May 10, 2011
Costa Rica is a Catholic country and it’s holidays are mostly church-related. Most businesses, including banks, close on official holidays. The country closes down entirely during the biggest holiday time, Easter Holy Week, but only during Holy Thursday, Friday and Saturday, by Holy Sunday, some services might be available, but don’t count on it in remote parts of the country. Buses stop running on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. Banks and offices are closed. And hotels and car rentals are booked solid weeks in advance as everyone seems to head for the beach. Avoid the popular beaches during Easter week. Most Ticos now take the whole Christmas holiday week through New Year as an unofficial holiday.
Easter in Costa Rica is a perfect opportunity to see colorful religious processions. Individual towns also celebrate their patron saint’s day: highlights usually include a procession, plus bullfights, rodeos, dancing, and other parades. Fireworks and firecrackers are a popular part of local fiestas and church celebrations.
This is the list of the main and official holidays in Costa Rica:
January 1st: New Year’s Day, celebrated with a big dance in San Jose’s Parque Central.
March 19th: St. Joseph’s Day, patron saint of San Jose and San Jose province.
Easter: Holy Week or Semana Santa in Costa Rica. Dates vary annually but businesses will often close for the entire week preceding Easter weekend.
April 11th: Juan Santamaria Day. Public holiday to commemorate the national hero who fought at the battle of Rivas against the American invader William Walker in 1856.
May 1st: Labor Day. Dia de los Trabajadores.
June: Corpus Christi
June 29th: St. Peter and St. Paul’s Day
July 25th: Guanacaste Day. To mark the annexation of Guanacaste from Nicaragua in 1824.
b>August 2nd: Virgin de los Angeles Day. Patron saint of Costa Rica.
August 15th: Mother’s Day and Assumption Day
September 15th: Independence Day, with big patriotic parades celebrates Costa Rica’s independence from Spain in 1821.
October 12th: Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day). Limon province only, marked by carnival, which take place in the week prior to October 12.
November 2nd: All soul’s Day
December 8th: Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary.
December 25th: Christmas Day. Family-oriented celebrations with trips to the beach. Much consumption of apples and grapes.
When Ana went up to the gate, she looked for the bell, but there wasn’t one, so she screamed out “Upe!”, the Costa Rican saying for asking to be let in. Then, when Dona Mayela came out, Ana asked her “Como esta?” (how are you), and the lady answered: “Muy bien, gracias a Dios, y usted?” (Very well, thanks to God, and you?). If you’re a foreigner and you don’t know how to speak Spanish, it would be a shame for you to miss out on Costa Rican sayings and language in general. Even though a lot of people living in the capital city of San Jose, Costa Rica speak some English, (especially those people in the tourist trade), you won’t encounter many English-speakers in more rural areas. It’s always advisable to learn at least the basics, so that your stay can be more enjoyable and less stressful.
Costa Ricans don’t use the same Castilian Spanish that’s spoken in Spain. In Costa Rica, its a bit different. The Spaniards lisp their c’s and z’s and they use the “vosotros” person, while Costa Ricans use the antiquated form of “vos”, and the more formal “usted”. They all mean “you” but they vary in their formality and they affect verb conjugations. Costa Rican Spanish is as dynamic a language as any other, and it’s full of “Tiquismos” or unique sayings and argot. One of the common Tiquismos is the use of the diminutive- Costa Ricans are called “ticos” because they add this word as a suffix in order to create a diminutive. In other words, instead of saying “blanquito” (small, white), they might say “blanquitico” or “blanquititico”, which means the same thing. Ticos also use tons of terms of endearment, which shouldn’t be misinterpreted as mean nicknames. For instance, it’s common for Ticos to call people “flaco” (thin one) or “gordo” (fat one) without intending any offense at all. People of other races are usually called by their race, as in “chino” (chinese) or “negro” (black one). I hate to think of what would happen in another country such as the U.S., which is full of more pronounced racial tensions if people were to call out these names to minorities.
