Playa Biesanz, Manuel Antonio

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Venture off the beaten path as you step onto the cream-colored sand of Playa Biesanz. The beach is small and secluded, reached by a short trail through tropical rainforest. The trail begins at a small break in a fence between hotels Shana and Parador. Shade trees border the beach, where you can read a book or just admire the view. Go snorkeling in the clear waters, or kayak offshore to go exploring. A nearby submerged rock is known for being a good snorkeling spot. By using our Manuel Antonio day trip tool , you can arrange your visit to Playa Biesanz and other attractions in Manuel Antonio.
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  • if you swim out to the rocks where the boats go. had some challenges avoiding rocks and reef with entry/exit  more »
  • A lovely small secluded beach area, I would almost call the area a small cove, reached after a short walk down rocky, muddy, decline. Could be a problem for some people. Chairs and snorkeling equipmen...  more »
  • Small beach, clean but as there is almost no waves is a family beach , the entrance path can also be better  more »
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  • Nice beach. We paid 2000 colones to park and then took a short hike to the beach. It's a nice spot for snorkelling but you need the swim out to the rock formation first as it is murky close to shore. You can alternatively rent a kayak or paddle board and paddle out to the rock formation which is what we did.
  • Tucked away kinda hidden beach. We hiked down from main road to beach (and up again). It's quite a hike if you are not ready to sweat and have a good workout:). Saw lots of cute little squirrel monkeys and a big group of howlers by the trees right before the entrance to the beach. That was the highlight since the beach was ok. Perhaps it's the time of year (early Dec) where the water is murky and you will bump into rocks / dead corals when u attempt to swim.
  • This is an extremely unique beach and we absolutely loved the experience. We have two small children, we heard this beach was great for kids and was relatively safe from the surf, it takes about 15 minutes to walk from the road to the secluded beach and costs about $4 to park on the road. The walk down is beautiful, there are monkeys and sloths in the trees if you keep your head up and the boats come in to the bay for snorkeling. We paid the $10 for a umbrella and chairs but recommend you walk to the left and find the person selling cabanas with chairs (as well as amazing $5 cocktails) and you will have the best views. Our items felt safe, the monkeys and raccoons didn't steal or stuff like at the national park and we felt the ocean was much more safe in this area than most other bays. The walk up was not as easy after a day at the beach!
  • Good beach for swimming. If you plan on lounging on the sand, bring bug spray for the no-see-ums. Best transportation probably involves using a taxi.
  • Quiet beach compared to The main one in town. Must walk on a rock path 200m to get to the sand. Saw sloths and monkeys, and variety of birds on path and beach. Great beach with areas of fine sand. Beach itself can get rocky. Stay to the right while in the water to get to the sand where you can wade in the water. Rent chair and umbrella for 10$. Also some guys selling hot grilled food (12-26$). Cerveza and sodas for $2. Can rent snorkels kayaks and paddle boards too. I think that's about $10.

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Where to stay in Manuel Antonio

Limits on development keep options out of Manuel Antonio National Park itself. You will find a selection of accommodations just outside the park, near the entrance. The mainly mid-range options there typically offer swimming pools and complimentary breakfast, as well as convenient access to the nearby Playa Espadilla. For more luxurious options, consider the hotels and resorts around Playa Playitas. If you're after something more budget-friendly, stay in the township of Manuel Antonio.
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