South Pacific Coast Travel Guide
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Fodor's Costa Rica 2014
Plan Your South Pacific Coast Vacation
The South Pacific encompasses everything south of San José, down to the border with Panama, and all the territory west of the Talamanca Mountains, sloping down to the Pacific coast. World-class mountain hikes and bird-watching abound in the highlands, just south of the capital.
Expect reasonable comfort in unbelievably wild settings. Most accommodations are in small hotels, cabins, and lodges run by hands-on owners, many of them...read more
Count on finding lots of fresh fish and tropical fruits on the menu, whether at a roadside soda (casual eatery) serving comida tipica (typical food) or...read more
Things To Do in South Pacific Coast
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
Bird-watching: Yields such beauties as scarlet macaws and the resplendent quetzal.... Read more
Chirripó National Park is all about hiking. The ascent up Mt. Chirripó, the highest mountain in Costa Rica, is the most popular and challenging... Read more
For those who crave untamed wilderness, Corcovado National Park is the experience of a lifetime. Covering one-third of the Osa Peninsula, the... Read more
Great snorkeling, whale-watching, and beachcombing draw visitors and locals to Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (Whale Marine National Park), which... Read more
The South Pacific Zone is Costa Rica's last frontier, with a wealth of protected biodiversity. It's also the cradle of the country's ecotourism... Read more
La Amistad National Park. At more than 1,980 square km (765 square miles), La Amistad is by far the largest park in Costa Rica. However, it's... Read more
Hyatt Hotels Corporation's growing Andaz brand unveiled its latest property, the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo,... Read more
Officials plan to close Costa Rica's two public zoos and free animals due to environmentalist criticism.... Read more
Do you dream about going snout-to-snout with a bear, or at least observing a bear from a safe and responsible... Read more
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