From San José we continue south along the Pacific coast to the cities Quepos & Uvita in Part 2/3 of our Costa Rica Series. The best restaurants, activities and accomodations can be found here.
The lively coastal town of Quepos is about three hours’ drive from San José by car. This place is especially popular because of the national park Manuel Antonio where you can observe a lot of animals. In addition, it also offers great restaurants, accommodation and beautiful beaches.
Where to stay:
In addition to numerous larger hotels, there are smaller airbnbs like the Ocean View Studio Suits, as in all of Costa Rica.
Great view of the bay of Quepos, modern standard incl. air conditioning & parking. Restaurants are within walking distance or by bus.
Where to eat:
Breakfast & Lunch at:
Super nice cafe with great views and reasonable prices. You can also buy the house own coffee blend as a souvenir.
Café Aqua Azul
One of the best restaurants we’ve been in Costa Rica. Very nice seafood, Cold drinks & great atmosphere. Make sure to try the traditional Red Snapper with coconut sauce.
Beautiful restaurant to relax and watch the sunset. The owner’s two dogs make sure that nothing remains uneaten.
What to do:
Beachday & Surfcourses
Surprisingly the beach in Quepos was one of the most beautiful we have seen in our 2 weeks. Away from the main beach next to Manuel Antonio there is a small section on the other side of the bay, the playa playitas, which is almost empty. Here you can drive with the car over a small road the playitas Rd. up to the beach. The parking at the beach costs for the whole day 2.000 Colones (3,00 €). ATTENTION: This road can only be used with a 4×4.
There you can also do surf courses or rent a board for the day.
Course: 40 €
Board: 15€/h; 30€/day
The waves there are suitable for beginners & advanced. Also stay till the end of the day to watch the most romantic sunset at the beach.
Somehow a visit to the famous national park is already part of it, but opinions are divided about it and we also decided against the visit in the end. The park is very small and therefore overcrowded on the main paths. Animals are rather deterred. But those who deviate left and right from the path and explore the terrain on their own have good chances to observe reptiles, monkeys and birds. If you decide to visit, make sure you’re there early enough, as the park only accepts a certain number of visitors per day.
Uvita is about an hour away. A relaxed surfer village, known for its whale fin-like headland that rises into the ocean at low tide and can be explored on foot. Miles of sandy beaches lined with palm trees. The atmosphere here can be described as relaxed.
Where to stay:
There is no real town centre in Uvita. So many of the outstanding hotels are hidden up in the adventurous mountains:
With probably the greatest view of the Wales Tale you are very warmly hosted by Scott & Tatiana. The villa has several rooms which are incredibly high quality and stylishly furnished. The kitchen & living room as well as the pool are shared with the other guests. This creates nice evenings and great acquaintances.
With the Uvita Bali Bosque, Hans & Monique have truly created a small paradise. Away from the hustle and bustle, the property with different apartment sizes of 2-8 persons is located in the middle of nature. Meals are served in the main house, where you also have access to the pool.
Where to eat:
There are many great restaurants in Uvita. Here is a small selection:
By far the most sympathetic restaurant with a great cuisine and a cozy yet stylish ambience. We really recommend to go there. We love this place!
Eat pizza like in New York and watch the latest Rip Curl Surf videos on TV. That describes Pizza time best. Simple & delicious.
A great mexican restaurant. Be sure to try the margaritas.
For all Sushi lovers. The Mango rolls were our favorite.
What to do:
Whales Tale Hike & Nationalpark:
If you want to see the headland from close up, it’s best to do it at low tide and apply sun cream, as you’ll be on the road for over an hour.
Those who like adventure and speed will love an ATV tour through the jungle.
Sunsets on the beach:
In the evening you meet on the beach to surf, play football or just relax and enjoy the scenery. The colours at sunset are breathtaking.
We hope you enjoyed the second part of our Triologie. Continue with Part 3
Lots of love,