Hatillo, North Puntarenas

Dominical road next to Hatillo
Dominical road next to Hatillo
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Located just 20 miles south of the Quepos airport and five miles north of Dominical along the Costanera Highway, Hatillo is a quiet beach community with a significant amount of undeveloped coastline that is perfect for travelers looking to experience Costa Rica's incredible natural beauty.

The name Hatillo stems from an ancient herd of cattle that grazed on the region's plains between the Rio Maria Aguilar and Tiribi during the first half of the 18th century. The community of Hatillo is a very diverse place, with many of its inhabitants originally hailing from Nicaragua, China and El Salvador.

The restaurants found in Hatillo offer visitors traditional Tico-style cuisine and the bar is the perfect place to let loose on the dance floor and socialize with local residents.

Travelers looking to participate in recreational activities will be pleased to know that the community of Hatillo is also home to a soccer field, basketball gym, swimming pool, ice rink and park area.

Hatillo is a perfect access point for a number of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches, including Playa Hatillo and Playa Guapil, which is a great place to surf. World-class surfing beaches in Dominical are just a short distance away as well.

In addition, the coastal wetlands at Playa Guapil are an excellent site to participate in mangrove kayaking. Other recreational activities that can be enjoyed in Hatillo include hiking, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, ziplining and birdwatching.

The city of Hatillo is a four-hour drive from the city of San Jose, but a few airlines offer daily flights between San Jose or Liberia and nearby Quepos airport.