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Manuel Antonio Nature Park & Wildlife Refuge

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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Type: National Parks
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Jacksonville, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We spent the beginning of our week in the quiet areas of Arenal and Monteverde and had done a private tour with Jeep Buggy the day before we visited MA Park so we were shocked by the crowds here. I can't imagine what it would be like during their busy season. It was hard for our guide to get the... More

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Collierville, Tennessee
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We visited the park on our last full day in Costa Rica, which was an hour or two drive from Jaco. We did a guided tour, which I highly suggest because the guides know where to look for things and you will miss a lot without them. We say lots of monkeys, including a territory fight on the beach over... More

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Broomfield, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The park is so pretty! Walking through, as we did not have a guide, we didn't see any wildlife (we hear as more people come into the park they hide). Once we got closer to the beach (the best beach in all of Costa Rica!!!) we started to see the monkeys. There are EVERYWHERE by the water, so much fun... More

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Monteverde, Costa Rica
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The beaches at this nature park are nothing short of paradise. It is crowed on the main beach, but if you are willing to walk a little further, you can leave the crowds behind. Walking to the south beach is a good idea, but I preferred the beach at the very end of the main beach. You must walk over... More

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Barcelona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I have been to Manuel Antonio several times along the last 8 years and each time I found less animals and more tourists. It's true that there are one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica but if you want to see animals could be better if you look for another park. From this August, the ticket price increases... More

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London, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We didn't get a tour guide which I personally prefers as you can take a quiet trek through the rainforest without anybody disturbing the overall beautiful atmosphere. At the beginning of the trek, the park was packed with tour guides and the general bustle of people. However, despite this amount of people, the monkeys do not hesitate to jump from... More

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Oranjestad, Aruba
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Went to the manuel antonio national park, where we used a private guide of the park guide us around. We paid $25 a person,in total $100 for our family, and we paid for the official guides of the park. The guide that went with us, did not explain anything about the ecosystem of the park, nothing on the flora and... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Get there early. Crowds are ridiculous. Beaches are beautiful and there is ample wildlife. The rest of Manuel Antonio area is a cluster so don't plan to spend too much time there.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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139 reviews 139 reviews
51 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Even in the early morning -- the best time to go, the Park is rather crowded. We went with a guide -- Johan Chaves -- who was wonderful and whom I have separately reviewed. We saw a variety of animals, including deer (a scarcity in Costa Rica and a very small race of the usual white-tailed deer), both types of... More

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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We did not originally get a tour guide as we were trying to save money. At the last minute, a guide approached us and told us he would give us a tour for $30 for the 6 of us.

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