Welcome to Quepos, Manuel Antonio


La Foresta Nature Resort is nestled on the unique Central Pacific Coast area of Costa Rica. The resort has an ideal location only 6 minutes from the Marina Pez Vela in Quepos, 10 minutes from Manuel Antonio National Park and one of the world’s top 25 beaches, Manuel Antonio Beach. Driving from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) and San Jose City, our capital, takes only two and a half hours through the Costanera Sur Highway or 20 minutes flying directly to Quepos with a local airline that lands into Quepos Airstrip, 150 meters south from our newly renovated resort!

The Adventurous way

  • First drive visitors to Costa Rica are encourage to book private ground transportation as roads are no doubt navigable, but the terrain prohibits a freeway system throughout most of the country, and without street signs it is very easy to get lost (Yes, we usually lack them).
  • If you find yourself driving in the country, it is best to drive defensively and avoid driving at night, since the reflective paint that outlines the roads is faded or non-existent in some areas, making the curves dangerous for unfamiliar drivers. Below you may find detailed driving directions to La Foresta
  • When leaving the SJO Airport take the main highway (Inter American High Way) to San Ramon and drive aprox. 8 miles (13km) to take the exit to Atenas, Orotina and Jaco. At the stop sign (50 yards) turn left go over the bridge.
  • After 1.8 miles (3 km) look for the church in the left side and take a left after a soccer field heading to Turrucares and drive 2 miles (3.2km) to get to the new highway. Once you see the HWY don’t go under the tunnel, take a left and drive 500 yards (through a parallel road to the HWY) to the East until a rotary. Once in the rotary take the first exit at the right to get on the HWY heading to the West to Atenas, Orotina, Jacó.
  • Once on the highway drive for 16.5 miles (27km) or until you pass two toll booths. After the second toll booth take the first exit right with signs for Jaco.
  • After passing under the HWY bridge you are now on route 34, from there Manuel Antonio is 67 miles distance. Follow the signs to Jaco, Parrita, Quepos. You will pass over the Tarcoles river or crocodile bridge.
  • At this point of the trip you can have a little rest, stop before the Crocodile bridge, park your car near the restaurant, lock your car and walk to the center of the bridge. Please make sure to secure all your belongings all the moment.
  • After the rest continue driving, follow the sighs to Jaco, Parrita, Quepos.
  • Once near Jaco, keep on the route 34, this time continue driving to Parrita, Quepos. At this point of the trip the road to Quepos, Manuel Antonio is easier.
  • In Parrita you have to pass through the town, and keep on the main road following the signs to Quepos, Manuel Antonio.
  • After passing Parrita, there will be only two gas stations until reaching Shana Hotel, Residences & Spa in Manuel Antonio.
  • The first gas station is at the right side in the town of Paquita, from there continue aprox. 5 miles until you past in front of another Gas Station and Quepos Hospital.
  • From Quepos Hospital drive 200 meters straight on the paved road; La Foresta is located at the right side of the road. The security guard will advise on where to park once you have reached the hotel facilities.

Vehicles equipped with GPS devices have significantly improved visitors' ability to tour the country at their own pace. Should you decide to drive, we strongly suggest equipping the vehicle with a GPS unit. For traveling to Quepos and Manuel Antonio a 4WD is not necessary, but if your trip includes Monteverde or La Fortuna, you better have a 4WD. For rental car informaton please click here.

For assistance during your travel, please feel free to call our representatives to 2777-3130.

Green Travel

At La Foresta Nature Resort we strive to enforce sustainable tourism and highly encourage you to choose not only the easiest and fastest way to get to our beautiful hotel but the greener by flying locally, please note that all domestic flights in Costa Rica are certified as Carbon Neutral and will compensate all carbon emissions emitted by your flight.

There are two domestic airlines offering daily flights from San Jose to the nearby small airstrip in Quepos located only 150 meters from our resort. Both airlines – Sansa & Nature Air depart from a small terminal within walking distance of Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. For specific arrival and departure times, please confirm each respective airline’s website or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We will gladly assist you with airline tickets for domestic flights.

Private Ground Transportation

In case you would like to travel by land in a minivan with a private driver, we can gladly arrange airport transfers to and from La Foresta for you. Please provide us with flight details such as time of arrival, flight number and airline as well as number of people in order to confirm the transfer to you. This transfer takes approximately 3 hours, including a stop to see the American crocodiles at their natural habitat in the Tarcoles River on the way to Quepos passing near the famous Carara National Park where if lucky enough, you will also spot the scarlet macaw along the road. The approximate cost of it is about $200/per way. Please confirm this rate with our reservations department as rates may increase depending upon the amount of people.

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