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“Highlight of Our Trip!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Manuel Antonio Nature Reserve & Wildlife Refuge

Manuel Antonio Nature Reserve & Wildlife Refuge
Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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$75*
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Private Manuel Antonio National Park Walking Tour
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New York City, New York
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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Highlight of Our Trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We saw so much wildlife here, including getting up close and personal with monkeys. Playa Manuel Antonio within the park is gorgeous and perfect for frolicking in the waves. But don't just follow the trails straight to the beaches! We took some amazing hikes on some of the smaller trails.

Visited December 2012
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Royal Oak, Michigan
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Must do with a guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

We are independent travelers and prefer to do things on our own. Friends recommended to get a guide and we are so happy we did. Our guide, Estella, was amazing and saw so many things we never would have seen. The beaches are beautiful. We stayed and hung out on the beach for a while after the guided tour, this is a beautiful park. We saw sloths, monkeys, tree toads, lizards, racoons, and birds.

Visited December 2012
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San Pedro, California, United States
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“Perfect half day trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

This park is small but packs a good punch for it's size. Go with a guided tour for optimum results. The tour guides bring gigantic scopes to view wildlife off the beaten path and even take photos with it for you to show folks back home. The guides show you things you would never see alone and assist in making sure you get into the park before it reaches capacity. The can be done by yourself, but you will miss so much.

On my 3 hour tour, I saw a few golden orb spiders, sloths 2/3 toed and babies, cappuchin monkeys, raccoons, rainbow grasshopper, monkey lobster...grasshopper, green anole, lesser white lined bats, white tail deer, jesus christ lizard, iguanas, exotic butterflies, giant termite nests, humming birds, land crabs, tree crabs and lots of poisonous plants to look out for. This is a short walk packed with wildlife. Don't miss it!

Visited December 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Monkeys all around”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

The wild life refuge is filled with wild life. Getting a guided tour is boring and too much time is spent looking at one animal before the group moves on. I suggest buying tickets and going by yourself, bringing binoculars is also a necessity.

Visited December 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Nice but crowded and beware river scam...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Firstly there are many good things about this park and it is hard to deny the amazing beauty of the beaches and forest surrounding. I have to say though that it is a real shame that in a National Park in Costa Rica that you are totally ripped off at the end by having to pay some people on boats to cross a supposedly croc infested river to get out of the park even after having paid $10 to get it. Speaking to some locals afterwards this is apparently a scam by them to rip off tourists and there are no crocs at all and even if there are this should be included in your entry ticket. I can understand this if it is happening outside the park where trying to get scammed is part of travelling in some countries but this is inside the park itself so where is the regulation of such actions. I also saw a lot of locals get on a boat and pay nothing to cross. This ruins a day to the park and is such a shame that this happens and does nothing for the reputation of the way they run their national parks in Costa Rica.
The park needs more bins around the beaches as they are so incredibly crowded and bins are all open so the monkeys can just grab whatever they want. Im not sure what the $10 entry goes to but surely this should be a priority.
I couldnt help but feel that my $10 to enter the park does not get used in the right way and having seen all of the people there and the amazing number of hotels around the park that I am concerned for the future sustainability of the park and the animals within which is a real shame.

Visited December 2012
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