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Visiting Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio Costa Rica is one of our top recommended destinations a great location to experience the best rainforests, beaches and adventure activities that Costa Rica has to offer. About 4 hours away from the capital, San Jose, it is located on the Central Pacific Coast and home to the fantastic Manuel Antonio National Park. Manuel Antonio is a magical combination of rainforest, beaches, hills, and coral reefs, making it one of the most biodiverse areas in the world and one of the most visited in Costa Rica. Whether you want to relax on white sandy beaches or trek through the jungles looking for wildlife, Manuel Antonio is sure to please all types of travelers.

Highlights

Flora and Fauna 

villas nicolas manuel antonioDespite being one of the smaller national parks in Costa Rica, there are still 184 species of birds and 109 species of mammals within the park and almost 80 species of fish in the surrounding water. The diversity of plants and animals you will find walking through the Manuel Antonio national park is unparalleled anywhere else in Costa Rica.

Canopy Tours 

Manuel Antonio Canopy for kids Costa RicaFly through Manuel Antonio National Park on some of the best zip lines in the world! You’ll hike up to the cables with  with certified bilingual guides who will help you have a safe and amazing time. Enjoy the view of native Costa Rican trees and the Pacific ocean while you glide through the rainforest. 

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding Manuel Antonio MountainTour the rainforest on horseback for a truly unique experience! Tours are available for children as young as five and can last half or full days. You can ride through the forest while you watch for monkeys, sloths and toucans and then end your tour with a swim under thundering waterfalls! 

Wildlife Tours 

Manuel Antonio National Park SlothManuel Antonio is one of the best places in Costa Rica to see wildlife. Hire a uniformed, certified guide inside the park entrance to help you spot monkeys, sloths, iguanas and more. The guides know the best places to find hiding animals and use special telescopes to see up into the trees. Don’t forget your camera! 

Beaches

Manuel Antonio BeachThere are five fantastic beaches to visit in Manuel Antonio, Playa Espadilla, Playa Manuel Antonio, Playa Gemelas, Puerto Escondido and Playa Biesanz. All of the beaches offer various activities including swimming, surfing and scuba diving. Make sure to pack your sunscreen because these stunning beaches are incredibly sunny. 

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving Manuel AntonioDiscover the aquatic life off the coast with a private or public tours, or with a catamaran sailing tour that includes a stop for snorkeling. You can also dive down to 60 feet below the surface with an expert guide and discover a mesmerizing world of marine life. Manuel Antonio is a great place to see a huge variety of marine life, including Starfish, Sea Turtles, and White Tip Reef Sharks. 

Surfing

Surfing LessonDon’t forget to plan a morning or afternoon for surfing on the Manuel Antonio beaches. The gentle but regular waves are perfect for beginner and intermediate surfers looking to practice their new skills. There are also surf schools and surfing lessons available for those just starting out. Plan your vacation between May and November for the best breaks.

Catamaran Tours 

Catamaran Manuel AntonioCatamaran tours are a great way to tour Manuel Antonio waters! You’ll ride the waves while you look for dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. Then you will get the chance  to snorkel, paddle board or swim in the sparkling water. Many offer a traditional lunch on the boat and tropical cocktails, which you can enjoy while you soak up the sun with your family and friends. 

Parasailing

Parasailing Costa Rica Manuel Antonio Rocks

Are you ready to see Manuel Antonio from 600 feet above? Parasailing lets you get a bird’s eye view of the Manuel Antonio beaches and National Park and it is an experience you won’t want to miss. Some parasailing tours also come with 30-60 minutes of jet ski time as well. 

