Quepos

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Quepos
Quepos coastline as seen from Concepción, in the Tarrazú highlands, Costa Rica
Quepos coastline as seen from Concepción, in the Tarrazú highlands, Costa Rica
Quepos district
Quepos district location in Costa Rica
Quepos district location in Costa Rica
Quepos
Quepos district location in Costa Rica
Coordinates: 9°27′25″N 84°08′19″W / 9.4570718°N 84.1387451°W / 9.4570718; -84.1387451Coordinates: 9°27′25″N 84°08′19″W / 9.4570718°N 84.1387451°W / 9.4570718; -84.1387451
Country Costa Rica
ProvincePuntarenas
CantonQuepos
Area
 • Total235.81 km2 (91.05 sq mi)
Elevation
5 m (16 ft)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total19,858
 • Density84/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−06:00
Postal code
60601

Quepos is a district of the Quepos canton, in the Puntarenas province of Costa Rica.[1][2]

Toponymy[edit]

The town is named for the native Quepo Indians who inhabited the place in the colonial era.

History[edit]

The area was home to the native Quepoa people of this specific Costa Rican region. In 1563, Spanish Catholic conquistadores, led by Juan Vázquez de Coronado, settled the area and founded the settlement of San Bernardino de Quepo. The local native Quepo people were then subsequently subjugated by Juan Vázquez and his conquistadores.

In 1746, the Quepo people that remained were transferred to a reservation which already contained another native ethnic group. Quepos offers fishing for numerous varieties of fish, especially Pacific Sailfish. Peak fishing season is from November to April for billfish.

Geography[edit]

Quepos has an area of 235.81 km²[3] and an elevation of 5 metres.[1]

The town is about 60 km. south (in a straight line) from Costa Rica's capital, San José, but is 157 km from that city by road if going through the localities of Atenas, Orotina and Tárcoles.

Villages[edit]

Administrative center of the district is the town of Quepos.

Other villages are Anita, Bartolo, Boca Naranjo, Cañas, Cañitas, Cerritos, Cerros, Damas, Delicias, Espadilla, Estero Damas, Estero Garita, Llamarón, Llorona, Managua, Manuel Antonio, Marítima, Mona, Papaturro, Paquita, Pastora, Quebrada Azul, Rey, Ríos and Roncador.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
195010,456
196310,228−2.2%
19738,767−14.3%
19849,0933.7%
200014,92564.1%
201119,85833.1%

Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos[4]
Centro Centroamericano de Población[5]

For the 2011 census, Quepos had a population of 19,858 inhabitants. [6]

Transportation[edit]

Road transportation[edit]

The district is covered by the following road routes:

Economy[edit]

Sunset at Quepos.

Quepos is the gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park. The city is very tourism-oriented, having many bars and restaurants and a vivacious night-life. Quepos is well known thanks to being the gateway to a popular National Park and beaches in Costa Rica. Several years ago the country's park service imposed limits on the number of visitors to the park (600 per day, and it is closed on Mondays).

Climate[edit]

Quepos has a tropical monsoon climate (Am) with moderate to little rainfall from January to March and heavy to very heavy rainfall in the remaining months.

Climate data for Quepos
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 32.2
(90.0)
32.8
(91.0)
34.0
(93.2)
34.0
(93.2)
32.9
(91.2)
31.8
(89.2)
32.1
(89.8)
31.8
(89.2)
31.3
(88.3)
31.1
(88.0)
30.6
(87.1)
31.2
(88.2)
32.2
(89.9)
Daily mean °C (°F) 26.2
(79.2)
26.5
(79.7)
27.7
(81.9)
28.2
(82.8)
27.6
(81.7)
26.7
(80.1)
27.0
(80.6)
26.6
(79.9)
26.2
(79.2)
26.2
(79.2)
25.7
(78.3)
25.7
(78.3)
26.7
(80.1)
Average low °C (°F) 20.2
(68.4)
20.3
(68.5)
21.4
(70.5)
22.4
(72.3)
22.4
(72.3)
21.7
(71.1)
22.0
(71.6)
21.5
(70.7)
21.2
(70.2)
21.3
(70.3)
20.8
(69.4)
20.2
(68.4)
21.3
(70.3)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 68
(2.7)
32
(1.3)
54
(2.1)
157
(6.2)
392
(15.4)
429
(16.9)
453
(17.8)
487
(19.2)
523
(20.6)
627
(24.7)
374
(14.7)
147
(5.8)
3,743
(147.4)
Source: Climate-Data.org[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Declara oficial para efectos administrativos, la aprobación de la División Territorial Administrativa de la República N°41548-MGP". Sistema Costarricense de Información Jurídica (in Spanish). 19 March 2019. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  2. ^ División Territorial Administrativa de la República de Costa Rica (PDF) (in Spanish). Editorial Digital de la Imprenta Nacional. 8 March 2017. ISBN 978-9977-58-477-5.
  3. ^ "Área en kilómetros cuadrados, según provincia, cantón y distrito administrativo". Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos" (in Spanish).
  5. ^ "Sistema de Consulta de a Bases de Datos Estadísticas". Centro Centroamericano de Población (in Spanish).
  6. ^ "Censo. 2011. Población total por zona y sexo, según provincia, cantón y distrito". Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Climate: Quepos". Climate-Data.org. Retrieved July 28, 2020.

External links[edit]

  • Quepos travel guide from Wikivoyage