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Towns and Nearby Beaches

Picturesque coastal villages, little fishing communities, agricultural plantations, stunning beaches, and tourist attractions characterize the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica by Portasol Living real estate development.

The most popular towns in the area are Quepos/Manuel Antonio and Dominical, which offer a wide variety of services and attractions.

The communities closest to Portasol – the small villages of Portalón and Matapalo – are mainly engaged in agriculture, livestock, tourism and fishing.

Gorgeous tropical beaches framed by coconut palm trees and accented with mangrove estuaries and river mouths stretch southward from Quepos to the Manuel Antonio National Park, down to Dominical and further into Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific region.

The area is an immense playground for those who like to surf, boogie board, kayak, sail, fish, stand-up paddle, whitewater raft, horseback ride, mountain bike, walk or jog.

Matapalo Beach & Linda Beach

The lovely paradise beaches of Matapalo and Linda are the closest beaches to Portasol Living, a mere 6 kilometers away. Off-the-beaten path, these beaches are a complete escape from tourist traffic.

A long, flat, immense stretch of black volcanic sand extends from Matapalo Beach into Linda, fringed with palm and mango trees.

You have plenty of wide open space for walking, jogging, horseback riding, building sand castles, and watching magnificent sunsets.

Surfers enjoy long rides on glassy waves, while families play in the shore break.

Residences, a few restaurants and food stores are tucked back from the beach. Playa Matapalo and Playa Linda are kept so clean that they are Costa Rica Ecological Blue Flag beaches.

Three species of sea turtles in Costa Rica nest on these beaches from July to December.

Volunteers are welcome with the Matapalo Sea Turtle Conservation Project, and an annual sea turtle festival is held every November to celebrate hatching baby sea turtles.

Services & Activities

In Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Matapalo, Dominical, and Uvita, you will find supermarkets, fruit & vegetable stores, small grocery and liquor stores, souvenir shops, and other shopping.

There are specialized sports stores that carry equipment and accessories for surfing, mountain biking, fishing, scuba diving, kayaking, and other sports.

Quepos is the region’s largest town and has a domestic airport, large marina, hospital, pharmacies, banks, supermarkets, hardware stores, hotels, and dozens of world-class restaurants offering gastronomic diversity from around the world. Quepos is 29 km (18 miles) from Portasol.

Activities close to Portasol Living include canopy zip line tours, surfing, whale-watching, kayaking, whitewater rafting, sportfishing, sailing, horseback riding, scuba diving and snorkeling, mountain biking, parasailing, observing sea turtles, bird watching, hiking in national parks, and visiting wildlife refuges.

Dining by Portasol

From Quepos and Manuel Antonio all the way to Dominical and Uvita, you’ll find fantastic high-quality restaurants with surprising variety. Chefs from all over the world have moved to this region and you can dine on cuisines including Costa Rican, Mexican, French, Thai, Argentinean, Italian, Spanish, American, Japanese and Chinese.

Because of the ocean’s proximity and flourishing fishing industry, fresh seafood is always a favorite.

People in the area prefer healthy living, and there are many vegetarian restaurants and smoothie bars.

You also can find coffee shops, gelato and ice cream parlors, bakeries, and fun places to hang out by the beach for a sunset cocktail or an evening of live music.

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