The Evolution of Quepos

Quepos has always been considered a small, quiet fishing village. However, in the past several years, this sleepy town has come alive thanks to the development of the Pez Vela Marina. For a long time, Los Suenos, located in Playa Herradura, was the only marina in Costa Rica. Although there were discussions about Playa Flamingo, located in the region of Guanacaste, nothing ever came of it. Then, to everyone’s surprise, it was announced that Quepos would be getting a new marina.

Facing Challenges

Especially in Costa Rica, developing a marina requires a great deal of knowledge and work. For one thing, residents and government officials tend to be suspicious of change. The primary concern is that the environment will be negatively impacted. Locals are also suspicious that a new marina will completely change the community by pushing out locals and bringing in “gringos.” If this were to happen, locals would have a hard time earning a living.

Even so, with the tourist industry on the rise in Costa Rica, it was only a matter of time before an exclusive marina would be developed. After all, a new marina allows the rich and famous the opportunity to sail yachts into the port of Costa Rica. As a result, the Marina Pez Vela was developed. Although growth was initially slow, things have started to ramp up. Today, expansion is also underway to accommodate growing need.

A Bright Future

When the marina was first being developed, few people were impressed. However, now that Quepos boasts various hostels and hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, boutiques, and other venues that accommodate tourists, the area is amazing. Even the number of luxury yachts docked at the marina has increased. Everything has come to life, buzzing with activity and excitement.

When talking to long-time residents and business owners from Quepos, they agree that while positive change has been seen, there is much more to come. Unfortunately, the majority of tourists skip past Quepos, heading instead directly to Manuel Antonio, with its gorgeous national park, pristine beaches, ultra-modern restaurants, bars, luxurious hotels, and shops. However, because Quepos now offers tourists a greater variety and more high-end accommodations than ever before, this town is starting to get a lot of attention.

Instead of Quepos being a little fishing village, the fully completed Marina Pez Vela will certainly put this town on the map. As such, people will have the opportunity to visit Quepos before heading on to Manuel Antonio. It is predicted that at some point, Quepos and Manuel Antonio will be in the same league.

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.​ ​