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Central Pacific

There is much to see and do in the Central Pacific, where the country’s natural diversity coexists with tourism development. Aerial Trams, golfing, deep sea fishing, water sports, bird watching and canopy tours combine with many beach resorts to create a relaxed coastal atmosphere with golden sunsets. A number of renowned national parks such as Carara National Park minutes from Jaco, and private reserves allow visitors to enjoy the beauty of this area.

The Central Pacific includes numerous beaches such as Jacó, Manuel Antonio, Esterillos, Palo Seco, Dominical, Ballena Beach and many more. The region also includes Manuel Antonio National Park, just south of Quepos and nearly 100 miles from San Jose; it is perhaps the area’s most popular park, due to its expansive white sand beaches backed by tropical forest. These forests, mangroves; are home to varied fauna amid a lush and exciting coast.

Find fun for all tastes. Your visit may begin with the islands on this shore that offer visitors nice beaches to sunbathe, swim, snorkel, have a boat ride, or peacefully share the surrounding nature found in the rainforests. In the central area you may find attractive places, like Puntarenas, with the landing of cruise ships on its pier, its famous gastronomy, offering well-known and varied seafood dishes, like "ceviche" (marinated/pickled fish in lemon and/or vinegar) and baked whole fish.

Other specialties of the region are the "churchil", made with frappée ice and different flavors, condensed and powdered milk and ice cream, "mate" and fruit salads. For the area of the Middle Pacific, you will find exuberant landscapes where sun, beach and forests combine, mainly where there is some kind ofprotection, in national parks such as Manuel Antonio and Marino Ballena.

On the other hand, for surf lovers, the beaches of Jacó and Hermosa have the ideal conditions for the practice of this sport. At night, these tourist centers fill with fun and enjoyment, so you may expect to have great moments. All the beaches of the area have comfortable accommodations in the different hotels available. There's easy access thanks to the International Airport Juan Santamaría, from where you continue by land for approximately 3 hours, until reaching the desired destination.

Manuel Antonio

Because of its location, in the very center of the Central Pacific coast, the many attractions and activities, the facilities and convenience of the town of Quepos and its airport connection to San Jose, Manuel Antonio is a natural hub for this great region of Costa Rica. In fact it is the # 1 visited region in the country. The town of Manuel Antonio is spread out on a hill, along 7 kilometers, where you will find many options for accommodation, from cozy Little Hotels to deluxe resort, romantic beach front, all surrender by nature and magic. Guest will enjoy coffee with a monkey in the afternoons or a massage with the ocean whispering in mystery.

Recommendable to hire a car to get around or you could take the local bus that goes up and down the town all day for $1 per ride, taxis available too. A mix of adventure, relaxation and good dinning and great accommodation, wildlife and night life detrainment has made this site a favorite of all ages!!! Amazing mountain views and lots of green all over will make your stay at this area a very relaxing one!

Jaco

The Central Pacific Region of Costa Rica is a narrow strip of coastal land that stretches from north of Jaco to south of Manual Antonio. Sandy beaches and protected wildlife are two primary draws to this area. The magnificent beaches, flanked by spectacular cliffs, create an awe-inspiring landscape; and with its combination of ocean panorama and lush tropical vegetation.

Dominical

This is about 30 minute drive down south from Manuel Antonio on a recently fixed road, this hidden gem is also a great place. The most popular attraction is whale observation from June to December… Only a few miles away, you would have the opportunity to admire hatchback whales with their babies, I have seen it and it is a lifetime experience, an overwhelming feeling to realize how powerful the creatures of God are! This area has not been developed yet, but for this reason is even more beautiful.

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