Quepos is a town located in the Manuel Antonio province of Costa Rica on the Pacific Coast. Manuel Antonio is a popular tourist destination in Costa Rica for backpackers and luxury tourists alike. Manuel Antonio is built up with some of the most luxurious places found in Costa Rica. Unlike the Caribbean coast and the province of Limon, Manuel Antonio features high rise buildings, fancy boutiques, 5 star dining and resorts, and even sidewalks! Many Americans and Europeans seek a vacation there because of the common comforts offered and backpackers who tend to stray a far into more budget and back packer friendly areas visit Manuel Antonio and Quepos just to see what its all about.
Like much of Costa Rica, the list of things to do in Quepos will never go blank. With tour operators, surfing, restaurants and live music, as well as many other activities how can one get bored in Quepos?
Our Favorite Adventures in Quepos
A 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort located in Quepos that offers numerous dive courses, tours, and snorkeling as well. Whether you want to be a Dive Master or simply see a few fish up close and personal, this is the company to go with. Prices range from US$59 to US$700 depending on what sort of adventure you seek. For more information about Oceans Unlimited check out our post all about Oceans Unlimited!
No trip to Costa Rica would be complete without a canopy tour (that would be like going to McDonald’s and never tasting a Big Mac). The country has over 400 canopy tours giving you amazing views of the jungle while sending adrenaline coursing through your veins. Tour rates vary on season, but the average cost is around US$50. If you find yourself with nothing to do in Quepos, its definitely worth the pretty penny to zip through the trees.
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Manuel Antonio National Park
Although it is the smallest national park in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio National Park is the most frequently visited of them all. From lush green mountain tops, to coral reefs and sandy beaches, as well as jungle trails this park offers a wide variety of beautifully preserved sights. With hundreds of different species of insects and wildlife it’s the perfect place to spend a day relaxing. Like all parks and preservations in Costa Rica there is a small fee or donation to enter that is used to fund environmental projects.
ForeTRAX ATV Tours
One of the best ATV tours in the country is offered in Quepos by this company. Go on 3 ½ hours tours or full day tours for rates starting at US$95. Although it costs a bit to enjoy it is well worth it. The tour takes you up and down jungle trails with a bilingual guide who will point out wildlife and guide you to a beautiful waterfall for a relaxing (and chilly!) swim. Afterwards sit down and feast on dinner at the company’s private restaurant. The first tour goes out at 7am and the last goes out 2:30. Reservations are recommended , especially in the high seasons. Must be 16 to drive ATVs.
If these things don’t float your boat check with a local hotel concierge or tour operator for suggestions. The list is truly endless. From surf lessons or dancing to horseback rides and day spas, there is something for everyone.