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Two Free Days near Manuel Antonio National Park

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Pittsburgh...
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Two Free Days near Manuel Antonio National Park

Hi Everyone,

We're spending 10 days in Costa Rica next month, wrapping up the trip with 4 nights in a hotel between Quepos and MA (Villas Mymosa). We have two without any plans (Friday and Saturday) and will have a rental car.

On Thursdsay, we're taking a Damas Esturary Boat Tour and I plan to spend another day walking through the park and checking out the park's beaches. Can anyone suggest plans for our third day in the area? Maybe a beach that isn't part of the park? Wondering what else we should see/do.

As a secondary question: it seems like the address system in Costa Rica isn't very clear. Any advice for navigation in our rental car?

Thanks for your advice!

San Jose, Costa Rica
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1. Re: Two Free Days near Manuel Antonio National Park

Maybe a nice dya driving toward...Dominical and Uvita...incredible nice area for some great pictures...the road is in great shape...only about 45 minutes all the way to Baru- Dominical-Uvita...

A good map that is all you need...is not many ways to get lost around there if you stay at main roads!

roadadvisor

Pittsburgh...
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reviews: 26
2. Re: Two Free Days near Manuel Antonio National Park

Thanks so much! Can I buy a good map in San Jose?

Manuel Antonio
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3. Re: Two Free Days near Manuel Antonio National Park

Roadadvisor is correct, it is an easy drive South to explore Hacienda Baru, Dominical, Uvita and/or Parque Ballena. Its a great hwy and only around 30 mins driving. Also, free maps are given to you with your rental car, as well as your hotel will send you specific driving directions when requested. You can also explore local Beisanz Beach where local families go. From your hotel go towards the park, turn right where there are signs for Hotel Parador, Hotel Makanda, etc and follow this little road almost to the end. You will see a little sign for Beisanz. Its a few minutes to hike down to the little beach cove where they rent kayaks and snorkel equipment. Enjoy!

Colorado
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4. Re: Two Free Days near Manuel Antonio National Park

About an hour south there are two waterfall systems that are well worth a visit. Nauyaca is a great horseback ride and you can jump and swim. Nearby, Tree of Life offers some of the best canyoneering and waterfall rappelling in the world on the Diamante river.

Colorado
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5. Re: Two Free Days near Manuel Antonio National Park

Check amazon dot com for a good map before you go. They're difficult to find in Costa Rica although if you're staying in San Jose you can stop at seventh street books - on seventh street (calle siete) just north of Avenida central in Barrio Amon. Not only good maps but the best selection of natural history, wildlife and other books for visitors that you'll find anywhere in Costa Rica. I could (and have ;-) spend hours browsing there.

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