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Address: | Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, 6 kms south of Quepos, Manuel Antonio National Park 195-6350, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 50627775185
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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One of Costa Rica's most popular beaches, Playa Manuel Antonio frequently...

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.

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Manuel Antonio National Park

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Trails are better than the beach

We started first thing in the morning. Many groups were hiring guides. We had hired one in the cloud forest, so we opted to do this one on our own. I believe we saw just as much... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Even with a guide, not much wildlife was spotted so our young kids lost interest fast and honestly so did we. My parents visited us during our 2 week stay in Quepos and went here with us. They were not impressed either. Yes, the walk is beautiful and peaceful but that's about it. Would NOT recommend paying for a guide.

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Thank Melanie L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We started first thing in the morning. Many groups were hiring guides. We had hired one in the cloud forest, so we opted to do this one on our own. I believe we saw just as much, if not more, than the guided tours. We started out at the main beach with a very aggressive mother raccoon. She was not... More 

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Thank Renee H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a beautiful park and definitely worth going. The wildlife here is exceptional. We were able to film a sloth eating!!! What could be better than that?!

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Thank purplekarmanity
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lots to do and see. Beach was clean, parking was easy and food/drink was available by locals for reasonable price. A day of safe fun. Shopping and restaurants across the street. Locals do get a little pushy in these shops to sell their wares, but never felt uncomfortable. Was overall a fun beach experience.

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Thank Sandi C
Nashua, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great beach. Make sure you don't get stuck in one area. To the Western end, there are monkeys in the trees. Just look up for the blue ropes. To the Eastern end they rent chairs, Umbrellas and boards. They will have you pay an arm and a leg so be sure to ask for a fair price.... More 

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Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This beach is fantastic. We hiked (on the paved walkways) of Manuel Antonio for 2 hours and saw several Sloths, Monkeys, and many other cool creatures, and then went to the beach. Playa Manuel Antonio is my wife's favorite beach we have ever visited, great view and the "cove-like" env creates gentle waves, great for those less experienced w/ ocean... More 

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Thank devers0122
Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We opted to trek through the park, which by the way is a must. The water was fantastic, my kids and parents had a great time!

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Thank tatico1
Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful beach, calm waters, perfect for swimming! The walk to the beach through Manuel Antonio National Forrest was remarkable! The monkeys, and vegetation were amazing! The leaf cutter ants in the forest are also amazing! Make sure you look down while walking in the forest! We saw a sloth in the tree close to the beach. It was a sunny... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

half a day well spent. Hire a tour guide, unless you are an expert in nature. It makes it expensive but worth it. No packaged food allowed inside- but pack some fruits, water and sandwiches if you can. The walk to the beach is only 20 minutes. but a good tour guide will show u - monkeys/sloths/iguanas/butterflies/grasshoppers(rainbow)/multi colored crabs and... More 

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Paso Robles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the beach at the end of the park. It will be a nice way to cool off after a hot and humid walk. Just be sure to watch your stuff as the raccoons and monkeys are known to go through bags. Also they did not sell anything at the beach or have chairs so be sure you bring... More 

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