Manuel Antonio National Park was established in 1972, when the people of Costa Rica decided to protect and preserve an incredibly bio-diverse and stunningly beautiful and part of the world. In 2011, Manuel Antonio was listed by Forges magazine to be among the world’s 12 most beautiful national parks. (1)
In the park you will find a combination rain forests filled with sloths, monkeys, iguanas, and a variety of beautiful tropical birds, such as the scarlet macaw. There are professional naturalist that can guide you through the park and when necessary, use powerful telescopes to get a detailed view of these Costa Rican wonders. There are four beaches throughout Manual Antonio, with much of the coast lined with lush forest. There is also snorkeling in the warm, clear water of the tidal pools, which is perfect after finishing a hike through the park or along many of the trails that surround the park.
Manuel Antonio is only an hour from Jaco, just south of the town of Quepos. As you drive on the winding roads from Quepos to Manuel Antonio, you will find a wide selection of restaurants and hotels in this unique tourist area.