Loved Manuel Antonio and would highly recommend it to everyone. The national park was great. Got to see tons of wildlife. The beach was also great and not too crowded.
Set high above the enchanting national park, Manuel Antonio boasts world-class views and beaches. Accommodation choices are plentiful, with some of the country's most inspired lodging options to choose from. Just imagine sparkling white sandy beaches, shimmering blue water and the fresh ocean breeze, all from the rocking chair on your patio. You'll feel stress magically leave your body as you soak up the sun in Manuel Antonio.
Between the main town and the national park, there are several world-class beaches in the area. Here, you can enjoy the wide variety of activities such as swimming, hiking the Manuel Antonio National Park, surfing, or simply relaxing while watching a vibrant sunset. Manuel Antonio is one of only two locations in Costa Rica where you can see all four types of monkey; spider, howler, white faced and the endangered squirrel monkey, many of which can be visible from your hotel window. The area is also a prime destination for spotting sloths, both in and outside of the national park This once tiny town has blossomed into the most popular Costa Rican beach destination. Available are all the amenities you would come to expect as well as a jumping nightlife. Access to the area is possible along Coastal Highway 34 from either the north or south. The drive itself is popular among tourists as pronounced steep cliffs crash into the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. There is also a domestic airstrip in Quepos, just 7km away.
Be sure to keep an eye on your valuables at all times. Theft is a significant problem on the beaches, not just by humans but also by white faced monkeys looking to steal a quick snack.
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Beautiful time in MA! Very easy to get around and people are fantastic. Not one bad thing to say about it
We loved the gorgeous beach Hotel Espadilla was perfect We ate well Played games by the pool
The Manuel Antonio naional park is a Must see. Saw many sloths, lizards, big blue butterfiles,howler monkeys. Wonderful experience.
Fabulous!!! Should have stayed longer!!!
This was one of the most beautiful spots on my journey. It was a bit touristy and crowdy, but to expect because of the national park. But, beautiful scenery and would not have missed it!
on time pick up, spacious vehicle, friendly driver
My favourite place to visit in all of Costa Rica. Beautiful beaches with incredible waves, and some safe swimming areas. Highly recommend renting an ATV to get around, not great for walking on the dirt roads.
Beautiful place!!! I recommended my friends and family to visit Manuel Antonio
If you can only go to one destination in Costa Rica, I suggest Manuel Antonio. A lot of wildlife, the beach, the rainforest, it has it all.
Because we booked this whole trip with less than 24 hours notice, we didn't have much communication with you about where we were going. You did a delightful job in recommending this general area. The little town of Manuel Antonio didn't have much in it, and it wasn't particularly walkable (from shop to shop or restaurant), but we loved the general ambiance and of course it was the gateway to the famous national park. We spent more time in the town of Quepos.
While this is a popular destination with a lot of fellow tourists, there is enough space to spread out on the beautiful beaches and in the National Park itself. The wildlife and scenery are superb and make this a must-see destination.
Aside from the rainy afternoons- amazing place- beautiful beaches & we loved our Hotel
We loved the Catamarn tour we did the morning sail. The only down fall was it was scheduled from 9-1 we were docked and off the boat by 12:10. The staff was outstanding, the food was good but I wish we would of gotten our full time.
Manuel Antonio is a wonderful destination, where the glorious national park meets the ocean. Beautiful physically, and a wonderfully friendly place. While it is certainly tourist-oriented, it still felt reasonably small and local.
The locals here were also kind! Manuel Antonio is a cute little beach town
We selected Manuel Antonio as our Pacific stop on our first trip to Costa Rica, and so glad we did! The National Park is quite a treasure, and with the beautiful beach and bounty of nature & animals to see, it's no wonder it is one of the most popular parks in Costa Rica. A guided tour of the park will enhance the experience more, as the guides are so knowledgeable and helpful. This is a wondrous national park not to be missed when on the Pacific side of Costa Rica!
Loved the area. Locals and activity guides were amazing! Hotel staff were great!!
El Wagon Pizza, Manual Falafel bar were an excellent restaurant. New marine area good for some restaurant and walking for sunset view.
We enjoyed Linda's Backpacker's paradise restaurant, El Sol restaurant and others.