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  Costa Rica . . . Land of Enchantment
  "One of most highly valued tourist destinations on this planet."
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   About Costa Rica
Costa Rica is one of most highly valued tourist destinations on this planet. This small piece of land includes all of the necessary components to satisfy the taste of thousands of travelers visiting each year.

Costa Rica is located in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Caribbean Sea to the east. Well known for its civilized way of life, it is no exaggeration to describe Costa Rica as an oasis of nature and peace.
  Facts about Costa Rica
  • Area: 51,100 sq km   (19,730 sq miles)
  • Capital: San Jose
  • Population: 4.25 million
  • Major languages:   Spanish (official), English
  • Life expectancy: 76 years (men), 81 years (women)
   Costa Rica at a Glance


  • Strategic location in the center of the Americas
  • Tropical climate
  • Political and economic stability
  • High quality of life
  • Highest literacy rates of the Americas (94.9%)
  • Contains 6% of the world’s biodiversity
  • Oldest democracy in the Americas
   Strategic Location
Costa Rica is in the same time zone as US Central Time. As a result, a direct flight from San Jose to Miami takes only 2 and a half hours.

Costa Rica has major ports on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.




   Exquisite Biodiversity
  • Costa Rica covers 0.03% of the planet’s surface but contains 6% of the world’s biodiversity
  • 26.2% of Costa Rica is composed of protected forest and reserves
  • Provides natural habitats for over 500,000 species
  • Contains 34 national parks
  • Fauna includes: jaguars, pumas, agouties, green turtles, several species of monkeys, crocodiles, sloths and over 845 varieties of birds
  • Home to over 1000 varieties of orchids

Costa Rica is considered to be one of the 20 countries with the highest levels of biodiversity in the world. Its geographic position, two coasts and mountain ranges provide numerous and varied microclimates, species and ecosystems.

   About Quepos / Manuel Antonio
  In Quepos & Manuel Antonio, visitors will find a wide range of opportunities to experience the ‘pure life’ of Costa Rica. The phrase "pura vida" (meaning "pure life") is a ubiquitous motto used throughout Costa Rica. It encapsulates the pervading ideology of living in harmony with nature and living life to the fullest. Local residents are well known for their friendliness and hospitality.

Apart from the unrivalled biodiversity, seaside villages and exotic beaches, the area has all the essential infrastructure and services in place. Manuel Antonio National Park is the most diverse wildlife and breathtaking reserve in the country.
   Convenient Location
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The area is situated 157 km south of the capital, San José. The two towns are located 7 km away from each other.

The region is easily accessible, either by land or air. By land, it takes around 3 hours from San Jose. Internal flights offer daily services to the Quepos Airport, with a flight time of 20 minutes from San Jose.

   Main Attractions
Manuel Antonio National Park consists of 683 hectares of land and has some of the country’s most diverse wildlife and breathtaking scenery. The park is surrounded by tropical forests and has a well-developed trail system to facilitate independent exploration.  
   Ecotourism Adventures

All the activities have a mixture of enjoying nature and adventure. Some of these include: Diving, Canopy Tours, Ocean Kayaking, Horseback Riding, Mountain biking, ATV 4-wheel drive tours, Sailing, Mangrove Tours, Damas Island Tour, Sailing and Surfing.

The Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is one of the most important sport fishing destinations in all of Central America and is home to numerous tournaments each year. Quepos is famous for billfish, snook, sailfish, blue marlin, black marlin and occasionally striped marlin.

   National Parks at a Glance
  • 683 hectares of land
  • 55,000 hectares of sea
  • 12 islands
  • 109 species of mammals
  • 184 species of birds
  • A unique combination of rainforest, beaches and coral reefs
Manuel Antonio is the most popular National Park. One reason for this is the unspoiled beaches that lie within easy walking distance of the entrance station. The overhanging palms are a refreshing break from the bars, discos, hotels and restaurants surrounding the park.  Besides the spectacular beaches, Manuel Antonio offers several kilometers of very well maintained trails offering the easiest access in Costa Rica to the lowland rainforest.
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Contact: Bob Greene • Phone: 480.584.3137


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