Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park

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Teeming with wildlife, Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio provides a home for diverse species that include sloths, monkeys, caimans, turtles, and numerous tropical butterflies. You can observe much of this varied ecosystem from elevated walkways, which provide an important glimpse into the natural world of a protected rainforest. The reserve's butterfly atrium is a major highlight, allowing you to view many different butterfly species in each stage of metamorphosis. All in all, a visit to the reserve combines an educational experience with a great way to get in some exercise. Consider taking a jungle night tour for a chance to observe shy nocturnal animals rarely seen in daylight. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio and many more Manuel Antonio National Park attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Manuel Antonio National Park vacation trip planner.
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  • Do not miss this park, with its beaches. You may see monkeys on the beach, also iguanas. For the birds and the lazy... it's less safe
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  • I wasn't sure I'd be all that impressed with the park, but I was. It was a beautiful place to wander through the rain forest, listen to the sounds, enjoy the scents and see some animals. We didn't use...  more »
  • The park is beautiful and there is a ton of interesting wildlife. We saw bats, sloths, monkeys, rare birds, and extremely interesting insects. However, much of this wildlife would have gone unseen if ...  more »
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  • Got scammed into paying $10 for parking so anyone who is driving, don't stop along the side streets when driving towards the park. They look like they're wearing the national park uniform and have a whistle around their neck and will point at your car and tell you that you have to park here if you are going to the park (and tell you there is no further parking beyond this point - which is a lie). The park in itself is beautiful and quite the hike. The beach is the best part - white sand and crystal clear warm water. There are LOTS of monkeys that play in the foliage around the beach. Lots of sloths sleeping throughout the day high up in the trees so don't forget to look way high. Also there are LOTS of people that visit the park so maybe go earlier on in the day where its a bit more quiet so the animals don't hide.
  • By far one of the greatest parks I've ever been to, but make sure you have cash when you enter. The hiking trails are breathtaking. Also, do jot get scammed when you are driving there. Keep going until you reach the park. You do not need a guide, but I do not think they are a ripoff either. I listened to several of them and they seem very informed.
  • What makes this place worth it are the beautiful beaches. Please don't wast your time or money paying for a guide, particularly during dry season. There aren't many animals throughout the park, most of them are at the beach! When you visit come prepared with snacks and/or sandwiches (there is a limit per person) as they do not sell any food inside of the park. Unfortunately their tickets do not allow for reentry. Must see Espadilla beach inside of the park.
  • Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Arrive early to enjoy this beautiful jungle forest that rubs up right against back to back crescent shaped beaches that are kept meticulous because the park limits the size of the crowds to a seven hundred guests today. Wild monkeys roam the trees and if you're lucky you can spot sloths, raccoons and other fascinating wildlife. We took our chances and skipped hiring a guide and still got magnificent photos of a variety of wildlife. Pack a picnic to enjoy on the beach as you'll want to explore the forests and beaches all day long.
  • This was one of my favorite spots in Costa Rice. So many cool animals to see! They'll try to offer you a tour guide which I would recommend if you want a more educational experience. If you're more independent go off on your own. Either way, you'll see plenty of animals and enjoy the national park.