Introducing Quepos to Uvita
About 4km south of Quepos, the paving on the Costanera Sur suddenly stops. Most travelers never give this much thought, though they later scratch their heads when they reach Dominical and realize that the paving starts up again. Curious? So were we.
The reason (are you ready for this one?) is that this stretch of road is owned by the Quepos regional government, and the last thing they want is tourists dividing their time between Manuel Antonio and points further south. Sure, backpackers could care less about a couple of potholes, but most tour buses wouldn’t dare proceed. Isn’t feudalism great?
Of course, the real losers in this sad state of affairs are the local Ticos who perennially beg the government to pave the road, though the bright side is that overdevelopment of the coastline virtually ceases south of Quepos. For the intrepid traveler, this means you can have your pick of deserted beaches and great surf spots, and it’s a great place to look back at the Costa Rica of 10 years ago.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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