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With its varied landscape of both wet and dry tropical rain forests and a sun-drenched coastline teeming with big fish and even bigger surf, the central Pacific coast is one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica for hikers, anglers, surfers and sun-worshippers alike. National parks hug the coastline providing refuge for rare species of animals such as the White-Faced Capuchin, Monkey and Scarlet Macaw, while more commonly sighted creatures like Iguanas and Squirrels ensure that every outing is memorable. The region also boasts well-paved roads leading from San Jose and the Central Valley out to the coastline, so it's no surprise that locals flock to the Pacific looking for the perfect weekend escape.
This stretch of the Pacific has always been popular with the North American holiday crowd as it's easy to squeeze in a weeklong retreat and be back to work on Monday. In recent years, North American Baby Boomers, nearing retirement, began snatching up property; lured to Costa Rica by a combination of good weather, safety and a low cost of living, the area has become a haven for those looking to make their escape. Coastal towns like Jaco, that were once the exclusive enclaves of vacationing Costa Rican families, are now quickly being colonized by American-style malls, gated communities and expatriates bringing a generous touch of modern convenience to the area, yet leaving the quiet simplicity of a rain forested beach town untouched. Foreign investment has blessed this region with continuous development and solid infrastructure.
The climate of the central Pacific region is the most temperate of all the beach areas as it is in the transitional zone between the very humid and rainy South and the dry forests located to the north in Guanacaste. The Central Pacific is green year round and, unlike Guanacaste, there are no high winds or heavy blowing dust during the high season.
The most popular beaches are Herradura, Jaco, Hermosa, Esterillios, Parita, Manuel Antonio, and Dominical. All of these areas are different and have their own unique vibe. The most populous areas are Jaco and Manuel Antonio, however visitors won't miss out on a chance to explore long, gorgeous, undeveloped areas like Esterillos, just 20 minutes from Jaco, or Dominical just south of Manuel Antonio, each among the most pristine and beautiful stretches along the Pacific coast.
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