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Manuel Antonio National Park

Puntarenas Province, Quepos, Costa Rica
+506 2777 5185
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Taking a nature hike through Manuel Antonio National Park Quepos  Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio National Park Quepos  Costa Rica
Life's a beach!  Quepos  Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio: Where the Wild Things Are Quepos  Costa Rica
Taking a nature hike through Manuel Antonio National Park Quepos  Costa Rica

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Manuel Antonio National Park

My husband and I took a week long trip to Costa Rica in Dec 2011. This is the view of the Manuel Antonio National Park and surrounding areas from the town above (Manuel Antonio/Quepos). We took a guided tour in the park and had a great time but be warned that they allow only 800 visitors at one time in the park, so go early because during the peak tourist season (Dec.), we were there as early as 8:30 AM and still had to wait outside for at least an hour and a half before we could enter the park.

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over 4 years ago

Taking a nature hike through Manuel Antonio National Park

Africa has its "Big 5" but Costa Rica boasts its own cast of critters. I saw dozens of white-faced monkeys and lizards in Manuel Antonio as well as some tropical raccoons scavenging on the beach. The highlight of the day was spotting two sloths casually gnawing on leaves overhead.
over 4 years ago

Life's a beach!

My husband and I took a week long trip to Costa Rica in Dec 2011. We spent a day in the Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific coast. We started the tour of the national park with a tour guide who was equipped with a high end telescope to point out the fauna and flora. Once done with the guided tour, we spent the rest of the day on one of the beaches within the national park which was far less crowded than the public beach in the town. But be careful, there are monkeys on the beach :)
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over 4 years ago

Manuel Antonio: Where the Wild Things Are

When friends want advice on where they should travel as a family, I first ask them if their children have ever been out of the U.S. If not, I usually suggest Costa Rica since it's not too far away, English is widely spoken, and it's very family friendly.

It's for parents who are ready to take off their training wheels!

The main reason I recommend this Central American paradise is because it has plenty of fantastic opportunities to see wildlife up close. And if there's one thing almost all children like, it's animals!

Oh, and there are some great beaches, too, but that's another highlight.

The beauty of Costa Rica is that there's wildlife all over the place. One of the best places to see the vast varieties of sloths, monkeys, and tropical birds is in Manuel Antonio National Park.

Because of the abundance of wildlife—and proximity to beautiful beaches—this area does get pretty crowded. So if you want something a little less busy, Tortuguero might be a better option. But Manuel Antonio is quite easy to navigate and very child friendly, so that's a major plus.

If you do come here specifically to see the animals, I strongly recommend you head out as early as possible and that you hire a guide. Not only will they tell your kids great stories about the animals you see, like the White-headed Capuchin monkey, Black Spiny-tailed Iguana, and White-nosed Coati, but they actually help you find them—which can be quite challenging without them.