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“wildlife everywhere!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Manuel Antonio Nature Park & Wildlife Refuge

Manuel Antonio Nature Park & Wildlife Refuge
Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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Type: National Parks
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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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“wildlife everywhere!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

we spent the day at manuel antonio. went in through the new entrance to the park. on our way to the beach we saw a monkey and a sloth. later on in the day we also saw deer, racoons, and howler monkeys. It was definitely well worth the 20 minute walk to the main beach and another 15 minutes to the twins beach (playa gemelas). Do not forget to bring your lunch or walk back out to entrance and there is a great filapino restaurant Parque sushi. Excellent.
Just remember on the beach to protect your belongings from monkeys and racoons.
also it is now rainy season so be prepared for afternoon showers. you do not need a guide since just watch where everone else stops.

Visited April 2013
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“Terrific experience with HP Tours”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We enjoyed a fantastic guided tour in the park led by Henry Pizarro. My wife and I would not have seen, let alone learnt about, any of the variety of species in the park. Without his eyes and ears we would not have had such a great experience. If you want to visit the park, then I would definitely recommend Henry as a guide.
After the tour, it is also worthwhile taking a relaxing swim at one of the quieter beaches in the park.

Visited April 2013
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Washington, DC
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“Fun walk get the right guide”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We walked through Manuel Antonio Park on our recent visit to Costa Rica. As we approached the gate we were approached by numerous guides offering their services most were wearing khaki shirts and pants with official looking logos. They were all asking anywhere from 20 tho 40 dollars per person and were carrying spotting scopes. We had been advised by someone we met at the hotel that you really did not need a guide and as we had binoculars and a good knowledge of wildlife we decided to go it alone. Once inside the park we were approached by a guide named Danny Garcia and he asked for a minute of my time so he could explain why his services would be valuable to me and my family and offered a discounted rate. His explanation was so good I decided to go ahead and spend the money. So glad that I did. He was able to show us things we would have never seen on our own including a Pit Viper and a Zig Zag Spider. His spotting scope was also very nice and let us get a close up view of a mother with her baby Sloth as well as a mother Howler Monkey nursing her baby. If you can find Dani Garcia he is well worth the price. Watch out for the "road runners" that will rush you through the park we saw many of those. Make sure what ever guide you use can tell you why he will enhance your experience. Chances are you will be able to spot a Sloth as well as Squirrel and White Face monkeys with no problem on your own. If you want to see snakes, spiders, Jesus Christ lizards as well as tree frogs and learn about the vegetation and see the "hidden" animals taking care of their young you need to find a good guide. Ask for Dani Garcia he is a good man.

Bring water as there is almost no breeze inside the park. Go in the morning.

After the park visit the Marlin Restaurant for lunch.

Visited March 2013
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“Plenty of wildlife-spotting opportunities but get a guide!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We stayed in the MA area for 8 days and visited the National park twice. The first time, we decided just to walk around on our own and saw very little. Those who recommend hiring a guide are not wrong!

The second time we visited, we hired a guide at the entrance.. our guide, henry, had almost supernatural eyesight.. spotting the tiniest of creatures that we had a hard time finding even with a zoom lens. This time, we saw tree frogs, three-toed sloths, capuchin and squirrel monkeys, hummingbirds, kingfishers, a green iguana (as well as the more common black iguanas, jesus christ lizards and anoles), racoons and an agouti.

Most people seemed quite impressed - we were somewhat spoiled in that our hotel (the Parador) had it's own little forest section (the monkey trails) where we were able to see howler and squirrel monkeys, black iguanas, basilisks, anoles, two and three-toed sloths, all kinds of frogs & toads, butterflies and loads of birds (included a yellow-headed caracara) without leaving the hotel grounds.

However, the park trails are nice to walk along (if somewhat busy) and the beaches are nice enough. For an entrance free of $10, it's arguably the best value you'll get in this area - certainly for a good day (or half-day) out.

Visited April 2013
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“busy on the weekends but well worth the visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We thought that it may be busy on Saturday and yes, that was correct. Many residents visit MANP on the weekends. We we're glad that we got there early as they only allow 300 people per day in the Park. The beaches we're great, the wildlife and plants too. We saw a variety of monkeys, birds, crabs, lizards and yes, even a snake which had found a fresh meal in a lizard. Advice is to wear shoes (running shoes or hikers) and pack the flip flops. The trail can be wet and slippery. We enjoyed ourselves and went slow enough to see a variety of highlights.

Visited April 2013
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