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“Beautiful!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Playa Manuel Antonio

Type: Beaches
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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.
Edmonton, Canada
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“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

The beach is quieter than the one right in town. There are lots of monkeys and raccoons around. There are lots of shaded areas to lounge in, just make sure to bring drinks and food yourself as there is nothing available.

Visited February 2013
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“Good waves not too many touts”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

Bunch of annoying people trying to sell junk, but enough space for you to breathe if you head north. Its a long beach with lots of options to rent boards

Visited April 2013
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“Monkeys, sloth, birds everywhere.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

White face monkeys seem to have adopted to humans. Sloth are a common site and they just hang around up side down and come down once a week to do their biological duties and then up again.

Visited April 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Beautiful and fun beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

This is the beach inside the national park, which means it has no people trying to sell you coconuts or surfing lessons. For this reason, it's very peaceful, as long as you bring some food in for a picnic. The hike to the beach is very simple and straightforward, though getting a wildlife guide makes it much more rewarding. The first beach is the biggest and most popular, and the water is warm and fun to swim in. However, if you go a little further (as if you were walking out of the beach), then you'll find some other beaches that are smaller but more quiet and scenic. Bring everything you need because you'll have to walk out to buy anything. There are bathrooms and showers available inside the park. And lots of monkeys that want to steal your food! Definitely a must visit!

Visited March 2013
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Surrey, Canada
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“Hike and pay, before you play”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Beautiful little beach requiring a walk of over a kilometre through the park to access. There is a $10.00 fee to enter the park. If you approach the park by car you will be intercepted by locals dressed in official looking outfits trying to pull you over to park in a paid lot. These start at over a kilometre from the park entrance. If you decline them and keep driving there is a fair bit of street parking for free, much closer to the park entrance. At worst, you will still pay to park, but will reduce your walk in significantly. We went a little past the peak of the season. Free parking may be more difficult to find when it's busier.

Visited April 2013
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