Manuel Antonio National Park and the nearby town of Quepos are located on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. The rich biodiversity of this area, coupled with a wealth of activities (geared toward both the adventure seeker and the casually curious) make this a destination that offers something for everyone. It’s easy to spend your entire holiday in this area of the country!
- MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK
The national park contains three of the most beautiful beaches in the country, bordered by a dense rainforest teeming with animal life. Manuel Antonio In 2011, it was named by Forbes as one of the world’s most beautiful parks. Manuel Antonio is one of the smallest parks in the country, but big on animal life! Here you can expect to see white face, howler and squirrel monkeys, three-toed sloths plus hundreds of species of birds, mammals and plant life. The light sand beaches in the park are popular for relaxing, swimming, and snorkeling.
- MANUEL ANTONIO BEACH
Because of the rugged coastline most of the hotels in the Manuel Antonio area are not beachfront but set cliff-side with sweeping views. However, beaches in the area are singularly beautiful. Keep an eye out for stunning, brightly-colored sunsets!
The town of Quepos has a great selection of restaurants, bars and souvenir shops. As the gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park, the town may have all the amenities of a tourism-hub, yet it maintains that ineffable charm of Costa Rica, the authentic relaxed Tico feel. This is also one of the best places in the country for big game sport fishing. The town is great for those who want to explore more casually – the streets are easy to walk, and the mix of local shops, markets, and cafes means it’s easy to waste away an afternoon or entire day!
- MANUEL ANTONIO ATTRACTIONS
- Manuel Antonio National Park
- Rain Forest
- Multi-Sport Adventures
- Sport Fishing
- Santa Juana Mountain
- Damas Estuary
- THINGS TO DO IN MANUEL ANTONIO
- Manuel Antonio National Park Hike
- Damas Island Estuary by Kayak
- Canopy Safari
- Savegre River Whitewater Rafting: Class II-III
- Naranjo River Whitewater Rafting: Class III-IV
- Coastal Sea Kayaking
- Butterfly Botanical Gardens
- Jungle Night Walk
- Santa Juana Mountain Tour
- Villa Vanilla Spice Tour
- Catamaran Cruise
- Cerro Nara Horseback Riding
- Climate: Dry- December to April, Wet- May to November, Wettest- September & October.
- Temperature: Average high 92°, tropical weather with brief afternoon showers typical May to November.
- Bring: Beach wear, hiking sandals and an appetite since there are many great local restaurants.
- Don’t Miss: Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most spectacular beaches in Costa Rica. Go in the morning to avoid crowds. We highly recommend a visit to the park with a naturalist guide. Please keep in mind the park is closed on Mondays.
Need a place to stay? Happy-Jacana is the way to go!
Copito is a month and a half old capuchin monkey that came with an infected wound full of maggots, possibly attacked by other animals. Slowly he recovered his health but is not yet perfect. We will keep you informed of its progress. Send all the energy you can to this small!
Check out the Jaguar Rescue Center!
Stay on a working farm and hike through the hillsides.
Location: 20 minutes outside San José
Why you need to stay here: The inn is located on a hillside with over 300 fruit trees, and a 30 acre coffee bean plantation — the inn provides guided hiking tours of the farm. There’s an infinity pool and hot tub that overlook the farm, as well as a spa, and concierge service to set you up on whitewater rafting, zip line, or volcano exploration adventures.
If you want to stay in a REAL TREEHOUSE, then opt for Finca Bellavista!
Location: Privacy is very important in Finca Bellavista, so while there’s no EXACT location online, it’s described as being, “in the mountainous South Pacific coastal region”.
Why you need to stay here: So, for starters, you should know that Finca Bellavista is a residential treehouse community, and any treehouse you rent is owned and operated by the individual owners. That being said: You’re staying in a TREEHOUSE. Childhood dreams can come true! And because folks live there year-round, you can take gardening and cooking classes, go on hikes, make art, or even sign up for a massage.
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A boiling jungle in Costa Rica
It is an area of dense rainforest, but the foliage, it emerges steam that comes from boiling pools. There is no shortage of areas where mud pot boils, and where the temperature becomes unbearable. Just below the surface of the nearby volcano activity is present, but just give some clues. Rincón de la Vieja in Costa Rica is nothing usual combination of geothermal activity covered by dense jungle, they say, is one of the most fascinating corners of the entire country.
View from Cerro Amigos
Cerro Amigos is the highest point (6,000ft) in the Monteverde reserve. On a clear day, you can see Arenal, the Pacific, and even across the border north to Nicaragua.
Photo: Dennis Tang
Rio Celeste Falls.
One of the northernmost of Costa Rica’s 26 national parks, Tenorio Volcano is home to the Rio Celeste and this waterfall.
Photo: Bruce Thomson