Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Central Pacific Coast
Elevation: Sea level to 160 mts
Province of Puntarenas

Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio Costa Rica owns a charming combination of rainforest, beaches, and coral reefs. It stretches over a hill with fantastic ocean views. The main attraction in the area is the Manuel Antonio National Park. Although it is the country’s smallest national park, the stunning beauty and diversity of wildlife in its 683 hectares is matchless. The Manuel Antonio National Park, the Manuel Antonio Beach, the mangroves and the islands host 109 species of mammals, including the endangered squirrel monkey, titi monkey and the capuchin monkey; 184 species of sponges, crustaceans and fishes. 

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio National Park
Known for its excellent climate and scenic beauty, the park caters to as many as 150,000 visitors annually, and is well known for the wildlife observation, the hiking trails and the Manuel Antonio Beach. 

Catamaran Adventure
Set sail and cruise the bordering coastal waters of Manuel Antonio Costa Rica. After touring the coastline, the captain will set anchor at Biesanz Bay where you can snorkel or simply rest onboard and soak up some sun.

Ocean Kayaking
Paddle your kayak past tiny islands and observe marine birds and their nesting grounds. Visit Biesanz Bay, a hidden beautiful inlet where you can snorkel and explore the coastline. Water’s visibility will vary depending on the season, and there will be opportunities to spot parrotfish, starfish, angelfish and maybe even a sea turtle. 

Canopy Tour
A family friendly adventure full of adrenaline! You will zipline across the rainforest on 11 cables from platform to platform and observe the wildlife scenery. At the end of your tour you will enjoy a tasty Costa Rican meal.

Manuel Antonio Tours to other destinations nearby

Savegre River Whitewater Rafting
Experience III class rapids, a combination of calm paddling and some white-water thrills. You will have the opportunity to admire the flora and fauna and even swim in calmer waters.

Damas Island Mangrove
Located approximately 25 minutes from Manuel Antonio Park. The mangrove ecosystem is a habitat that hosts a large amount of wildlife such as the white-faced monkeys, anteaters, boa constrictors, iguanas, crocodiles, turtles, crabs and countless numbers of bird species.

Nauyaca Waterfall
One of the most popular things to do in Manuel Antonio is to visit the Nauyaca Waterfalls about 1 hour away from the Manuel Antonio National Park. A 30 minute hike (easy for all ages) will take you to the waterfall to enjoy a refreshing swim.

Carara National Park
This transitional forest allows for rich biodiversity, housing approximately 48% of Costa Rica’s bird species. Bird watching enthusiasts will have the opportunity to observe Scarlet Macaws, Aracari, Toucans, Herons, Egrets, Tinamous and more.

Location and Map

Manuel Antonio Costa Rica is located in the Central Pacific Coast just 3 hours away from the Juan Santamaria International Airport, 160 km / 100 miles via Carretera Pacífica Fernández Oreamuno/Costanera Sur/Route 34. The fishing town of Quepos is only 10 minutes away.

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