Quepos, Costa Rica

A busy fishing town located near Manuel Antonio National Park

The Quepos Vibe

The town of Quepos is a somewhat bustling spot on the Central Pacific coast. It serves as a gateway to Manuel Antonio.

It is not exactly charming, but it is the perfect jumping-off point for tons of activities. We like the hilly areas surrounding Quepos for beautiful views and tons of wildlife. 

quepos map

Map Of Quepos

The town is located on the Pacific coast in the Puntarenas Province. 

It is south of Jaco and just slightly north of the Manuel Antonio National Park. 

Quepos at a Glance

Nearest International Airport

Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose

Popular Things to Do

visit Manuel Antonio National Park, fishing tours, catamaran rides

Best Way to Get Around

Rental car

Best Time of Year to Visit

Dry season is from late December until mid-April


Getting to Quepos

Flights to Costa Rica

The easiest way of getting to Quepos is by flying into the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose.

For flight booking we suggest Skyscanner. They are our go-to flight booking site for great rates.



We suggest renting a car and drive yourself. The highway from San Jose to Quepos is a well-maintained highway. You should have no issues if you are a somewhat experienced driver.

Keep in mind that the first highway is a toll road. You need to pay with cash, but they do accept dollars if you don’t have colones.

We usually pay with a $10 bill and the change (in colones) is enough to pay for the rest of the tolls. 

About an hour into your drive you will cross over a river called Rio Tarcoles which is usually lined with people. Pull your car over and walk back onto the bridge to check it out. You’ll see huge crocodiles below waiting for a tasty meal. 🙂

You do not need to rent a 4×4 for this route. The roads are all paved.

We partner with a local Costa Rican rental car company called Adobe for all our rental car needs. 

We have a 10% discount plus other great perks for you if you would like to rent with them. Just click here!


If you are only going to Quepos and not planning on traveling to other places, the bus from San Jose to Quepos is your cheapest option.

The public bus will only cost you about $10 dollars and runs several times a day. It’s not the most comfortable and if it’s full you could be left standing for the whole ride, but hey, it’s cheap!

You can check out the full bus schedule here. As your destination put in “Quepos”.


If you have a small group, the most comfortable option is hiring a private shuttle.

We are big fans of Adobe Transfers and they are more than happy to stop along the drive so you can check out all the crocodiles at Rio Tarcoles or other viewpoints.

You can get get a price quote from Adobe Transfers here

Fastest Option

Your other option is to fly. There is a small airport in Quepos and domestic flights from San Jose fly here.

Getting Around in Quepos

We like to have a car in Quepos just so we have more flexibility in our exploration and don’t need to stick entirely to tours. It’s always nice to be able to get around on your own. 

If you do not feel comfortable driving to Quepos, but would like a car for exploring while in the area we suggest renting a car for a few days while in Quepos and using a shuttle to get to and from Quepos.

To do this just select “Quepos/Manuel Antonio” as your car pick up location when you reserve your car with Adobe through us. In the comments section of the rental car reservation, you can specify that you need the car delivered to you at your hotel. Adobe will deliver it to you free of charge if you are within 12 miles of their office location.

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