Central Pacific Region

There's never a dull moment in the Central Pacific Region. Filled with the country's most famous wildlife viewing parks such as Carara National Park and Manuel Antonio, you'll have plentyCrocodile one-on-one meetings with crocodiles, monkeys, sloths, lizards and much more.  Popular destinations like Jaco and Quepos / Manuel Antonio are easily accessible from San Jose, and several of the country's best canopy tours are located in this region too.  Beautiful beaches, great shopping and stellar surf make this region extremely popular.

Where is It?

From Puntarenas south to Dominical, this region encompasses the central part of Costa Rica's Pacific coast.

How's the Weather?

Hot and humid,  Warm and dry from November / December until April or May; the rainy season runs from May - October

Average Temperature: 81°F with 85% humidity Heliconia

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Wanna learn to surf, well, you're in the right place. Playa Hermosa and Jaco aren't only known for their year-round surf, but also for their abundance of great surf schools.  But surfing isn't the only adventure sport you can experience. Zip through the trees on a number of canopy tours, para-sail above blue waters, or gallop on horseback through back-roads and remote trails to see waterfalls and incredible sunsets.

If your looking for world class sport fishing, you have come to the right place. Manuel Antonio and its warm Pacific waters are internationally known for the marlin, sailfish, mahi mahi, and tuna that have been caught by anglers year after year.

Hot Spots!



Gourmet restaurants offering unique cuisine, nightly specials and a sizzling hot nightlife are secondary attractions in this metropolitan beach town. Fill your days with surf lessons, canopy tours, jet ski tours, spa treatments, casinos, and lazy days by fabulous hotel pools.

  • A boat ride on the Tarcoles river to see twelve foot American crocodiles up close
  • Surfing Playa Hermosa with or without a professional instructor
  • Seeing a scarlet macaw fly over head at Carara National Park
  • Eating at any of the incredible restaurants specializing in international cuisines

Let Us help you plan a Jaco get away.

Quepos / Manuel Antonio

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This town is known for its national park (which goes by the same name) because it is filled with wildlife and has beautiful white sanded beaches. Here you are bound to catch a glimpse of the highly endangered Titi monkey aside from a myriad of other wildlife (sloths, monkeys, lizards, coatis, etc). 

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  • Top notch hotels, spas & restaurants
  • Catamaran tours & dolphin watching
  • The abundance of wildlife at Manuel Antonio National Park
  • World class sport fishing
  • Amazing sunsets

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In the Central Pacific Region, you   this:



  • Punta Leona
  • Jaco Beach
  • Playa Hermosa
  • Manuel Antonio's beaches

Other Beaches

Playa Herradura, Playa Esterillos, Playa Tarcoles, Playa Bejuco, Playa Palma, Quepos, Playa Matapalo

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Museums and Gardens

Popular Parks & Reserves

  • Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Carara National Park
  • Playa Hermosa Wildlife Refuge
  • Damas Island Estuary

Other Protected Areas

Cataratas Cerro Redondo Wildlife Refuge, Finca Baru Del Pacifico Wildlife Refuge, Portalon Wildlife Refuge, Transylvania Wildlife RefugeWhite-Faced-Capuchin-Monkey-Manuel Antonio

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  • Several waterfalls in the Manuel Antonio area: Matapalo, La Culebra and the Tocori Waterfalls

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In the Central Pacific Region, you this:

Nature Activities

  • Bird and Wildlife Spying
  • Dolphin & Whale Watching
  • Diving and Snorkeling

Adventure & Recreational ActivitiesCanopy-Tour-Manuel-Antonio

  • ATV Tours
  • Air Boat Tours
  • Boating & Catamaran Cruises
  • Canopy Tours (zip lines & aerial trams)
  • Canyoning (waterfall rappelling)
  • Day Spas
  • Golfing
  • Hang Gliding
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Para-Sailing
  • Rafting & Tubing
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Catamaran-Cruise
  • Sport Fishing
  • Studying Spanish
  • Surfing
  • Tennis
  • Ultra-light Tours

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