Surfing, swimming, hiking, just relaxing or enjoying some dancing and night life
there's always a fiesta in Manuel Antonio!
Manuel Antonio National Park is open:
Tuesday to Sunday from 7:30 am to 4 pm.
After you are done in Manuel Antonio you can go further south if you choose to explore the more remote areas with an abundance of wildlife and good vibes! Dominical is about 30mins South, Uvita $45min South and Sierpe takes you deep into the jungle 2.5 hours south.
- Manuel Antonio stretches along a road that is about 4.5 km long with stores, hotels, restaurants along the way.
- The road winds up and down through a very picturesque, lush green area with a view of the ocean from up high.
- It offers the uniquely breathtaking fusion of scenic mountain beauty and an active lifestyle.
Located 120 miles (192 km) from San Jose on the Pacific coast, Manuel Antonio is well known for its Manuel Antonio National Park and breath taking beaches and ocean mountain views! Lush tropical forests, lagoons, mangroves and pristine white sandy beaches make up one of the most diverse ecosystems imaginable. Among the 109 species of mammals and hundreds of species of birds, some of the frequently viewed residents include white-faced, squirrel and howler monkeys, two and three toed sloths and iguanas.
The national park contains a great system of well marked trails to allow visitors to explore (maps may be purchased at the park entrance). The four beaches in the park, Espadilla Sur, Manuel Antonio, Escondito and Playita, are some of the best in the country. Espadilla Sur and Manuel Antonio offer very good snorkeling when the water is clear, which is best during the dry season. At 236 feet (72 m) high, Cathedral Point lies between Playa Espadilla Sur and Playa Manuel Antonio. It is connected to the mainland by a narrow land bridge and if you&re up for the hike, provides a memorable view.