Quepos, Costa Rica derives its name from an Indian tribe called Quepo, a smaller group of the Borucas, who settled there. It is also referred to as Manuel Antonio and is best known as the place where the sea meets the rainforest, a tropical bay in the middle of Costa Rica’s coastline in the province of Puntarenas.
By the 19th century, as a result of other Indian tribes, diseases, warfare and slavery, pure blooded Quepos were wiped out.
Quepos was originally known for its banana export, but later, due to disease, bananas were replaced by African palm oil. Apart from a railroad between Parrita and Quepos, transportation to other parts of the country was almost non-existent due to lack of proper roads. If an airplane wanted to land, it did so at low tide on the beach.
At first only Costa Ricans visited Quepos, later the place became sought after by draft dodgers, hippies, surfers, and fishing captains (Bill Gannon was responsible for the “catch and release” initiative).
For tourists there was only a few villas and cabanas and two bars. Since then Quepos has grown into a sought after vacation spot that offers tourists every luxury they have back home: vacation rentals, restaurants, bars, boutiques, tours/activities and gyms.
Today, Quepos is a hot spot for sun and fun loving tourists, wildlife enthusiasts, and couples who want to tie the knot in an exotic location. Our luxurious vacation rentals in Manuel Antonio will provide you with an exceptional Costa Rica vacation in a beautiful location. We also have homes in other Costa Rica beach locations. Contact us for more information!