Dangers & Annoyances

  • Theft can be a problem, and the usual commonsense precautions apply: lock valuables in a hotel safe and never leave anything in a car.
  • When leaving bars late at night, walk in a group or take a taxi. Women should keep in mind that the town’s bars attract rowdy crowds of plantation workers on weekends.
  • Note that the beaches in Quepos are polluted and not recommended for swimming. Go over the hill to Manuel Antonio instead, where some of the dreamiest waters in Costa Rica await.


Coopealianza has a 24-hour ATM on the Cirrus and Plus systems. Other banks will change US dollars and traveler's checks.

Tourist Information

Look out for Quepolandia, a free English-language monthly magazine that can be found at many of the town’s businesses and online at www.quepolandia.com.

Travel with Children

The entire Quepos and Manuel Antonio area is one of Costa Rica’s leading family-friendly destinations. With beaches and rainforest in close proximity – not to mention a healthy dose of charismatic wildlife – the region can enchant young minds regardless of their attention spans.

Most families with children congregate in the hotels and resorts lining the Quepos–Manuel Antonio Rd, but this is more due to accommodations density than other factors. In fact, the appeal of Quepos for children is that there is plenty to explore beyond the hotel walls, which can give parents a bit of fresh air and breathing room.

All in all, the town’s excellent restaurant scene is kid-friendly, and the local Ticos are very welcoming to little ones. And finally, while you’re not exactly on the beach or up in the forest, it’s just a short and uneventful ride out to Manuel Antonio if the kids need an idyllic day on the beach.