9 Best Things to Do in Manuel Antonio National Park (2022)

Manuel Antonio National Park and the nearby town of Quepos arelocated on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. The rich biodiversity of this area, coupled with a wealth of activities make this a destination that offers something for everyone. It’s easy to spend your entire holiday in this area of the country!Manuel Antonio is the premier destination of the Central Pacific region offering a variety of small intimate hotels artistically built into a rainforest hillside between town and the popular Manuel Antonio National Park.

Visit Manuel Antonio National Park.

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Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park (closed on Mondays) contains three beautiful beaches, casual forest trails, and a denserainforest teaming with animal life.In 2011, it was named by Forbes as one of the world’s most beautiful parks.

Explore Manuel Antonio Beaches.

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The two main beaches inside the park, Espadilla SurBeach and Manuel Antonio Beach are about a 30-minute hike from the main entrance of the park. Playa Manuel Antonio is best known for its spectacular views, but if you’re looking to beat the crowds, venture a bit further down the main trail to Playa Espadilla Sur. Thebeachesof Manuel Antonioare singularly beautifulwithstunning, brightly-colored sunsets.The light sand beaches in the coastal park are popular for relaxing, swimming,snorkeling, and surf lessons.

Because of environmental restrictions, the hotels in the Manuel Antonio area are not beachfront but set cliff-side with sweeping views. Only a few Manuel Antonio hotels have direct beach access. To reach the public beaches and the entrance to Manuel Antonio National Park, travelerscan take the hotel or public shuttle.

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Discover Rainforest Wildlife.

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Costa Rica Squirrel Monkey from Arenas del Mar Beach Resort

Manuel Antonio is the smallest park in the Costa Rica, but abundant withwildlife. Capuchin, Howler, and Squirrel Monkeys are some of the most social creatures in the park. Don’t feed them, and hold on to your snacks! You can also expect to see sloths, iguanas, agoutis, andhundreds of species of birds – just to name a few. Book an early morning guided tour of the park with a professional naturalist guide to avoid the crowds and increase your odds of seeing more wildlife.Naturalist guides have an eye and an ear for locating wildlife that mostpeople miss.

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Hike Manuel Antonio Trails

You’re sure to see plenty of wildlife throughout your stay in the Manuel Antonio region, but hiking the trails within Manuel Antonio National Park will certainly bring you up close to many of the shyer rainforest animals. Plus you’ll get to take in the rainforest views from a unique vantage point. The main trail within the park is a 1.3-mile flat, sandy trail that links the park’s beaches. This trail is perfect for travelers of all ages. Our Experts recommend visiting the park with a professional, naturalist guide and hitting the trails early to avoid crowds and see more wildlife! Another slightly more challenging trail for the adventurous isPunta Catedral,abeautiful 0.9-mile loop trail of moderate difficulty and some steep inclines. The trail is accessible from both Manuel Antonio Beach and Espadilla Sur Beach.

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Pass Through Quepos Town: Gateway to Manuel Antonio

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Coastal view from Hotel Si Como No

The town of Quepos could be described as the gateway toManuel Antonio National Park. It’s just a 15-minute drive (4 1/2miles) from Quepos to Manuel Antonio and a 25-minute drive (7 1/2 miles) from the Quepos Domestic Airport to Manuel Antonio. Quepos has a great selection of restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops. Thestreets of Quepos are easy to walk, with amix of local shops, markets, and cafes.Ithasall the amenities of a tourism-hub, yet maintains that ineffable charm of Costa Rica with an authentic laid-back feel.

Espadilla Beach Surfing

Espadilla Beach is the main beach of Manuel Antonio and a fantastic beach to learn to surf. Surf lessons can be arranged an advance or you can rent surfboards or sign up for lessons right from the beach in Manuel Antonio. The southern end of the beach at high tide is good for beginning surfers, while the northern end of the beach can get bigger waves.

Quepos Sportfishing

Sportfishing from the port town of Quepos is world-famous. It has even earned the title of Sailfish Capital of the World. Fishermen might also reel in Marlin, Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo, Snook, Roosterfish, and Snapper. Fishing from Quepos is good year-round, but frequency can vary by month for different species. Ask a Costa Rica Expert for fishing recommendations. Fishing charters are available for half-day and full-day excursions.

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Damas IslandEstuary

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Cruise the waterways of Damas Island Estuary on a boat or kayaking tour. Just a 15-minute drive from Quepos, Damas Island isits own unique ecosystem where estuary animals like monkeys, snakes, sloths, and crocodiles can be observed in their natural habitat with a professional guide. This is a wonderful adventure for travelers of all ages. Tours can be arranged during the day or in the evenings.

Santa Juana Mountain Village

For a change of scenery, consider a day trip to the nearby Santa Juana Mountain Village. Located in the Central Pacific mountains — about an hour from Quepos, Santa Juana offers the unique opportunity to experience the campesino lifestyle of rural Costa Rica. Tour the village, and try traditional Costa Rican cooking, tilapia fishing, and horseback riding on this cultural adventure.