Apart from the unique “Tiquismos”, Costa Rican Spanish isn’t really that difficult to learn. Ticos speak more slowly and clearly than in other Latin American countries. Ticos are also extremely patient with people who are trying to learn their language, and they will help and encourage them to do so. It’s advisable to learn at least the basics of the language, since as was mentioned before, only some people speak English. The only large population of native English speakers is located in Limon, where people of Jamaican descent settled.
Costa Rican Spanish, as most Spanish in Latin America, is extremely polite and sometimes formal. Some key words to learn, in order to keep up with the politeness are: “Gracias” (thank you), “Por favor” (please), “Buenos dias” (good morning). Ticos also mention luck and God a lot in their speech: “Que Dios lo acompane” (May God go with you), or if you meet them for the first time “Mucho gusto” (It’s a pleasure).
Language schools abound in Costa Rica, and they range from a few mediocre ones to a majority of excellent ones. Some are located in universities, such as the program for foreign students in the University of Costa Rica (506)207-56-34, in private institutions, like the Forester Institute (506)225-31-55, Intensa (506)225-60-04, and many, many more. There are even language schools in rural areas, near rainforests or in beach areas, that offer a good combination of exotic living and language learning for the more adventure-type travelers.
All in all, Costa Rica is an excellent option for learning Spanish in an easy and gradual way. There are intensive 2-4 week courses and semester and yearly programs for the more ambitious types. The best way to learn a language is to have a boyfriend or girlfriend that will teach you, but even if this doesn’t happen,in Costa Rica, there are numerous language schools where you can learn and friendly people in the streets who won’t make fun of you or loose their patience when you’re trying to speak their language.
April 26, 2011
You Wake up to the soothing murmur of the surf as it spreads along the shore, to the sweet serenade of birds perched outside your door, as dappled shadows flit and flirt, bringing golden light to fading gloom, the sharp aroma of freshly brewed java gently wafts into your room. Buenos Dias Costa Rica!
So you’ve come in search of the perfect brew,
Yes, tis an elusive bean that gently beckons you,
so delicate, yet so wonderfully robust…
I dare say I’m not much the poet so I’ll leave the prose to Mr. Frost.
From an overly ”caffinated” Infocostarica staff member
As the ninth largest coffee producer in the world, Costa Rica is widely known for it’s high-grade mountain grown coffee. From the full-bodied Tarrazú, to the clean bold taste of the Orosi Valley blends, Costa Rican coffee has a smoky trace and distinctive acidity evident to many of its drinkers. Coffee is harvested from November to January and as in North America, the school holidays correspond with the harvest season. The cultivators are mainly small farmers organized into co-operatives which form a federation which is responsible for exports. Due to the use of high-end technology the yield obtained is extremely high.
Coffee’s aroma, body, and flavor vary greatly depending on how and where it is grown. In Costa Rica, the most famous coffees by region are Tarrazú, Tres Rios, Herediá, and Alajuela. Coffee from these areas is characterized by its distinctively clean, bold flavor. Most Costa Rican coffee comes from a hybrid called caturra and is characterized as bright and full bodied. Other popular varieties are Mondo Novo and Catuai. After being harvested, the cherries are immediately taken to state-of-the-art facilities, known as beneficios, where they are fully processed. The best coffees, which are grown above 3,900 feet, are designated as “strictly hard bean”. The “good hard bean” classification is given to coffees grown from 3,300 to 3,900 feet. Costa Rican coffees are usually identified by the estate, cooperative, or facility where they are processed.
There are two main varieties of coffee grown in the world… Arabica and Robusta.
Arabica Coffee beans grow in mountainous regions, usually at relatively high altitudes and are widely known for their full-bodied flavor and rich aromas. These trying conditions make them difficult to harvest. Thus the arabica’s are much more expensive to produce. Robusta Coffees, on the other hand, are grown in flat lowland regions where they flourish and produce abundant harvests. Robusta coffees are plentiful and inexpensive. Connoisseurs rate robusta beans less rich and aromatic than arabica beans and as a result, they usually cost less.
Costa Rica is the only country in the world which has issued an executive order banning the production of any variety of coffee other than Arabica.
