This is the place where you will fulfill your desires for fun and adventure. The intriguing Pacific Ocean melts into the coast giving life to beautiful beaches, unique sunsets and miniature cities to have a pleasant vacation.
The comfortable geographic proximity to the San Jose international airport (SJO) and main cities in the Central Valley is one of the key elements to its popularity.
Central Pacific area is located from Puntarenas (a 100,000 inhabitants town) to Quepos. Going south you will find Doña Ana Beach, Mata Limón Beach, Tárcoles Beach, Punta Leona Beach- which has white sand. Jacó Beach– only two hours from San José and popular among young people, In recent years Jaco beach has turned from a small beach side town to a larger city with deluxe condos, specialized restaurants, shopping center and a exciting night scene.
The same has happened to Herradura Beach – that homes a Marina, 18 hole Golf Course and luxury hotel and condominium complex, where luxury and extravagance are part of everyday life
Surf is great and expert surfers from around the world chose the waves of the Central Pacific because of their water volume, speed and constant rhythm. As a matter of fact this region has been the home of prestigious international Surfing contests.
The beautiful and peaceful Tortuga Island lies off the Southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. The tip of the peninsula is home to fabulous laid back villages, outstanding pristine beaches and gorgeous reserves and wildlife refuges.
This dreamy island paradise fringed with tall swaying coconut palms, sugary white sand beaches and emerald waters invites absolute tranquility and luxury. There are numerous tour operators that will whisk you by boat to Tortuga Island most commonly departing from Jaco or Puntarenas and is about a 90 minute ride with plenty of amazing scenic views.
A huge attraction to this exotic island is its outstanding scuba diving sites and excellent snorkeling opportunities to view marine life such as sting rays, angel fish, sharks, Spinner dolphins and octopus.
Carara Biological Reserve is at the mouth of Río Tárcoles, around 50-km southeast of Puntarenas by road. It has 4,700 hectares, and it is the northern most tropical wet forest on the Pacific coast, in the transition zone to the tropical dry forest farther north, and five Holdridge Life Zones occur within the park. This reserve is a favorite with bird watchers for several reasons besides its ease of access. First, its position in a transition zone means that residents of both habitats are likely to appear. Second, the Río Grande de Tárcoles has free flowing sections and its waters seep into seasonal marshlands and a shallow oxbow lake covered with hyacinths further expanding the number of distinct local habitats to nearly a dozen. Finally, because it is slightly dryer and not all of the trees are evergreen, Carara is more open than the rainforests further south making wildlife spotting easier. Some animals to see: scarlet macaws, iguanas, trogons, toucans, motmots, monkeys, squirrels, sloths, and agoutis among others.
Southern you will find the destination where sun, beach, and forest converge to shape an unforgettable vacation. Manuel Antonio National Park is also one of the most popular ones due to its lovely forest-backed tropical beaches, impressive rocky headlands with ocean and island views, and vibrant wildlife. A well-maintained trail network allows visitors to witness the unspoiled primary forest that grows along the high tide mark. It is so popular because of its expansive white sand beaches backed by an evergreen forest that grows right up to the high tide line. The principal habitants are primary forest, secondary forest, mangrove swamps, lagoons and beach vegetation. There is quite a varied fauna with 109 species of mammals and 350 species of birds are reported in the park and surrounded area, and a variety of lizards, snakes, iguanas, monkeys, sloths, butterflies and other animals might be observed. The park includes 12 little isles just off the coast; these often visited by a number of dolphins and, at times, migrating whales can be observed.
Activities to do in the area: golfing, sport fishing, scuba diving, ocean kayaks, surfing, jet skis, body boards, snorkeling, boat charters to various destinations available, tour to Tortuga Island, wildlife watching, bike rental, canopy tours, birdwatching, white water river rafting, waterfalls rappelling, ATV tours, sunset sailing and horseback riding among others.
For detailed Activities available in this zone please visit Tours Section
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