Expanded Edition with More Full Color Photos
This year’s edition has more categories, chapters, maps and photographs than last year.
An Intimate Portrait
This book was written by a long time resident, so don’t expect a bunch of impersonal sound bites about everything there is to see and do in the area. That’s been left to the travel guides like Lonely Planet and Frommer’s. But rather, this is an intimate portrait of a unique beach community, the friendly locals who call it home and all their time-tested favorite hangouts.
You’re the Insider
Imagine sitting at a restaurant surrounded by locals. You’re enjoying a mouth-watering meal. You easily engage in friendly conversation with the owners because you read their chapter and you feel as if you already know them.
Just like in your neighborhood, the locals in Quepos & Manuel Antonio have their favorite hangouts, restaurants, shops and places to play. But there’s so much more to this paradise.
24 Out of 27 Activities Available
Imagine visiting a place where 24 of the 27 activities available in Costa Rica are right at your doorstep: zip lining, whitewater river rafting, parasailing and more.
Three kinds of monkeys are sighted daily. A stunning, iridescent turquoise Blue Morpho butterfly might cross your path at any moment. Imagine marveling at a “Jesus Christ” lizard running upright across the surface of a body of water right before your eyes.
Who Should Read this Book?
If you’re thinking of visiting this beach town and its unique cast of characters then the Costa Rica Travel Guide: Best of Margaritaville 2015, Quepos & Manuel Antonio is for you. You’ll want to discover for yourself the magic that magnetically draws people from all over the world to move to this breathtaking paradise and what it is that keeps them there.
Targeted Age Group:: 25-65
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Utopia May not Exist But Paradise Does
Quepos and the hills of Manuel Antonio have been my home for 10 years. I love this town. It’s more than a community. It’s an eclectic extended family of adventurous souls bound by having left everything behind and having found their paradise on earth.
To live in a rainforest surrounded by monkeys, iguanas, Red Scarlett Macaws and an abundance of wildlife is a blessing. I’m so grateful to be able to look out over the canopy and see an ocean dotted with islands.
I love that nobody cares about time here. No one rushes.
I love that whenever a misguided sloth descends from a tree and slowly pulls himself across the road – all traffic stops while people patiently wait for him to reach the other side.
I love the local nicknames bestowed to distinguish people with the same name such as Wavy Dave, Monkey Man or Peter-the-Not-So-Great (who’s actually great). Other nicknames relate to professions such as Adrian Picasso, Massage Todd or the late drummer, Gringo Starr.
We watch out for each other like family. When no one saw Wavy Dave for a few days, concerned comments flew across our local Facebook group, “Has anyone seen Wavy-Dave?” Turns out he just forgot to mention he’d be gone for a few days.
When one of us is down, others pitch in to help either with kind words, hugs, food, a ride or whatever else may be needed.
There is no Utopia – but there are magical places – and this is one of them.
If It Ain’t Scary it Ain’t an Adventure
Best Air Tour
Aguas Azules Parasailing and Watersports
Miguel Mena Lopez and Melanie Moss
“Excuse me while I kiss the sky.”
– Jimi Hendrix
Palm trees wave languidly overhead and Miguel of Aguas Azules (blue waters) Parasailing smiles easily as he recalls moving from the Garden of Eden to what Kurt Vonnegut once described as “Skyscraper National Park.” As a local Tico born in Quepos, he had fallen in love with Melanie who was practicing law in New York when she vacationed in Manuel Antonio. Miguel traded his Pura Vida lifestyle for the chaos of the Big Apple to further their relationship. “I never really got into New York,” he confesses, “or, maybe New York never got into me!”
It was, however, a good thing that he wasn’t too settled there. Melanie was working in corporate law and the two of them were expecting their first child when she reached a turning point in her career. She looked around at the options being offered. Did she want to continue to go for partner and raise her children in a city that never sleeps? It was then this couple decided a change of pace was in order. They packed up their New York lives and headed back to Miguel’s home town.
