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“Manuel Antonio Park” 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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Jacksonville, Florida
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“Manuel Antonio Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

$10.00 US Entry fee-Costa Ricans get in for 1/3 that price. Saw tons of animals--at least a dozen cappuchins and raccons and lizards. The entrance was hard to find...it's hidden on a side street with no signage--we had to ask several people and then several people asked us where the entrance was!

Follow the souvenir stands! Many locals trying to have you park in their "official" lots to grab some easy money. Park as close to the turnabout as possible.

Visited May 2013
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Clifton, New Jersey, USA
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“Get a guide!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Do not do the park without a guide. There is lots to see, but you will miss most of it. The guides keep in touch with each other, so that when something exciting hapens (Like we saw a sloth coming out of a tree which they only do weekly) our guide got hailed, and we got to see it. Pack what you need for the beach- towels, etc - the beach is beautifu, but other than a restroom with shower, there are no amenities. Bring plenty of water. You are not allowed to feed the animals - for their and your safety, but there will probably be some idiot feeding the monkets at the beach, so you will be able to get closeup pictures

Visited April 2013
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Birmingham, Alabama
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“bountiful wildlife”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

This was an amazing place to see howler and white-faced monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and frogs. We had a fabulous time, especially at the picturesque beach at the end of "Sendero Perezoso". Be sure to leave the beach before high tide rolls in, or else you'll have to walk back out of the park the same way you came in. Bring snacks and drinks with you as there is nowhere to purchase them once inside of the park. The park does have restrooms and places to refill your water bottles. I look forward to returning soon!

Visited May 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Park itself is beautiful - entrance can be confusing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Park has spectacular views and lots of wildlife - we saw lizards, iguanas, monkeys, raccoons. brown pelican, sloths. The beaches closer to the public Playa Manuel Antonio side of the park are the better beaches - quite spectacular. There are trails to explore in the park - one of them was a bit of a climb and allowed a fabulous view of the crystal blue water and shoreline below. If you bring food, watch out for the very bold raccoons.
Entrance into park was a little confusing. Watch out for people impersonating park personal both for your admission $'s and for parking $'s.

Visited February 2013
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“Overrated but enjoyable”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013 via mobile

We decided to do this park with a guide to make sure we saw everything. Well we saw everything and it really wasn't much. The reason why I say that is because I've seen everything we saw in the park in doing other free activities. For example, I've seen howler monkeys in the trees of another hotel I'm staying at. The best part was probably the beach at the end of the park. But not worth paying $10 a person.

Visited May 2013
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