Manuel Antonio and the Central Pacific Coast: Places to Explore

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  • Jacó

    Its proximity to San José has made Jacó the most developed beach town in Costa Rica. Nature lovers and solitude seekers should skip this place, which is known mostly for its nightlife, surf...

  • Manuel Antonio

    You need merely reach the top of the forested ridge on which many of Manuel Antonio's hotels are perched to understand why it is one of Costa Rica's most popular destinations. That sweeping view...

  • Playa Bejuco

    Serious surfers wanting to escape the crowds at Jacó and Playa Hermosa, or anyone simply seeking to stray from the beaten path, need drive only 20 minutes south to Playa Bejuco's relatively...

  • Playa Hermosa

    On the other side of the rocky ridge that forms the southern edge of Jacó Beach is Playa Hermosa, a swath of dark gray sand and driftwood stretching southeast as far as the eye can see with...

  • Playa Herradura

    Just north of bustling Jacó, this small beach town, named for its horseshoe-shaped bay, is made up of hotels, a golf course, and a marina. Once a sleepy fishing village, it has recently...

  • Punta Leona

    Past Tárcoles, the first sizable beach town of the Central Pacific coast is Playa Herradura. In between, the road passes tiny Playa La Pita, then heads inland where it crosses the entrance to...

  • Quepos

    This hot and dusty town is the gateway to Manuel Antonio, and also serves as the area's hub for banks, supermarkets, and other services. Because nearby Manuel Antonio is so much more attractive,...

  • Tárcoles

    Crocodile boat tours on the Río Tárcoles are this small town's claim to fame. You don't actually have to drive to Tárcoles to do the tour, operators can pick you up in Herradura or Jacó....

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