Manuel Antonio FAQ:

Manuel Antonio is known as a great place to get your beach and rainforest fix all in one location.Best Beaches: Playa Espadilla, Playa Biesanz, and the beaches inside Manuel Antonio National ParkBest Manuel Antonio Rainforest Activities: A guided hike of Manuel Antonio National Park, Kayaking in the Isla Damas Mangroves, witnessing nocturnal wildlife on a Jungle Night Walk, Sea Kayaking, Catamaran cruise

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Yes! Manuel Antonio has a wide selection of restaurants to try. The hotel restaurants are some of the best. Try Claro Que Si at Si Como No or Karolas at Los Altos.

Manuel Antonio is best connected with the Central Highlands, Arenal, Monteverde, the South Pacific, and the Osa Peninsula.

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Manuel Antonio is 2.5 - 3 hours by car from San Jose. Most travelers opt for a private ground transfer, though there are some short domestic flights available daily.Driving times from Manuel Antonio to popular Costa Rica destinations:

  • Arenal: 4.5 - 5.5 hours by ground or 30-minute private flight
  • Monteverde: 3 hours
  • Jaco/Playa Herradura: 1 – 1.5 hours
  • Uvita/Ojochal: 1 – 1.5 hours
  • Sierpe: 1.5 - 2 hours
  • Drake Bay: 1.5 - 2 hours by ground to Sierpe + 1 hour by boat on the Sierpe River
  • Puerto Jimenez: 3.5 hours by ground
  • San Jose: 2.5 - 3 hours by ground or 30-minute domestic flight
  • Central Highlands (San Ramon, Bajos del Toro, La Paz): 3 – 3.5 hours

Manuel Antonio maintains a coastal rainforest environment. Mid-December to April is the dry season, though the occasional shower does occasionally happen during this time. May through November is the “green” season, when daily afternoon showers are the norm. October is typically the rainiest month of the year.

The temperature in Manuel Antonio is consistent year-round, usually sitting between 85F high 92F, depending on the season. The key player in Manuel Antonio’s climate is the sun, which can be very strong. The temperature can feel different depending on the amount of cloud coverage.

Manuel Antonio is a beach AND rainforest destination, so prepare for both. A pair of sandals and a pair of hiking shoes or sneakers will be helpful. Overall, Costa Rica is a very casual country, so you don’t need to over-pack. Light, comfortable clothing and basics like sunscreen and bug spray should do the trick!

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FAQs

What is there to do in Manuel Antonio for free? ›

Top 10 Free things to do in Quepos and Manuel Antonio
  • Find Some Live Music.
  • Surf Playa Espadilla. ...
  • Visit a Hotel Pool with a View. ...
  • Swim and Play at Playa Bisanz. ...
  • Soak up the sun at Playa La Macha. ...
  • Visit The Quepos Farmers Market (La Feria) ...
  • Volunteer To Save Sea Turtles (Matapalo) ...
  • Visit Parque Naomi. ...
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What are 2 things they do not allow in the Manuel Antonio National Park? ›

There's a small kiosk in the park where snacks can be purchased. Pets are not allowed in the park. Drones are not allowed in the park. There is no official parking area for the national park, but there are private parking areas available around the park entrance for ₡4000-₡5000 for the day.

How do I spend a day in Manuel Antonio? ›

Walk further down the beach or follow the signs to Playa Espadilla Sur for a quieter spot to relax, have lunch, and to swim. After a morning in search of wildlife and lunch under a shady palm tree on the beach, use part of the afternoon to do some Manuel Antonio hiking.

How many days do I need in Manuel Antonio? ›

Two to three days is an ideal amount of time for combining the various pleasures of Manual Antonio National Park. There will be time to spend swimming and relaxing on a beach, as well as joining a more active tour of some sort.

What is Manuel Antonio known for? ›

Playa Manuel Antonio is best known for its spectacular views, but if you're looking to beat the crowds, venture a bit further down the main trail to Playa Espadilla Sur. The beaches of Manuel Antonio are singularly beautiful with stunning, brightly-colored sunsets.

Is Manuel Antonio worth visiting? ›

We would highly recommend Manuel Antonio Park during your next trip to Costa Rica. We only dedicated one morning to the park and I think on the next trip we would spend time hiking more of the trails and exploring a larger part of the coast within the park. For us, this park is certainly worth a visit!

Can you drink the water in Manuel Antonio? ›

Is the water safe to drink? In general the tap water in Manuel Antonio is safe, however if you prefer to be cautious, bottled water is safe to drink and available in our hotel.

Can you swim in Manuel Antonio? ›

Swimming: Known as one of the best swimming beaches in Costa Rica, Playa Manuel Antonio offers refreshing and clear water. Take a moment to gauge the tide and currents and then plunge into the gorgeous tropical sea.

What can I take into Manuel Antonio National Park? ›

If visiting during the rainy season you may want to wear a rain jacket and a rainproof cover for your backpack. Also, you could wear your bathing suit under your clothes, but if you don't want to, there are bathrooms near the beach that you can change in.

How safe is Manuel Antonio? ›

While Manuel Antonio is generally safe, you should, as in all areas, take the normal precautionary measures against pick-pocketing, such as avoiding isolated areas and not wearing expensive jewelry. If you rent a car, keep it locked with the windows up anytime you leave it and park in well-lit areas.

What is there to do in Manuel Antonio on a rainy day? ›

Things To Do When it Rains
  • ATV or White Water Rafting. Go on an adventurous tour! ...
  • Go to the Spa. What's a better way to relax than to get an amazing massage, facial, or even a yoga class at the Raindrop Spa right here inside Manuel Antonio Estates! ...
  • Read a Book. ...
  • Find a New Cafe and Sip some Java. ...
  • Embrace the Rain. ...
  • Take a Nap.

