Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica is a dream destination where a unique kind of vacation awaits you. Its paradise-like beaches, picture-postcard landscapes, and rainforests of rich diversity in incredible species of fauna and flora, are all part of the attraction of an unmissable destination when you travel to Costa Rica.

If you still haven’t had the chance to get to know Manuel Antonio, we invite you to continue reading to discover everything you need to know about this astonishing place.

You may have heard the saying that Costa Rica is known for being the country of “Pura Vida”? In this article we are going to show you just why living life to the full in Manuel Antonio is the embodiment of this Costa Rican concept.


Where is Manuel Antonio?

Manuel Antonio is the smallest National Park in Costa Rica and it is also part of a small town located only 7 kilometers away from the port city of Quepos, in the Central Pacific of Costa Rica.

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Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park is a natural conservation area 157 kilometers from the city of San José, in the province of Puntarenas.

It has a surface area of almost 2000 hectares, with another 55,000 hectares of marine conservation area, all of which is dedicated to conservation, research, and ecological tourism.

Created in November 1972, it was listed in the prestigious Forbes magazine as one of the twelve most beautiful parks in the world. Despite its relatively small size, it is a preferred destination for a multitude of tourists from all over the world who flock to enjoy the beauty and wealth that it treasures.

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The wealth of the Manuel Antonio Park in Costa Rica

The countless natural riches that it harbors make Manuel Antonio Park in Costa Rica a true paradise. It combines tropical jungle, coral reefs, and beaches – a remarkable mix of contrasts that will surprise your senses. It has been described by some as a kind of biological island because it is surrounded by cultivated farmland or areas of livestock, while, in the middle, concentrated in the park, the wildlife congregates.

There are a total of 109 species of mammal, 352 species of birds and countless marine species. Apart from the famous sloth (two species), we must add four kinds of monkeys, coatis, raccoons, guatusas, and white-tailed deer. Scuttling and slithering on the ground you will also find iguanas, snakes, and various types of lizards, whilst in the air you might glimpse the crabhawk, osprey, brown pelicans and various types of kingfisher. The marine life is no less interesting and varied, including the likes of angelfish, urchins and starfish.

Manuel Antonio’s magnificent flora deserves a special mention. Throughout the national park we find mangroves, jungles, beach species and even marine vegetation. Among the most outstanding species of them all is the black and white Guapinol, the Savanna Oak, the Cenízaro (known as the Monkey Pod Tree in English – a species of that is in danger of extinction), the Milky Way tree, and the world’s most poisonous tree, Manzanillo (sometimes called the Tree of Death).

To make the most of Manuel Antonio National Park, we recommend taking a guided tour so as not to miss out on any of its treasures with the help of a guide. Below we will look at some of the most interesting tours on offer.

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Manuel Antonio Beach

Imagine drinking in the scene of a dream beach, like the ones that front travel magazines or grace the blogs of the kind of influencers that travel the continents of the world in search of the most beautiful corners of the planet.

How often have you imagined the feeling of wandering along a beach of fine white sand, your toes washed by crystalline ocean waters?

The Beach at Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica will give you the chance to realise this dream. And we’re not kidding! In 2019 it found its way among the 25 most outstanding beaches of the Trip Advisor 2019 Traveller’s Choice Awards as the only beach in Central America to grace the list. The locals and Costa Ricans far and wide are understandably proud of what it represents: a national gem.

It is the main beach of the national park and is carved out from in between the tropical vegetation and the infinite blue of the ocean, within which – if you’re lucky – you might spot dolphins and whales.

Despite almost giving you the feeling of being right out in the wild, you still have to hand all the mod cons of bathrooms, showers, and clean drinking water! We recommend the months of November and May as the best time of the year to visit.

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The other beaches of Manuel Antonio

Although the former is the best known and – according to the country’s inhabitants and its visitors – also the most beautiful, there are other beaches in Manuel Antonio that are worth a visit. They are less popular, but perhaps that is reason enough to stray further.

