Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast is scattered with a diverse range of stunning beaches and protected areas of natural beauty: a fantastic opportunity to experience nature, adventure, and relaxation within easy reach of San José.
Just a four hour drive or a short flight from the capital, the national park of Manuel Antonio is a very important green zone, providing sanctuary for an incredible variety of wildlife. Hundreds of gorgeous butterflies, hummingbirds, scarlet macaws, brightly-beaked toucans and clambering monkeys are just some of the tropical life found here.
Manuel Antonio, with its 1,700 acres of land mass and 135,906 acres of marine reserve, is the smallest of the 20 national parks Costa Rica has put aside for total protection. It is a charming combination of rainforest, beaches and coral reefs.
Even so, it is the country's second most visited conservation area, after the Poas Volcano and whilst Manuel Antonio has some undoubtedly fantastic beaches it is busy and fairly built up so not to everybody's taste.
The entrance fee to Manuel Antonio National Park is US$6 per person.
Suggested itineraries featuring Manuel Antonio
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Map of Manuel Antonio
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Places near Manuel Antonio
- Central Pacific Coast 24 kilometers away
- Dominical 35 kilometers away
- Esterillos 43 kilometers away
- San Gerardo de Dota 43 kilometers away
- San José & Central Valley 62 kilometers away
- Turrialba 77 kilometers away
- San Ramón 86 kilometers away
- Corcovado & Osa Peninsula 92 kilometers away
- El Silencio Lodge 95 kilometers away
- Northern Pacific Coast 105 kilometers away
- Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui 121 kilometers away
- Monteverde Cloud Forest 123 kilometers away
- Arenal Volcano 135 kilometers away
- Tortuguero & the Caribbean Coast 137 kilometers away
- Punta Islita 148 kilometers away
- Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 156 kilometers away
- Manzanillo 166 kilometers away
- Tenorio Volcano 173 kilometers away
- Caño Negro 183 kilometers away
- Rincón de la Vieja 207 kilometers away
- Tamarindo 212 kilometers away
- Playa Potrero 215 kilometers away
- Golfo de Papagayo 236 kilometers away
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Accommodation choices for Manuel Antonio
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