Why go to Quepos?
Manuel Antonio National Park and beaches are within close proximity of Quepos, and it has a quaint downtown
It can be oppressively hot and humid here, so be sure to stay hydrated and dress appropriately
Quepos provides access to a wonderland of options for active travelers and nature lovers
Quepos Cruise Port Facilities?
There is nothing right by the pier, but the town of Quepos is a 10-minute walk or very quick taxi ride. Once in town, you'll find stores, cafes and restaurants, ATMs, a bus terminal and a taxi stand. There's also a beach, but most people go to the much nicer one near Manuel Antonio.
Good to Know?
The heat and humidity. Most Costa Rican cruises run during the winter months, when northerners have trouble remembering life without winter coats and hats. If you're going to the beach or even just walking around town, wear plenty of sunscreen and bring more to reapply. Drink a lot of water (mix it up with juice or Gatorade for electrolytes), wear a hat and consider dressing in "wicking" fabrics, so your clothes don't get so soaked with sweat.
On Foot: The pier is a 10- to 15-minute walk from the center of town. Once in town, all restaurants and shops are accessible on foot.
By Taxi: Cabs are available at the pier and by the bus terminal in town. A taxi from the pier into town is about $2, and from the bus terminal to Manuel Antonio is about $15. Taxis are supposed to be metered, but drivers don't always run them, so be sure to negotiate a price before you get in.
By Bus: The public bus from Quepos to Manuel Antonio costs 3.10 colones (you'll want local coins), regardless of whether you stop at the national park, the beach or the restaurants at the top of the hill.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
The currency is the Costa Rican Colon; for current currency conversion figures visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com. Many restaurants, shops and other vendors will accept U.S. dollars. If you'd like to get local currency, turn right at the street just past the Best Western, and there's an ATM halfway down the block and another one at the next corner.
Spanish is the official language, but many people working in the tourist industry speak some English.