Manuel Antonio is one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica, a location where the beach and ecotourism combine perfectly with the services and amenities designed for a demanding traveler.
The Manuel Antonio National Park continues to be the most visited park in Costa Rica, due to its beautiful stretch of coastline that is home to impressive beaches, an exuberant jungle full of life.
At 1,983 hectares, Manuel Antonio is one of the smallest national parks in Costa Rica, but it is home to an impressive biodiversity. More than 100 species of mammals , including three of the four species of monkeys found in Costa Rica, and more than 180 species of birds , including the beaked Aracari fiery and the mangrove hummingbird.
The park is also made up of a primary rainforest that can be explored by walking along the marked trails that run through the forest that lead to viewpoints with impressive views of the sea, in addition the park also has special adapted trails that meet with international standards for people with disabilities.
The Park is open from 7:00 in the morning to 4:00 in the afternoon. It has a limited capacity per day so that there are no crowds of people. It is best to visit the Park first thing in the morning or just after lunch. It is usually especially crowded around Christmas and Easter.
If your plan is to get the most out of Manuel Antonio National Park, you will need to spend a whole day there. Keep in mind that there are no restaurants or shops within the Park, so you have to organize your backpack well with sandwiches or sandwiches and plenty of water or soft drinks.
The success of Manuel Antonio as a tourist destination is also attractive to enjoy nature with the family, with activities such as:
- Catamaran excursion with slide
With the family catamaran excursion of between 4-5 hours, it allows us to see the tropical jungle coast of Manuel Antonio from the sea. This activity is one of the most attractive, since we can dive through the reefs and jump into the water from the slide of the same catamaran.
- Horseback Riding on the beach
If you are a horse lover you will like to ride a horse along the beaches of Manuel Antonio, this tour is a great way to experience the local ecosystem and enjoy a special moment with nature.
- Rainmaker Reserve.
This tour is a great option for hikers and nature lovers.
The Rainmaker Reserve is a private property of about 1,200 hectares with a series of suspension bridges connected by platforms along the trees.
A tour of trails lasting three hours that includes passing over hanging bridges and the possibility of bathing in the pools of the Seco River.
During the walk you can see native animals such as chameleons, different birds, the tinsel snake and the sloth bear.
- Tour through the channels of Damas Island
The excursion through the mangroves in Isla Damas is one of the excursions not to be missed if you travel to Manuel Antonio.
A Boat Trip through the Mangroves in Isla Damas , it is a unique experience, due to the diversity of flora and fauna of the mangroves, whether you are traveling with children or for those adults who are not very active or with mobility problems.
Imagine flying overhead with a bird’s eye view of the 17 carefully constructed platforms above the humid tropical forest. A unique eco-adventure experience with 17 platforms, 9 cables, 2 rappels, a suspension bridge and a “Tarzan swing”.
- Whale Watching Tour
Between the months of July and November and then again between December and March, Manuel Antonio offers a tour to observe humpback whales, which migrate to this region for their breeding season.
One of the magical experiences of Manuel Antonio is its wonderful sunset , one of the moments most remembered by the guests of La Mariposa Hotel , since we have one of the best views of the Pacific Ocean.