Can't decide if you want to spend your Costa Rican vacation exploring the magical flora and fauna of the rainforest or relaxing on pristine white sand beaches? Manuel Antonio has it all, so you don't have to choose.
Located in the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio is a hot spot for vacationers due to its diverse and enchanting landscape. Tucked into the misty mountains along the Pacific Ocean, this district has something for everyone from the beach bum to the thrill seeker.
Though the smallest national park in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio National Park is celebrated as one of the most beautiful parks in the world. Its spectacular beaches are excellent for sunbathing, surfing, snorkeling, and swimming - as well as taking a stroll along the unique land bridge between Playa Espadilla Sur and Playa Manuel Antonio. The dazzling turquoise waters will be calling your name.
Manuel Antonio’s jungles are teeming with fascinating wildlife, from the white-faced capuchin monkeys to the iconic scarlet macaws. As you trek along the Manuel Antonio Park Tour, you’ll be delighted to encounter some of the 109 species of mammal and 184 types of bird found throughout the park.
Near Damas Island, a swampy mangrove forest provides an eerily beautiful perspective of Manuel Antonio. Take a boat ride among the tropical trees and flowers to set your eyes on the sleepy sloths of the forest. Your guide can even point out skittering basilisk lizards and powerful boa constrictors amidst the rainforest plants. And you’ll never forget the soft yet curious touch of a capuchin monkey swinging onto your boat and climbing onto your head!
Adventure seekers will also be right at home partaking in Class III, IV, or V whitewater rafting. Experience the famous “Devil’s Mouth” of the Savegre River as you float by the lush forest with an in-water view. If you’re even more daring, paddle through El Chorro past lofty waterfalls and formidable rocky cliffs. Or pair a half-day rafting trip with a cruise around the one-of-a-kind landscape on an exhilarating ATV tour.
To get the absolute most thrill out of a stay in Manuel Antonio, Adventure Tours’ 10 in 1 Canyoning and Rappelling Adventure offers it all. Ziplining through the rainforest canopy will give you a view of the jungle that is breathtaking in more ways than one! Waterfalls and canyons await adventurers who want to add a bit of challenge to their day. Swimsuits are a must when you round out the adventure with a go on the Waterfall Tarzan Swing, dropping you into the refreshing river pool below.
Whether you are looking for a hearty meal or a snack and drink for happy hour, Costa Rican fare is at its finest among the matchless restaurants and cafes in Manuel Antonio. Many boast open-air seating and a laid back atmosphere, welcoming tourists to indulge in both delicious bites and the surrounding beauty of nature.
The city is located near some of the best fishing grounds in the world, so make sure you complete your Costa Rica adventure with the catch of the day as you take in the surreal views of the Pacific Ocean from your table. You’ll definitely be in vacation paradise sipping a tropical drink at a local bar, listening to local musicians play live music, and treating yourself to a coconut flan for dessert.
Whether you desire a laid-back beach getaway or a trip full of new sights and thrilling adventures, Manuel Antonio is a destination that will fulfill your every dream.