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Dereck M wrote a review Oct 6
Due to the Covid restrictions, the beach was opened from 5 am to 2:30 pm. It was enough as in the afternoon it was always raining. The beach was beautiful but in some corners it was a bit dirty.
Date of experience: October 2020
Myo M wrote a review Oct 5
Coquitlam, Canada18,211 contributions541 helpful votes
From right inside the entrance for about an hour first along the "long boardwalk" followed by some unpaved trails was a pleasant walk in my opinion mainly for the "varying density" of clusters of tall trees & areas kind of opening ones with low-rise plants kind of randomly distributed over this park which essentially is a forest (& also an "informational walk" with these info signs alongside each with some interesting fact about this forest & each also "nicely numbered" in the increasing order). Then, it was arriving at the first of the "2 beaches" namely Playa Manuel Antonio followed by Playa Espadilla Sur with each just about a 10-minute walk from one end to the other but where it was for me about an hour and a half of total time for leisure including a "great swim" at the first one really pretty much "a pool" with just no waves whatsoever & a pretty smooth bottom with hardly any rocks or such (likely due to the beach being a crescent-shaped area for "calm water" despite being a beach by the Pacific Ocean, and yes likewise for the second one although one which I only walked along without entering the water), and also kind of fun while at the beaches apart from swimming & walking was going up the "wooden tower" between the two of them (not much of view from above though). And yes, there came at the end (just after stepping off the second beach Playa Espadilla Sur from its north end to make my way back to the entrance) what I would call "the upshot" of my visit to this park which was just an absolutely fantastic sight of "4 monkeys" on a tree but on like the lowest branch of it making them clearly visible from the ground (for a nice photo-op "with them" as I stood right below them!) with also actually an even closer view shortly afterward which was that of one running along the top of a railing nearby. On a "guided tour" starting from San Jose at about 6 30 am when they picked me up then leaving the city about an hour later (a well-organized tour company with which I also did a tour for Volcan Arenal & Baldi Hot Springs actually right next day), along the way to the Park were a souvenir stop & a breakfast stop (really a "nice hearty" breakfast) followed by arrival at about 10 30 am (& a snack just before entering the Park) with the time inside for 3 hours or so before getting back outside shortly after 2 pm for the lunch at a nearby hotel then finally starting on the way back at about 4 pm for about 4 hours get back (although the actual driving time was only about 2 hours with about an hour & a half of that 4 hours being "stuck in traffic"). So yes, a "well-run" tour, the only thing I wish we could have done was a brief stop on a cliff or such with some great sea view where there's also the big sign 'Jaco' (the town at about halfway). And, my "great thanks" are for our tour guide Jose who kept us entertained throughout the way to the Park and who let us see some "very-hard-to-see" small animals & such on his smart phone attached to binoculars.…
Date of experience: January 2020
Franco Cartín wrote a review Sep 2020
Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica19 contributions2 helpful votes
It has been a while since my last visit. The park itself is nicer, cleaner and great infrastructure. The beach is still an awesome place. The outskirts of the park, especially the areas close to the entrance are like a "Persian Market", we say in Costa Rica, they are offering parking spots (they go from 2 to 4 thousand colones) Then they are harassing you with souvenirs, restaurants, sodas, water, pipa water, tours, guided tours... You name it...!!! But, once you ford the river of vendors you run into a peaceful walk on the bridge all the way to the park. Amazing …
Date of experience: September 2020
Gaut wrote a review Sep 2020
Lyon, France24 contributions33 helpful votes
One of the best beach I ever been, and best one (IMO) in Costa Rica. If you are in the corner, go there without hesitation. Be careful, an iguana has eat my sandwich !
Date of experience: July 2020
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around the world and back wrote a review Sep 2020
Denver, Colorado18 contributions12 helpful votes
Other than having to wrestle my backpack from a raccoon, this place was quiet and pretty. We loved playing in the waves and having the beach pretty much to ourselves!
Date of experience: October 2019