These are the best expanses of sand for you to explore during your visit to the national park:

Espadilla Sur, which, along its 3.5 kilometers length, is made up of darker volcanic sand, and lush vegetation inhabited by abundant wildlife. Scientific tourism values the coral schools and the large number of fish and animals that can be seen here.

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Puerto Escondido lives up to its name as the most remote beach in this paradisiacal environment. Its 800 meters of sand is surrounded by cliffs. Be sure to check the tide schedule in advance because the beach disappears altogether at high tide making it easy to get caught out!

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The Twins is the name given to a pair of beaches that seem rather Siamese, since a piece of land joins the two eternally. Take the opportunity to take photos of them and bathe in the warm turquoise waters that wash the sand.

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Biesanz, completes the list. It is the least crowded and the most hidden beach. Like the others, it boasts the richness of the nature that surrounds it and the species that populate it, among them the Squirrel Monkey and the Capuchin Monkey. This secret hideaway will allow you to take refuge in solitude, far from the areas overcrowded by tourism.

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What to do in Manuel Antonio …

Of course, the most popular is activity a guided hike within Manuel Antonio National Park. As we have already said, it’s best to hire a specialized guide with good optical equipment so that you can see everything it has to offer up close.

Another no less spectacular tour is going in search of humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins by boarding a boat (there are both sailboats and catamarans that ply the area). Dolphins live permanently in the region, and it is usually easy to see them. The whales however are more dependent on migrations and are in the area from late July to early November, and then from mid-December to April.


Manuel Antonio lends itself to multitude of activities that will put you in direct contact with nature. Try your hand at surfing, kayaking, sport fishing, rafting and zip lining between the tree canopies. If you get the chance take a visit to the Nauyaca Falls, a 45 meter high cascade that promise to dazzle all its visitors. Just the journey to reach them is a fantastic ride.


The Sunset of Manuel Antonio.

Something that you cannot miss is watching the sunset from one of the best viewpoints on Manuel Antonio Bay. Hotel La Mariposa has one of the most beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean out there, with a fantastic panorama of Manuel Antonio National Park making it – for the view alone – one of the best hotels in Manuel Antonio. Come and enjoy the Manuel Antonio sunset with a romantic dinner at the hotel’s Le Papillone restaurant for one of the very best experiences you will take home with you from your visit to Manuel Antonio.

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We introduce to you a new tourist tour in Manuel Antonio, which you can book at La Mariposa Hotel, an adventure and wildlife activity.

Nacarcosta is an ecotourism farm that seeks to conserve and protect nature, promoting a cultural and environmental exchange between adventure tourism, local communities, agricultural activities and the diversity of natural ecosystems.

Our hours are from 8 a.m. at 4 p.m., we are located at Finca La Bambú, 15 km from Manuel Antonio National Park and 7 km from the town of Quepos.

This family business represents the essence of its family name. The ‘Nácar’ is a very precious biomineral that we find on the coast. For this reason, we aspire to develop a place that enriches and contributes to a positive change in Costa Rica and a model to follow for the tourism sector, with the purpose that with all the actors involved a pearl is formed, with the ‘Nácar De The coast’.

This tour offers 3 types of experiences with natural elements, Water, Air and Earth. Kayak through mangrove forests & channels, hiking trails to observe wildlife in their natural habitat, through tropical rainforests, mangroves and oil palm plantations. A place to exercise, learn and relax with nature.

” Water, Air and Land experiences “.

To inspire and empower local travelers and visitors to live a life connected to the natural world.

The Nacarcosta tour’s mission is to build a socially equitable, personally responsible and collectively supportive ecotourism development plan with nearby communities, promoting connections, energy exchanges, awareness and quality of life with nature.


Kayak & Trash Collection Program

Kayak through the forests and mangrove channels of the Damas Island estuary, with exclusive access to offer a personalized tour. Depending on the tides, the tour starts from the nautical pier or from the mangrove area of ​​our farm.

The route consists of a circuit of several kilometers with different landscapes.


