Quepos

 Its name derived from the eponymous indigenous Quepoa tribe that were the first to enjoy the adjacent highlands that is today Manuel Antonio and Quepos’s main tourism draw, San Bernadino de Quepos was established in 1563, one of Costa Rica’s oldest settlements.  A Pacific port for regional early twentieth century banana plantations that were subsequently ravaged by blight, today’s regional economy centers around African palm cultivation.


 

 
The town itself is hot, dirty, smelly, and has a decided underbelly feel to it but has a raft of mid-priced hotels and boasts a vibrant sport fishing industry.  Quepos is the only access point to the commercial mecca of nearby Manuel Antonio as well as Costa Rica’s second most visited National Park, also named Manuel Antonio, which was once named by Forbes Magazines among the twelve most beautiful parks in the world.

Accommodations

Midrange

Cocomar Residencies and Beachfront Hotel
Best Western Hotel and Casino Kamuk
Casa Altamar
Layla Resort and Casino

 

Top Shelf

Clandestino Beach Resort
Condotel Las Cascadas

 


 
 

  Spelunking in nearby Damas Caves, a butterfly farm, and rafting on the bloodcurdling Naranjo and beautiful Savegre Rivers round out local attractions.

 

 For more information on this destination, please see: http://costaricahighways.com/quepos/