Costa Rica Resort Community Honors Native Heritage

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Tulemar Resorts takes pride in the Aguirre Canton's name change to Quepos. The luxury resort sees it as a reminder of Manuel Antonio's cultural and historical background.

Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

I think renaming the canton to Quepos is a great thing. The Quepoa’s legacy is everywhere in Manuel Antonio and in Tulemar. Honoring them ties our present day community even closer to these people who were here before us.

With its fertile soil and abundance in fishing opportunities, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica has a been a place of settlement long before it became a place for visitors seeking tropical adventure, wildlife, and beach relaxation. The Quepoa indians, whose settlement dates back to 950-900 years ago, are perhaps the most prominent of the area's historical settlements. For this reason, this month a bill was unanimously passed to rename Manuel Antonio's canton (county) of Aguirre to Quepos. Tulemar Resorts, which offers a variety of ocean view bungalows and large private vacation rental villas on the very grounds the Quepoa people inhabited, couldn't have agreed more with the vote, finding it to be a perfect way to commemorate the Quepoa and the area's cultural history.

Much of the Manuel Antonio and Quepos area still thrive off of agriculture, and most notably fishing, just as the Quepoa did. The port of Quepos, just 4.5 miles from Tulemar Resort is one of Costa Rica's most revered cities for both sport fishing as well as commercial fishing.

The Quepoa people's biggest city ranged from the present day Manuel Antonio National Park to the famed Mariposa Hotel, to the mouth of the Savegre River, considered a mecca for white-water rafting enthusiasts, putting Tulemar Resorts right in the thick of the ancient city. In fact, at low tide on Tulemar's private beach, if one is to look closely they will be able to see the remnants of Quepoa turtle traps. These traps, made from carefully placed rocks, were used by the Quepoa people as a means to hunt.

This connection back to Costa Rica's cultural history gives the staff at Tulemar an immense amount of pride. Chris Madrigal, a Tulemar concierge, shared his support for the bill, saying “I think renaming the canton to Quepos is a great thing. The Quepoa’s legacy is everywhere in Manuel Antonio and in Tulemar. Honoring them ties our present day community even closer to these people who were here before us.”

And that is just what officials hope the ratification of this name change will do, remind the locals and those who visit of the people who enjoyed and had respect for the land of Manuel Antonio so long ago.

Tulemar spokesperson, Dave Houck, summed up the change eloquently saying, “As each sunset blooms over the ocean, it is strange to think of who else stood in that very spot doing the same thing hundreds of years ago. With the change of the canton's name to Quepos, I think we may have our answer.”

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