A Costa Rica South Pacifc Coast Gem, Hatillo
- by crv.staff
- 2:57 PM UTC
Daveed Hollander has shared with us a brief profile of one the principal communities on Costa Rica’s South Pacific coast, Hatillo. As you know, at Costa Rica Views, we love the South Pacific coast and are happy to share news and information for Costa Rica fans, travelers and those interested in vacation community resort spots in Costa Rica.
Approximately 20 miles (30 kilometers) south of the Quepos airport or 5 miles (8 kilometers) north of Dominical along the Costanera Highway, Hatillo is a quiet, local beach community along the largely undeveloped coastline that stretches from Quepos to Dominical.
The town of Hatillo features a supermarket and several local restaurants that offer low-priced, Tico-style cuisine. There is one local bar for dancing and socializing. Area accommodations range from lower priced cabinas to luxury condo and villa rentals.
The two major shopping hubs, Quepos and San Isidro General, are each about an hour’s drive from Hatillo. In Quepos one can find several supermarkets, hardware stores, appliance stores, and other retail outlets, as well as bars featuring live music and dancing. Quepos offers a wide range of tourist activities, and is the gateway to one of Costa Rica’s most popular national parks, Manuel Antonio. Several surrounding communities, such as Dominical, Barú, and Matapalo offer further dining, dancing, and recreational options.
The inland city of San Isidro General is larger than Quepos with a similarly broad range of commercial and service-oriented enterprises. Organic produce can be purchased at area farmers’ markets in San Isidro and Dominical.
Hatillo provides easy access to several beaches, the closest being the uncrowded Playa Guapil, which is good for surfing, and Playa Hatillo, with the world-famous surfing beaches of Dominical a short drive away. Coastal wetlands at Playa Guapil are a prime site for mangrove kayaking. Other area recreational activities include fishing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, rappelling, ziplining, and birdwatching.
The principal properties on the market in Hatillo are premier homesites and undeveloped land. In the first category, sixteen various-sized ridgetop estate lots with superb ocean and mountain views in a 400-acre high-end development that includes a private nature preserve range in price from $199,000 to $545,000. In the second category, a 1.87-acre (7572-square-meter-) property with spectacular views of two rivers meeting the sea, coastal expanse, and surrounding mountains is available for $225,000.
Hatillo is a 4+-hour drive from San José. Sansa and Nature Air offer several flights daily between Quepos and Palmares Sur and San José or Liberia.
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