Do you need a guide in Manuel Antonio? ›

You can definitely visit Manuel Antonio National Park without a guide, you just pay the entrance fee and follow the trail map that they give you. One nice thing about having a guide is that they can point out a lot of wildlife that people generally just pass by without noticing.

Is Manuel Antonio too touristy? ›

Manuel Antonio can be crowded!

crowded. Several people from all over the world and all over Costa Rica, had the same thoughts you had. So, prepare, especially in high season for a crowd everywhere, in the restaurants, in the bars, the public beach, and the National Park.

Can you take food into Manuel Antonio National Park? ›

FOOD IS NOT ALLOWED.

You can only bring natural drinks or water in recycled bottles. 15) Are there any stores or restaurants inside the Park? There is a kiosk at the beach area. There are bathrooms, showers, picnic tables, and water refill stations.

Is Manuel Antonio walkable? ›

The route from there to the park is lined with a series of hotels and restaurants that ends in the very small beachside town of Manuel Antonio – also walkable.

Do Costa Ricans like tourists? ›

Since tourism is such an important part of the country's economy, many Costa Ricans are very hospitable. Ticos are also extremely polite, and will often go to great lengths to avoid directly saying no to people, which can be a little confusing for some tourists!

Where should you not stay in Costa Rica? ›

It is advised that you avoid any of the parks in San Jose at night, as they are considered very dangerous, and stay away from the following neighborhoods in and around San Jose: Los Guido, Desamparados, Pavas, La Carpio, Leon XIII, the El Carmen neighborhood in Cartago, and the “El Infiernillo,” sector of Alajuela.

How do I see a sloth in Manuel Antonio? ›

Though they aren't open to the public, if you want to learn more about sloths, they are the place to ask. They do a sloth walk on the Tulemar property in Manuel Antonio every day which is only open to Tulemar guests (we saw 10 sloths when we were there!)

Where can you see monkeys in Costa Rica? ›

Best places to see them

In Costa Rica, you can commonly see white face monkeys in Manuel Antonio, Osa Peninsula, Monteverde, Arenal, Nicoya, Tortuguero and Palo Verde. They are especially common in Manuel Antonio National Park, where they are known to steal food from tourists (please do not feed the animals).

Does Manuel Antonio National Park have waterfalls? ›

We will visit multiple waterfalls, each waterfall has a swimming hole, places to explore, areas to jump from and 1 waterfall even has a 20ft natural water slide. We will also visit our favorite beach in the area which is outlined in caves and palm trees.

Are there sloths in Manuel Antonio park? ›

Located in the Central Pacific, Manuel Antonio beach is an excellent spot for sloths. Here you can find both types of sloths. Monteverde Cloud Forest is a place that boasts 2.5% of the world's biodiversity… just imagine it! Within the lush vegetation you will surely find the opportunity of seeing these nice creatures.

What Animals Can I see in Manuel Antonio? ›

Manuel Antonio is one of the best parks to visit for wildlife observation. Howler, squirrel, spider and white faced monkeys all inhabit the park. Two-toed and three-toed sloths are abundant as are raccoons, coatis, pacas, anteaters, and occasionally ocelots.

What is there to do in Manuel Antonio on a rainy day? ›

Things To Do When it Rains
  • ATV or White Water Rafting. Go on an adventurous tour! ...
  • Go to the Spa. What's a better way to relax than to get an amazing massage, facial, or even a yoga class at the Raindrop Spa right here inside Manuel Antonio Estates! ...
  • Read a Book. ...
  • Find a New Cafe and Sip some Java. ...
  • Embrace the Rain. ...
  • Take a Nap.

Is Manuel Antonio too touristy? ›

Manuel Antonio can be crowded!

crowded. Several people from all over the world and all over Costa Rica, had the same thoughts you had. So, prepare, especially in high season for a crowd everywhere, in the restaurants, in the bars, the public beach, and the National Park.

Do you need a guide in Manuel Antonio? ›

You can definitely visit Manuel Antonio National Park without a guide, you just pay the entrance fee and follow the trail map that they give you. One nice thing about having a guide is that they can point out a lot of wildlife that people generally just pass by without noticing.

Do you need a car in Manuel Antonio? ›

You don't need a car to enjoy the Manuel Antonio area unless you just like to get on the road and explore. Buses and cabs will take you to the beach, park, restaurants, hotels, bars, etc. If you are doing zip-lining, mangrove water safaris etc, these companies will usually pick you up and drop you off at your hotel.

What can you see at Manuel Antonio National Park? ›

The park has several trails that lead to beaches and viewpoints and along the way, you can see monkeys, frogs, snakes, deer and more. Plan your visit to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Is it fun to do rain in Costa Rica? ›

Costa Rica rain brings joy and happiness all around. When the skies break down, their hearts lift up. Joie de vivre is what they feel when certain others groan at the same prospect. If you are a pluviophile, you're in for a field day in Costa Rica because Invierno or the wet season is firing on all cylinders.

Is Costa Rica fun in rain? ›

Though majority of visitors want to see Costa Rica in all its sunny glory, there's something magical about Costa Rica in rainy season that isn't there in dry season. Visitors CAN still have an incredible time in Costa Rica during rainy season but there are some things to know so you come fully prepared.

