Manuel Antonio (Mid-Pacific)
The Manuel Antonio in Quepos and the Jaco areas in the Central Pacific Coast are two of Costa Rica’s top beach and nature destinations. This is especially so for the beaches and jungles at Manuel Antonio. This region includes the Marino Ballena national Park just south of Manuel Antonio which is wonderful for whale watching. Here is our a one minute video:
They enjoy sandy beaches with average year- round water temperatures of 82 degrees (28° C) cooled by soft tropical breezes that comfort the soul and establish Manuel Antonio as a jungle paradise.
Manuel Antonio is one of the only two locations in Costa Rica where you can see all four types of monkeys; spider, howler, white faced and the endangered squirrel monkey. The Manuel Antonio National Park is quite small with only 682 hectares however it epitomizes everything you want to see: stunning beaches, a magnificent setting with islands offshore, lush rainforest laced with a network of easy to walk trails, and wildlife galore. The nearby sport fishing town of Quepos has the quaint heritage of its maker, the United Fruit Company. It boasts enough nightlife for the young and not so young to “salsa” until the small hours of the morning at local discotheques While Manuel Antonio relatively remains an eco-friendly area, dining and nightlife are among the best of any beach destination in Costa Rica. At Tachiz Travel we can arrange for an abundance of nearby bilingual guided adventures which promise to keep you busy every day of your stay if you so desire. You can also, as you enjoy the scenery, dream about when in 1519 the legendary Ponce de Leon became the first Spaniard to lay eyes on the twelve miles of rugged coastline comprised of surf swept beaches and protected coves. Most hotels in Manuel Antonio are NOT located in the beach, most are on a hill between the town of Quepos and the beach.
Jaco, on the other hand, is really much more a party beach area, if you are looking for entertainment and hot night life but it has lots of nature oriented activities relatively nearby as well and also a great marina close by at Herradura Beach. Good shopping and surf nearby.
Activities we can arrange in these areas include: Whitewater rafting at the Savegre or Naranjo River, Carara Bilogiocal Reserve hike, hikes at the Manuel Antonio National Park Rainforest and beach, Damas Island Mangrove by boat or kayak, great sport fishing, horseback riding, zip lines, coastal kayak and Snorkeling, surf near Jaco and more.
Weather: The average annual temperatures range from 31.7°C (89°F) on the coast to 16.7°C (62°F) inland. It rains more from May through June & September through November with noticeably drier days during the rest of the year.
Approximate driving distances to Manuel Antonio (deduct 1 hour if going to Jaco): From San Jose 3 hours, from Monteverde 4 and a half hours, from Arenal 5 hours, from Jaco 1 hour, from Guanacaste 5 to 6 hours.