Monkey & Bird Watching

Walking along the banks of the Peje River, in Damas, 15km from the Manuel Antonio National Park, crossing it along its riverbed, through the forests, the oil palm plantations, until reaching the channels of the Damas estuary. Forming a route with diversity of landscapes, to ensure observing a large amount of fauna.


Farm & Wild Animals Sustainable Oil Palm Experience

Walking through Finca La Bambu with approximately 65ha, an ecotourism farm that seeks to conserve and protect nature. A place that develops in a sustainable way, using natural resources to meet the needs of animals, collecting water, taking advantage of solar energy and taking into account the principles of permaculture to improve them.

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Costa Rica is one of the most visited countries for the practice of sport fishing, due to the presence in our seas of three of the most sought-after species of this sport, an adequate infrastructure, and the tourist attraction, according to Henry Marín, Project Manager of the Costa Rican Fisheries Federation.

To promote sport fishing, the Costa Rican Fisheries Federation promotes responsible techniques that protect the animal´s integrity.

In the case of swordfish, fishermen are asked not to remove it from the water once it is caught; with other species it is requested to return them to the sea after being caught, using dissolving hooks.

“All practices are promoted so that the fish survives and is in good condition, because at the end of the day it is part of the sustainability of the activity: “that it returns to the sea to be recaptured,” explained Marín, president of the Costa Rican Federation fishing.

Costa Rica also promotes that this sport is classified as Olympic sport, for which it works together with the Panamerican Delegation of Sport Fishing.

The best spots for Sport Fishing in Costa Rica.

Some of the best places in the country for fishing are Quepos Beach in Manuel Antonio and Herradura Beach.

Characterized by calm waters, powerful fish, and breathtaking views, Manuel Antonio and Quepos is a trophy destination for sport fishing. Here, fishermen will be able to appreciate the three species of marlin – blue, black and striped.

Closer to the coast, rooster fish  as the most hunted fish among coastal species, including snapper, mackerel, among others.

Whether you are an old sea wolf or a young beginner, launching a line into the waters off Manuel Antonio will prove to be an exciting experience.

Throughout your adventure, you will be able to see sea turtles, dolphins and sometimes even gigantic whales.

The boats come equipped with friendly, bilingual guides, grade A equipment such as combat chairs, water wells, radars and fish finders.

The 6% of tourists who come to Costa Rica practice sport fishing, according to a study by the Federation.

This type of tourist spends an average of $ 3.2 thousand on each visit, according to the World Tourism Organization.

The activity represents an annual income of approximately $ 500 million in Costa Rica, 13% of the total generated by tourism.

The activity is the source of several facts, such as lodging services, food and sale of inputs, while generating income to the State through fishing licenses.

Last June the bill to declare the two-toed sloth (choloepus hoffmanni) and the three-toed sloth (bradypus variegatus) a national symbol of wildlife was passed.

The initiative of the liberationist Yorleny León seeks to conserve the sloth populations existing in the national territory, as well as their natural habitat.


The fact is that sloths in Costa Rica are the most popular and supported animal of all for many years, even the country has the largest reserves of care and protection of this animal species so loved worldwide.


Education, awareness and responsibility are the three backbones of this bill.

This task will be in charge of the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE), which will also have to make a list of priority places and critical habitat for the connectivity of this species, through technical studies.

As part of the proposed law, the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) is given the function of promoting the regulation of speed limits in the vicinity of sites identified as sensitive for the free movement of sloths, in and out of protected areas.

Likewise, the MOPT will implement aerial wildlife crossings on national routes and will coordinate with the municipalities, the incorporation of these routes into cantonal roads.

To reduce electrocutions of wildlife with power lines, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) will apply measures to prevent and mitigate this fact.
As part of the project, León proposed that the Higher Education Council include in its educational and awareness programs the protection of the sloth and its natural habitat.

“Other government institutions, non-governmental organizations, public and private companies may also develop initiatives that promote the conservation of sloths and their habitat,” says the text of the initiative.