When purchasing coffee from Costa Rica, make sure it is labeled “puro” (pure), as some non-gourmet makers do add sugar to the mix. Among Costa Rica’s most famous labels are Café Britt, Bardú Coffee, Café Rey, Café Volio, Doka Estate Coffee and R.F. Meseta. Many makers also offer organic coffee, which is cultivated without pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers.
Once you’ve settled on the beans, the next step is to delicately savor the rich aroma and enticing flavor of your pick. When brewing the perfect cup of joe, always start with freshly ground coffee beans, cold tap or bottled water (boiled water gives coffee an unpleasant “flat” taste) and the correct proportion of water to coffee ground. The industry standard is two rounded tablespoons of ground coffee for every six ounces of water.
Coffee Tasting Terminology
For those interested in the finer points of gourmet coffee cupping (tasting different varieties of coffee), the following terms are commonly used for tasting and describing coffees.
Coffees with low acidity are soft and smooth. High acidity coffees, such as those grown in Costa Rica, have a bright, crisp, palette-cleansing quality.
Aroma refers to the fragrance or odor of brewed coffee combined with its flavor.
Body refers to the sense of the coffee’s weight and texture (e.g., its oiliness and intensity) in the mouth. How it coats the palate, how it balances, and how it interacts on the four flavor zones of your tongue The brewing method also influences the body as a plunger pot or espresso machine will produce a heavier bodied coffee, while a conventional drip machine will result in lighter bodied coffees because the paper filters remove flavor oils. A coffee’s body can be: Light, medium or heavy.
Flavor refers to a coffee’s intensity, the combined impression of a coffee’s aroma, acidity, and body. Specific taste flavors may suggest spices, chocolate, nuts, or even uncomplimentary flavors like straw, grass, or rubber.
This is a specific evaluation of how the coffee’s finish is in your mouth. Finish refers to the aftertaste, the feelings and flavors that are perceived after the coffee has been swallowed.
Once you’ve got these finer points down, you’ll be well on your way to finding that special brew. Remember, the sip is only half the fun! So….
let us continue our quest for the perfect brew,
and not give up, as some will surely do,
we shall give no quarter for we must not tarry,
not until we’ve found those fragrant berries.
February 26, 2011
Capital: San José; 1,085,000
Area: 51,100 square kilometers (19,730 square miles)
Language: Spanish, English
Religion: Roman Catholic, Evangelical
Currency: Costa Rican colon
Life Expectancy: 79
GDP per Capita: U.S. $8,300
Literacy Percent: 96
Costa Rica Facts Flag
Located in Central America, Costa Rica has coastlines on the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. The tropical coastal plains rise to mountains, active volcanoes, and a temperate central plateau where most people live (San José, the capital, is here). The only country in Central America with no standing army, it enjoys continuing stability after a century of almost uninterrupted democratic government. Tourism, which has overtaken bananas as Costa Rica‘s leading foreign exchange earner, bolsters the economy. A quarter of the land in Costa Rica has protected status; the beauty of rain forest preserves draws more and more visitors.
Industry: Microprocessors, food processing, textiles and clothing, construction materials
Agriculture: Coffee, pineapples, bananas, sugar; beef; timber
Exports: Coffee, bananas, sugar, pineapples, textiles
—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition
Currently in Costa Rica, this cat is found almost only in forests of protected reserves.Range
In suitable habitats, it lives from northern Mexico to northern Argentina.
Tortuguero National Park, Santa Rosa National Park, Corcovado National Park, Rio Macho Forest Preserve and lower Cordillera Talamanca, La Selva, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve; may also be found in San Jose, San Vito, and Cerro de la Muerte, Costa Rica.
The jaguar has a yellowish brown coat with a white stomach and black spots all over its body. Its tail is short for a large cat – less than half the length of its head and body. This cat is adapted to grip prey with its great head, shoulders and forepaws.
Biology and Natural History
This endangered cat is the largest of Central American carnivores. The jaguar used to be common in many habitats, including mangroves, lowland savannas, wet and dry shrublands and forests up to 1000 m in elevation–but now they are rare except in large protected reserves. Because of the jaguar’s conspicuous tracks, the market value of its pelt, its reputation for killing livestock, and its vulnerability to hound pursuit, their numbers and commonality are far reduced today. These cats suffer not only from hunting, but also from habitat destruction. They are sensitive to habitat size: in forest reserves a single male needs several hundred km2 for his home range, and females need somewhat less per individual. Sometimes young males will resort to areas with habitats far from normal for them. But because jaguars require such large territories, even in reserves their numbers do not compare to when they prowled most of Costa Rica.
