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Top Choice Area in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

Punta Catedral

Geography fun fact: this isthmus, which is 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 …
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 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 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 Craft Beer in Jacó

PuddleFish Brewery

From the same culinary gurus who brought Graffiti and Side Street Bistro to Jacó, this new microbrewery stationed in the glitzy new plaza Jacó Walk is the city’s first. On tap are several of PuddleFish's own brews, …
Top Choice Costa Rican in Playa Hermosa

Vida Hermosa

This new restaurant is the talk of Playa Hermosa for its friendly staff, sweet surf view, and most of all its outrageously delicious cuisine. The chef cut his teeth over at Tsunami Sushi, but with a new place of his…
Top Choice Fusion in Jacó

Side Street Bistro

Recently relocated to the fabulous new Jacó Walk, this place bills itself as a food truck sin ruedas (without wheels). The small, often-changing menu includes creative sandwiches with roasted portobello mushrooms, t…
Top Choice International in Jacó

Graffiti

With shiny new digs in Jacó Walk, this long-standing favorite has upped its aesthetic appeal while retaining what first made it great: creative dishes prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Tried-and-true favorites…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Quepos to Uvita

Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge

Consisting of pristine beaches, riverbanks, mangrove estuaries, wetlands, primary and secondary forests, tree plantations and pastures, this 330-hectare nature reserve forms a key link in a major biological corridor…