Distance from San José

98.97 km, 61.5 miles Around 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on where are you going in the Central Pacific area. 

Great for:

Beach Lovers, nature lovers, families, seniors

The Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica has it all: white sand beaches, vivid rain forest, outstanding ocean scenery, and brilliant sunsets. Its diverse natural environments give it great allure, from marvelous forests to extensive mangroves, as does the abundant wildlife that calls this region home.

The Central Pacific coast stretches from Puntarenas port to the south of gorgeous Manuel Antonio National Park. The combination of splendid beaches and exuberant rain forests makes for some breath taking landscapes, provides visitors with a unique panorama.

One of the main attractions of the Central Pacific coast is Carara National Park.  This region of Costa Rica located in the transition zone between Mesoamerican and Amazonian ecosystems. This means the park is the habitat of species inherent to both environments, making for some superb wildlife spotting (especially bird species).

The jewel of this part of Costa Rica, however, is Manuel Antonio National Park. A popular natural attraction, this park entices visitors from all over the world with its pristine beaches (some of the most beautiful in the country) and its prolific rain forests.

Sunny season from November to May

Rainy season from June to October.

Usually, in the rainy season it only rains in the afternoons.