Do Costa Ricans like tourists? ›

Since tourism is such an important part of the country's economy, many Costa Ricans are very hospitable. Ticos are also extremely polite, and will often go to great lengths to avoid directly saying no to people, which can be a little confusing for some tourists!

How safe is Manuel Antonio? ›

While Manuel Antonio is generally safe, you should, as in all areas, take the normal precautionary measures against pick-pocketing, such as avoiding isolated areas and not wearing expensive jewelry. If you rent a car, keep it locked with the windows up anytime you leave it and park in well-lit areas.

Where are the monkeys in Manuel Antonio? ›

Best places to see them

In Costa Rica, you can commonly see white face monkeys in Manuel Antonio, Osa Peninsula, Monteverde, Arenal, Nicoya, Tortuguero and Palo Verde. They are especially common in Manuel Antonio National Park, where they are known to steal food from tourists (please do not feed the animals).

What should I wear to Manuel Antonio National Park? ›

You can walk the trails with flip flops but hiking sandals are the best if you want to hike and go in the water. You don't need to wear long hiking pants or shirts, the trails are nicely made with platforms. It is super hot and humid so I always wear shorts and a tank top. Just make sure to use mosquito repellent.

How long is the walk in Manuel Antonio? ›

Sendero Principal (Main Trail) 2.2 km

This is the park's most popular trail. It leads from the entrance of the park to the white sand of Manuel Antonio beach.

Is the water warm in Manuel Antonio? ›

Today's Manuel Antonio sea temperature is 83 °F.

Why is it called Manuel Antonio? ›

Manuel Antonio National park

She said it was this solitary male, who was “always there” whenever the quepeños came back to scout out the property, who inspired the park's name. She noted that according to another legend, Manuel Antonio was a Spanish conquistador that the natives killed and buried on the beach.

Where should I stop between San Jose and Manuel Antonio? ›

The top stops along the way from San Jose to Manuel Antonio (with short detours) are Manuel Antonio Beach, National Theater of Costa Rica, and Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve. Other popular stops include Poás Volcano, Proyecto Asis, and Jaco Beach.

Our guide to best things to do in Manuel Antonio. Also has recommendations for day trips, hotels and a map.

Here are our top things to do in Manuel Antonio and you can also check our day trip recommendations , Manuel Antonio hotel recommendations and travel tips.. The first sloth I ever saw was thanks to a guide in Manuel Antonio National Park!. Since all the high end hotels in Manuel Antonio offer a splendid view of the park and the beach, you’ll have a wonderful view of the sunset.. Marino Ballena National Park: This national park in Uvita is completely different to Manuel Antonio National Park with dark sand beaches, way less people and awesome humpback whale watching!. Quepos is the closest town to Manuel Antonio and there is a bus from Quepos to the national park that runs all day and costs 340 colones.

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Beautiful beaches Hidden waterfalls Wildlife and ecotours Whitewater rafting and tubing Standup paddleboarding 4WD and off-road tours Horseback riding Manuel Antonio nightlife Kayaking in Damas Island Estuary Scuba diving and snorkeling. It is close to downtown, has loads of fun activities available and offers great waves for surfing and boarding.. Just south of this beach is Playa Espadilla Sur, which ends on the tiny land bridge that connects Punta Catedral to the mainland.. The beaches in Manuel Antonio have most visitors making a beeline for the waves, but hiking through the national park is one of the most rewarding ways to experience their riches and discover some gorgeous hidden waterfalls.. Hiking the park’s trails will give you intimate, undisturbed views of its wildlife.. The best part about hiking Manuel Antonio?. But how can you find them?. The volcanic nature of Costa Rica’s landscape gives the country an upper hand when it comes to rafting.. The perfect 80-degree waters off Manuel Antonio and the central Pacific are second to none.. If you’ve never been scuba diving before, let the central Pacific coast off of Manuel Antonio be the place where you learn the needed skills.. Contact us to book your stay at Costa Rica’s premier luxury villa.

Make the most of your visit to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Discover the magic of Manuel Antonio National Park with our top tips!

Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio or Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the top tourist attractions in Costa Rica.. The majority of visitors come to Manuel Antonio for the sole purpose of visiting the National Park but quickly find out that there are plenty of things to do in Manuel Antonio and the Quepos area .. San Jose to Manuel Antonio Manuel Antonio National Park is located about 170 km away from the capital, San Jose.. Paved road leading up to Manuel Antonio National Park The Dry Season in Manuel Antonio National Park is between December and March when tourism is at its peak, and Green Season follows from April to November .. While a car is not necessary to get from your accommodation to the Manuel Antonio National Park (most hotels are located within 1-2 km from the park), it certainly comes in handy if you want to explore the surrounding areas without relying on overpriced tours, shuttles, or taxis to get you from your hotel to other attractions in the area.. Entrance to the Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica Manuel Antonio National Park Entrance Fee and Hours Manuel Antonio National Park is open Tuesday through Sunday from 7:30 am to 4 pm .. These run through the heart of the park leading visitors from the entrance towards the Manuel Antonio National Park Beach.. Manuel Antonio National Park map will help you navigate the trails Sendero Principal (Main Trail) 2.2 km This is the park’s most popular trail.. Hanging out at Gemelas Beach in Manuel Antonio National Park Sendero La Tarmpa (The Trap Trail) 0.2km This tiny trail has good wildlife viewing opportunities, it connects to the Turtle Trap then connects back to Punta Catedral Trail.. Tips for Visiting Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica With so many trails and beautiful beaches to explore, Manuel Antonio National Park is a great place to spend an entire day.. Manuel Antonio Beach is a popular gathering spot for relaxation when visiting Manuel Antonio Park Costa Rica Within the park, there are a few different beaches to explore.. Manuel Antonio Beach is a great place for a picnic lunch Discover all the wildlife that comes alive after dark with a Manuel Antonio night tour through the jungle.. Manuel Antonio National Park Beach There are a plethora of tours available in Manuel Antonio.. The hotel has been hosting visitors in Manuel Antonio for over 25 years in its 70 rooms and bungalows built into the thick jungle overlooking the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park.

