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Central Pacific Coast

Stretching from Puntarenas to the tiny town of Uvita, the central Pacific coast is home to wet and dry tropical forests, sun-drenched beaches and a healthy dose of wildlife. On shore, national parks protect endangered squirrel monkeys and scarlet macaws, while offshore waters nurture migrating whales and pods of dolphins.

With so much biodiversity packed into a small geographic area, it’s no wonder the region is often thought of as Costa Rica in miniature. Given its close proximity to San José, and its well-developed system of paved roads, this part of the country is a favorite weekend getaway for domestic and international travelers.

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These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Central Pacific Coast.

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