Need inspiration planning your Manuel Antonio beach vacation? From wildlife watching and jet skiing to sipping fruity cocktails at sunset, thereâ€™s no shortage of things to do and see in this dreamy beach town. And if youâ€™re searching for a villa with ocean views, Escape Villas has an extensive portfolio of luxurious Manuel Antonio rentals â€“ some with direct views of the park! Here’s a few of our favorite things to do in this Central Pacific hamlet, where jungle meets sea.
Banana boat rides â€“ not just for kids!
Hang on to your friends and fellow guests as you traverse the warm Pacific waters in an inflatable banana boat. Equal parts relaxing and adrenaline-pumping, this tour jumps into high gear as riders â€“ who are always wearing life vests –occasionally get bucked off the boat. A fun and exciting trip for both the young and young-at-heart.
Monkey watching in Manuel Antonio National Park
A budget-friendly $10 gets you entrance into one of the worldâ€™s most beautiful national parks (according to Forbes magazine). And within these boundaries live hundreds of curious and playful primates, among other interesting creatures. You donâ€™t have to be super sleuth to discover the parkâ€™s crafty white-faced monkeys, which love to hang around Espadilla Beach. In fact, the park is home to three species of monkey â€“white-faced, squirrel and howler monkey â€“ which scour the canopies in search of their favorite leaves, fruit and insects.
Giddy up, partner â€“ explorations on horseback
Horseback riding is a national pastime in Costa Rica and the secluded backcountry roads and plantations surrounding Manuel Antonio make the perfect backdrop for an equine excursion. Tours are available for riders of all levels and ages, and typically include a pit stop for lunch and a swim at a hidden waterfall.
Up, up and away â€“ Parasailing
Take flight on this popular tour that is sure to get the adrenaline surging. Â Parasailing tours in Manuel Antonio take guests a staggering 600 feet above the beach, offering jaw-dropping views of the coastline and adjacent islands. This 15-minute tour will be one of the highlights of your trip!
Pool or beach side relaxation
Thereâ€™s no shame in enjoying a little relaxation during your beach getaway, and Manuel Antonio has three gorgeous beaches from which to sunbathe, people gaze, snorkel or snooze. Choose a shady spot beneath a sea almond tree or rent a comfy beach chair with umbrella for the day. Delicious snacks, cooling drinks and massages will come to you.