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Playa Manuel Antonio
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Manuel Antonio National Park Hiking Tour
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Guided Tour of Manuel Antonio National Park from Jaco
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Manuel Antonio National Park
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed November 11, 2012

Nice beach to sit or surf. The currents can be rather strong so stay close to the lifeguards. Lots of great shops near the restaurant that is on the beach.

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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Our second visit to this primeval heaven was just as great as the first one three years ago. I highly suggest paying for a guide if this is your first trip. (Ask for "George - the one with six kids," he is an incredible guide and lots of fun!) On this visit, we decided to make a day of it and pack a lunch for the beach. They are very serious about NOT feeding the animals, and NOT leaving any garbage behind. Fair enough. Your bags and back packs are thoroughly checked by security before entering and we immediately discovered - "no alcohol either!" Again, fair enough - we went back to the car and had lunch a little early while transferring our beer from the can to our insides. (Never waste a cold beer!) Be sure to pack water for the duration of the visit - you will need it.
The walk can be as strenuous or easy as you want to make it. Stop and stand quietly every now and then - you may be rewarded with finding a 'Three-toed-Sloth' or a monkey or toucan. Keep your camera handy. (The trails are excellent and you can take planned short cuts when you wish.) We took the long route this time and were in awe of the views at each resting platform. We climbed to the highest point and watched whales swim by in the distance! Inside the forest you have no problem 'seeing' what earth was like thousands of years ago - before we arrived. Everything is on a grand scale and you really feel like you are a visitor -back in time.

We stopped for a swim at one of the beaches (Playa Manuel Antonio) and they have now constructed excellent changing and shower facilities in a couple of spots. Great place for pictures because you just can't describe the scene to those who haven't been there - yet. Watch your bags on the beach - the monkeys, and lizards think you have food for them and they intend to find it, (smile).

TIP: If you are driving to the park be aware of the parking scams. DO NOT listen to the 'official looking' guy in uniform who tries to make you 'park here'. (It is up to 5 KM away from the entrance to the park.) Just say 'NO', and keep driving. We found parking along the road, right at the front entrance, across the street from the little kiosk where you buy your tickets to the park. Saved your walking energy for the park.

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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Manuel Antonio NP is a true gem in the CR national park system. It cost $10 USD entrance fee and is open from 9am until around 4pm. Many, many monkeys, raccoons and coatimundi, and birds. Very well maintained trail system and the beach is wonderful and great for swimming. Clean and well maintained bathrooms and shower facilities for washing all that sand off!
The town of Manuel Antonio has lots of dining places to eat and relax in after a day at the national park. Well worth the visit and I highly recommend visiting this park on your trip to CR.

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Reviewed November 10, 2012

Our guide (a biologist) was critical to our enjoyment, don't go without help. My favorite was watching the sloth's in the trees. Dislike, the people crowding around us because they didn't have a guide.

Thank minerg
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

lovely park!! went with a guide which highly recommend!! able to see lots of wildlife including a thieving raccon, lots of lizard , sloth with baby and our guide-Mope was like suviorman and cracked open a coconut for us to eat from!!! Beautiful beach!!! loved it! wish I had more then 1 day to hang!!!

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