The Central Pacific Coast

Beaches, waterfalls, and National Parks

The Central Pacific area of Costa Rica is home to some of the best beaches in the country. 

This is the most popular beach area in the country mostly due to how close it is to the San Jose International Airport.

It is known for mostly calm waters on the beaches, visiting the Manuel Antonio National park, and plenty of adventure options.

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Map Of The Central Pacific

This area is the most accessible beach area from the San Jose International Airport.

The most popular tourist destination in this region are Jaco and Manuel Antonio. 

Most people visit this area to enjoy the beaches, but there are several mountain towns that are perfect for adventure and quiet relaxation. 

Central Pacific Weather

The dry season and main tourism season in Costa Rica is from late December until late April. During this time of year you can expect crowds and higher prices in this area. 

This especially applies to the more popular beach town like Jaco and Manuel Antonio.

From May until August prices go down a bit, the crowds go home, and the weather turns somewhat rainy.

You can expect afternoon rainstorms to last about one to two hours. 

Rarely will there be a full day of rain.

From August until December prices usually get even lower. At this time of year, you are more likely to experience rainy days.

The temperature year-round is usually in the upper 80°F (around 30°C) during the day and dips to about  65° F (19°C) at night.

Year-round the sun rises between 5:15 and 5:45am and sets between 5:30 and 6:00pm. 

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Central Pacific Transportation

There are multiple transportation options to get to and around in The Central Pacific region.

We usually suggest renting a car because it will give you the most flexibility in getting around between locations and it will allow you to explore more on your own.

You can book your rental car with a 10% discount plus other great perks here. 

However, if you are planning on staying at a resort or plan to mostly take day tours with transportation included, it is most likely not necessary to rent a car. 

In this situation, you could opt for a private shuttle.

You can book your private shuttle with our favorite shuttle company here

If you are on a tight budget, the public bus is always an option. Here is the best place for the bus schedule.  

Fun Central Pacific Activities

All the Central Pacific Destinations

A bustling beach town. In our opinion, this isn’t the nicest town, but it is a good jumping off point for adventures.

A popular beach town and home to Costa Rica’s most popular national park.

A small surfing village located next to Jaco. This is a good place to stay for relaxed vibes.

Home to some very nice resorts and one of the only golf courses in the country.

A bustling town that serves as a gateway to Manuel Antonio. The marina is a popular spot for fishing and catamaran trips.

A series of small villages located along wide stretches of beaches.

A bustling city and location of Pacific coast cruise terminals.

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