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“Definitely a lot to see with a guide” 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, Outdoors
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Definitely a lot to see with a guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Manuel Antonio Park has a lot to offer for a minimum half day. Local guides are readily available and essential if you want to see all the highlights, and especially if you are photographing wildlife. Really had a wonderful time
Doug and Ulai Kirwin
Thailand

Visited March 2013
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Columbia, Maryland
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

About a 2.5 hour hike, nice guide, pointed out animals that you won't see in a lot of places, but mostly sloths. Walking thru a rain forest basically. A lot of people and tours all on the same path, but told it wasn't close to as crowded as it can get.

Visited April 2013
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Olympia, Washington
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“Beautiful - Go earlier in the day!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

The Park is beautiful. Here are a few things you should know about the park. It is very hot and humid so go early. The park is open from 8 am - 4 pm and is CLOSED Mondays.
You can drive yourself without a guide service to take you into the park.
The best way to figure out parking - drive all the way to the park gate. Go to the end. You'll be stopped several times by what appears to be "official park rangers", official "police looking" type of people, waving you down, insisting that you stop. Just tell them no thank you and continue driving. If you drive to the gate you'll see two places to park about 50M from the park entrance. One is 3,000 colones and the other is 2,000 colones. (500 colones = $1USD). You choose which is better for you. My point is - it's much closer than the other places that are farther down the path. Don't park on the side of the road with the yellow paint - you'll get a ticket.
Entrance to the park.
You must buy a ticket to the park prior to the entrance. The ticket office is called Coopealianza and is on the left side of the street approximately 50M from the entrance. The entrance fee is $10 for each person over the age of 12. Kids under 12 are free.
Bring your camera, towel, bathing suit, water and any food you might want. n There are restrooms near the beach and a place to wash off the sand after the beach.
It's carry in, carry out with trash.
There is a long path, unpaved where you can see sloth's, monkey's, raccoons, squirrels, gecko's, iguanas, large termite homes and many, many birds.
If you'd like to learn more about the plants, history and surroundings hire a guide. There are many just outside of the park and usually charge between $20 - $30 per person for their service. You can negotiate. They carry high powered binoculars and can get you a lot of information on the park and the animals. We did not use a guide and found most of the animals on our own.
About 1/2 mile walk you'll see a beautiful beach. Don't leave your items alone for a minute. We watched a baby howler monkey steal a pack of vanilla cookies from our neighbor's bag before we knew what was happening, then witnessed a pack of racoon's open a person's bag, throw out the towel and grab their sandwiches and run. It was a like a scene from a movie - you can't make this stuff up. The monkeys and racoons steal everything. They are very brave as I had to protect our items several times.
Nothing to be afraid of - just aware!
There are bathrooms but no food or drinks for sale. Bring lots of water for the walk as it's hot and uphill (some of the way).
It's an easy walk for most people young and old and worth it. The beach is gorgeous, warm water in the cove. You really can't snorkel there due to the waves.
Have a great time and enjoy this beautiful park.

Visited April 2013
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Simi Valley, California
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“Beautiful park to visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Monkeys, snakes & sloths oh my! For this tour I HIGHLY recommend getting a guide at the gate. Also, as you get closer to the park locals will ask you to park in their lots. They are quite aggressive. Keep driving until you see the park and then park in a closer lot. It costs $10 to get into the park. During your walk through the park you will see animals including iguanas, sloths and monkeys. At the bottom of the park lies beautiful white sand beaches so come prepared. Also, be careful of the monkeys who steal your things!

Visited April 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Wish I had more time here.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Getting into the park is ridiculously difficult. You have to follow a long lane that seems not right and make sure to purchase tickets before you get to the gate. Many people had to turn around once at the gate to get tickets. Quite frustrating! I know this because I had to sit and wait for my son to go back to get tickets for us.

The park itself was worthwhile. It is a long walk to the first beach which was amazing. There is shaded areas to sit, cool water to swim in and monkeys and raccoons to watch. There is NO food or drink available in the park so bring your own. Plan to spend a relaxing time - we rushed our visit which is too bad.

Visited February 2013
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