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Playa Jacó is one of the country’s most popular and developed seaside destinations less than two hours’ drive of the capital. It is home to Costa Rica's best surfing and despite its popularity retains a laid-back atmosphere.

Midway along the Pacific coast is the very popular Manuel Antonio National Park, with forested hills and swamps, two beautiful beaches and fine hotels. It is home to many birds, iguanas, snakes, sloths, and capuchin monkeys.

Uvita started out as a small fishing village on the south Pacific coast but has been made famous by its beautiful beaches, exclusive hotels and extraordinary marine life in the Marino Ballena national park. It is one of the best places in Costa Rica to see migratory humpback whales (July to October and December to March), a variety of species of dolphins, and sea turtles. The Whale’s Tail beach, which at low tide makes the perfect outline of a whale tail, is quite spectacular.

Our preferred accommodation

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    Alma del Pacifico

    Beach hotel - Playa Esterillos Este
    30 minutes from Jacó. A beautifully private and isolated hotel right on Playa Esterillos. The hotel is relaxed with a lovely open restaurant. There are two pools and a spa.
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    Arenas del Mar

    Beach hotel - Manuel Antonio
    Luxury beachfront hotel, a few kilometres from the centre of Manuel Antonio. There are 2 swimming pools (1 by the restaurant and 1 by the beach), 2 restaurants including 1 next to the beach serving lunch only and a small spa.
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    Costa Verde Resort

    Beach hotel - Manuel Antonio
    This hotel overlooks the beaches of the Manuel Antonio National park and is surrounded by thick rainforest.
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    Kura Design Villas

    Country hotel - Highlands above Uvita
    An exclusive design hotel set within the lush forest above Uvita overlooking the famous Whales Tail beach. The six rooms are designed with acute attention to detail with a modern finish and air-conditioning. Aimed at couples, the staff are extremely attentive and endeavour to make each stay unique.
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    Santa Juana Lodge

    Lodge/Hosteria - Santa Juana, Manuel Antonio
    Santa Juana is a rural mountain lodge just over one hour inland from Manuel Antonio. Arriving here from the coast is a different world, journeying through palm plantations and heading up into the remote hills overlooking the Pacific ocean. Hearty meals are served in the dining room which is open to the sides and has stunning views. 

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