Jaguars will leave deep scratches on tree trunks, but it is not known whether they use urine or scratches on the ground to mark territories. A strong swimmer, the jaguar is able to cross rivers and other bodies of water. It tends to prefer damp areas like streambeds where footprints betray its presence, size, and whereabouts. The jaguar is mostly nocturnal but sometimes will sun during the day. At night it may roar at any time of year; some hunters call to them with imitations.
Unfortunately for this impressive predator, the jaguar does not seem to avoid the scent of men and may even follow them, although they rarely attack humans unprovoked and do not provide much of a threat to humans. The main threat to current Costa Rica jaguar populations is no longer poaching, but deforestation for the sake of agriculture. Once roads enter a virgin area, jaguars and peccaries are the first large mammals to disappear.
The jaguar survives on a diverse diet: they prefer peccary, but also eat monkey, agouti, deer, bird, fish, lizard, turtle, or other animals. They’ve even been known to take sea turtles nesting in Surinam. Mud tracks have also indicated that jaguars will feed on dead fish, alligators, iguanas, or other dead animals beached by receding waters. Occasionally they will kill a domestic animal, but they usually kill and finish a single beast-unlike some other cats, jaguars are not wasteful predators, and even eat the entire ribs of their prey.
Adult males are 50 to 100 kg, and adult females are two-thirds that size.
Koford, C. B. in Janzen, Daniel H. Costa Rican Natural History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983.
Wilson, D. E. in Janzen, Daniel H. Costa Rican Natural History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983.
-Amy Strieter, Wildlife Writer
Courtesy of www.anywherecostarica.com
Anyone visiting Manuel Antonio National Park will surely notice flocks of brown pelicans gracefully soaring overhead, plunging headlong into the sea after fish, or maybe even “wind surfing” as they playfully glide along the face of a wave with a wingtip almost skimming the wall of water. Magnificent frigate birds – large dark birds with long pointed wings and forked tails – will probably grab your attention, too, as they effortlessly cruise on the slightest breeze.
If you are at all interested in birds, you know that most species are not as easily seen as pelicans and frigate birds. But for those who make an attempt to find them, the Manuel Antonio National Park area harbors hundreds of surprises. More than 270 species, including migrants, can potentially be observed in the park and the surrounding area extending to Quepos and the local airstrip.
Despite the image of beautiful beaches that the name Manuel Antonio conjures up in most peoples’ minds, the majority of its bird life is to be found in the forest – whether inside the park proper or in any decent patch of vegetation around your hotel. Screeching flocks of parakeets and parrots impart a decidedly tropical air to the birding here, as do the comings and goings of at least 15 different types of hummingbirds, including purple-crowned fairies, violet-crowned woodnymphs, white-crested coquettes, and blue-throated golden-tails.
If you come across a fruiting tree or shrub, you might be treated to a riot of color from a visiting parade of birds that could include scarlet-rumped, blue-gray, golden-hooded, and bay-headed tanagers; green, shining, and red-legged honeycreepers; and yellow-crowned, spot-crowned, and thick-billed euphonias, among others.
One of the biggest thrills in tropical birding in Manuel Antonio National Park is encountering a mixed-species foraging flock, because the action can really get fast and furious as the birds stream past, each one seemingly different from the next. In the forest understory at Manuel Antonio National Park, insectivorous flocks form around pairs of black-hooded antshrikes and dot-winged antwrens, and the entourage can contain plain xenops, long-billed gnatwrens, chestnut-backed antbirds, rufous-breasted wrens, russet antshrikes, buff-throated foliage-gleaners, sulphur-rumped flycatchers and, in winter months, any of a dozen or so species of migrant warblers, vireos, andflycatchers.
