Quepos was not really a fun place -- dirty and full of beggars and drug dealers. Manuel Antonio National Park was really nice, got to see howler monkeys and raccoons right on the beautiful beach.
Kirk - USA
I loved Quepos and Manuel Antonio!
I was in Quepos and Manuel Antonio three years ago. I found theses places very interesting and unique due to the great combination of dark green of the tropical forest and the navy blue of the Pacific Ocean. It is absolutely awesome and one of the must see places in the whole world.
The best place to procure your drugs, especially crack or "el puro," is from one of the gypsy taxi drivers behind the bus station. You won't even have to look, as they stand outside their cars yelling out what they're selling. It's very hot and humid in Quepos and pretty expensive, but the beaches are lovely. If you can afford to stay on the beach, you'll probably have a wonderful time, but if you have to stay in Quepos, you are less likely to enjoy it.
Over the last 2 years Quepos has boomed. Manuel Antonio is becomming prohibitively expensive and so Quepos has grown to accommodate the medium to budget traveller. According to the Tico times it has the most even mix of 4 categories of people, ticos on vacation, ticos that live there, ex pats, and foreign tourists. All the night life is in Quepos so if you are not staying there you have to get a bus or taxi.
Go on the nature hike through the Manuel Antonio National Park. You will see monkeys playing through the garbage like little kids, or in some cases big kids (ha). Anyways, if you have very sharp eye you will likely see sloths up in the trees as well.
Quepos is located in the west of Costa Rica, only seven kilometers from the entrance to Manuel Antonio. Quepos has many services and facilities, such as restaurants, cafes, small supermarkets, gas stations, and various lodgings options. Quepos is also an authentic Tico town, and provides visitors with the rare opportunity to capture a glimpse at traditional Tico and Costa Rican life.
Quepos is a great base for arranging hiking and day trips into the nearby national park. There are many tour companies in Quepos that organize these types of day treks into the national park, including horse riding options, and other adventure spots.
Quepos, though not the most centrally based location to the national park or to beaches, definitely has the cheapest accommodation options. Hostels in Quepos are clean, secure, and spacious. Hostel staff members generally speak English as well as Spanish, and can usually provide information about local events and activities. Hostels in Quepos usually provide a range of different facilities and services, including spacious common areas, communal kitchens, book exchange, TV lounge, free Wi-Fi and internet, complimentary breakfast, and a hostel bar with nightly happy hour and drink specials. Quepos hostels have a friendly, social vibe, and offer an environment where solo travelers are likely to meet other like-minded travelers. Other than Quepos hostels, there are also hotels, guesthouses, resorts, and lodges. Make bookings in advance if visiting Quepos or the surrounding area during the peak seasons (Easter week and the weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year’s Eve), as it gets very busy during these times.
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