The 10 Best Free Things to do in Quepos, Province of Puntarenas

May 22, 2022 Jacquiline Delozier

Quepos, a small town in Puntarenas province, is located on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast and is undoubtedly one of the best places in the world for big game sport fishing. However, Quepos also offers vacationers a wealth of other activities to do as well. The nearby plaza has many fine restaurants, art galleries and souvenir shops, most within a short walking distance of your beachfront vacation rental. Book an exhilarating canopy tour, go horseback riding, kayaking and rafting. Learn to surf or watch the surfers ride the waves; you’ll wonder at their athleticism.
Restaurants in Quepos

1. Jungle Avenue

Avenue Central, Quepos 6350 Costa Rica 01150627770939 http://www.junglevilla.com/
Excellent
91%
Good
9%
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5.0 based on 11 reviews

Jungle Avenue

Unique, modern clothing, swimwear, and accessories for women. Our vision was born in a tropical paradise, surrounded by raw beauty and inspired by the colors of nature and tropics. We create with raw fabrics and the thousands of textures and colors nature constantly surprises us with. Our clothes are multi-functional, convertible, allowing for ease, trend, comfort, transforming from casual to seductive and nocturnal. Sexy yet innocent. Jungle Avenue designs are simply elegant, practical, truly original, and constructed with quality fabrics. The look is provocative, edgy, glamorous, yet flowing with the freedom of movement.

2. Meli Melo Boutique

Avenida 1, Quepos Costa Rica +506 2777 1528 [email protected] http://www.melimelo.levillage.org/
Excellent
79%
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21%
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5.0 based on 14 reviews

Meli Melo Boutique

This quaint and welcoming boutique offers contemporary nature inspired creations: -Made in Costa Rica -On Costa Rica cotton Each piece is unique and reflects the artisanal handicraft approach of Francesca. For the past 12 years, she has delighted tourists and locals alike with her home collection of pillows, table runners and placemats and her colorful bags of all size and shapes. Featuring hand painted butterflies, dragonflies, frogs, birds, flowers and tropical leaves, her creations pay tribute to the exquisite surrounding fauna and flora: a distinctive memento of your travels to Costa Rica and a great alternative to the "made elsewhere" souvenirs. Shop with confidence, each piece is guaranteed WASHABLE and LOVABLE. We speak Spanish, English and French.

3. La Playita

Quepos Costa Rica
Excellent
64%
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22%
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11%
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3%
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4.5 based on 64 reviews

La Playita

A clothing-optional gay beach.

4. Playa Matapalo

Quepos Costa Rica +506 5010 6220
Excellent
57%
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30%
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7%
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1%
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5%
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4.5 based on 138 reviews

Playa Matapalo

Reviewed By 994coreyb - Windsor, United States

We came out to visit this beach and fell in love with it right away. The first thing I noticed was the locals out there surf fishing. We decided to go for a long walk Northman’s we were all alone. We say a flock of vultures on the beach along with a,few monkeys in the trees. There was a lot of bio diversity in a short walk. I can’t wait to go back and visit again. I felt safe on the beach but was forewarned about the thieves that frequent this beach. It’s a shame because I think this is likely the biggest issue hurting business growth here. Swim with a partner as there are riptides.

5. Farmers Fair (Ferias del Agricultor)

Quepos Costa Rica
Excellent
58%
Good
33%
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7%
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2%
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4.5 based on 60 reviews

Farmers Fair (Ferias del Agricultor)

Reviewed By michellemE9585BH

We stayed in Atenas and bought our produce at the local farmers market on the Friday (runs Fridays 3pm-9pm, Sat all day). The produce was so much fresher than what you would find in the local Maxi Pali. Also, saw a huge difference in produce freshness when staying in Atenas vs coastal in Puntarenas. If you're staying in Atenas, try and check the market out to stock up on your produce. Can't go wrong!

6. House of Cigars

Quepos (junto al malecon), Quepos Costa Rica +506 2777 2208 http://www.houseofcigar.com/
Excellent
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

House of Cigars

Reviewed By gagnong4

This is a hidden gem in Quepos. The cigars were delightful, the owner was very helpful and the humidor is well stocked with a nice variety of hand rolled beuties.

7. Playa Espadilla Norte

Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Quepos Costa Rica
Excellent
54%
Good
30%
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11%
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4%
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4.5 based on 192 reviews

Playa Espadilla Norte

Reviewed By RalphB795

You have to pay to get into the National Park which was a highlight of the trip, at the end of the tour (best to get a guide) is this beach. Rather fabulous, with added squirrel monkeys and a sleepy raccoon.

Marina Pez Vela, Quepos Costa Rica +506 2519 9550 [email protected] http://www.facebook.com/altairsouvenir/timeline
Excellent
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop

We are your best option to find the perfect gift to your family, friends and for yourself. Altair Souvenir Shop has the best products and prices of Manuel Antonio area and we count with all the facilities of Marina Pez Vela has for you, come to our store and let to enjoy your shopping time with air condition and fantastic scent that Altair has every day.

Reviewed By mariajZ8523MP

Good mixture of textiles, wood items, paintings,jewelry and pottery. products from all Central America.

9. Parque Nahomi

Quepos Costa Rica
Excellent
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24%
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Parque Nahomi

Reviewed By TheJazzChef - West Palm Beach, United States

Amazing views. They have a public kayaking launch point, but no one seems to use it. Nice little public park around breathtaking nature. Just another day in Costa Rica. About 10-30 minutes should cover it.

10. Marina Pez Vela

Quepos Costa Rica +506 2774 9000 http://www.marinapezvela.com/
Excellent
69%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 206 reviews

Marina Pez Vela

Reviewed By KimberlyB772 - Winthrop Harbor, United States

This is a beautiful marina. We were here for both a fishing trip and a catamaran tour. Very clean and well maintained. Great restaurants and shops, if you are interested.

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