On the other hand, the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) may develop actions and protocols that promote good tourism practices that allow the protection and sustainable tourist use of this animal, as well as use the image of the sloth for its advertising campaigns.

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The Guaria Morada (also called Guarianthe Skinneri), symbol of the country of Costa Rica, is a beautiful orchid that can be found growing naturally in humid environments.

This curious and beautiful orchid is also the National Flower of Costa Rica, it is part of the flora of Manuel Antonio, being the most important flower in the gardens of La Mariposa Hotel.

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It is the favorite flower of Lent, the heraldic flower of Holy Week; It is not only closely linked to the traditions of the country, but it is also one of the national symbols.

It is called “purple guaria” because of the reddish purple color of its flowers, similar to that of blackberries. The appearance of its flowers during the month of March, in addition to the appreciation that the Costa Rican has for it, make this flower be used for the adornment of altars during Lent and the celebrations of Holy Week.

The representation of the three colors is as follows: blue represents the sky that covers and protects Costa Rica; white symbolizes the peace that exists in the country and the purity of its ideals; red evokes the energy, courage and detachment of the Costa Rican people when they defend their system …

The National Flower of Costa Rica is internationally recognized as a trophy orchid by many horticultural societies.

The Guaria Morada from Costa Rica thrives in a humid environment. It is an epiphyte, which means it harmlessly attaches itself to a growing tree and is not a parasite. Guaria Skinneri can be found in all the warmer geographic regions of the Western Hemisphere, from Florida and Mexico in Central America and throughout the Caribbean.

Its Catteley Skinneri petals are sometimes alba and coerulea in color, but are considered hybrids. In Costa Rica, the orchid blooms from January to April, with the most prolific blooms in March.

Ticos say that the flower is a good luck charm that will bring good fortune to the home. During Lent and Holy Week, the churches of Costa Rica are brilliantly decorated with this lightly scented purple flower.

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La mariposa Hotel, was recognized one more year as one of the best hotels in Costa Rica by TripAdvisor, receiving the Travelers’ Choice Award 2021 based on the excellent reviews of the guests.

In the TripAdvisor ranking, it values ​​the hotel, as a privately owned and managed natural beach in the heart of Manuel Antonio National Park, achieving 8th place in the category “The 25 best hotels in Manuel Antonio”.

Based on a full year of TripAdvisor reviews, award winners are known for consistently receiving great reviews from travelers, putting them in the top 10% of hotel companies worldwide.

La Mariposa Hotel in Manuel Antonio is a private 4-star superior complex is a window to the Manuel Antonio National Park. Classified in the category “Travelers’ Choice Awards 2021”, it has the most impressive views of the Pacific Ocean in all of Costa Rica and, therefore, is one of the best hotels in Manuel Antonio and Costa Rica from the customer’s point of view .

The 72-room hotel also achieved a top position in the category “Top 25 Hotels with the Best Service in Manuel Antonio.

“From the management of La Mariposa Hotel we are very happy and incredibly proud of this great award received”.

The TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice award does not reflect the opinion of a single customer, it has the evaluations of hundreds of our guests, so this award is a amazing confirmation of our daily work as the La Mariposa Team; and at the same time a great motivation, because our main objective is to make guests satisfied with their stay at the hotel.

La Mariposa Hotel in Manuel Antonio, is a superior 4-star hotel that offers well-equipped rooms for the most demanding travelers and is located in the heart of the Central Pacific of Costa Rica and right next to the world-famous Manuel Antonio National Park. named one of the “12 most beautiful national parks in the world” by Forbes magazine.

The Travelers’ Choice Awards recognize it into the best hotels in the world.

The TripAdvisor portal annually awards the highest rated hotels in various categories with Travelers’ Choice Awards based on ratings, overall scores and stored content from travelers around the world.

TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice award is based on the number of above-average hotel ratings from guests. TripAdvisor selects hotels from around the world from millions of reviews and divides them into several categories.


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Have you dreamed of celebrating your wedding in a heavenly place?

