Central Pacific Region Costa Rica
The Central Pacific Region is one of the most popular touristic destinations of Costa Rica, if not the most popular of all. Itâ€™s easy to access, with several routes to get there and also domestic flight availability. The distance from San JosÃ© is short, within one hour in the shortest driving route, and offers many beautiful beaches, vibrant coast towns and ideal conditions for great vacations and tour packages.
Starting in Puntarenas and Caldera, you will find many Costa Rica hotels for all budgets and preferences. If you continue traveling southeast, you will find other places like Carara National Park, Tarcoles River, Punta Leona, Herradura, JacÃ³, Hermosa, Quepos and the popular Manuel Antonio National Park, with its dense green vegetation and many bird species that make it a must for Costa Rica birding tours.
The town, called Manuel Antonio, has a huge number of hotels, restaurants and Costa Rica luxury resorts with breath taking views of the Pacific Ocean. It is a crowded place and can be expensive, but the experience is worth it. You can also stay at Quepos, 5 miles away, a touristic, fishing town with its own landing strip, hotels and burgeoning nightlife.
Another popular town is Jaco, visited by many local and foreign tourists, 75 minutes away from San Jose and perfect for adventure travel, along with its neighbor town Playa Hermosa, which hosts an annual surf contest. Near Jaco, you will find Herradura and Punta Leona, two of the most beautiful beaches in the Central Pacific.
Another great place to visit in this region is Puntarenas city, a portuary town with great local sea food.
A more laid back vibe can be found at Dominical, 1 hour southeast of Quepos, great for experienced surfers and with excellent beach hotels. There are many secluded beaches, like Uvita, perfect for relaxing or just taking the sun.