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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 young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed April 10, 2014

Beautiful day for a beach outing. There were a lot of people trying to push you into renting a beach umbrella. Streets crowded.

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Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

I loved this beach because it was so clean and there wasn't any debris or even sticks or logs in the water crashing into you like I had experienced at other beaches. There are some stray dogs around, but they're few and harmless and my warning to you would be wary of the monkeys... The know the yellow bags from the local stores contain food and if you leave your stuff unattended they'll swoop in and grab your Pringles.

Thank Jenica A
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Reviewed April 10, 2014

fun atmosphere with native kids selling items on the beach and lots of good drinks! Not crowded at all.

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Reviewed April 9, 2014

We spent most of our trip at this beach as it was a close walk to where we were staying. There are a couple of ways to can enjoy the beach. The first is you can rent beach chairs and umbrellas or you can simply bring a towel and find a place in the sand. On the north side, there are plenty of mangrove and coconut palms that provide ample shade.

The water is warm and the beach is smooth. The surf can get pretty strong towards the afternoon and so swimmers should be watchful of rocks in the water that disappear when the tide comes up.

If you do rent chairs and umbrellas be careful of the servers that ask if you wants drinks and food. We found the prices to be way too high. We were charged $16,000 Colones for 3 mojitos and 2 beers. We decided after that to bring our own drinks and snacks with us. There is a small store close to where the beach chairs are where you can purchase drinks and snacks.

I personally liked the north side of the beach better because there were way less people and it felt like we had the beach mostly to ourselves.

The sunsets were beautiful and I find myself thinking about them still.

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Reviewed April 9, 2014

What a huge let down and disappointment! We kept hearing that a 'jungle trek' through the park was a MUST-DO when visiting Quepos. We paid $10USD each for an unguided tour which I highly recommend over a $30USD each guided tour. The guides carry around a telescope so you can see animals far off. We were convinced that these telescopes were just a variation of those Fisher Price Viewfinders and all they were looking at was pictures via the telescope. There's enough guided tours walking around that all you have to do is stop when one of them stop to see what they are looking at, but 99% of the time, it was impossible to see or something not exciting like bugs or leaves.

The entire 'trek' is about a 1.3km 1way walk down a gravel road to a beach that is crowded and somewhat dirty (there are way nicer beaches everywhere else in the area) where you'll see a bunch of monkey's eating peoples garbage, then you either turn back, or head down a different 2+km walk which bypasses another beach. The only things we saw other than the Monkeys at the beach were 2 sloths and an iguana. We saw MUCH more and impressive wildlife at our friends villa overlooking the bay. It's not the 'natural zoo' that we envisioned and honestly don't recommend anyone waste their time or money visiting the park.

1  Thank Chris D
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