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.
"Hostel Plinio was wonderful and we loved our stay there. Manuel Antonio park was unbelievable and we saw a ton of monkeys, sloths, deer, and friendly raccoons. The beach at the end of the trail is wonderful. We also checked out Playa Biesanz which was a LONG hike to get to but worth it in the end."
– Feb 2016
"I felt very safe in the area. It is a big tourist destination with a lot of hotels close together. There was a lot of monkeys in the park and other wildlife. I ate all of my meals at the hotel. "
– Jan 2016
"Cafe Agua Azul had amazing food. We very much enjoyed our stay at Jungle Beach hotel. We loved being able to get around on the public bus. We enjoyed walking around in Quepos. "
– Mar 2016
"For access to Manuel Antonio National Park, Hotel San Bada cannot not be matched. We would not have had such an amazing time watching the wildlife without the easy access to the park. "
– Feb 2016
"Would recommend Marlins, El Wagon and the restaurants at Si Como No. The beach was awesome and would highly recommend."
– Jan 2016
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