Located in the Costa Rican Central Pacific Coast, in the canton of Quepos, province of Puntarenas, the National Park Manuel Antonio is considered the most popular and visited in the country, it was selected in 2011 by Forbes magazine as one of the 12 most beautiful parks in the world.
The arrival to the place is simple; San Jose is located about 93 miles away and public buses are the usual way of transportation; from Quepos, the ride will take around 20 minutes, nonetheless, wherever you are, the next 3 reasons will show you that visiting the Manuel Antonio Park is always a good idea.
With an extension of 1.983 ha in land area and 55.000 ha in marine area with beautiful coral reefs, the park is a great destination for ecotourism lovers.
Monkeys, raccoons, wild boars, two and three-toed sloths, coatis, and more make life in the jungle zone; marine animals like starfishes, angelfishes, sea urchins, and more are also pieces of its fauna. More than 340 species of birds make the view even lovelier, being the more outstanding the pelican, green kingfisher, and the tucancillo.
The flora is also very varied with pylons, surah, rain trees, black locusts, and ceibas. The beach vegetation of the park is composed by the manzanillo, coconut palm, almond tree, and savanna oak.
The walk tours begin next to a river with many wooden bridges are among the path; different routes are available, and the longer ones that get more into the forest are recommended for those who are looking to photograph wild animals and amazing natural landscapes. English and Spanish-speaking guides are prepared to teach about this paradise and its biological diversity as well as some instructions for a safe excursion for the visitors and the animals and plants that inhabits it.
The walks through the park can take the tourists to one of the four paradisiacal beaches of the area, Espadilla Sur, Playita, Manuel Antonio, and Escondido present a good environment to relax and chill, where water sports can be practiced; swimming and diving are wonderful activities since the water is calm and crystalline; the weather is always great and the contrasts between the white sand and the green of the jungle that borders the zone, make a gorgeous scenery.
Make Manuel Antonio Park one of your next adventures during vacations in Costa Rica; a place where every tourist will enjoy and admire the beauty of the visit.