At La Mariposa Hotel we are specialists in organizing weddings in Manuel Antonio.

Thanks to the magnificent location in which we are, you will enjoy your wedding in a unique enclave, surrounded by nature. Where the sea and the vegetation come together to offer an unforgettable experience.

The sand on the beach will guide your steps to the altar. You will exchange your vows at sunset, listening to the breaking of the waves and feeling the sea breeze. The essence of Pura Vida will bless (or envelop) your union.

Whether you are thinking of celebrating an intimate and romantic wedding for two, or if you want to celebrate a great event and share it with family and friends, the La Mariposa Hotel team will make your dream come true.

At La Mariposa Hotel, we have a great team of professionals who will make planning your wedding remotely very simple. They will listen to your needs to organize a personalized wedding, meeting your expectations and taking care of all the details.

We will design your custom wedding: floral decoration, music, menu and drinks, ceremony officiant, photographers, hair and makeup stylists, accommodation, transportation, and an endless number of suppliers that will make the event a success.

We put all our love so that both you and your loved ones remember the magic of this place.

If you are thinking about how to start planning your wedding. We give you some tips:

  • Date: Think about the approximate date on which you would like to celebrate the wedding.
  • Event size: Determine if it will be a romantic and intimate ceremony, or on the contrary, you have thought of a great event with family and friends.
  • Number of days: How many days do you want to enjoy our paradise?
  • Suppliers: Services you would like to have: wedding planner, music, photographers, ceremonies officiant, accommodation, transportation …

Make your dream come true! Celebrate your wedding at La Mariposa Hotel.

We are looking forward to knowing your story and being part of one of the most special moments of your lives.

* This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them.

Under Some Coconut Palms near the entrance to Manuel Antonio Park, a woman sells juice. Little capital investment has gone into this business: a booth, a glass juice squeezer for oranges, a machete to cut coconuts constitute the operation. The woman twists and presses the oranges for me with wholehearted vigor. I hope her hands are clean, because I really want this juice.

It’s hot, and I have to cross some open beach and wade a stream to reach the entrance to the park, where rocks and trees will give shade.

American tourists who make their way to Manuel Antonio Park, on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, tend to carry binoculars and serious cameras along with their sunscreen. This is a naturalist’s paradise, 1,707 acres of jungle coming right to the high-tide mark on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The park protects 109 species of mammals, including white-faced and howler monkeys, sloths, coati-mundis, raccoons, iguanas and squirrel monkeys, for which this is one of the last remaining habitats.

There are also 78 species of fish and 184 species of birds. One devout American bird watcher, who hiked to a remote part of the park with a guide and sat in the same spot from sunup to sundown, said that he had seen more kinds of birds in that single day than he had seen in all the rest of his bird-watching life.

I arrived in Costa Rica exhausted. Because of flight delays and postponements, it had taken us about a day to get from New York to Quepos, the town nearest the park, by way of San Jose, the country’s capital. I wasn’t eager for ambitious trips to see the wildlife. Fortunately, in this area, the wildlife often comes to you. At the hotels, iguanas stretch and pose in the sun as you eat lunch. At the beach, white-faced monkeys dance nervously up and down the trees, descending toward an offered banana, retreating, returning, snatching the banana and heading to the leaves to eat in peace.

At midday, my friends and I sometimes looked up into the leafy canopy over the path and saw the monkeys sleeping, tummy-down on the branches, with arms and legs hanging like socks on a clothesline. (I preferred them asleep. Awake, their solemn human faces promised a wisdom they could not deliver. Instead of revealing the meaning of life, there was this undignified grabbing for bananas.) Manuel Antonio Park, four miles south of the town of Quepos, was founded in 1972 largely to protect the beaches and adjacent forest from real estate development such as has encased so much of Mexico’s coastline in condominiums and hotels.