Tips

  • Get to the park early: Try to arrive by 7am. It is the best time to see the animals. Also avoid the crowds and the heat! 
  • Find a licensed expert: Look for uniformed tour guides at the entrance of the park. Avoid paying tour guides who are not in uniform and outside of the park. 
  • Beware of snakes: Sometimes snakes are mistaken for jungle vines. Hike with a licensed guide to see the wildlife from a safe and enjoyable distance. 
  • Bring your camera: The tour guides have special telescopes to get a closer look at the wildlife and you can take pictures of the animals through the telescope. 
  • Don’t use flash: The monkeys can sometimes react aggressively to flashing cameras. Follow the guides instructions at all times to have a great, safe, time. 
  • Seal your food: Pack your food and belongings in tightly sealed bags. Monkeys, raccoons and iguanas are very curious on the beach and they know you have food! Don’t worry though, they are not aggressive, they’re just hoping you will share some snacks! That being said…
  • Don’t feed the animals: It is bad for them and only teaches them to rely on tourists for food. 
  • Bring lots of water and sunscreen! The beaches are stunning and SUNNY. Stay hydrated and covered in sunscreen to have a relaxed, incredible vacation, free of dehydration or sunburn. 

Getting There

sansa airline airportClosest International Airport: Juan Santamaria (SJO)

Getting to Manuel Antonio is easier than ever. For the fastest and most convenient transportation, rent a car right from the airport upon your arrival. You will drive through Quepos to get to the national park. There are also shuttle services available from San Jose or Guanacaste. Private transfers are a little more expensive, from $200-$300, but won’t have to make extra stops. Shared shuttles, however, are more affordable from $50-$100. Finally, you can fly there. You can use Sansa Air to fly to Quepos from San Jose. The flight costs about $75 dollars and takes approximately 10 minutes. 

Staying in Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio HotelsThere are many hotels in Manuel Antonio to choose from, so you are sure to find the perfect accommodations for a visit to this beautiful area. They range from the super luxurious with Arenas del Mar, and Tulemar Resort to the Mid-Range Hotels like Hotel Costa Verde, the Falls Resort, the Hotel Karahe Manuel Antonio. They all offer excellent service, views and food. 

Dining

Los Altos Resort Manuel Antonio RestaurantManuel Antonio has a variety of restaurants and cafes to choose from. It is also home to the notorious El Avion. An old Fairchild C-123 airplane was refurbished and turned into one of the coolest bars and restaurants in Manuel Antonio. Also visit the Shana Restaurant Lounge Pool Bar for high-end Italian food, the Manuel Antonio Falafel Bar for Mediterranean food or El Mirador for fantastic Costa Rican food served with a beautiful view. 

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Manuel Antonio is located 4 hours from San Jose on the Central Pacific Coast. It is easily accessible by rental car, private transfer or plane!

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Manuel Antonio

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Manuel Antonio National Park is one of Costa Rica's top destinations. Experience a wildlife like never before in the National Park and then relax on some of the most beauti...

Manuel Antonio Vacation Packages

Get the best of what Manuel Antonio has to offer with any of our vacation packages. 

Caribbean Dream with Manuel Antonio

Caribbean Dream with Manuel Antonio

12
SJO
$1500-$2000 p.p.
Caribbean Dream Extended Stay

Caribbean Dream Extended Stay

16
SJO
Extended Costa Rica Highlights

Extended Costa Rica Highlights

20
SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Costa Ballena Exploration

Costa Ballena Exploration

9
SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Extended Stay

Extended Stay

13
SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Birding in Costa Rica’s Top Three Destinations

Birding in Costa Rica’s Top Three Destinations

SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Best of Costa Rica

Best of Costa Rica

7
SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast

SJO
Luxury Family Getaway

Luxury Family Getaway

7
SJO
Less than $1000 p.p.
Costa Rica’s Top Three Destinations

Costa Rica’s Top Three Destinations

SJO
$1500-$2000 p.p.
Two Oceans & A Volcano

Two Oceans & A Volcano

$1000-$1500 p.p.
Pacific & Caribbean Combo

Pacific & Caribbean Combo

10
SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Perfect Combination with Corcovado

Perfect Combination with Corcovado

SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Complete Costa Rica Extended

Complete Costa Rica Extended

SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Escape to Nature

Escape to Nature

SJO
$1500-$2000 p.p.
Extended Costa Rica Southern Package

Extended Costa Rica Southern Package

SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Nature & Wildlife in Costa Rica!

Nature & Wildlife in Costa Rica!

SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

7
SJO
$1500-$2000 p.p.
Costa Rica’s Seventh Heaven

Costa Rica’s Seventh Heaven

7
SJO
$1000-$1500 p.p.

Manuel Antonio Hotels

Enjoy great service, delicious food and world-class service at the hotels in Manuel Antonio. 

