Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica is located 7 kilometers south of the town of Quepos, in the Southern Pacific part of the country. It is a golden sand paradise full of unique vegetation and a wide array of animal species. What makes this 1,800 acre park so special is that it has the best of two worlds: a gorgeous beach and lush rainforest, both in the same place. You can find coconut trees, palm trees and mangroves, as well as trees in danger of extinction such as the Cenizaro. As for animals, keep your eyes open for the 109 species of mammals which include the three-toed sloth, the white-faced monkey, raccoons, and porcupines, and 184 species of birds, like toucans and pelicans. If that wasn’t enough, you can also observe varieties of lizards, snakes, and insects. Manuel Antonio weather presents heavy rainfall, mostly in the months of August, September, and October. Much of its flora and fauna thrives there because of this type of climate. However, if you prefer dryer weather, we recommend that you visit during January, February, or March (Costa Rica’s dry season). Manuel Antonio Park is open Tuesday through Sunday, and a fee per person is charged to enter, but it’s a small price to pay for the wonders you will encounter inside, especially if you consider that you are helping to conserve its natural beauty.
Getting to Manuel Antonio Park, Costa Rica is easy. You can rent a car and drive the 157 kilometers south that it takes to get there from San Jose or you can book one of several domestic flights that land in the Quepos air strip daily and grab a taxi to your final destination. Once you are there, you will have no trouble choosing a Manuel Antonio hotel nestled in the mountains, which can accommodate anyone’s style and budget. They can be located high on the mountain to enjoy a spectacular view (some hotels boast 360º panoramas that offer great photo opportunities), or lower, to be at walking distance and have easier access to the Manuel Antonio Beach. If you plan on taking a big family vacation why not think about renting a fabulous house or villa? You can also select from the many restaurants in the area (including hotel eateries); whether you want to try the local fare, or prefer more specialized cuisine, you can find a place that caters to everyone’s tastes. This beach town also offers supermarkets, boutiques, drugstores, and many other services that you might need.
Among the myriad of activities that can be enjoyed when visiting Manuel Antonio National Park, you will find kayaking and whitewater rafting on the Savegre River, ATV tours through rustic, unpaved roads, and sport fishing tours. For those that are not into heavy exercise and prefer a more relaxing day, plans can be made to take a guided horseback ride to a waterfall, walk through the rainforest on suspended bridges, or just lie out on the sand and take in the sun and the scenery. Visitors can also spend the day at a luxurious spa where they can schedule an aromatherapy relaxing massage, and get the pampering they deserve. Whether you are a couple getting away to enjoy a breathtaking sunset on a sailing tour, a big group of friends looking for fun and adventure on a canopy safari, or just someone who appreciates nature and would enjoy a guided hike through the bustling mountains, this National Park has something for you. Please feel free to browse our site and send us any booking questions that you have about any tour in the National Park in Manuel Antonio that you read about. We will be happy to help you.