Of course, trying to identify all those fluttering creatures at Manuel Antonio National Park can be terribly frustrating to the novice. But what’s worse, too much or too little? After a flock has moved on, it can often seem as though there are no birds left in the forest. But even when you can’t see them, if you listen, you’re likely to hear birds. Perhaps my favorite singer in the Central Pacific forests is the black-bellied wren. From its preferred microhabitat of dense vine tangles at Manuel Antonio National Park, this difficult-to-see bird advertises its presence with an outpouring of rich liquid notes that are sure to stop any passersby in their tracks. Likewise, the clear tremulous whistles of great tinamous and the mellow phrases of blue-black grosbeaks are apt to please any human listener.
February 1, 2011
In Costa Rica, along the Pacific coast, near the town of Quepos is Manuel Antonio National Park. There in a small area surrounded by picturesque beaches, you may see many monkeys, sloths, colorful crabs, red-eyed green tree frogs, some bats, butterflies and various other birds and creatures.
The Fire-billed Aracari is related to the Toucan
Wildlife spotting is not always easy. A few monkeys are easy to come by but you may benefit from a guide, binoculars, and a stiff neck to keep your head looking up into the trees of Manuel Antonio National Park.
Capuchin White Faced Monkey[
The Capuchin monkeys of Manuel Antonio National Park, also known as “white-faced monkey” or in spanish “carita blanca”, are especially abundant there. The red-backed squirrel monkeys are also called titi monkeys but are not related to the the titi monkeys of the Amazon region. There are also squirrel monkeys in the Amazon region but the “red-backed” are only found in Central America and for that reason are sometimes called the “Central American” squirrel monkey.
White-handed Titi from Colombi
Red Titi Monkey
Night Owl Monkey
The night owl monkey of Manuel Antonio National Park is the nocturnal one of the group and the howler monkey will let you know with its howls that he is in the vicinity.
If you had the time there are apparently more than 100 different species of animals and over 200 species of birds to be found and who knows how many insects, amphibians and reptiles. There are about 840 bird species in all of Costa Rica. Compare that to around 530 in all of Europe.
One animal in Manuel Antonio National Park that is not so wild is the raccoon. They are waiting for any visitors to leave an item of food out on the beach so they can sneak over and steal it. They are very brave and will sometimes come and take things from people unafraid of shouting or of sticks.
The lizards, iguanas and basilisks, including the Jesus Christ Lizard, are more or less approachable and let you come close enough to get a good look but they still like to keep a little distance.
During the past five years there has been an increased surge in group travel…from destination weddings to celebrating that special anniversary or landmark birthday to family reunions and couples retreats it seems that going abroad with ones friends and/or family is the thing to do. The desire to spend real, quality time with one’s friends and family along with experiencing some local culture and adventure, and being able to do that over the course of a week or more versus a trying to capture it all in a celebration that lasts just a few hours is the desire that drives this new way of traveling.
The challenge here is in deciding where to go, where to stay and what to do and doing so without breaking the bank. Not a simple task when trying to coordinate a group of 10 or more people.
The best group travel destinations are those where everyone can participate in an activity or stay behind and seek out a beach, a spa or simply relax in the confines of their environment. A city destination where each person must choose between visiting a museum, seeing a particular sight, going shopping or meandering through the streets may not the best choice for a group vacation experience where the goal is to spend quality time with each other. On the other hand, choosing a destination where you share meals and activities along with lounging time is exactly what travelers seem to be seeking.
Luxury vacation villas seem to be the desired way to go but is it the best? (We think so!). Luxury vacation villas in costa rica can be from 1 to 20 bedrooms and usually are staffed with a knowledgeable, dedicated staff, living spaces, fully equipped kitchens, outdoor living spaces, a pool. Here are some considerations for you to think about when planning that great group getaway:
- Choose a resort destination (tropical, snow, sailing trips, rural villages in Europe, small cruises) vs a city
- Rent a large house/Luxury vacation villas (or two) that can accommodate your group comfortably
- Be sure it is staffed with a house manager/concierge, chef and housekeeping so it’s a true vacation; you don’t want to spend precious time on household chores, learning how to use a foreign appliances, figuring out the phone system. It’s nice to have a chef who shops, cooks and cleans up after you and a house manager who oversees a house can help make your stay easy while deepening your insight into the culture and peoples of the country
- Are there local activities that the entire group will enjoy?
