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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 16, 2015
Getting to Quepos  (6 Answers)

If I am going to Quepos is SJO the only airport to fly into? And if so what is the travel time from Quepos?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 12, 2014
Safety in Manuel Antonio  (3 Answers)

Is Manuel Antonio safe?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 08, 2012
**Need a ride!! ** Couple and their well-behaved dog *San Jose to Quepos*  (2 Answers)

Hi everyone

Me and my boyfriend and our dog are relocating to Quepos and ideally wish to leave tomorrow from San Jose. I'm aware the buses don't take dogs so it appears our only option so far is a private shuttle which costs around200. (I didn't think that through when I adopted my dog!)

I appreciate this is such short notice but if anyone has any ideas for a more economical way to get there or if anyone is travelling to Quepos in the next couple of days and would be willing to take the three of us we'd be more than willing to pay gas money. Unfortunately renting a car is not an option as my purse was stolen with my driving licence in it a few months ago :(

Thanks so much for your time.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 04, 2012
bus  (1 Answer)

is there any bus from nosara to quepos?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 10, 2012
Safety In Quepos  (2 Answers)

Hi folks! We're traveling there soon. Anything we need to be aware of other than the usual picpockets? Any new scams out there? Thx!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 21, 2010
shopping/marina  (2 Answers)

Are there more places to shop in Quepos than when we were ther in 02? Has the marina chaged very much?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 19, 2010
place to stay  (2 Answers)

Where is the nicest place to stay in Quepos? We would like to take day trips from there.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 28, 2010
Staying in Quepos for a week, visiting Carara and San Jose for a day - suggestions?  (4 Answers)

We are staying at a time share in Quepos for a week so of course we are spending most of our time at Manuel Antonio Park, but we also want to go see some Macaws at Carara and will be spending our last day in San Jose and we're looking for suggestions of great trips, hikes, excursions, etc.

We've been told driving isn't the easiest, so at this point we are thinking we will only rent a car from Quepos to San Jose so if you have any suggestions of places to check out between the two, or any places to visit in San Jose, that would be much appreciated. From the bit of reading I've done it sounds like Carara isnt a place we can kill a whole day - should we stop off at Jaco? How easy/affordable is it to find somebody to drive us to both places.

We're primarily interested in wildlife, birds, beaches, kayaking, hiking (mild to moderately strenuous) - any excursions in Manuel Antonio you'd recommend or recommend we stay away from?

Thanks in advance for the info - we're leaving in a few weeks and getting very excited about finally going on our honeymoon!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 25, 2009
Titi Canopy or Canopy Safari  (2 Answers)

There is a group of 8 adults and we are having trouble deciding which zipline tour to take. It is either Titi Canopy or Canopy Safari. Some of us have ziplined in the past so fear isn't an option. We know that both tours are highly recommended. We want the funnest, and most thrilling.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 13, 2009
Going to Quepos May 25-June 3rd - WHAT TO DO?  (10 Answers)


I am going to Quepos from May 25th to June 3rd, and I have a bunch of questions which I'm hoping someone can help me out with! We're flying into San Jose, and are thinking about renting a car for the week so we can drive around - are there other, better options (i.e. busses, shuttles, etc)? How long is the drive from San Jose to Quepos?

We are staying in Parador Resort and Spa - has anyone heard of it or what it's like?

We are staying in Quepos the entire time, but plan on doing many excursions and day trips - any suggestions for the best ones?

Finally, I've heard a lot about the green season in CR. Should I expect mostly rain? Should I pack warm clothes? AND...WILL I BE ABLE TO GO SWIMMING and lay out on the beach?!!!?? - or is it too cold???

Sorry about all the questions - any info will help, I am just looking to be as prepared as possible :)

Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 12, 2009
Traveling Light  (2 Answers)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 05, 2008
Nightlife?  (4 Answers)

We are traveling to Quepos for a week in June with 4 kids in their 20's. We see many pictures of the Quepos Streets and read about the nightlife, but every picture of the streets or bars looks practically vacant. We're concerned they will be bored to death. Can anyone give us additional info? Thank you very much for the help!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 09, 2008
In Quepos staying at the Best Western Kamut looking for friends (March 14-15)

My best friend and I are going to be in Quepos March 14-15 looking for some fun people that may want to hang in a group. I am on the right and both my buddy and I are fun and like to have fun.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 08, 2008
Buses from Quepos to Jaco  (3 Answers)


Can anyone give me any info on buses that go from Quepos to Jaco? Things like schedules, total travel time, cost. My husband and I are planning on traveling from Quepos to Jaco late April of this year and would preferably want to leave early in the morning.

Thanks for your suggestions!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 15, 2008
resol777  (2 Answers)

are there no cheap places to stay that are geared for surfers moving day to day?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 13, 2008
Young crowd  (3 Answers)

Just wanted to know what the night life was like during the week? I have a big group of young people who like to party, is Manuel Antonio the place?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 02, 2007
Costa Rica in November  (1 Answer)

I will be in San Jose and Quepos in Novmeber... anyone live there?? I have a condo/hotel in Quepos but I think it is about 10 minutes North of Manual Antonio, I am looking for anyone that has ever sayed up in the fishing town north of Manual antonio- are there beaches in North Quepos, Has anyone ever stayed in CONDOHOTEL LAS CASCADAS???

