Central Pacific Coast
Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast is where the magic happens. So, if you’re short on time, this is the place to go. Here you’ll find some of the country’s most notoriously beautiful beaches and national parks. All within two to three hours of San José, taking the well-maintained Interstate 27 and Coastal Highway 34 (Costanera Sur) south.
The vivacious beach towns and tour providers on the Central Pacific Coast have perfected adventure tourism.You want it, the Central Pacific Coast has got it. National parks, eco-tours, sport fishing, snorkeling, birdwatching, horseback riding, canopy zipline adventures, hiking, rock climbing/canyoning, ATV offroading, parasailing, mountain biking, kayaking, and SUPping. All, and more, are available just about year round. You’ll also find a range of lodging accommodations catering to all budgets, from luxury resorts to casino/hotel combos, quaint waterside B&Bs, and even backpacker hostels.
There’s also a plethora of beach personalities to choose from. You’ve got secluded white sand bays (Playa Blanca), local’s beaches with great fishing and restaurants (Playa Herradura), vibrant surf and socializing beaches (Jaco), an untamed wildlife refuge with killer surf (Playa Hermosa),a family-friendly local’s beach (Playa Esterillos),and trendy vacationer beaches with postcard perfect scenery (Manuel Antonio).There’s something for everyone, and it’s all within 1.5 to 3 hours from San José.