- Do they offer pick up and drop off services from a luxury vacation villa?
- Is there easy access to local attractions (beach, shopping)?
- What are the transport options
- How many bedroom, beds, bathrooms are there
- Check out reviews, testimonials, TripAdvisor for the area and for the luxury vacation villa
- Ask to email or speak with a prior guest
Some of our favorite group destinations include Costa Rica (of course, we love Villa Perezoso!), Tuscany, Hawaii, Lake Tahoe, sailing the turquoise waters in a gulet off the coast of Turkey, motoring the Virgin Islands. There are so many to choose from and so many resources. Here are a few resources for luxury vacation villa rentals:
- Luxury Retreats.com
- Villas of Distinction.com
Some additional perks in staying in Luxury Vacation Villa versus a hotel or resort are:
- Superb value—you spend less and receive more
- Personalized attention and service from experienced concierges and chefs (be sure the villa you choose has a full staff onsite)
- More space and privacy (you get a lot more living space for probably less than what you would pay for hotel rooms to accommodate everyone)
- Eliminating high food costs (going out to eat versus having a chef shop and cook for you can be very costly and add thousands of dollars to your bill for a group of 8 or more)
- Kitchens for that late night snack or early morning coffee
- Great for all occasions, from big group gatherings to an intimate getaway
- Allows you to create a unique and customized experience based on your needs
- Many different options – thousands of villas from which to choose
- And as one Villa Perezoso guest described some of their favorite highlights of their stay ..”never having to dress for breakfast or dinner and not having to compete with 24/7 texting, computer and friends and enjoying real time with our 3 teenagers for a whole week”.
So whether you are celebrating your 40th birthday or a silver wedding anniversary or simply want a girls trip in an exotic locale, consider renting a villa but make sure they are fully staffed so that you don’t have to lift a finger.
December 14, 2010
Fishing is Always Great in Quepos, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, Releases of up to 20 fish a day common during peak season
Fishing is Always Great in Quepos, Costa Rica
Sport Fishing always good off Quepos Costa Rica, with top billfishing traditionally well underway by early December, when the mayor concentration of sailfish moves into this central coastal region to join the earlier-arriving marlin. When it peaks, releases of 12 to 20 fish a day are common, with a few unbelievable days every year with 30 and more releases.
Action continues steady on sails, as well as blue, black and striped marlin well into April, and very often throughout the summer, depending on conditions.
Inshore Sportfishing includes tuna, roosterfish, wahoo, dorado, jacks, mackerel, cubera, a variety of small snapper species and even snook can be taken trolling just outside the breaker line off the river mouths in the area, but are more often fished from shore.
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The Manuel Antonio/Quepos Costa Rica area is easily reached from San José via the two in-country airlines, regular bus service or scenic three-hour drive, making for an ideal family vacation. World-class fishing is supplemented by a multitude of activities and attractions ranging from the wonders of Manuel Antonio National Park to river rafting, kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, mountain biking, horseback riding, casinos and an active nightlife.
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Like any place in the world, Quepos Costa Rica fishing will vary year depending on the weather and water conditions, bait concentrations and other unpredictable factors, but in general here’s how the seasons shape up:
Marlin – October in Quepos Costa Rica is normally when marlin make a strong showing in this area, but action is also good in September and November. Occasional blues and rare black or striped marlin are likely to be found anytime of year, although they are usually out further than boats hunting for sailfish are likely to be fishing.
Sailfish – December through the end of April – when they are usually moving further north – is rated the best season, but the big schools often move in as early as October and occasionally stay longer. A few sails always show among the catch from June through September, mixed with the other species that are found inshore during those months.
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Tuna – Found throughout the year in Quepos Costa Rica as they are along the entire Pacific coast, but most abundant from about June through September. Most are eight to 12 pounders, but a dozen or more over 200 punds and maybe another two dozen in the 100 to 200 pound range are taken every year.
Dorado – Best action begins with the winter rains that start in late May and wash debris from the river mouths, creating the inshore trash lines that the dolphin like to lie under.
