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Ten Reasons Why You Should Visit Manuel Antonio on Your Next Costa Rica Vacation!

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If you are planning a vacation to Costa Rica and are not sure which areas provide the best activities, then its time you found out a little more about Manuel Antonio! This paradise beach vacation destination is packed full of exciting eco adventures. Here are ten reasons why Manuel Antonio, should be on your list of places to visit in Costa Rica.

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1.      Spectacular Beaches and Tropical Landscape!

If you are looking for the ultimate beach and sun vacation destination, then Manuel Antonio has it all.  This vibrant tropical coastal landscape is abundant with fascinating flora and fauna, including monkeys, sloths, iguanas, toucans, humming birds. Long stretches of white sandy beaches and spectacular sunsets define this Central Pacific landscape.

2.      Award-Winning Playa Manuel Antonio!

Costa Rica might be a small Central American country, but it certainly packs a big punch when it comes to biodiversity.

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A dream destination for nature lovers and eco tourists, Manuel Antonio was voted one of the top three destinations for a beach and sun vacation destination in a Trip Advisor Travelers Choice Awards Survey.


3.      Manuel Antonio National Park Abundant with Costa Rica Wildlife!

One of Costa Rica’s most visited National Parks, Manuel Antonio National Park has a total of 1700 acres of land and 135,906 acres of Marine Reserve.  If you are planning a Costa Rica vacation, schedule a visit here—you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy a short trek through the rainforest to reach four of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Perfect for swimming and reading your favorite book under the shade of the manzanillo, almond and coco trees.

Guided tours through Manuel Antonio National Park are also available. Guided tours are the best way to spot rare species of Costa Rica wildlife, including the three and two-toed sloths, howler monkeys, iguanas and white nosed Coati’s and  don’t be surprised if you spot resident dolphins in the bay!

It should be noted that this is one of the best equipped Costa Rica National Parks, with washrooms, showers, picnic tables and drinking water dispensers.


4.      Adrenalin Pumping Adventure Tours!

If you are looking for a little more action than a sunset stroll along the beach, Manuel Antonio is the perfect location to try out some adrenalin pumping adventure tours.  Parasailing, ATV treks, Jet Sking,  the famous Flying Boat Tour, waterfall rappelling, scuba diving and surfing at nearby beaches, just to name but a few.


5.      Don’t Get Me Wrong, I Love Costa Rica Activities but I Want to Kick Back on a Beach!

Perfect! Manuel Antonio National Park has one of the best swimmer’s beaches in the country. Although the Costa Rican coast is filled with spectacular beaches, it should be acknowledged that they are not all safe for swimming. The public beach, as well as the beaches in Manuel Antonio National Park, are exceptions to this rule.   You can enjoy a refreshing swim in these calm waters without fear of riptides.

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6.      Costa Rica Trips Suitable for the Whole Family

Manuel Antonio is the perfect family vacation destination, with many eco adventure tours suitable for all ages.  You and your family can take an enjoyable snorkeling tour and explore the coral reef, take a wildlife watching tour through Manuel Antonio National Park, a horseback campesino tour through the Costa Rican countryside, taking a hiking or canopy tours, or even take a sunset boating tour.


7.      Easy Access from San Jose, Costa Rica’s Capital City.

It’s never been easier to get to Manuel Antonio from San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital. The opening of the Caldera Highway has cut driving time in half. Manuel Antonio is now a pleasant two and a half hour drive from San Jose.  So what are you waiting for?


8.      Fine Dining and Easy Access to an Endless List of Amenities

Manuel Antonio offers vacationers an excellent opportunity to enjoy tasty cuisine. There are quality restaurants in the

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area that boast a fantastic selection of international dishes. Or if you prefer, enjoy the benefits of professional chef services in your Manuel Antonio villa rental.


9.      Manuel Antonio Vacation Rentals of Grand Design

If you’re planning a Costa Rica vacation then consider the benefits of a villa rental in Manuel Antonio.  Boasting spectacular ocean views and excellent amenities, including swimming pools and fully equipped kitchens and a personalized concierge service, there are several Manuel Antonio residences that provide the perfect setting for an unforgettable family vacation in paradise.


10.  We’re leaving the tenth reason especially for you! If you’ve visited Manuel Antonio Costa Rica before, what would you recommend?

If you are interested in finding out more about Costa Rica vacations in Manuel Antonio, contact Escape Villas at or toll free at 1-888-771-2976 for more information.