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Costa Rica: Pacific coast

The Pacific coast, unlike the sheltered volcanic beaches of the Caribbean, is lashed by foaming Pacific waves, much beloved by surfers.  The wide golden beaches are extremely beautiful, made more so by the shade of the tropical vegetation and coconut groves which tumble down to and fringe them.

Halfway down the coast is Manuel Antonio National Park, a tropical fairy-land of palms, creepers and mangrove swamps, where monkeys scamper down to the sweep of ochre beach at sunset. Hotels and other properties punctuate the hills beyond and sit along the shoreline that leads to the protected national park. There’s also a growing resort complex at Herradura.

Our holidays to Pacific coast

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Things to do in Pacific coast

Kayaks in the Mangroves

Kayak through Pacific mangroves

Zip Line Through the Jungle

Zip line in the Costa Rican jungle

Surfer on beach

Take a surfing lesson

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The beach at Manuel Antonio, on the edge of the eponymous jungley national park, is one of the most visually stunning Pacific beaches. Not surprisingly there are now plenty of hotels and other facilities, although it remains largely unspoiled. Of course it wasn't always like this: on my first visit in 1981 only a few adventurous backpackers made it there (you could fly in on a battered DC3 for $4.00); it had one bar which offered lethal vodka and orange cocktails, and a fan of sands which at sunset attracted families of monkeys to play. You could by a plot of beachfront land for $US500. I met a Canadian hippy who did just that. Far-sighted or what... 

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