Although life in Manuel Antonio wasn’t as expensive, they still needed to make a living. “So this idea came to me – why not start a parasailing business?” Miguel says, “And it’s been great. I love water sports, especially the art of parasailing.” It’s an activity he has a lot of experience in. “In 1993 I was this kid learning about parasailing with some guys from Texas. Robert Bradford was the one I started with then, about 20-something years ago. He was a very good teacher. He didn’t stay for long, so I continued with other companies, doing the same thing. Always good, always successful.”
For Melanie, it was a logical decision, based on Miguel’s experience in the field. The leap from corporate law to parasailing may seem as bizarre as a dolphin tap dancing with the Rockettes, however, the very traits that got Melanie through law school and made her successful at a big New York law firm served her equally well in Manuel Antonio. Always giving 150% was required at her law firm. She also admits to being a bit of an overachiever. “We always try our hardest with every client,” says Melanie. Going above and beyond when they have people’s lives in their hands is something they take seriously.
About the Author:
Evelyn Gallardo was born in Los Angeles, California. She first visited Costa Rica in 1988 as a wildlife photographer and writer. Her specialty was primates and after having photographed mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans in the wild, she traveled to Costa Rica in search of the loudest primate in the world, the howler monkey.
She’s the author of a Costa Rica Travel Guide series, including the Best of Margaritaville 2015 – Quepos & Manuel Antonio. She has been a full time resident of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica since 2004, making her uniquely qualified to write an insider’s travel guide about the place locals describe as magical. She’s also the author of the award-winning book, “Among the Orangutans – The Biruté Galdikas Story” (Chronicle Books). Evelyn was a worldwide public speaker for 20 yearson the topics of endangered primates, rain forest
conservation and writing before moving to Costa Rica. She is the author of more than 40 articles, a travel blog and has produced more than 100 videos on YouTube about Costa Rica, travel, conservation and primates.
On a personal note, Evelyn and her husband David met in 1975 and began their relationship by trekking through South America for 9 months, where they climbed Machu Picchu and hitched cargo boats up the Amazon River. They figured if they were still in love at the end of their challenging adventure then they could spend the rest of their lives together. They’ll celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2015. To look at them now you wouldn’t suspect that they were once longhaired, bellbottomed, backpacking hippies back then. They were bound by a dream to someday live abroad in the tropics surrounded by wildlife. After traveling to more
than 30 countries they finally found their paradise in Costa Rica, known as the Happiest Country in the World. They fell completely in love with its friendly people, awe-inspiring beauty, relaxed lifestyle and abundant wildlife.
They now own 2 vacation rental homes in the Manuel Antonio rainforest that are
within the natural foraging routes of 3 kinds of monkeys, including howlers. Evelyn says, “Now I can photograph monkeys right from our terrace!” She enjoys
sharing their vacation rental homes with guests from all over the world because of the lifetime of beautiful memories made and the important life events
that take place there such as birthdays, family reunions, anniversaries and weddings. She is also inspired by the way the community cooperates for the common good and to raise awareness of the beauty, wildlife and magic of Manuel Antonio, Quepos and all of Costa Rica.
International Travel Writer’s Alliance
International Women’s Writer’s Guild
Jane Goodall Institute
Dian Fossey Gorilla Foundation
International Primate Protection League – Costa Rica Representative
Orangutan Foundation International
Kids Saving the Rainforest
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
– Anti-Poaching Service Award
Orangutan Foundation International
– Outstanding Service Award
Color Me Bright Youth Foundation
– Outstanding Service to Children
Nueva Book Award
John Burroughs Nature Book Award
Links to Purchase Print Books
Link to Buy Costa Rica Travel Guide – Best of Margaritaville 2015: Quepos & Manuel Antonio Print Edition at Amazon
Link to Costa Rica Travel Guide – Best of Margaritaville 2015: Quepos & Manuel Antonio Print book for sale via at CreateSpace
Links to Purchase eBooks
Link To Buy Costa Rica Travel Guide – Best of Margaritaville 2015: Quepos & Manuel Antonio On Amazon
Have you read this book? Tell us what you thought!