Along a narrow strip of coastal land lined with stunning mountains and reaching the Pacific coast are the towns of Puntarenas, Caldera, Jaco, Parrita, Quepos, and Manuel Antonio to name a few. These towns were originally fishing villages or ports for the fishermen to disembark their merchandise for sale in town or to send to the city of San Jose. The drive from the Port of Puntarenas to San Jose is one hour and 15 minutes while the farthest town, Manuel Antonio is three hours from San Jose.
The town of Quepos, which is only 15 minutes from Manuel Antonio has a landing strip for local airlines. The only resort hotel to be found in the area is the Marriott Hotel. Every other hotel is small, some boutique style and others family run. Many villas and homes in the area are readily available for private events. Main attractions to the area are deep sea fishing, golf, surfing, ocean sports, horseback riding, river rafting and discovering the beauties of the flora and fauna to be found in the various National Parks.
The Manuel Antonio National Park is one of Costa Rica’s most visited parks in the country. It encompasses rugged rainforest, white sand beaches and coral reefs. Once in the park, you may find a great diversity of tropical plants and wildlife, from three-toed sloths and endangered white faced capuchin monkeys to hundreds of bird species. The Park is approximately 680 hectares of primary and secondary forests.
To visit the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica is very convenient if you arrive to the San Jose International airport. Its various marinas and proximity to San Jose attract people to live there from all over the world.