Downtown Quepos is a small checkerboard of dusty streets that are lined with a mix of local- and tourist-oriented shops, businesses, markets, restaurants and cafes. The town loses its well-ordered shape as it expands outward, but the sprawl is kept relatively in check by the mountains to the east and the water to the west.

South of the town center is the Marina Pez Vela; its marine slips opened to much fanfare in 2010, and it now features some of the best restaurants in town.