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Playa Manuel Antonio

| Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, 6 kms south of Quepos, Manuel Antonio 195-6350, Costa Rica
+506 88196803
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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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  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“beautiful beach” (607 reviews)
“national park” (559 reviews)
“costa rica” (689 reviews)
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| Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, 6 kms south of Quepos, Manuel Antonio 195-6350, Costa Rica
+506 88196803
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Reviewed yesterday

After visiting 2 weeks many beautiful places in Costa Rica and loving the nature and having incredible experiences, this is not worth it for me. Very touristic, the beaches are not cleaned, dirty chairs to rent (better no chairs). I sat down on the corner...More

Thank AMK_Cur
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I cannot go to this area without visiting this National Park. They conserve the area so well! I saw more wildlife (more monkeys, more iguanas, more frogs, more sloths) than in my entire trip to Costa Rica!

Thank Nivia C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you compare this beach to Samara beach than this beach was more busy. As well a lot of locals as a lot of tourists. In my opinion Samara beach is more relaxed. Didn't find restaurants or beach clubs on the beach itself like in...More

Thank Jeroen W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This public beach is swarming with people and littered with locals trying to sell you trinkets and snow cones. In addition, the rip tide is very powerful. But if you walk to the left, you get s lovely view of the mangroves but be aware...More

2  Thank AnneSchmitt
Reviewed 3 days ago

We went to the beach here on our day in the park. The facilities are not up to "American National Parks" but are very good for Costa Rica. There were showers to rinse off and bathrooms. We went to the smaller beach first and it...More

2  Thank Dana D
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I have visited MA for the past twenty year I retired PT from the USA and spend 7 months a year full time on the beach. I live the dream. Safe and friendly. They have many thing to do at the beach. The park is...More

2  Thank Lynn S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Beautiful, secluded beach! Warm waters! Lovely walk to the beach with much wildlife to see: sloths, monkeys, frogs, crabs, raccoons, iguanas, etc.

1  Thank garsar00
Reviewed 4 days ago

This location is like something out of the movies. You can swim on either side of the peninsula and even in December the water is quite warm. The park in full of tropical wildlife. Highly recommend this place.

1  Thank TravelTalesBlog
Reviewed 5 days ago

Lots of vendors hocking their stuff got annoying. Especially when the same guy keeps coming up to you to ask if you want cigars. I mean the same guy-12 times in an afternoon. No, I still dont want your cigars. Do try the kabab guy's...More

2  Thank GroheCentral
Reviewed 6 days ago

The beach is very nice and lots of fun. There are many places where you can rent surfboards or any other type of board you wish to have fun on. There are a lot of beach chairs and umbrellas if you also wish to just...More

1  Thank AlanPerez
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March 30, 2017|
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Response from Laura S | Reviewed this property |
We strongly recommend a guide at Manuel Antonio. You will have a much better chance of successful wildlife viewing. The guides there are expert at spotting the wildlife high in the trees, and aiming their spotting scope so... More
March 28, 2017|
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Response from ParisTravelDreamer | Reviewed this property |
Hello cemcbride2013, Actually there are not many attractions near the cruise port, the main attraction is Manuel Antonio (worth visiting if you like the beach) although the marina itself has a small but very nice and chic... More
Hi all! It will be almost 19 years this Nov when we come back to CR where we did 10 weeks of traveling in this lovely country, and now, we come with kids! They way we did it before, on a shoestring and caution to the wind, is not how we travel these days, but I still want the kids to experience the natural part of CR that we met. Hikes w/o so many people, and where the wild life has not grown accustomed to backpacks and cameras. Is there still space like this around Manuel? It appears the park is no longer this? We saw maybe 10 people all day when we were there, and the monkeys didn't come near you. Made them tougher to find, but way more amazing.to see and share space with. Im not headed back to the Caribbean side this time, but loved La Fortuna de Arenal, Tamarindo, and this area for the reasons I mentioned. Seeing them all in the top 5 places to see, Im assuming my old CR does not exist in these spaces? Is that accurate, and if so, where do we go to be safe with the kids, but enjoy some old CR? I don't mind setting up base and doing an hour or 2 trip for hikes and days like these. Anyway, ramble on, thanks for your time and help! Pura Vida!
January 23, 2017|
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Response from Brian M | Reviewed this property |
I'd start by saying that we spent two weeks traveling up and down the mid west coast of Costa Rica this past February. Manuel Antonio during the high season (which was when we visited) is heavily touristed, very expensive... More