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Playa Manuel Antonio

| Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, 6 kms south of Quepos, Manuel Antonio 195-6350, Costa Rica
+506 88196803
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One of Costa Rica's most popular beaches, Playa Manuel Antonio frequently hosts parties and festivals, and it is an ideal destination for avid surfers.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“national park” (556 reviews)
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| Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, 6 kms south of Quepos, Manuel Antonio 195-6350, Costa Rica
+506 88196803
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

Awesome park, .fantastic guide, excellent animal sightings, a very worthwhile trip. You get to see beautiful rain forest scenery, beaches, exotic animals and great people.

Thank vrashid
Reviewed 7 January 2017

We visited the park in Dec 2016. I have 1 friendly advise, book the tour with a guide ! It's worth it. We would not have seen too many animals if it was not for our guide. The beach is awesome, very nice sand and...More

Thank Genny-Montreal
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

I've been here many times. Manuel Antonio national park has a beautiful beach, amazing views from up above (mirador) and there are always monkeys around. Be careful with your backpack and stuff out leave on the beach, the monkeys and raccoons come in frequently to...More

Thank Rebecca R
Reviewed 6 January 2017

There are beautiful beaches in this small, well-visited park, and a network of trails. I have given it a lower rating as poor information diminished our experience. Note the park is closed Monday mornings, even at Christmas, which is their high season. The only time...More

2  Thank Suzanne W
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

We saw more and way closer right off our deck. We were not allowed to leave the park from the back way after going to the beach. DUMB! I understand why people can't come in without paying but they should be allowed to leave.

Thank Karen R
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Gorgeous park, beaches, but long walk with no food or drink available for purchase inside. Come prepared! Monkeys are guaranteed!

Thank aimrank
Reviewed 6 January 2017

This majestic rainforest is a must see! It is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. I stayed at the Hotel San Bada. The best hotel to stay in. The entrance to the park is about 500 ft away from the hotel lobby. You...More

Thank Johnny0110
Reviewed 5 January 2017

This is really a beautiful beach located inside the National Park. Get here early as it can get really crowded. Beware the aggressive raccoons who will steal your stuff if left unattended.

Thank Domer90mom
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Beautiful beaches and vistas, packed with wildlife throughout. You'll be amongst monkeys,raccoons, coatamundi, morpha butterflies, toucans, sloths, and all kinds of interesting reptiles, mammals and insects.

Thank Moroccokid
Reviewed 5 January 2017

A beautiful, unspoiled beach with wildlife roaming the perimeter. Watch out for the raccoons who are not afraid of humans and will come right up to grab things right out of your hand. (They don't like to have sand kicked at them so you can...More

Thank Moroccokid
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We are deciding between a guided tour at Mistico Hanging Bridges in Arenal or at Manuel Antonio for our group. Too expensive to do both, and our 4 boys (age 6-15) probably won't have the patience to do guided tours at both spots. We are also doing the guided hikes at Arenal Oasis (night tour in LaFortuna) and the sloth tour at our hotel (Tulemar) in MA. I am leaning toward the unguided tour at Mistico because I think the scenery and fun bridges will be more than enough to occupy everyone, and from what I can tell Mistico generally has the least amount of wildlife viewing? On the other hand, sounds like lots of folks just do a bit of hiking and visit the beaches at MA? Would appreciate anyone's opinion on this, thanks!
30 March 2017|
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Response from Laura S | Reviewed this property |
We strongly recommend a guide at Manuel Antonio. You will have a much better chance of successful wildlife viewing. The guides there are expert at spotting the wildlife high in the trees, and aiming their spotting scope so... More
what attractions are a few blocks from cruise port
28 March 2017|
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Response from ParisTravelDreamer | Reviewed this property |
Hello cemcbride2013, Actually there are not many attractions near the cruise port, the main attraction is Manuel Antonio (worth visiting if you like the beach) although the marina itself has a small but very nice and chic... More
Hi all! It will be almost 19 years this Nov when we come back to CR where we did 10 weeks of traveling in this lovely country, and now, we come with kids! They way we did it before, on a shoestring and caution to the wind, is not how we travel these days, but I still want the kids to experience the natural part of CR that we met. Hikes w/o so many people, and where the wild life has not grown accustomed to backpacks and cameras. Is there still space like this around Manuel? It appears the park is no longer this? We saw maybe 10 people all day when we were there, and the monkeys didn't come near you. Made them tougher to find, but way more amazing.to see and share space with. Im not headed back to the Caribbean side this time, but loved La Fortuna de Arenal, Tamarindo, and this area for the reasons I mentioned. Seeing them all in the top 5 places to see, Im assuming my old CR does not exist in these spaces? Is that accurate, and if so, where do we go to be safe with the kids, but enjoy some old CR? I don't mind setting up base and doing an hour or 2 trip for hikes and days like these. Anyway, ramble on, thanks for your time and help! Pura Vida!
24 January 2017|
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Response from Brian M | Reviewed this property |
I'd start by saying that we spent two weeks traveling up and down the mid west coast of Costa Rica this past February. Manuel Antonio during the high season (which was when we visited) is heavily touristed, very expensive... More