Paradise in Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio National Park
We invite you to travel in a paradise in costa rica on the Pacific coast. It’s a national park named Manuel Antonio. Here you will find unspoiled beaches with crystal clear waters, sun 365 days a year and friendly people. What more could you want?
This natural wonder is located in the province of Puntarenas, 130 kilometers from San José, the capital. The nearest town is Quepos and is just over 7 kilometers away. One of the main characteristics of this park is that biodiversity reigns there.
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A jungle mountain is the one that separates Quepos from the entrance to the national park and to reach it you have to take a small and picturesque road. The route is covered by a sort of tunnel created by the foliage where you can see the iguanas walking peacefully.
Ten minutes are enough to leave the concrete jungle (city) and find yourself in front of a gate announcing the entrance to Manuel Antonio, where a choir of tropical birds welcomes you. Inside you can see a large number of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and a wide variety of plants, trees and flowers.
One of the animals that lives most with tourists is the capuchin monkey (Cebus capucinus). They pose for the cameras and can even peek through the backpacks as it gets a lot of attention. For this reason, we recommend that you take great care with your personal belongings.
Entering paradise, when you don’t have Costa Rican nationality, costs around US $ 16, which is definitely worth paying! Once inside, you can visit the park on your own, although there are also companies that offer guided tours. This, however, comes at an additional cost.
There are 4 beaches which are located at the limits of the reserve and which attract most of its visitors: Escondido, Espadilla, Manuel Antonio and Playita. All of them are surrounded by jungle, white sand, and you will see strange animals that have learned to share space with human beings.
It is one of the smallest parks in Costa Rica. The importance of this place is that it is home to an impressive amount of flora and fauna. People who visit this reserve can choose between exploring the jungle, snorkeling, ziplining, or just lounging on the sand.
How to get there?
The bus ride from San José to Quepos is very beautiful. If you prefer to save yourself this time, you can travel with a local airline. The flight takes about 20 minutes.