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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, Outdoors
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Owner description: One of Costa Rica's most popular beaches, Playa Manuel Antonio frequently hosts parties and festivals, and it is an ideal destination for avid surfers.
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

This beach is within Manuel Antonio National Park so you have to pay to get in -- but if you're doing the park any way, it's totally worth stopping there for a while. Watch out for the raccoons, though -- they'll rob you blind! Lol. Look up in the trees right at the edge of the beach, too, you're likely... More

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Fishers, Indiana
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39 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

I've been to a lot of beaches in tropical spots, but what makes Playa Manuel Antonio stand out is that it is untouched, non commercialized and in a national park. The preservation has worked! While at the beach we saw monkeys and raccoons. The water was perfect, warm but not too warm; and children and adults alike can go out... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

This beach is really nice with good views and very clear water. The beach is small but there are not shortage of shops and restaurants nearby plus you can rent an umbrella and chairs from the locals who will also go get your drinks & food.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

The raccoons need to be watched, they take privileges not extended to them and they may get nasty is you chase them. We just told them to leave (with a big stick) and they did

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Middelburg, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Nice beach with good view, nice people and drinks within reach----------------------------------------------------

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South Bay L.A., California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Nice, clean beach with warm water and gentle waves. Access to casual restaurants. The umbrellas and chairs to "rent" were very nice, and the servers were friendly and helpful but not pushy.

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Montreal, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Go early morning, the tide is low so you'll be able to explore more of the beach! The south part of the beach (closer to all the restaurants) is full of tourists from hotels. If you go to the northern part, you'll find surfers, locals and backpackers! The view from one end to the other is spectacular.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

we have loved everything about the area would come here again in a heart beat already talking about anniversary

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Springfield, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

One of the nicest beaches I have seen. Clear, blue water and great views. Watch out for raccoons and monkeys! They can unzip your bags and take your things!

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Icara, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Manuel Antonio is a lovely place between mountains and the sea. Vegetation is exuberating as you can find in almost Costa Rica territory. Nice big and small restaurants, excellent hotels and tiny hostels make a perfect combination; a variety of shops and a great choice of activities make this a perfect spot to relax or even to seek for adventure... More

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