Introducing Quepos To Manuel Antonio
Sure, the park itself is a natural wonder, but the road to it is an overdeveloped mess. The serpentine road that links Quepos to Manuel Antonio is lined with hotels and tour operators, and the roadside is lined with tourists in flip flops.
From the Quepos waterfront, the road swings inland for 7km before reaching the beaches of Manuel Antonio village and the entrance to the national park. This route passes over a number of hills awash with picturesque views of forested slopes leading down to the palm-fringed coastline.
This area is home to some of Costa Rica’s finest hotels and restaurants, though navigating the area without a car is challenging. While shoestringers and budget travelers are catered for, this is one part of the country where those with deep pockets can bed down and dine out in the lap of luxury.
Note that the road to Manuel Antonio is steep, winding and very narrow. Worse, local bus drivers love to careen through at high velocities, and there are almost no places to pull over in the event of an emergency. At all times, you should exercise caution and drive and walk with care, especially at night. Be particulalry aware of pedestrians.