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“don't go for the animals” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Playa Manuel Antonio

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.
idaho
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“don't go for the animals”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

November 12, 2012 We saw a deer (only because I pointed it out) iguanas, spiders, lizards, sloths (very high in trees). If you are here to see animals don't bother with the Manuel ANtonio Nation Park. Yes, a guide might be helpful to find these animals, but you will see them many other places without paying. If you want to pay the entrance fee, $10, to go to the beach. It is worth it. This was the only swimming beach in Manuel Antonio. Make sure you take everything you need. We paid for a tour with a bilingual guide $55 a piece. He didn't make it clear that we would quickly move through the park, see a few animals, look at the beach for 20 minutes. I was the only person who went into the water. I had assumed we would be allowed to come back and spend time on our own. Instead we left the beach saw a few more lizards and we were split out of the park in downtown manuel antonio. Now we are out of the park and can't go back. You can go back, but you need to make sure you show ID and sign a book at the entrance, before you enter the park. Very disappointing.

Visited November 2012
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“close, nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Nice beach to sit or surf. The currents can be rather strong so stay close to the lifeguards. Lots of great shops near the restaurant that is on the beach.

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Binghamton, New York
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“Beautiful beach in an idyllic setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Gentle waves and water that was perfect to cool down in without being cold. There were enough shady spots to accommodate those who are not sun worshippers.

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Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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“Great public beach.. very safe!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Visited this beach daily on my adventures to Manuel Antonio!!! Be sure to see "Butch" and let him get you food or drinks brought right to your chair.. enjoy the great surf and Amazing sunsets!!

Visited September 2012
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“Relatively clean beach that appears safe”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Leave your valuables at your hotel safe or put into trunk BEFORE you park at the beach. Good surfing. beautiful setting. Snacks and meals closeby.

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