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And there’s a reason for this – Manuel Antonio National Park is the gem of Costa Rica and one of the most beautiful national parks in the world.. Manuel Antonio National Park boasts the widest range of wildlife species in the country, as well as allows you to admire the environment via canopy, kayaking, and catamaran tours.. You could book a tour from the park’s website directly or even better you could opt for vacation itinerary that includes Manuel Antonio as part of the package, like Costa Rica Natural Jewels or Costa Rica Coast to Coast , where the tour to Manuel Antonio National Park is just part of what is waiting for you in Costa Rica.. On the beach outside Manuel Antonio National Park, the Playa Espadilla Norte, you may go parasailing to get a spectacular view of the national park and its surroundings.. Catamaran tours not only allow you to observe humpback whales or dolphins but also sometimes include snorkeling just outside Manuel Antonio National Park.. You may book a tour from the National Park’s website or go for the catamaran & snorkeling tours we at Best of Costa Rica offer to our clients.. Among them is the sea kayaking & snorkeling tour that we at Best of Costa Rica offer at a price of $50 per person, which includes lunch and transportation from your hotel in Manuel Antonio.. Finally, you may want to take a unique jungle night tour just outside Manuel Antonio National Park.. This tour includes flashlights, a certified tour guide, and round-trip transportation from and to Quepos and Manuel Antonio hotels for a worry-free experience.

Everywhere we went in Costa Rica, I was on the lookout for sloths. But it wasn’t until we visited Manuel Antonio National Park that we actually saw them. Manuel Antonio is the smallest national park in Costa Rica, but one of the most biodiverse parks in the country. Along with both two and thre

Manuel Antonio is the smallest national park in Costa Rica, but one of the most biodiverse parks in the country.. Manuel Antonio National Park also has beautiful beaches, so a trip to the park easily deserves a full day.. For everything you need to know before you go, check out these tips for visiting Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica!. While the forecast kept threatening rain during our day at Manuel Antonio National Park, which enjoyed a perfectly warm and sunny beach day.. The property is located down the street from the entrance at Manual Antonio National Park and they offer free shuttles both to the park and Espadilla beach.. When we were reading up on Manuel Antonio National Park, we saw that the park limits the number of daily visitors, so entry is not guaranteed.. Since the tap water in Costa Rica is safe to drink, you can also use the water spigots near the bathroom or down by the sand at Manuel Antonio Beach for free.. We originally planned on going to Manuel Antonio for the wildlife, but the beaches within the park are beautiful too!. There were lots of huge iguanas, and it seems like a few sloths call the trees around this beach home.I saw a few people mention they saw sloths near Manuel Antonio Beach, and sure enough, we spotted two on the walk down the hill towards the sand.. Manuel Antonio National Park closes at 4 pm, but don’t let your beach day end there!We hopped on over to nearby Espadilla beach to spend the rest of the day just outside the park.

Wondering what to do in Manuel Antonio National Park? We have organized a list of the best things to do when you reach Costa Rica's, Manuel Antonio.

So, to help you decide on what to do in Manuel Antonio National Park , we have organized a list of the best things to do when you reach Costa Rica’s, Manuel Antonio.. This guide will take you from Quepos the gateway to the national park, through to Playa Manuel Antonio and various other activities and touring places.. In the park, you will find beautiful beaches , dense rainforests, and forest trails.. The most popular beach is Playa Manuel Antonio.. This beach has fewer crowds than Playa Manuel Antonio but it is just as beautiful.. These beaches offer many activities for you to do.. But if you want to see some of the exotic rainforest animals, which tend to be shy, then go on a hiking tour of the Manuel Antonio National Parks trails .

