Costa Rica’s cozy oceanside village of Manuel Antonio is big on charm. One of the country’s most popular beaches, Playa Manuel Antonio provides an optimal experience for beachgoers, surfers and nature lovers.
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This Mediterranean-style resort is perched atop a majestic bluff ovelooking the Pacific Ocean in the most pristine and tranquil part of Manuel Antonio.
Nearby Quepos offers a convenient starting point for the incredible Manuel Antonio National Park, along Costa Rica’s stunning Central Pacific Coast. Small hotels carefully carved into the hillside enable vacationers to get a close-up view of the area’s sparkling seas.
The town is also a gateway to magnificent Manuel Antonio National Park, where visitors can experience a biodiverse rainforest teeming with unique tropical plants and wildlife, including hundreds of species of colorful birds, sleepy three-toed sloths and endangered white-faced capuchin and howler monkeys.
Playa Espadilla beach, near the entrance of Manuel Antonio National Park, offers another great escape.
Hike through the biodiverse Manuel Antonio National Park. Watch a butterfly spread its wings for the first time at the park’s colorful Butterfly Botanical Garden; and keep an eye out for colorful birds and native creatures throughout the area.
Enjoy a bite with a view in the town’s charming Marina Pez Vela Marina.
Take a rainforest canopy or iguana tour, or horseback ride around Manuel Antonio.
Head out to sea on a kayak or take an adventurous whitewater rafting trip.
Or enjoy a fun-filled day onboard a catamaran as you glide past verdant islands and stunning rock formations, and snorkel amid colorful parrotfish, angelfish and perhaps even some dolphins.
The dry season in magnificent Manuel Antonio lasts from December through April. The rainy season runs between May and November. The wettest months are September and October. Average high temperatures can reach the low 90s F. Brief afternoon showers provide welcome relief from May to November.