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Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip from San Jose

  • Full day visit to Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Enjoy a scenic drive along the beautiful Pacific coastline
  • Relax on the beach or hike on the park’s many trails
Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip from San Jose
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Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip from San Jose
Discover one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica on this full-day trip from San Jose to Manuel Antonio National Park. After a scenic drive along the Pacific coast, you’ll arrive at this protected reserve that features lush tropical rain forest and unspoiled stretches of white sandy beach. Relax on the shore or explore the jungle with a guided nature hike, where you’ll have a chance to spot birds, sloths, monkeys and other resident wildlife.
What to Expect
Accessible only by foot, Manuel Antonio National Park is a protected tropical reserve featuring white sandy beaches, lush rain forest and crystal-clear turquoise water. Your full-day tour of this tropical paradise begins with early morning pickup from your San Jose hotel to maximize your time at the park. Stop for breakfast along the way, and enjoy the scenic drive past picturesque villages and the dramatic scenery of the Pacific coastline. 

Hop out of the air-conditioned vehicle at the park entrance near the port of Quepos. No vehicles are allowed inside Manuel Antonio to preserve the area’s natural beauty and delicate ecosystem. Enjoy an easy, flat hike through the rain forest to arrive at a gorgeous crescent-shaped beach. The afternoon is yours to spend as you wish. Drop a towel and soak up the sun along the beach’s pristine white sand, and cool off with a swim in the clear, warm waters of the Pacific.

Wander through jungle trails on your own, or join a guided nature hike to learn about the park’s incredible biodiversity. Be prepared to encounter many wild residents, including monkeys, sloths, tropical birds and iguanas. Get your blood pumping with a hike to Cathedral Point, where you can soak in a breathtaking perspective of the ocean, shore and forest.

Depart the park before dusk, and watch a memorable sunset over the Pacific on the return drive to your San Jose hotel.
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1 - 5 of 14 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago
Beautiful Beach

the beach here was stunning, the water clear. the surounding area had so much to offer, the local people were very helpful and tryed their best to make this trip the best one yet.

Thank Marie J
Reviewed June 18, 2018
Absolutely stunning

Our fav beach experience of the trip. Wasn't totally busy, super serene and lush. Saw sloths (but they were up way high on the trees), monkeys, and a few racoons cruising around the beach bushes. Don't be fooled by the "parking attendants" who want you...More

3  Thank BCMama2
Reviewed June 17, 2018
So Beautiful!

This was definitely one of the coolest national parks I have ever been to. I went during the spring time in March and the water was warm and the weather was beyond perfect. There is so much green here; it's amazing. If you're coming as...More

1  Thank Becca B
Reviewed June 12, 2018
The beach! The Sun

I enjoyed this trip a lot. It was a long day but totally worth the drive. I was able to see some sloths, monkeys, deer and bird through the park when I did the hike and then we ended up on the beach where I...More

Thank Eluminaz
Reviewed May 9, 2018
You'll love Manuel Antonio National Park

While we didn't do the day trip from San Jose, we spent a few nights staying in a nearby small hotel called the Mango Moon (check it out!). My wife and I, plus our best friends Tom and Joanne were in Costa Rica for a...More

2  Thank 694richh
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April 22, 2018|
Response from Snowmaninsummer | Reviewed this property |
I don’t really know. I bought the tickets at the window. However, I saw people with printouts to get in.