Manuel Antonio National Park is a Costa Rican vacation must do! Although at 683 hectares (1,688 acres) it is one of the country’s smallest National parks, what it lacks in size it makes up for with its natural complexity and biodiversity. It yields rainforests, mangroves, iconic white-sand beaches, coral reefs and much more. This little park was listed among the top 12 national parks in the entire world by Forbes magazine!
Duration3/4 Day from 7am to 3pm
InclusionsTransportation, bilingual guide, water, fruit, lunch, park fees
What to BringBinoculars, camera, towel, hat, bathing suit, change of dry clothes, insect repellent, sun block
PriceStarting at $110 Per person
Group SizeMin. 4 people
Note:The guides chose between the restaurant El avión and the restaurant Espadilla depending on the customer services (both are in Quepos)
Starting Your Tour
Your trip to Manuel Antonio National Park begins with a 7 a.m. pick up by your bilingual guide and driver in Playa Jaco. In no time flat, you'll be heading down the highway and approaching the park within an hour.
Your guide is experienced at spotting and identifying the local flora and fauna, and will teach you about the plants and wildlife that you encounter as you make your way down the ‘Sloth Trail’. Yes… I said sloth trail! Among the 109 different mammals found in the park, both two and three-toed sloths are common sightings. Some of the other park residents that visitors frequently see are howler monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, even the very endangered, Tuti (squirrel monkey), coati, pacas, peccaries, deer, and raccoons. There are also just under 200 species of bird in the park and many reptiles and amphibians to be seen as well.
Manuel Antonio National Park has four different immaculate beaches: Espadilla Sur, Manuel Antonio, Escondito and Playita. Hike with your guide to one of the hidden beaches inside the park, where you can relax and swim in the crystal-blue waters.
Dine in a Piece of Controversial History
After the park, You'll eat lunch at El Avion Restaurant and Bar (The Airplane), an establishment created out of an old C-123 linked to the Iran-Contra Affair in the 1980s. You’ll be eating lunch in the sister plane that was abandoned at the San Jose International Airport after the Sandinista Army shot down the other CIA-operated C-123 over Nicaragua in 1986. Ponder the webs of intrigue brewed by the Reagan Administration, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica while you have your meal.
Note: The guides chose between the restaurant El avión and the restaurant Espadilla depending on the customer services (both are in Quepos).