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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 Jose.

Wildlife

Squirrel Monkey, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa RicaJust 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 1700 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 rain forest, 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.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Manuel Antonio

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    Accommodation choices for Manuel Antonio

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Manuel Antonio. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Hotel Parador, Manuel Antonio

      Hotel Parador

      First Class

      Parador Resort & Spa is a well-appointed, resort-style hotel with a beautiful setting, representing excellent value for money given its facilities and high levels of service.

    • Ocean View Suite, Arenas del Mar, Manuel Antonio

      Arenas del Mar

      First Class

      Arenas del Mar is a small, stylish beach hotel set in an 11 acre private forest reserve close to the Manuel Antonio National Park, and the only hotel in the area with direct beach access.

    • Honeymoon Suite, Hotel Si Como No, Manuel Antonio

      Hotel Si Como No

      Medium

      Located on the main road into Manuel Antonio, the Si Como No offers friendly and relaxed accommodation with excellent facilities, especially for families.

    • Makanda by the Sea, Manuel Antonio

      Makanda by the Sea

      First Class

      Located just off the main road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park, Makanda By the Sea consists of 12 acres of sanctuary, 350 feet above the ocean.