Quepos Downtown City Tour
Duration: Half Day
If you are planning on visiting the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park during your holiday in Costa Rica, it would also be well worth taking a trip to the nearby town of Quepos whilst you’re in the central Pacific region.
Named after the native chieftain "Quepoa" and his Indian tribe, the small town of Quepos lies within a tropical inlet, surrounded by primary rainforest. No longer a sleepy coastal town, it has earned an international reputation as one of the world’s best destinations for big game fishing, due to its excellent location on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Marlin, roosterfish, sailfish, snapper, wahoo, dorado and yellow fin tuna can all be found in abundance here, making it a sportfishing paradise for anglers who come from all over the world to fish here.
During the last century, however, Quepos was renowned for being a bustling banana town and port, due to its extensive banana plantations. However, the area where these plantations once thrived is now dominated by African oil-palms, after disease practically wiped them out by the 1980's. Regarded as a worthy replacement, the African palms provide rich oil that is used worldwide. Quepos later became popular with tourists because of its excellent proximity to Costa Rica’s most visited National Park − Manuel Antonio − and now tourism is the city’s main industry.
Downtown Quepos itself has a lot to offer. During the tour you will learn about the main historical aspects of the ancient dwellers, as well as the social, economic and historical characteristics of the region. Your local guide will then take you to visit the Central Market and Quepos’ main commercial area, which is a charming square filled with art galleries, hotels, bakeries and gift shops. Here you will be able to buy souvenirs and handcrafts from the talented local artisans. You will also find a great variety of bars and restaurants − and some of the best night life on the Pacific coast. If you visit Quepos during festival times, the streets are filled with parades, concerts and plenty of dancing.
Whenever you decide to visit this charming town, the friendly locals will go out of their way to make sure you have a good time, making your holiday in Costa Rica one to remember.
What to bring: Cool comfortable clothes, walking shoes, sun block and hat. Length of tour: 2 1/2 hours.
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