Quepos-Manuel Antonio : Costa rica


What It Is Like to Retire in Quepos-Manuel Antonio

Quepos is a small coastal town and regional center midway down Costa Rica's Pacific coast. The population is 21,000. It includes the nearby resort town of Manuel Antonio which includes the extremely popular Manuel Antonio National Park. Quepos has beaches, a small airport, and a hospital. In the national park are mangroves and beach-lined rainforests that are home to howler, white-faced and squirrel monkeys. Playa Espadilla and Playa Biesanz are nearby beaches for sunning, swimming, and snorkeling. Northwest of town, there is the Damas Island mangrove estuary.

Where to Retire in Quepos-Manuel Antonio and Home Prices

Quepos is a busy, growing community. Expats probably would not want to live downtown but there is real estate along the coast and in the hills that would be suitable. Signs for real estate properties abound along its roads. Nearby Manuel San Antonio, mostly high above the ocean, might be a better bet for expats buying property. A check on the Internet for property for sale in Quepos shows dozens of listings in Manuel Antonio, ranging from the $100s to estates over $3 million, single family homes to condos.

What Is Special about Quepos-Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio National Park is an amazing destination with beaches, forests, and unusual wildlife. It is very popular with tourists. The area is a center for deep sea fishing.

What Is Not Special about Quepos-Manuel Antonio

Downtown Quepos is not very attractive and filled with low end tourist establishments. It is a small town far from any city so culturally there is not much to offer.

Who Will Like Retirement in Quepos-Manuel Antonio

Retirees looking for gorgeous beaches and an expat retirement in a friendly, stable environment might like it here. The fishing is great as well.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism, particularly ecotourism drives the economy. This is also a regional center so there is some commerce.

Climate and Physical Environment

Quepos is situated midway down Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. There are sandy beaches and islands quickly rising to hills and mountains to the east. April is the hottest month with averages in the low 80s and January the coldest with the average about 79 (F.). Sept - Dec is the rainy season.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are many good restaurants here, especially in Manuel Antonio, because of all the tourists. The level of the food is very good, and seafood is excellent. Activities like bird watching and nature viewing in Manuel Antonio National Park, fishing, ziplining and white water rafting tend to be more important than cultural activities.


Costa Rica is a relatively safe country. Most crime is property related.

Medical Facilities

Quepos has the regional medical center. Most expats in Costa Rica visit private medical clinics, which generally provide a high level of care at reasonable prices. The country is destination of medical tourism.


There is a local airport and regular bus service in town. Uber and taxicabs are inexpensive and very available.

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