enjoy canopy tours, horseback riding, kayaking, rafting, and surfing here as well.

This town is also important as it is the closest to the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park that is 7 km south of here. Besides tourists coming here, Quepos is also frequented by many international leading scientists and naturalists, who come here to study this region’s fantastic variety of flora and fauna.
Location  
Province: Puntarenas
Zone: Quepos
 Located in a National Park
Activities  
 Surfing
 Fishing
 Ecology
 Honeymoon
 Scuba - Diving
 Hiking
 Mountain Biking
 Horseback Riding
 Rafting
 Paragliding
 Kayaking
 Canopy
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