A national park system occupying nearly 10 percent of Costa Rica’s landmass, it is a far-sighted government’s hedge against destruction of this country’s glory, its virgin forests, by developers, loggers and slash-and-burn farmers. (By many estimates, whatever forest is not preserved by law in this country the size of West Virginia will have disappeared within 10 years.) There are four accessible beaches at Manuel Antonio: Espadilla, Espadilla Sur, Manuel Antonio and Puerto Escondido. Most people, however, simply call the nearer beaches by the numbers One, Two and Three. I chose to concentrate on Beaches Two (Espadilla Sur) and Three (Manuel Antonio).

Beach One (Espadilla) is not technically within the park, and though it is spectacularly beautiful to walk on, it is extremely dangerous for swimming. Riptides, which can overcome even experienced swimmers if they panic, are frequent on Beach One; in our first week at Quepos, five people drowned, all at Beach One, all Costa Rican tourists. (Puerto Escondido, the fourth of the beaches, is accessible only at low tide. It is an hour’s hike from the park entrance along an overgrown path; to get there, you must sign in in a ranger’s book and be warned about poisonous snakes. Personally, I didn’t think it was worth it.)

Beach Two, on the north side of the high, forested bluff called Cathedral Point, which divides the farther beaches, offers a long stretch of pure white sand, with offshore rocks and awesome views across the bay and into the mountains. Beach Three, on the south side of the point, is totally protected, with no surf whatsoever. Both provide perfect swimming -soft sand, no pebbles or shells to hurt the feet as you enter the water, warm water (83 to 85 degrees on the average) with occasional cold spots for refreshment, gentle waves or none. The snorkeling on the north side of Cathedral Point is very good, although you have to remember to put heavy sunscreen everywhere.

The Costa Rican sun is equatorial, brutal. (Go due west, and if you missed the Philippines, you’d hit Vietnam.) It is impossible to sit in this sun for long, no matter how much you love sunbathing. Fortunately, the beach is edged in first- and second-growth trees, towering natural umbrellas. Many Costa Ricans bring hammocks and hang them from branches.

On Beach Three, there are picnic tables under the trees. Each beach also has toilet facilities and showers, set back unobtrusively in the forest.

The most common tree on the shore is the manzanillo, whose shimmering foliage seems particularly attractive to sit under. But a sign at the entrance to the park warns (in Spanish) that the manzanillo’s fruit, bark, twigs and leaves contain a highly toxic sap – if any drips on your skin or towel, it can cause a nasty burn. We played it safe and made camp beneath a banyan tree whose fruit attracted iridescent hummingbirds and tanagers. Another day we tried lying under a coconut palm. Beach life here is made of such decisions; which tree to lie under, which beach to swim at.

F OR HOURS, I LAY ON the beach in the shade and watched the ocean and the offshore rocks, which, as the light played over their monumental forms, seemed like natural, primeval, Pacific versions of Monet’s haystacks. I was aware of the jungle at my back. I heard the birds and smelled, sometimes, the sausage tree, whose long, potato-like fruits, when they fall and smash, smell like the essence of everything rotten.

One day when we felt unusually energetic, we walked the nature trail around Cathedral Point, which takes about 45 minutes. Roots on the path and slippery leaves give a taste of the difficulties of jungle hiking. The path climbs steeply through the cooling trees to a hot, exposed point surprisingly high over the rocks below, reminding me – not for the first time -of Capri, and particularly of the spot from which Tiberius pushed his no-longer-favorite favorites to their deaths.

My friends and I were staying at the Mariposa Hotel, a 10-suite hotel high on a mountaintop overlooking the Manuel Antonio beaches, Cathedral Point, the offshore rocks and islands and the vast Pacific. None of the good hotels in this area are directly on the beach, and getting to and from the beach becomes something of a project. One can walk from the Mariposa down a broad path through the forest to the northernmost end of Beach One in 15 minutes (coming back up the steep path takes at least 25), to the park entrance in another 15 minutes and to Beach Three in another 10.

One can take a Quepos city bus, which passes in front of the hotel, find a cab or hitch an occasional ride with the hotel van to the oasis of juice vendors near the park entrance. If figuring out how to get to and from the beach every day is a problem – and the heat makes even little problems seem big – still, it’s about the only problem one has.

