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Situated three miles from the port of Quepos and just two hours west (98 miles) from the capital city of San José, the community of Manuel Antonio is the most prominent destination in the country for gay-friendly beaches, hotels and bars.  It’s been this way for the last thirty years!

The road from Quepos to Manuel Antonio is well-paved and easily accessed with a sedan.  Finding the way to Manuel Antonio National Park is easy — start in the town of Quepos, head south, and once a cargo plane is passed on the right hand side of the road…slow down.  The entrance is just over 2km ahead.  This landmark, the El Avion, also serves as an unusual restaurant and bar.

American Crocodile
"American Crocodile @ Tárcoles River"
photo © Monica Minguel

Beyond the national park, the coastal road, Costanera Sur (Route 34) — which starts near Coyolar in the north at the junction with Autopista José María Castro Madriz (Route 27) and continues until the intersection with the Inter American Highway (Route 2) at Palmar Norte in the south — allows for numerous great spots to visit, including:  Tarcoles for the crocodile feedings, the party/surf town of Jacó, the surf beaches of Dominical and Uvita, plus seasonal whale watching at Ballena National Park, or the Cascada Pavon Waterfall in Ojochal.

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