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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 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 Cafe in Quepos to Manuel Antonio

Café Milagro

With a menu full of vibrant, refreshing delectables – like gazpacho, salads tossed with mango and chayote squash in passion-fruit dressing, fish tacos with chunky guacamole, or banana-macadamia pancakes – this appea…
Top Choice Fusion in Quepos to Manuel Antonio

El Patio de Café Milagro

This is a fine stop for fancy coffee drinks, and even better for decadent breakfasts (banana pancakes with macadamia nuts), sandwiches (mango mahimahi wrap) and sophisticated interpretations of Tico fare for dinner …
Top Choice Point 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 Beach in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

Playa Espadilla Sur

The exposed Playa Espadilla Sur is to the north of Punta Catedral and swimming here can be dangerous. The beach is a half-hour hike from the park entrance.
Top Choice Fusion in Quepos to Manuel Antonio

Lush Tapas & Lounge

On the 2nd floor of Plaza Vista II, the tables and chairs of this new tapas bar face the sunset and there are few better places to be at that time of day, cocktail in hand. There's a succinct tapas menu to complemen…
Top Choice Bakery in Quepos

Brooklyn Bakery

Real New York–style bagels and lox! (a real rarity in Costa Rica). Rye bread! Iced coffee! This adorable little bakery bakes its fresh wares every morning, as well as serving light bites throughout the day and delic…
Top Choice Seafood in Quepos


A serious contender for the region's best restaurant, Gabriella's does many things well. The veranda catches the sunset, the service is attentive, but the food is the real star, with a great emphasis on fresh fish a…
Top Choice Fusion in Quepos

Z Gastrobar

Bright, open to the breeze from all sides and with colorful cushions strewn on its comfy couches, this is a terrific spot for lingering with a coffee and dessert, or over a lunch of dorado ceviche in coconut milk or…