Eventually, we did the really lazy thing and rented a car. We parked in the shade of the coconut palms near the juice vendors, behind the $15-a-night cabins on the beach. (We met a 26-year-old Californian who was staying there with her husband and described the cabins as ”pretty basic.”) A boy of 11 asked us if we wanted him to watch the car. ”Watch it?” said my friend Wendy, who speaks Spanish. ”What could happen to it?” He smiled happily and pointed up at the coconuts. ”Very dangerous,” he said.


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Travelling as a family is special because of that unique opportunity it provides to make memories that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Any journey is a chance to grow family relationships and embrace learning about faraway places and customs.

Costa Rica has become one of the most sought-after destinations for family holidaymakers, because every day offers a fresh opportunity for surprise and adventure.

The country’s verdant rainforests, paradise-like beaches, its volcanoes and mountains, and its ocean waters full of sea-life, make Costa Rica the ideal place to experience a family adventure.

Another factor that attracts people to Costa Rica – and above all to the area of Manuel Antonio – is its consistent warm weather, with endless days of sun, allowing visitors to travel during school holidays at almost any time of the year.

At Hotel Mariposa we have created a list of reasons why as parents we think you really shouldn’t overlook the chance to travel here as a family when you have little ones:

  • A Visit to Manuel Antonio National Park is a wonderful family experience
  • Imagine watching the unique wildlife together, such as turtles, sloths, toucans, hummingbirds, and many different species of monkey.
  • Enjoy swimming off beaches of the kind of beauty that seems to be straight from a movie paradise. 
  • Traverse the rainforest canopy through suspended bridges and platforms. See volcanoes, and swim in thermal waters.
  • Go whale and dolphin watching.
  • Experience the unforgettable sunsets of the Mariposa Hotel together as a family.
  • Enjoy the choice and experience of all the family tours that we offer as well.

As you can see, travelling here as a family has so much to offer to enjoy together, especially for the smallest members of the family.

Many travellers’ blogs agree that “travelling with our children is always a positive experience as long as it has been well planned and well-thought through in advance”.

And, for the parents, Manuel Antonio is one of the best places to do so knowing that there are limitless options for family activities.

Travelling with children is always an adventure of wonder.

Remember, “Any journey is a chance to grow family relationships and embrace learning about faraway places and customs.”


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This is the kind of magical place that anyone would dream about when battling the experience of the pandemic that we are currently living through.

We truly believe that we have the perfect escape for a holiday with your partner, friends, or family. That’s right, a dream get-away where you can spend a few days living life in a natural paradise.

Manuel Antonio is the place where the wildness of nature and paradise-like beaches combine to make a unique and unforgettable destination.

All great trips are made complete by the pleasures of that special place to stay; somewhere that meets all the needs and expectations of the destination and the journey itself.

Hotel La Mariposa is proud to be one of the hotels in Manuel Antonio that has received most international recognition and awards. We are located at the highest point of Manuel Antonio with unique views over the Pacific Ocean.


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Thanks to this magical location, our guests can enjoy the pleasures of a relaxing dip in our infinity pools during the day, sipping a cocktail in the sunshine. And when the evening arrives, the spectacle of our unique and magical sunset over the ocean, from the vantage point of Hotel Mariposa, has no equal.


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As well as relaxing close to nature in the hotel grounds, Manuel Antonio provides a multitude of activities for all tastes from young families to the most adventurous. These include, for example, visits to the National Park, hiking trails, kayak trips through the mangroves, and experiencing the adrenaline-filled Canopy ropes course, the longest of its kind in the world. There’s also the opportunity for a gentle horse ride through the natural beauty of the countryside or the chance to bathe in the Pacific from a variety of spectacular beaches. 

A visit to Manuel Antonio and a stay at Hotel La Mariposa is more than a holiday, it is one of life’s experiences. It’s that trip that stands out in your memory over the years. It’s also a destination that many of our guests return to time and again to relive those special moments, and create even more memories.

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