Manuel Antonio National Park

Tour Manuel Antonio National Park

Costa Rica
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Manuel Antonio National Park
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Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park, situated on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, is a dazzling mosaic of lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and vibrant wildlife. Though it's one of the country's smallest national parks, it's also one of the most popular — and for good reasons.

First and foremost, the park boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Central America. The crescent-shaped shores, such as Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Espadilla Sur, feature powdery white sand, turquoise waters, and dense forests that stretch right up to the coast. The juxtaposition of the vibrant jungle against the serene ocean creates an almost surreal tropical paradise.

But the true magic of Manuel Antonio lies in its biodiversity. The park is teeming with wildlife, and it's not uncommon for visitors to spot monkeys (howler, white-faced capuchin, and squirrel monkeys), two-toed and three-toed sloths, and iguanas during a single visit. The dense rainforests are home to over 180 bird species, making it a bird-watcher's dream. And if you delve deeper or hire a guide, you might also spot coatis, raccoons, and even the elusive puma.

For those with a penchant for adventure, the park offers several well-marked trails. The Cathedral Point trail, for instance, takes hikers around a tombolo and offers panoramic views of the coastline. The trail to the Manuel Antonio beach also provides viewpoints that are absolutely breathtaking, especially at sunset.

Beyond the terrestrial beauty, the coastal coral reefs host an array of marine life, including colorful fish, rays, and occasional reef sharks, making snorkeling a popular activity in the park's sheltered bays.

Though Manuel Antonio National Park covers a compact area, its richness in biodiversity, combined with its scenic beauty, makes it a microcosm of everything Costa Rica has to offer. Whether you're walking along its picturesque beaches, hiking through its rainforests, or simply observing its diverse wildlife, the park guarantees an experience that's both exhilarating and profoundly intimate with nature.

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Geeky Facts about Manuel Antonio National Park

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It was founded in 1972.

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It is the smallest national park in Costa Rica.

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The park covers beaches, a tropical forest, mangroves, islands and a lagoon.

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