Things to do in Quepos

Things to do in  Quepos

Biodiversity on the beach

With a prime position on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, Quepos doubles as a gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park. Visitors come to this small but perfectly formed park to explore its rain forests, lounge on its white-sand beaches, and discover wildlife—from toucans and sloths to squirrel monkeys—on naturalist-led walks. Afterwards, there are more things to do in Quepos proper: pristine coastline attracts sun-seekers and sport-fishers; whale watching season kicks off from midsummer; and the town comes to life every February, when the Festival del Mar (Sea Festival) brings in crowds and entertainment.

Top 3 attractions in Quepos

Rainmaker Park

Brimming with lush forest, wildlife, and waterfalls, Rainmaker Park provides a quieter alternative to the often-crowded Manuel Antonio National Park. As well as being home to animals such as dart frogs, snakes, and butterflies, the off-the-beaten-path attraction offers great forest views from a set of swinging bridges.More

Manuel Antonio National Park

Spread across an area of 1,688 acres (683 hectares), Manuel Antonio National Park is Costa Rica’s smallest national park. Small though it may be, its natural beauty and diverse wildlife are truly impressive, with four pristine Pacific beaches and swaths of rain forest inhabited by sloths, frogs, monkeys, and toucans.More
Eco Termales Fortuna

Eco Termales Fortuna

Among the most natural hot springs in Costa Rica, family-owned and run Eco Termales has springs heated from the heart of the Arenal Volcano. They’re also one of the most romantic and least crowded hot springs in the area, limiting admission to no more than 80 guests twice daily to ensure visitors can enjoy dips in peace surrounded by the rainforest.More

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When to visit

The winter dry season is also the high season in Quepos, with the most popular times to visit from December through April. Quepos’ Festival del Mar happens in February and is also a particularly popular time to visit. Prices are lower in the wet season from May to November, and there are other reasons to visit then, too: namely, the migrating humpback whales, which can be spotted offshore from May through November.

Getting around

Quepos itself is quite walkable and is served by local taxis. There is also a small bus terminal in the center of town, with frequent services that connect Quepos to Manuel Antonio National Park and the capital of San Jose and its airport. There are also services to nearby towns including Jaco, Puntarenas, and Uvita. However, if you plan to do a lot of exploring of the region, a rental car offers the greatest flexibility.

Traveler tips

Quepos is most famous for being the gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park—renowned for its beach and rainforest settings and its wealth of wildlife. But the town is also a top-notch sport-fishing destination, with schools of sailfish, roosterfish, snappers, and marlin found offshore. Book a half- or full-day private fishing charter for the best access. A number of fishing tournaments are also held here each year.


People Also Ask

What is Quepos known for?

Located on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, Quepos is known for being a gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park, where you can explore rainforests, lounge on the beaches, and spot local wildlife on naturalist-led walks. Every July, humpback whales come to the region, staying until November. The area is also known as a sport fishing destination.

How many days is enough in Quepos?

To fully explore Manuel Antonio National Park, plan to spend 2-3 days in Quepos. This allows you to take a naturalist-led walk through the park and a boat trip to Damas Island, as well as swim and relax on a beach. You can also venture outside Quepos for a rafting adventure along the Savegre River.

What activities are popular in Quepos?

Because of its proximity to Manuel Antonio National Park, Quepos attracts tourists looking to explore the site. Inside the park, which is known for its biodiversity, you can hike the trails with a naturalist and spot wildlife including sloths, iguanas, monkeys, and hundreds of species of birds. Quepos also serves as a popular sport fishing destination.

How do you get around Quepos?

Quepos’ small size makes it walkable, though local taxis are also available. A bus terminal in the center of town offers service from Quepos to Manuel Antonio National Park as well as to the capital San Jose and its airport. However, if you plan to visit other areas outside Quepos, you will want to have a car.

Is Quepos crowded?

No. Quepos remains a quaint town, mostly populated by locals, compared to the much more tourist-centric Manuel Antonio area. Because it is a more budget-friendly gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park, you can expect the biggest crowds during the dry season, from December to April, when most people visit the park.

Is Quepos in Costa Rica safe?

Yes, but, as with any travel experience, use common sense when walking around the town, especially after dark. Take a taxi to get around at night. The US Embassy recommends keeping valuables out of sight, not wearing jewelry, traveling in groups, and keeping your passport in a secure place, such as a hotel safe.

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