Manuel Antonio National Park considered to be the best national park in Costa Rica, definitely, it is one of the most visited one.
The park area located on ocean front and is a mixture of rainforests, mangroves, and white sandy beaches.
The park is famous for its biodiversity and a wide variety of animals, birds, lizards’ insects and even crocodiles.
Here you’ll have the chance to see in nature monkeys, sloths, macaws, snakes, frogs, and many more.
Plan for at least 3-4 hours (half day) to explore the park and walk along some of the trails. I do recommend investing a full day at the park.
This is not about walking milage or distance but more about discovering and viewing animals along the hike.
You can easily spend few hours at the park amazing sandy beaches.
Plan your day accordingly.
Other Costa Rica Blogs I wrote:
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- Costa Rica – Poas Volcano
- Costa Rica – La Paz Waterfall
- Costa Rica – Starbucks Coffee Farm
- Costa Rica – The Crocodile Bridge
- Costa Rica – Sunset near the town of Jaco
- Costa Rica – Manuel Antonio Biesanz Beach
- Costa Rica – Manuel Antonio Hotel
- Costa Rica – La Fortuna and Arenal Visit Planning
- Costa Rica – La Fortuna Arenal Mistico Hanging Bridges Park
- Costa Rica – Arenal Volcano View and Lava Trails (1968 Trail)
- Costa Rica – La Fortuna Waterfall
- Costa Rica – Hotel at Nicoya Peninsula Pacific coastline
- Costa Rica – Tamarindo Beach and River Boat Ride
The park is located at the end of the road passing through the small town of Manuel Antonio, not so far from main city of Quepos.
It located 165 km south of San Jose, at least 3.5 hours’ drive, when there are no traffic issues (always expect traffic delays) or 65 km south of Jaco on the Atlantic Ocean Road 34.
Where to stay:
I’m not covering hotels or restaurants recommendation in my blogs.
Manuel Antonio town is just near the national park and is a great place to stay at. The town is built on a hillside, and it has some nice beaches, the largest one is just before the park and there are few smaller one (check with locals).
The town is the perfect place for tourists with large variety of restaurants, bars and places to hang during the night, all are located along the main road crossing the town.
December to April is the dry season at Costa Rica and I recommend visiting the state when there is less chance for rain.
It’s also the most popular time to visit, so expect more tourists and crowds.
Book things you know like hotel, park entries, rental car as far ahead as you can.
When traveling to Costa Rica you should always be prepared for some showers no matter what time of year you are visiting.
The park is open daily from 7 am to 4 pm include national holidays (like It’s also open on holidays like Christmas, New Year’s, and Easter).