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Playa Manuel Antonio

Pacific side, 6 kms south of Quepos, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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Type: Beaches
Traveler Description: The blue water of this coast provides exceptional challenge and excitement for seasoned, as well as occasional angles. International bill fishing... more »
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I love the atmosphere on the boardwalk Many things to see and do. Drinks and food served on the beach. Parasailing to surfing. Massage on the beach is so fine. Locals are friendly and advise is plentiful I have never made it to the park entrance because of all what's going on around Enjoy yourself!! I have for twenty plus... More

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Carson, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Manuel Antonio is beautiful town. People are so friendly. Easy access to everything. The drive to manuel antonio from the san jose is breath taking. Don't take taxi very expensive, Rent car much less, and you have something to move around in.

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Austin, Texas
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

I've traveled a lot of the world, and found this to be one of the most beautiful beaches I've been to. I typically don't pay attention to the hype, but in this case it's true. Took me until my third trip to Costa Rica to come down here, but I definitely wish I had come sooner.

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Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 NEW

Well, we knew Costa Rica is not particularly known for its beaches, but we ventured out anyways. While the water felt great (warm), we didn't like all the driftwood near the edges of the water. It's a given, however, because of the proximity to all the green that surrounds the beach. I like white sand, and here it's closer to... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 NEW

Love the beach, all the animals that we saw were beautiful. You don't need a tour guide, go to the park and follow everyone. bring something to eat and drink and finish your day at the beach.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

You have to go to the end to get past the salspeople to enjoy this otherwise great public beach. Clean, great surf, polus a great view of the National Park beyond.

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Davie, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Manuel Antonio was recommended by all my friends who had ever been to Costa Rica. I'm so glad we spent a day (1/2 day) there. As you get close to the park entrance there will be many areas where men are waving to you to park. We were no where close the park gates when a man stepped into the... More

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Beautiful beach. Bright turquoise water and calm waves. Be careful with your food because the monkeys and racoons will get it! We had more success seeing monkeys up close at the beach than anywhere else in the park.

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Mumbles, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We visited Playa Manuel Antonio on our honeymoon. We paid for a guide and park entrance for $20 each. Without a guide there would have been no chance in spotting the various animals we saw throughout the park including sloths, bats, monkeys and crabs. As for the beach, secluded with amazing scenery and shared with only a small number of... More

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Corozal Town, Belize
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

A terrific sheltered cove and beach area. Have to pay to enter the park to use the beach but is safer and probably cleaner than the coastal beach area - no big waves and no undertow. Watch your possessions as the monkeys roam and WILL "borrow" what they feel is theirs. Beach has a gentle gradual slope for a short... More

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