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Top Choice Area in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

Punta Catedral

Geography fun fact: this isthmus that's the centerpiece of the park is called a tombolo and was formed by the accumulation of sand between the mainland and the peninsula beyond, which was once an island. At its end,…
Top Choice National Park in Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

This stunner of a marine park, with a wide beach shaped like a whale's tail, protects coral and rock reefs surrounding several offshore islands. The lack of tourist crowds means that you can enjoy a quiet day at the…
Top Choice Fusion in Dominical

¿Por Qué No?

Blackberry-and-cream-cheese-stuffed French toast, anyone? (Served with real maple syrup – this Canadian-run establishment doesn't mess around.) It's worth making a reservation for lunch or dinner – the creative, wel…
Top Choice Fusion in Quepos to Manuel Antonio

Kapi Kapi Restaurant

While there is some stiff competition for the title of best restaurant in the area, this Californian creation certainly raises the bar. The menu at Kapi Kapi (a traditional greeting of the indigenous Maleku) spans t…
Top Choice National Park in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio is the country's smallest (just 19.83 sq km) and most popular national park. A clearly marked trail system winds through rainforest-backed white-sand beaches and rocky headlands, the w…
Top Choice Waterfall in Tárcoles & Around

Catarata Manantial de Agua Viva

This 200m-high waterfall is claimed to be the highest in the country. From the entrance, it’s a steep 3km (45-minute) hike down into the valley; at the bottom, the river continues through a series of natural swimmin…
Top Choice Art in Uvita

Envision Festival

Four days of spoken word, music, yoga, performance art, permaculture, dreadlocks and DJs happen in Uvita in late February for the 'Costa Rican Burning Man' festival. Attendees set up camp in a jungle setting near th…
Top Choice Waterfall in Dominical

Cataratas Nauyaca

This center, owned and operated by a Costa Rican family, is home to the coast's most impressive waterfalls, which cascade through a protected reserve of both primary and secondary forest. The family runs horseback-r…
Top Choice International in Ojochal

Exotica

This phenomenal gourmet restaurant is worth planning your evening around. In a sultry, jungle ambience with orchids everywhere, the nouveau French dishes each emphasize a breadth of ingredients brought together in m…
Top Choice Indonesian in Ojochal

Ylang-Ylang

The only Indonesian restaurant in Central America, this characterful Dutch-run place is immensely popular for the authentic, fiery flavors of their dishes (they grow their own Asian herbs). Dishes such as daging ren…