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Portalon, North Puntarenas

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The picturesque town of Portalon sits in the lush country the stunning Pacific Ocean views. True nature lovers will bask in the greenery that reaches elevations of 500 to 1,300 feet, making way for calming ocean breezes. Wildlife is abound in Portalon, and because of the rich biodiversity of the rolling hills, species of the winged, tailed and beaked varieties make their home here in bounds. Its prime location near the ocean also allows visitors to Portalon quick access to several of Costa Rica's most stunning beach towns.

In a short shore drive, visitors in Portalon can reach Quepos, a tropical inlet hugging tropical rainforests. This town is often bustling with quaint restaurants, bars, hotels, bakeries, art galleries and gift shops, making it an ideal day trip for any traveler to the area. Of course don't miss the stunning Manuel Antonio National Park, just next to Quepos. Planning on coming here in February? The Festival del Mar is a vibrant event that takes place throughout the streets of Puerto Quepos, where families, backpackers, locals and everything in between bask in the colorful scenery and let loose.

To boot, Quepos is known as one of the best places in Costa Rica to go sportfishing. One of Portalon's newest attractions is the nearby Marina Pez Vela in Quepos. In just 20 minutes, Portalon visitors will have full access to 100 floating concrete slips that accommodate vessels between 35 to 200 feet as well as plenty of aquatic amenities. This five-star marina is one of the largest in the country, and is an ideal spot to start a boating adventure to catch marlin, sailfish, wahoo and snapper.

Prefer to spend the afternoon beachside? Portalon is also just minutes from the stunning Dominical Beach. A destination for both travelers and native Ticos, Playa Dominical averages a water temperature of 70 to 80 degrees, making it ideal for aquatic sports. It is also a prime spot for local surfers to catch waves.

Being right off of Highway 34, Portalon is a quiet destination were travelers can further explore the stunning Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Sitting along the coastal roads, this region has yet to see a high density of travelers, but it is considered a very popular place for locals to purchase real estate for its prime location and natural beauty. With a laid-back lifestyle and close-knit community feel, Portalon welcomes visitors with open arms. Portalon is an ideal place for individuals looking to find serenity or tranquility along the banks of the Rio Portalon with the rolling hills covered in lush jungle in the background.