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 26, 2007
Manuel Antonio Spring Break  (2 Answers)

My family will be staying at Buena Vista Villas. We plan to go rafting one day, canopy tour and ATV tours other days. Do we need long pants for canopy tour? Is it cool enough at night for a jacket? How far is the Savegre River from Manuel Antonio? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 19, 2007

How long does will it take to drive (4W drive vehicle) on a Sunday morning in May from Quepos to:
a) Dominical?
b) San Jose Airport via Jaco?
c) San Jose Airport via San Isidro?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 24, 2006
Kayaking Damas Island Mangrove Estuaries

I will be in Manuel Antonio for 2 full days and there are two things I want to do: tour the park with a guide and kayak Damas Island mangrove.

I think it might be a little much to do both the same day ...

but I was wondering if anyone had any experiences with any of the kayak tour companies they could share ...

and also what is the best time to see most animals in MA park? Hopefully not too early ...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 16, 2005
Makanda by the sea and travel questions  (1 Answer)

Hi we are staying at the makanda by the sea in quepos for 7nights in end of feb-march I was wondeing how easy it is to go to other hotels and check out there restaurants and bars?..We would like to get to meet people and mingle but also love the fact that we have are secluded privacy at home to go back to..I wanted to see if its walking distance to an area that has nightlife and shops etc or if we have to take a cab.Or any ideas you would have re things to go check out in the area.
thanks so much

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 30, 2005
makanda by the sea question  (2 Answers)

My fiancee and I are planning our honeymoon to stay at the Makanda by the sea hotel and have heard mainly good reviews however the bad ones we have heard were that the customer service was bad, some did not have balconys or Ac,also some were very far of a walk from getting to the front area and they felt stuck in there rooms..I have heard many other good things but I just wanted to check before we booked the hotel that this was untrue or if it would be better to reserve a certain room..I think we are looking at getting a studio and I am not quite sure on the differences between the villas or studios..anyone whom has stayed there or heard of anwnsers to any of my questions would be so amazingly wonderful to respond..we are taking our honeymoon first week in march 2006 so im trying to hurry and get all the info i can..thanks again

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 08, 2005
Anyone been to Hotel Coco Beach in Manual Anotnio? Other suggestions?  (3 Answers)

We're planning our second trip to Manuel Antonio (stayed at La Mariposa last time). This trip is primarily for photogrpahing wildlife, so we're looking for less expensive accommodations.
Has anyone stayed at the Coco Beach Hotel?

The location looks great - walking distance to the park and the beach - but I can't find mention of it in any forums.
Anyone know of a cheap place to stay in Manuel Antonio? Our only requirements are clean, safe, and air conditioning.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 19, 2005
I've booked it it's official  (5 Answers)

Im booked and ready June 14-24!!! I know it is supposed to be the rainy season, but im sure there will be plenty to do. Im staying at the hostel Vista Serena in Manuel Antonio. Any insight on the area and what to do with my ten days in paradise. One Love.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 18, 2005
complications with Colones, Costa Rican that is  (2 Answers)

Im planing a trip to CR very soon and was wondering how far my dollar will go when I exchange my currency. I am aware of the exchange rate, but am unfamiliar as to what a cup of coffe, dinner, or a night at the bar would run me in Costa Rican colones? Thanks for helping a virgin costa rica explorer!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 10, 2005
Snorkeling in Manuel Antonio?  (3 Answers)

Looking for info on snorkeling in Manuel Antonio. Best spots... best times of day... best place to rent gear (or should we use a guided tour). I will be in Quepos/Manuel Antonio in the middle of May. Any help would be appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 25, 2005
Horseback riding in the rainforest at Manuel Antonio ???  (1 Answer)

I'm in early planning for a trip to Costa Rica & Panama. I'll only be able to squeeze in a one day & one night stay in the Manuel Antonio area (perhaps leave mid-day on following day). To maximize my time there I guess I'll need to fly from San Jose, instead of take the bus. That should let me arrive quite early in the morning. There are two things I'd like to be able do:
1. a half day of horseback riding in the rainforest, and
2. about a half day to properly see Manuel Antonio Park.
Since I will have such a short time there I may need to go directly to the horse trip when I first arrive at the Quepos airport. I think I'll need to set this one up ahead of time.

Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions on this? Do you know of any good companies for horseback riding trips there? ...the time the trips start? ...costs? Also open to other ideas for what to do in this area.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 03, 2005
Manuel Antonio Acitivites  (1 Answer)

We've got three full days for activities...what to do, what to do????????? Hiking, rafting, etc.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 27, 2005
Manuel Antonio to Puerto Limon  (1 Answer)

How feasible is it to travel from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Limon - is there a bus or do you have to travel by private car?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 04, 2004
Tamarindo or Manuel Antonio  (4 Answers)

Hello, my family and I will be traveling to Costa Rica in December 2004. We have already made reservations to stay at Arenal and Monteverde, but we have three more nights at CR and the problem is where else can we stay. Tamarindo or Manuel Antonio? Besides the parents, our ages range from 20 to 28 years old. We would like to stay in an area where we can just relax and enjoy the beauty of CR, but at the same time enjoy the nightlife available to us (clubs, bars, restaurants) and other activities during the day. Can someone recommend which area to stay in CR that can provide us this? Also can anyone give me feedback on Hotel Barcelo Playa Langosta and Hotel La Mariposa? Thanks

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