We're staying in Quepos but I'd like to get at least one day in paradise type waters....any suggestions for a day trip?
I figured. Thought asking couldn't hurt. I was wrong. My soul is crying lol.
In general, Pacific coast anywhere in Central/North America will be bad for clear water due to strong surf and upwelling.
Your "soul" will stop crying once it sees everything else the area has to offer......I often tell guests......enjoy the amazing things we have like the wildlife.....the national park.....the weather.....the people.....the culture......the open air restaurants and bars......the fact that you can drink the water right out of the tap and eat anywhere without the worry of getting sick.....the tours and activities like white water rafting and zip lines and surfing......but if you have to have snorkeling in crystal clear waters like Mexico, Hawaii or the Caribbean.....then this is not the place for you.....we don't have that.
You can try beach number 3 inside the park...some times water is just incredible...
I agree with Tulemar Dave. Once you see the unreal lush tropical beauty of the area, see the wildlife that is everywhere (monkeys and sloths and toucans oh my) you will will be over the moon. Great restaurants and happy hours and the best sunsets ever. I have been to many areas with crystal clear water and while beautiful, nothing has made my soul sing like the rainforest jungles and beaches of the Manuel Antonio area. If you want to swim and soak in some calm and warm waters, take a visit to Beisanz Beach. Go at low tide and avoid the rocky area to the left of the beach. Walk to the right where it is nice and sandy and gently sloping. We can't wait until we go back in January!
Hi Traveltogo33......in my opinion....this is the best of the ocean tours that combine a cruise along the coastline.....the "possibility" of seeing some dolphins......and swimming/snorkeling....plus a nice lunch/drinks.....but it takes you to the same snorkeling spot all the others do.....the same silty water.....if you go with low expectations for the snorkeling.....you'll be OK....if you go with high expectations....you'll be disappointed......there are so many of these tour companies out there offering this service because so many tourists request it.....none of them would dare describe the snorkeling as "poor to OK".....unless all of the companies did.