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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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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We went to the park at 7:30 am on a Wednesday and did not find it to be crowded at all. $10 entrance fee and guides came up to us as we walked to the park offering us tours. We ended up paying $10 per person for a guided tour which I thought was pretty good. Seems like most other... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The park itself is beautiful. A wonderful beach....great for a picnic lunch and a dip. Beautiful plants, and enough sloths and monkeys so you can see them. But, like the airport exit fee, using a credit card for entrance is treated as a cash advance, and may trigger unexpected charges. As of Aug. 21 this was not the case at... More

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Clifton Park, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Went there on a Sunday so it was too crowded for my taste. Had a guided tour - the guide was very knowledgeable and nice - definitely saw much more wildlife than I ever would have on my own. There are also beautiful stretches of beach within the park.

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Oakville, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
41 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Very popular, busy park but worth seeing. You have to pay to park, if you want to be anywhere close to entrance. Then expect tour guides to sign you up for one of their guided tours. We hesitated but then decided to go with the tour - which was worth it. The guide was excellent and found all kinds of... More

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Rochester, New York, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We walked the trails and then spent time at the beach. We had our own guide (crrtours.com - best trip ever!) who showed us tons of interesting flora and fauna. The beach was calm and clean. Our boys had fun playing in the water. There are bathrooms and changing rooms close to the beach - super clean. It was a... More

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San Francisco, California
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45 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This was the first tourist place, and is the most famous, not because its the best, but simply as its the shortest, easiest drive from San Jose. We took about 90 minutes to walk through here with a guide and did see monkeys, birds, bats, etc. quite a nice variety, but lots of tourists here, and the generic kind that... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The park was worth the trip. Go first thing in the morning to get parking at the gate (keep driving past the people waving you in to park). Leo helped us park, arranged the guide after we got our tickets. The guide is worth the money & we wish we had spent the extra money for a private guide. Bring... More

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Mishawaka, Indiana
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39 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The park is easily accessible for hiking on ones own, but we were so glad we had a guide. the animals, insects etc are not obvious as we had anticipated. The guide, Leo really explained and pointed out wildlife and plants, that we would never have seen on our own. This was our first time and did not know what... More

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seattle
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Visited the park twice. The second time the tide was high and waves large in the small cove. I was walking on the beach when a large wave knocked me over, tore my hamstring in the three places. There were no lifeguards, but wonderful people stayed with me and my family until the park rangers came, called an ambulance and... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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185 reviews 185 reviews
77 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This park is truly wonderful. Make sure you get a guide though - trying to seek out the animals without a guide (who actually brings a telescope with him to make viewing easier) would have been very tiresome. The guides have a good eye for seeking out the animals, plus they know which trails are worth walking and which ones... More

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