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Our family of 7 adults recently spent 7 days in Manuel Antonio as part of a 10 day Costa Rica family vacation and it was the perfect amount of time for us to enjoy almost everything this area had to offer.. Manuel Antonio National Park limits the number of people allowed inside at one time, so if you arrive late you will most likely have to wait to enter.. Website: Manuel Antonio National Park Cost: Adults $16, children under 12 are free Hours: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm; Closed on Mondays Time needed: 2 – 4 hours Important info: No alcohol is permitted inside the park.. Also, if you’d like to enjoy your fish fresh while in Costa Rica, there are several restaurants that will prepare a lovely dinner for you using your freshly caught fish.. If you’re not sure if you’ll have time for this activity, you don’t need to book this ahead of time.. Website: El Santuario Time needed: 5.5 hours Cost: $75 per person (includes lunch and roundtrip transportation). They loved their tour with Oceans Unlimited and had an amazing time seeing the amazing wildlife down below.. Website: Oceans Unlimited Time needed: The dive is 45 minutes, however, make sure to include time for travel Cost: $109 per person. Recommended tour: Mangrove Kayak Tour Time needed: 4 hours Cost: $69 per person (includes transportation and lunch). There are many beaches in Manuel Antonio, but we really enjoyed the less chaotic beaches inside the national park.. Manuel Antonio National Park can get very crowded but if you head over close to when it opens, you won’t have to wait to go in.. Time needed: 2 – 3 hours (or all day if you want) Hours: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm; Closed on Mondays Important info: No alcohol is permitted inside the park.. Time needed: less than 1 hour (the market is small) Hours: All day Friday, Saturday until noon What to buy: Rambutans (fruit), mangosteen (fruit), pineapple, fresh tortillas, locally made cheeses, coconuts, and much more!. Website: Rainmaker Mountain Cost: $80 for a guided tour or $20 for the entrance fee and walk the trails on your own Hours: 7:30 am – 4:30 pm Time needed: 2 – 3 hours (plus travel time). Whether you choose to do all of these things or just a few, you’re sure to have an incredible time in Manuel Antonio.

There's no more luxurious place in the world than Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. You have to visit Manuel Antonio National Park! Here are exciting things to do.

Costa Rica is a prime vacation spot for any world traveler, but the Manuel Antonio National Park is one of its main destinations.. Between the countless beaches, active volcanos, and other assorted national parks, you may feel a little overwhelmed trying to narrow down your choices.. But having been named one of the best national parks in the world, a trip to Manuel Antonio National Park is an easy one to make.. Location‎: ‎Costa Rica Area‎: ‎1,983 ha (7.66 sq mi) Nearest city‎: ‎Quepos Governing body‎: National System of Conservation Areas Hours‎: ‎7 a.m. to 4 p.m. closed Mondays Entrance Fee: $16 per person (free for children 12 and under) Best season to visit: The best time to visit Manuel Antonio is from mid December to April (the dry season). Manuel Antonio Beach (or Playa Manuel Antonio) Espadilla Sur Beach. Either way, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, is filled with gorgeous beaches with amazing views and plenty of wildlife to discover.. The main trail at Manuel Antonio National Park is a flat sandy trail that’s almost a mile and a half.. The nature experts at Manuel Antonio National Park work a little harder than most to know their way around the rainforest.. The Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the many popular destinations for your Costa Rican trip.

Top fun things to do in Manuel Antonio on vacation - National Park, White water Rafting, Kayaking, Cruises, Horseback riding, Zipline tours, Segway Tours - and more activities and points of interest

The first thing to do in Manuel Antonio or Quepos, is to spend a day in the Manuel Antonio National Park.. You can take a guided tour led by a knowledgeable local guide.. If you have not yet experienced the fun of white water rafting, this is an adrenaline pumping thing to do in Manuel Antonio.. Kayaking offers a relaxed and private way to explore the natural wonders of Costa Rica and taking a guided kayak tour is another fabulous thing to do in Manuel Antonio.. Exploring the diverse landscapes of beautiful Costa Rica on horseback gives you a a whole new perspective and is an amazing thing to do in Manuel Antonio.. Nature fans and lovers of the outdoors will find that joining a nature hike is a fun filled thing to do in Manuel Antonio.. After horse riding and walking, the next thing to do in Manuel Antonio is to soar like a bird above the forests!. On another great tour, you will sail across the forest on the Manuel Antonio canopy course.. When you have had your fill of snorkeling, the tour kayaks back to the National Park where you will find a delicious meal waiting for you in a stunning natural setting.. Exploring the diverse landscapes of Costa Rica on an ATV is a thrilling, fun filled thing to do in Manuel Antonio.. The tour takes you to explore a number of different beaches with tropical fruit juice refreshments and rests stops along the way.

7 awesome things to do in Manuel Antonio that will show you the real Costa Rica. Little know agriculture tours, farmers markets, wildlife rehabilitation tours, hiking, secret beaches & more.

With a gorgeous beach, lush rainforest, and tons of wildlife, it is no surprise that it’s a favorite among visitors.. Rainmaker is a 2,000 hectare (5,000 acre) reserve just north of Quepos and Manuel Antonio.. Los Campesinos has a few different trails.. In addition to the hiking, a highlight of Los Campesinos is the traditional lunch that local women prepare over a wood-burning stove for $10.. One of the most delicious tours near Manuel Antonio is the La Iguana Chocolate tour.. While it takes some time to get there because the road is rough, the drive is scenic through rural villages and pineapple fields.. For a food tour closer to Quepos and Manuel Antonio, check out Rainforest Spices .. For part of it, you’ll walk along a jungle trail, learning more about how the different spices are grown.. The best part about Playa Biesanz is that, while many of the beaches in the Manuel Antonio area have rougher water, Biesanz has calm water that is perfect for swimming.. Travel Time from Manuel Antonio: N/A, right in town.. Visiting the farmers markets will not only teach you about the multitude of produce that is grown locally in Costa Rica, but will also show you the culture.. Manuel Antonio may be best known for its namesake park, beautiful beach, and abundance of tours, but there are plenty of off-the-beaten-path things to do in the area.. Each of these seven activities is sure to give you a taste of authentic Costa Rica.

