Quepos (pronounced kay-pohs) owes its name to the Quepoa. Quepoa were not only the fiercest people in the region, but also the second-most feared tribe in all of the Americas. Ponce de Leon, the Spanish explorer whose futile search for the Fountain of Youth became his signature expedition, is rarely recognized for one of his greatest discoveries—Quepos and Manuel Antonio—which he put on the map in 1519.
Puerto Quepos Today has a population of over 7000 permanent residents. The village is surrounded by primary rainforest and the center is a delightful six-block square of restaurants, bars, hotels, bakeries, art galleries and gift shops Quepos is growing quickly yet maintains many of its sleepy and humble beginnings. "Quepos", a former banana shipping port is a current "Sports Fishing Mecca" of Costa Rica.
Quepeños are great celebrators of life and seem to make dancing in the streets a local pastime. The high season runs through the drier months of December to April and explodes during the Festival del Mar, a month long party held each February that features concerts, sporting events, parades and a street carnival with dancers from across the country. Quepos fills to the brim with families, surfers, backpackers, ecotourists, blissed-out scientists and gay jet-setters, all as colorful and intriguing as the flora and fauna surrounding the village. The ever-friendly locals take it all in stride, going out of their way to make sure everyone has a good time.
World travelers are discovering the area, with many visitors purchasing homes and returning each year to enjoy the relaxing village lifestyle and natural beauty of nearby Manuel Antonio.
San Isidro de El General
The city of San Isidro de El General belongs to the district of the same name, in the Perez Zeledon County, province of San Jose. When the Spaniards arrived, the region was inhabited by the Boruca, Terraba, Cotos, Caecares, Bribris and Gymeies Indian Tribes - inhabited since 1500 years B.C., by the XVIII and XIX centuries, a migratory current from Panama and the Central Valley in Costa Rica had many people establish in the area actually know as San Isidro de El General and Perez Zeledon
The county of Perez Zeledon was founded in 1931 with the name of "Ureña", changing eventually to his actual name. A prosperous agricultural town, San Isidro de El General in the General River Valley, San Isidro de El General is located 120 km southeast of the capital city San Jose, and 29 km northeast of Dominical and about 1 hour by car from "La Palapa Eco Resort". In Puntarenas province is the largest town in this region.
Lying just a few minutes away from the Pan-American Highway on the slopes of the Talamanca Mountains, this tiny town is a great stopping point for tourists. Being an enjoyable family trip offering, do try and visit San Isidro de El General in the beginning of February when the annual cattle show and fair take place. Also going on during this period is the colorful Fiesta of the Diablos in the Boruca Indian village of Rey Curre that lies a few kilometers south of town. This festival is a great place to buy traditional Boruca Indian hand-crafted masks and decorations.
Here, visitors can sample traditional Costa Rican meals or just grab a quick bite to get them by. While stopping over here, try and visit the ancient town of Piedra del Indio or the Las Quebradas Biological Station.
With more than 1000 inhabitants, and a student population of more than 500, Uvita has become an eco-tourist destination. The area is home to the Marino Ballena National Park, coastal mountains, and beautiful beaches. Still in abundance are diverse flora and fauna and great people. We hope the Uvita of the future is filled with people that are of the mindset to live in peace with their neighbors, whether that is a plant, animal, or human.