Arenas Del Mar

Arenas Del Mar

5
5
From: $200 - $300
Gaia Hotel and Reserve

Gaia Hotel and Reserve

5
4
From: $200 - $300
Hotel Costa Verde

Hotel Costa Verde

3
2
From: $125 - $200
Hotel El Parador

Hotel El Parador

4
5
From: $200 - $300
Hotel Karahe

Hotel Karahe

3
From: $125 - $200
Hotel La Mariposa

Hotel La Mariposa

4
From: $125 - $200
Hotel Playa Espadilla

Hotel Playa Espadilla

3
3
From: $125 - $200
Hotel San Bada

Hotel San Bada

4
5
From: $200 - $300
Hotel Shana

Hotel Shana

5
From: $200 - $300
Hotel Si Como No

Hotel Si Como No

4
5
From: $200 - $300
Makanda by the Sea

Makanda by the Sea

5
From: Over $300
Santa Juana Lodge

Santa Juana Lodge

3
5
From: $125 - $200
Tulemar Resort

Tulemar Resort

5
From: $200 - $300
La Mansion Inn

La Mansion Inn

4
2
From: $125 - $200

Manuel Antonio Tours

See some of the most diverse wildlife in the world on a guided tour through the Manuel Antonio National Park! 

ATV Rainforest Adventure in Manuel Antonio

ATV Rainforest Adventure in Manuel Antonio

From: $75 - $100
Midworld Costa Rica Zip Line and Canopy Tour

Midworld Costa Rica Zip Line and Canopy Tour

From: $50 - $75
Coast Jet Ski – Manuel Antonio Adventure

Coast Jet Ski – Manuel Antonio Adventure

From: Over $100
Kids Saving the Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary

Kids Saving the Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary

From: Under $50
Canopy & ATV Tours at Safari Adventures

Canopy & ATV Tours at Safari Adventures

From: $50 - $75
Parasailing Tour Costa Rica Adventure

Parasailing Tour Costa Rica Adventure

From: $75 - $100
Santa Juana Rural Mountain Adventure Tour

Santa Juana Rural Mountain Adventure Tour

From: $75 - $100
Scuba Diving Tour Costa Rica Adventure

Scuba Diving Tour Costa Rica Adventure

From: $75 - $100
Jungle Tubing Savegre River

Jungle Tubing Savegre River

From: Under $50
Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

From: Under $50
Manuel Antonio National Park Tour with Expediciones Tropicales

Manuel Antonio National Park Tour with Expediciones Tropicales

Catamaran Adventure Tour with Planet Dolphin

Catamaran Adventure Tour with Planet Dolphin

Surf Lesson with MASS (Manuel Antonio Surf School and Camp)

Surf Lesson with MASS (Manuel Antonio Surf School and Camp)

Manuel Antonio National Park tour with Tucanes Tours

Manuel Antonio National Park tour with Tucanes Tours

Savegre River White Water Rafting with Tucanes Tours

Savegre River White Water Rafting with Tucanes Tours

Horseback Riding Tour with Tucanes Tours

Horseback Riding Tour with Tucanes Tours

Damas Island Estuary Mangrove Tour with Tucanes Tours

Damas Island Estuary Mangrove Tour with Tucanes Tours

Ocean Kayaking & Snorkeling with Tucanes Tours

Ocean Kayaking & Snorkeling with Tucanes Tours

Kids Saving the Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary Tour

Kids Saving the Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary Tour

Horseback Riding in Mulguri with San Bada

Horseback Riding in Mulguri with San Bada

Santa Juana Rural Mountain Adventure Tour with Si Como No

Santa Juana Rural Mountain Adventure Tour with Si Como No

Canopy, Spider & Superman Tour with MidWorld

Canopy, Spider & Superman Tour with MidWorld

Canopy & ATV Tour with MidWorld

Canopy & ATV Tour with MidWorld

ATV Tour with MidWorld

ATV Tour with MidWorld

Canopy Tour with Canopy Safari

Canopy Tour with Canopy Safari

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