Transportation options from San José to Manuel Antonio

Are you looking at private transportation or transfer options for your trip to the Central and South Pacific of Costa Rica? Wondering if you should fly, take a shuttle or rent a car? Why not make the journey part of your holiday? There are so many interesting places to stop at and explore on the way down, here are a few ideas if you decide to drive down to your destination.

Orotina, famous for its fruit stalls

A few minutes after leaving San José and heading to the Pacific, you will reach the town of Orotina. Without deviating off the highway, there are many stalls where you can stop to try some of the local fruit. Try refreshing coconut water, called a pipa by locals or taste mouthwatering green mangoes flavored with lime and salt. Maybe some dehydrated bananas, Costa Rica´s version of a raisin are also available. Good opportunity to load up on snacks for the road.

Crocodile viewing off the Tárcoles Bridge

The largest population of crocodiles in Costa Rica lives on the Tárcoles River, and tourists stop before or after the bridge that runs across it to view photograph these giant creatures that have survived and thrived through the ages. Be aware of your surroundings and belongings during your stop, this is still part of the highway, and cars will go past you quickly while you are on the bridge. 

When you request transportation or a transfer with Tucanes Tours, our guides and drivers will make your transportation part of the adventure!

Carara National Park

The Tárcoles River borders the Carara National Park, which protects transitional forests, making for a biodiversity hotspot. The area is a favorite for birdwatchers, and you may observe red macaws, toucans, herons and more. The trails are accessible and may be explored individually or as a circuit. 

Bustling town of Jacó

Ready for a nice meal, some shopping, and a walk down the beach? Drive into the town of Jacó, where ample dining and shopping options abound. The busy main street offers seafood, sushi, pizza and more, all mixed together with supermarkets, handcraftss and convenience stores. Walk to the end of the road and find the beach, where families and surfers all enjoy the sun and waves.

Welcome to Quepos

Quepos is the last town before you head up the hill towards Manuel Antonio. The Marina Pez Vela is a lovely spot to catch the sunset while having a cocktail. Their offerings include fine dining and a few upscale shopping options. 

Manuel Antonio

You´ve made it, your home base for the next few days. You can choose active, adventurous experiences for an exciting holiday, add a couple of cultural and gastronomic experiences, and choose a few relaxing and romantic options, inland or at sea, to round out the perfect holiday.

When you request transportation or a transfer with Tucanes Tours, our guides and drivers will make your transportation part of the adventure!

Tucanes has a new fleet of Microbuses ready to fulfill your transportation or transfer option needs.

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Costa Rica offers freshwater and saltwater fishing experiences for anglers to explore and enjoy.


The region is often host to international fishing tournaments, held in the Pacific Ocean where marine life abounds. Before or after tournament participation, complement your stay with fresh water fishing, as well as tours exploring the natural beauty of the region. Ocean, rivers, verdant mountains, waterfalls and more, the Quepos/Manuel Antonio region of Costa Rica awaits.

Damas Island Mangrove Wetlands Fishing Tour

This tour allows you to learn about traditional Costa Rican fishing techniques, surrounded by the lush mangroves. While you’re fishing, keep an eye out for the diverse flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem, where you may see sloths, monkeys, snakes and many different types of birds.

Quepos Sport Fishing Tour

This in-shore angling tour gives you the opportunity to visit a fishing ground close to shore as well as reefs. Enjoy the views of the protected Manuel Antonio National Park while you fish the abundant waters for Mahi-Mahi, Snappers, Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish and more.

International Sport Fishing Tournaments in Quepos

The Marina Pez Vela in Quepos constantly hosts international Sport Fishing Tournaments, and the next one on the calendar is April 12th. The best anglers in the world participate, and you have your pick of charter boats, all sizes and budgets.

Maximize your Costa Rica experience

There is much more to see and do in the Central Pacific of Costa Rica. Round out your visit and experience nature full force. If adventure and adrenaline is what you crave, try white water rafting on the Naranjo or Savegre River. Learn about the country’s biodiversity during a birdwatching tour or a Jungle Night walk. For a relaxed day, share with locals and experience a cooking lesson including fresh organic ingredients. Contact the professionals at Tucanes Tours for a specialized extended itinerary, one of their branch offices is conveniently located at the Marina Pez Vela, lower level.

Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Costa Rica, Best Fishing around

The Pacific Ocean of Costa Rica has been a favorite fishing destination for decades.

Sport fishermen enjoy the exuberance of marine life, observing sea turtles, dolphins and rays frolicking next to the boats, on their way to fish for Marlin, Sailfish, Snapper, Roosterfish, Dorado, Yellow fish Tuna, Wahoo and more.

The Marina Pez Vela in Quepos now provides the ideal launching off point in the Central Pacific to take off on these half-day or full-day excursions, and it has also become the host of important sport fishing tournaments. Its waterfront facilities include restaurants, shops, travel agencies, and medical services. Come experience it for yourself!

Sport fishing Tournaments in Quepos by Marina Pez Vela

The Pelagic Rock Star Offshore Tournament took place January 11-13th, the first tournament of the new year. The event combined fishing, music and parties for a fun event in which 45 teams competed for over $300,000 in prizes. They don’t follow international angling guidelines, and these “jungle rules” mean the person who catches the fish can hand rod to someone else to fight the fish! The Marina Pez Vela now features a Pelagic Gear Shop where you can purchase their iconic clothing and equipment.

The Quepos Billfish Cup takes place March 14-17th and has $100,000 in prizes on the line for participants. The three-day event is part of a series of tournaments in Central America, and it adheres to the international angling rules. This means the angler who catches the fish needs to fight it as well.

April 12-14th is The Marina Pez Vela Open, which also follows angling rules and is expected to have large cash prizes for its international participants.

The Offshore World Championship, which is by invitation only, hosts teams from around the world in Quepos, considered the billfish capital of the world by many. This one takes place 16th-20th of April, an exciting multicultural event where people converge for friendly competition and sharing different techniques and styles.

Experience Costa Rica’s Central Pacific

Visit the Quepos/Manuel Antonio area and enjoy these exciting events. Contact the tour operator expert in the area, Tucanes Tours, and book your own excursions: ATV tours, rafting, horseback riding, whale watching, zip lining, hiking, surfing and more. They can provide a private Sport Fishing Tour so you may practice in the abundant Pacific waters before you register to participate in upcoming tournaments.