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Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast is scattered with a diverse range of stunning beaches and protected areas of natural beauty: in all a fantastic opportunity to experience nature, adventure, and relaxation within easy reach of San José.

National Parks

Just a four hour drive or a short flight from the capital, the national parks of Carara and Manuel Antonio are two very important green zones, providing sanctuary for an incredible variety of wildlife.

Squirrel Monkey, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa RicaHundreds of gorgeous butterflies, hummingbirds, scarlet macaws, brightly-beaked toucans and clambering monkeys are just some of the tropical life found here.

Whilst Manuel Antonio has some undoubtedly fantastic beaches it is busy and fairly built up so if you prefer quieter areas then Esterillos, Bejuco and Palma slightly further south make excellent alternatives: their beaches are just as beautiful.

A few days spent along this wonderful coast are an ideal relaxing break in the middle or at the end of any trip to Costa Rica.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Central Pacific Coast

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Central Pacific Coast, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Central Pacific Coast

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    Places in and around Central Pacific Coast

    Accommodation choices for Central Pacific Coast

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Central Pacific Coast. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Prima Plus Villa, Alma del Pacifico

      Alma del Pacifico

      Medium

      The Alma del Pacifico hotel has 20 beautiful beachfront villas built along the Pacific Coast on Playa Esterillos Este between Jaco Beach and Quepos.

    • Hotel Parador, Manuel Antonio

      Hotel Parador

      First Class

      Parador Resort & Spa is a well-appointed, resort-style hotel with a beautiful setting, representing excellent value for money given its facilities and high levels of service.

    • Honeymoon Suite, Hotel Si Como No, Manuel Antonio

      Hotel Si Como No

      Medium

      Located on the main road into Manuel Antonio, the Si Como No offers friendly and relaxed accommodation with excellent facilities, especially for families.

    • Makanda by the Sea, Manuel Antonio

      Makanda by the Sea

      First Class

      Located just off the main road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park, Makanda By the Sea consists of 12 acres of sanctuary, 350 feet above the ocean.

    • Ocean View Suite, Arenas del Mar, Manuel Antonio

      Arenas del Mar

      First Class

      Arenas del Mar is a small, stylish beach hotel set in an 11 acre private forest reserve close to the Manuel Antonio National Park, and the only hotel in the area with direct beach access.