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“Good beach, but rough water and lots of vendors”

Playa Manuel Antonio
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$55.00*
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Manuel Antonio National Park Hiking Tour
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$99.00*
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Guided Tour of Manuel Antonio National Park from Jaco
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$59.00*
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Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Nature Hike
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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 young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed April 13, 2013

The beach, which is called one of the most beautiful in Costa Rica, is nice, but the sand is very dark and so it feels a little muddy, but with all the palm trees and little islands and lovely promontories, it does look nice. There are plenty of vendors and restaurants along the beach front road, so you can shop and eat. There’s a play place for kids with big blow-up slides and pools. You will get approached, quite often, to rent beach chairs and to buy SnoKones, etc., so if you want to be left alone, you’ll need to try a different beach, like the one inside the national park. The beach at the end of your nature hike is very pretty and has no vendors and the water is much calmer.

Thank RYC88
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Don't be put off by the crowds - spend a day - walk out the way you come in and (unlike on the way in) you'll get to see the jungle more or less on your own (apart from the occasional sloth)!

Thank Tony T
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Some people think THIS is one of the best beaches in the Pacific of Costa Rica. I think it´s true. Don´t stop until you get in here. Entrance fee is really cheap. Once inside you can watch monkeys and many other animals.

Thank SEOCharlie
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

We had a wonderful family outing at the Manuel Antonio Nature Park & Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica. It was hot but it was not too demanding of a hike/walk. If you take your time and look and listen you have a chance to see alot of wildlife. We spotted monkeys in the wild and we found a few of the "coveted" 3-toed sloths in nature. Wow, excellent! I recommend taking a local guide that has the good binoculars and all the bird and wildlife info that will give you history the best shot to see local wildlife. Also, make sure to go to the end of the path to the Beach and ocean. One of the best beaches anywhere. Also make sure to bring your bathing suit since It can provide a great cool down and break from your hike. We went on an Easter Holiday so the park and beach were packed with people and a bit more difficult to hear and enjoy the wilderness but still great. I can imagine how much better to hit the park early or on a down period to really enhance the enjoyment. Definitely recommended.

Thank Christopher D
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

This is a great place to hang out and soak up some sun. When pulling up in a car you will be stopped by official looking locals trying to get you to pay to park. We were able to ignore these people and find our own parking spot on the street that heads up to the national park for free, so don't be fooled.

There are quite a few people selling trinkets on the beach, but overall it is a very relaxing environment. The water was warm and the sand was smooth.

I highly recommend renting beach chairs and an umbrella from Mary's Chairs. It was about $10 for the day and worth every penny. They are so nice and can bring you drinks and food from a local restaurant. Both times we went to the beach we rented from Mary, she is just that great!

Overall, it is a great beach and worth the trip!

Thank Lauren502
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