Roosterfish – Fishing for this hard-hitting inshore species is little short of incredible with the best spots off the river mouths and the rocky drop offs. Best Fishing is during the summer months, from June through early September. Can depend on how heavy they are being hit by the longliners.
Snook – Best spots are just off the many river mouths all along the coast, up the Sierpe river and in the big lagoon on the Sierpe. More are caught by locals from shore around the river mouths just . Best months in Quepos Costa Rica appear to be from July through November during the heavy rainy season.
View of one of the Beautiful Manuel Antonio Beaches in Costa Rica. These are one of the most stunning and preserved beaches in the world
Beautiful Manuel Antonio Beaches
Where else can you find the perfect combination of a peaceful, pretty laid back country, with easy access to many SURFING beaches that have consistent surfing year round? than Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.
Another Pacific View Costa Rican Beach In Manuel Antonio
QUEPOS / MANUEL ANTONIO, COSTA RICA is the perfect departure point for your SURFING adventure trip along the coast. BEACH BREAKS, rivermouth, and reef BREAKS can be on your daily schedule. Visiting QUEPOS not only puts you in reach of some of the best SURFING spots in COSTA RICA, but also allows you to enjoy a variety of day time activities. From WATER RAFTING, KAYAKING, and HORSE BACK RIDING, QUEPOS has it all. QUEPOS is also only minutes away from MANUEL ANTONIO, COSTA RICA where you can explore some of COSTA RICA natural wonders. When the sun sets in QUEPOS, the town comes alive with numerous bars and restaurants for nightlife. Inquire as to where you might find a place to have a good time, watch SURF videos, and hang out with the local SURF crowd. If you are looking for fun and SURF adventure, no matter how long your stay, QUEPOS MANUEL ANTONIO, COSTA RICA is the place!!!
To describe the general attitude of the people of COSTA RICA, it is best summed up by their favorite saying, “Pura Vida”, which refers to an easy, healthy and good lifestyle. This is what you can expect to find in COSTA RICA – a very slow and relaxed type of atmosphere – why do it today when you can do it tomorrow!?!. Nowhere is this more evident than in the local SURF community of QUEPOS, where foreign surfers will always receive a warm welcome. When encountering local tico SURFERS give your Spanish a try – no one will laugh. Even if you know only a few words, your attempt can go a long way. So, when SURFING in QUEPOS MANUEL ANTONIO, COSTA RICA, you must relax, enjoy life, and experience the meaning of “Pura Vida”.
The following listing will give you more information about the SURF BEACHES of MANUEL ANTONIO, COSTA RICA and the area :
1. PLAYA HERMOSA – Very strong BREAKS, this long stretch of BREAKS peaks working any given day, but the preferred sand bar is located in front of a large tree known as the Almendro, waves are general best when the tide is rising.
30km north of QUEPOS and the Manuel Antonio Estates
2. ESTERILLOS ESTE, ESTERILLOS OESTE, BEJUCO, BOCA DAMAS – Beach BREAKS, good WAVES,……. located very close to PLAYA HERMOSA, makes easy access, the wave conditions are very similar to them of PLAYA HERMOSA 20Km north of Quepos and the Manuel Antonio Estates.
3. QUEPOS – This small left point is found at the river-mouth in the city of QUEPOS, easy access. 2km from Manuel Antonio Estates and QUEPOS
4. PLAYITA / Manuel Antonio Beaches, Costa Rica – Beach BREAKS, lefts and rights with good shape, this coast area need larger swell for the …. 4km from the Manuel Antonio Estates and QUEPOS
5. PLAYA DEL REY – Right and left beach BREAKS peaks, beautiful wild BEACH, which hasn’t been touched by civilization. 11km south of QUEPOS and the Manuel Antonio Estates
6. PLAYA MATAPALO – same conditions as PLAYA del Rey, offers small restaurants. 20km south of QUEPOS and the Manuel Antonio Estates
7. DOMINICAL – Good strong BEACH BREAKS with lefts and rights. Beautiful landscape and very TROPICAL. 30km south of QUEPOS and the Manuel Antonio Estates.