200 Kilo Crocodile Trapped in Quepos

In the lovely resort town of Quepos, situated near Manuel Antonio National Park, tourists are typically welcome with open arms and the typical Tico hospitality. This was not the case recently when a 200-kilogram crocodile made his way through the town’s streets. The sight of the massive crocodile sent tourists and children scattering, according to a report issued by the country’s Public Security Ministry. Authorities reported that the 2.5-meter-long crocodile made his way ashore from a local estuary. Eventually firefighters, police, and even a few locals managed to wrangle the reptile onto a truck before releasing him into the wild with the National System of Conservation Areas supervising the release. During his foray into town, the croc seemed to be more curious than a danger. According to police, the crocodile’s visit to town resulted in no injuries. This was not the first time that a crocodile made its way into a residential area. A 300-kilogram crocodile recently had to be relocated after being found in Playa Claritas, a town located south of Jacó.

The tranquil tropical inlet of Quepos, largely surrounded by primary rainforest, often serves as a base for tourists making their way to the area to visit Manuel Antonio and the surrounding area. In the town village, visitors are able to take advantage of a delightful mix of bars, restaurants, bakeries, art galleries, hotels, and gift shops. The nearby beach offers ample watersports activities. While Quepos was once known as a sleepy fishing village, in the last few years, it has become a popular backdrop for tourists looking to learn more about the local culture. During the high season, it is not uncommon for various celebrations to take place and even to see locals enjoying themselves while dancing in the streets. The month-long party known as Festival del Mar, which takes place in February, typically features sporting events, parades, concerts, and a street Carnival. Consequently, tourism is now the leading employer in Quepos, which much of the local economy relying on the travelers who make their way to Quepos from around the world. Many of the visitors who first visit Quepos later return to purchase homes and enjoy the tranquil lifestyle and natural beauty of the surrounding area.

The prompt response of local authorities to the rather unorthodox visitor to Quepos ensures that locals and visitors alike are able to continue enjoying all that Quepos has to offer without concern.

James Drews

Vice President, Sales. Age 43 Prior to co-founding VESTA GROUP, James moved to Costa Rica in 1996 and began his real estate career here by co-founding Dominical Realty. In 2001, the company obtained a Coldwell Banker independent franchise, and three years later partnered with another Coldwell Banker franchise in Costa Rica to become Vesta Group, the Master-Franchise-holder for the entire country. As a member of the Global Association of Realtors and the U.S.-based National Association of Realtors, the Master Franchise has already grown to ten (10) offices throughout the country, with several more currently in process. James is married to a Costa Rican, and proud father of 3 daughters ages 7,10, and 20. James, is well respected among the local and foreign community, and carries high ethical standards, and a hard working family man that seeks to provide his customers with the best level of service possible. James goes out of his way to seek out new frontiers that are ahead of the wave, and specializes in rural and remote farmland, developing land and collecting legacy type of properties. Surfing big waves, fishing, hiking, and travel are favorite pastimes. Daily goal is a new discovery. Approaching 20 years of living in Costa Rica, James knows his territory well, and has much love for his new country and it's people, and will guide you well, and share his resources and local knowle​d​ge with you to make your new venture successful.​ ​