Manuel Antonio is a slice of paradise on Costa Rica's Pacific coast. A short flight (or four-hour drive) south of San José, the national park and surrounding area have rainforest hiking trails and lots of beaches to explore, each with its own character. Learn where to eat, stay, and play with this comprehensive guide.

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Are you planning a trip to Costa Rica enjoy rainforest, wildlife, and beaches? Here's how to spend a fantastic day in Manuel Antonio National Park!

Manuel Antonio National Park is a popular spot in Costa Rica for first-time and return visitors.. Sure, you can walk through the park and guaranteed you’ll spot some monkeys in the trees and lizards on Manuel Antonio beach.. As you plan your day in Manuel Antonio National Park, think about these 2 tips.. The Manuel Antonio National Park entrance fee is $16 for visitors and $3 for residents of Costa Rica.. The park is protected so there aren’t any Manuel Antonio National Park hotels.. There are no Manuel Antonio beach hotels because the beaches are in the National Park.. This is also where the best hotels in Manuel Antonio are because many offer stunning panoramic ocean and national park views.. The easy part is deciding to include Manuel Antonio National Park on your Costa Rican itinerary.. So, would you like to spend the day in Manuel Antonio National Park?

Insider's guide to Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica. Money-saving travel tips. Best beaches, hiking trails, wildlife watching—and scams to avoid!

Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica’s most popular national parks — and there’s a good reason for that.. Instead, Manuel Antonio’s beautiful beaches are just a 25-minute stroll from the park entrance, and you’ll see lots of incredible wildlife along the way.. You’ll beat the mid-morning crowds and enjoy cooler hiking temperatures.. I list some of Manuel Antonio’s best guides in my book Costa Rica: The Complete Guide .. Despite the park’s accessibility and popularity, it remains a terrific place to see wildlife in Costa Rica.. Manuel Antonio is home to three of Costa Rica’s four monkey species.. White-faced monkeys are the smartest monkeys in Costa Rica.. There are over 180 bird species in Manuel Antonio National Park, including:. The first photo is Playa Manuel Antonio, the park’s most popular beach, at 9:00am.. The second photo is Playa Manuel Antonio at 10:00am, when the crowds are near their peak.. If Playa Manuel Antonio is too crowded, three are two other beautiful beaches in the park that are far less crowded…

Get the most up-to-date information about visiting Manuel Antonio National Park. Covers the new trails, how to avoid the crowds, and self-guided vs. guided options.

UPDATE (May 10, 2021): Tickets for the national park can now be purchased online directly through the government website, SINAC.. Manuel Antonio National Park is located off the main road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, close to where the road ends by the beach.. Manuel Antonio National Park has several options for trails.. The Waterfall Trail is the first one off the main trail so we recommend doing it at the beginning of your day.. Wildlife – Miradores/Gemelas/Puerto Escondido Loop We have consistently seen a lot of wildlife on this set of trails.. Even though this trail is right next to the beaches, not many people do it.. Many people visit Manuel Antonio National Park just for its beautiful beaches.. On days where the ocean is flat, the rocks on the left are a fun spot for casual snorkeling (bring your own equipment).. You’ll may see people feeding the monkeys on your visit.. He and his team are locals from Manuel Antonio and have been guiding tours for many years.. Let us know your preferred date and time, number of people in your party (adults and children), and exact pick up location, if you’d like the included transportation.. Tour Times: 7:00 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.. If you plan to go with a guide, usually the guide will purchase tickets for you.. A lot of people plan to stay in the park for the day.

There are so many incredible things to do in Manuel Antonio, a beautiful area of Costa Rica! Wildlife, beaches, and more await.

My visit to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica was rejuvenating.. There are so many incredible things to do in Manuel Antonio, and it’s the kind of place that immediately feels like home.. My visit to Manuel Antonio was only a few days, but it was enough time to feel completely relaxed.. Costa Rica will recharge you, and with many incredible things to do in Manuel Antonio you can do everything from relax to have epic adventures.. One of the best things to do in Manuel Antonio is visit the area’s National Park.. Manuel Antonio National Park is a paradise of tropical forests and white sand beaches.. On my visit to Manuel Antonio National Park I was fortunate enough to spot 2 sloths, numerous monkeys, a large iguana, and a few other animals as I made my way through the trees.. Espadilla Beach is the main beach near Manuel Antonio, and there are many places to rent surf boards, kayaks, and paddle boards along the beach.. While this is one of the more expensive things to do in Manuel Antonio, you may find it well worth it (if you’re ok with heights, that is!). Glide through the sky above the ocean, and catch an incredible view of Manuel Antonio National park from above.. Marlin is right across from Playa Espadilla, so it’s great place to stop for lunch after exploring Manuel Antonio National Park or to cool off if you’ve been at the beach.. Manuel Antonio is very easy to get around, because it’s essentially all on one road going from Quepos to Manuel Antonio National Park.. It costs’s about $7.00 USD to go the entire length of the way from Quepos to Manuel Antonio National Park.. Hotel Costa Verde: home to the aforementioned beautiful outdoor yoga studio, Hotel Costa Verde is a beautiful hotel with spacious rooms.

Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica is a great place to hike and enjoy pristine beaches. It is filled with wildlife and tropical biodiversity.

Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica is the most popular national park in the entire country.. Although it is the most popular national park with tourists, it also happens to be the smallest national park in Costa Rica with an area of 1,700 acres of land.. There is parking right next to the entrance of the national park.. The reason I stressed in the Directions section to take a left instead of following the road to the end is because people at the end of the road will tell you there is not another parking lot and you should park with them.. At the park entrance, a national park ranger will check your tickets and possibly check your bag for any contraband goodies like cigarettes and beach umbrellas.. Manuel Antonio National Park is a bit strict on what you can and can’t bring into the park.. We will get more into our opinion on hiring a guide at Manuel Antonio National Park later in this article.. Manuel Antonio National Park is an interesting place a lot of amazing wildlife in a condensed area while also enjoying tropical beaches.

Surfing, Sloths and Zip Lining are some of the best things to do in Manuel Antonio with kids. Find family tours and attractions in Quepos and MA, Costa Rica

Teenagers will love. flying down the Superman Zipline, children will have a great time on the. Kids Saving The Rainforest Tour.. Most guides will have a scope so you can see the animals and birds up close.. Your older kids will love swimming in the water and watching the surfers.. The Kids Saving The Rainforest Tour is one of the best things to do in Manuel Antonio with kids.. Learning to surf is one of the fun things to do in Manuel Antonio with kids.. Be sure to do some souvenir shopping while in Manuel Antonio.. There are lots of fun water sports for your family to try while in Manuel Antonio.. The kids will love ziplining in the rainforest.. There are 9 cables including a 600. meter cable (one of the longest ziplines in Manuel Antonio).

Learn everything you need to know before visiting beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica to ensure you have a good time in the park.

When you are having a swim on the beach, capuchin monkeys and raccoons will try to steal your food, and sometimes that means your backpack.. Getting to & parking at Manuel Antonio National Park You can get to Manuel Antonio National Park from the Manuel Antonio area by car, bus, taxi or a guided tour.. Drive past them, and park your car at the parking lot besides the park’s ticket office which is called Coopealianza.. Guide vs no guide at Manuel Antonio National Park While I would say you absolutely need a guide in all the other national parks I’ve visited in Costa Rica, I say Manuel Antonio National Park is the only park where you don’t absolutely need one.. Black Iguana in Manuel Antonio National Park Animals in Manuel Antonio National Park This park has all the animals.

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Manuel Antonio is the perfect place to experience the best activities and nature that Costa Rica has to offer.. Inside Manuel Antonio park, you can see much of the wildlife that Costa Rica has including mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects.. Sloth and baby on a guided tour through Manual Antonio National ParkManuel Antonio National Park has well-maintained hiking trails and an absolutely stunning beach.. Capuchin Monkey in Manual Antonio National ParkThe first time I went to Costa Rica I was stubborn about paying for a guide and tried to walk around the national parks on my own.. Disclaimer: My participation in the Chocolate Tour and Jungle Night Tour Manuel Antonio was kindly sponsored.. If you love chocolate (and come on, who doesn’t) then the Chocolate Tour is a really fun way to spend a morning or afternoon in Manuel Antonio!. On my most recent visit to Manuel Antonio, I did a guided night hike with Jungle Night Tour Manuel Antonio .. What I loved about the Manuel Antonio night tour is that unlike the national park, it took place inside a private reserve where there were only two small groups.. You can only see certain animals in Costa Rica at night!We had been on the chocolate tour run by the same company earlier that afternoon, so the driver kindly brought us to Quepos between tours so we could get something to eat while he picked up the rest of the guests.. Although Manuel Antonio is one of the most popular places to visit in Costa Rica, there’s a reason for it.

For a relaxed beach living and exciting tropical adventure, we share the 7 reasons why you want to visit Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

These are just some of the many attractions you can enjoy on the Manuel Antonio Beach in Costa Rica, a dream destination that is just waiting to surprise you with a unique holiday.. The journey will take the same time of two and a half hours and the price drops to about 70 or 80 euros.. The locals say it is normal for the animals to take things that they find nearby.. Here are the beaches you can visit while you are in the national park:. We recommend going to Manuel Antonio and finding new beaches that you are sure to love.

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Spending it with friends we headed to Manuel Antonio for a weekend vacation.. I had visited Manuel Antonio several times and felt like I had done it.. Most hotels will include breakfast because it is attractive to potential guests.. The first day of our stay in Manuel Antonio was to include two tours.. When driving to Manuel Antonio, you pass Quepos on the way.. As many times as I had been to Quepos, I never knew that there was an island there.. Finally, we stopped for fresh coconut water.. Located just off the Central Pacific Coast near Manuel Antonio National Park and Quepos, El Santuario promises to bring thrill seekers one of the best things to do in Costa Rica and features Central America’s Longest single zipline at over 3/4 of a mile!. They don’t charge extra for riding the longest zip line in Costa Rica!. It is included in our tour price.. They have 14 Tree Platforms, 3 Towers, 6 Hanging Bridges, 3 Nature Walks, 1 Double Belay Rappel.. They have 11 Double Anchored Ziplines Totaling Over 3.6 Kilometers in Length The tour includes transportation from Quepos and Manuel Antonio and a tasty typical Costa Rica lunch after the tour.. Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica is full of amazing gems waiting to be discovered.. He currently serves as the Yoga Director at Blue Osa Yoga Retreat + Spa in Costa Rica

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