Sun Lovers and Wildlife Enthusiasts Flock to Manuel Antonio
More than 250,000 tourists visit Manuel Antonio National Park every year, and considering its powdery white-sand beaches and incredible biodiversity, it’s not hard to understand why. This popular attraction is just one of several in the stunning surfside town of Manuel Antonio. With so many glorious Costa Rica beaches to choose from, why do so many travelers flock here? In short, Manuel Antonio offers something for everyone – fantastic adventures, pulsating nightlife, amazing wildlife and a wonderful selection of ocean view vacation rentals and luxury villas that cater to the whole family.
Quick access from San Jose
Thanks to the recently constructed Caldera highway, travelers can access Manuel Antonio in less than three hours by car. Not fast enough for you? Hop on a regional flight from San Jose – choose between carriers Nature Air or SANSA – and you’ll be in neighboring Quepos in less than 30 minutes.
Eco Adventures for all ages
From hair-raising ATV excursions to adrenaline-pumping zip-line tours above the rainforest canopy, there is no shortage of adventure tours in the area. Waterfall rappelling, parasailing, horseback riding and whitewater rafting are all on offer. And for the avid fisherman, head to Quepos for some world-class deep sea fishing in the Pacific. Anglers regularly pull in marlin, sailfish, tuna and mahi mahi during full or half-day sport fishing tours.
Monkeys, sloths and toucans!
Animal lovers will adore the sheer variety of wildlife in Manuel Antonio National Park. Hit the trails early – before 10 AM – for your best chances of seeing the park’s most iconic creatures. Hiring a local guide is highly recommended, as their expertise at spotting camouflaged wildlife is second to none. Look for jewel-colored hummingbirds, white-faced monkeys, spiny iguanas, ring-tailed coatis, toucans and lots of two and three-toed sloths in the treetops above.
A romantic escape for couples and honeymooners
Manuel Antonio isn’t just for the kids, this dazzling locale is ideal for a romantic getaway, and is popular among honeymooners who are seeking the ultimate in luxurious oceanfront accommodations. Imagine waking up to the sound of howler monkeys in your beachfront villa that boasts panoramic views over the sparkling Pacific. Visitors can opt for an all-inclusive resort, boutique hotel or high-end vacation rental, equipped with private pool and Jacuzzi.
Paradise for beach lovers
Enjoy the steady ocean breezes and warm, tropical sun on Manuel Antonio’s five lovely beaches – Playa Espadilla, Playa Gemelas, Playa Playita, Playa Biesanz and Playa Manuel Antonio. Gentle waves, great surf and crystalline waters will beckon you. Rent a surfboard by the hour or take lessons from a pro, and explore the ocean’s diverse marine life on a snorkeling tour.