Manuel Antonio National Park Tours and Trips 2019/2020
While the Manuel Antonio National Park may be Costa Rica’s smallest park, it’s filled with so much to see and do! Listed by Forbes as one of the 12 most beautiful national parks in 2011, it was quickly developed to accommodate tourists from around the world and is considered one of Central America’s natural jewels.
Swap the concrete jungle for the real thing on this trip into the rainforests, waterways, hot springs and palm-lined beaches of Costa Rica.
Long-nosed tapirs, white-faced capuchin monkeys, elegant ocelots and three-toed sloths – Costa Rica is home to all manner of exotic native animals, and this trip puts you in the perfect position to spot them.
Spend three days in the dense, vibrant forest of Monteverde, home to one of the worlds most elusive birds – the resplendent quetzal.
Dive into the heart of one of the world’s most biologically diverse countries, through rivers, dense rainforest, misty cloud forest, past towering volcanoes and to blissful beaches on a journey that will leave you in love with nature.
Glide through the waterways of Tortuguero NP, seek out monkeys and turtles by foot and boat, and drift off to sleep surrounded by the sounds of wildlife.
Get active on an incredible range of outdoor pursuits, from battling rapids while whitewater rafting to hiking through jungle to waterfalls, walking high up in the canopy, and whizzing from tree to tree on a zipline.
“The tour was well thought out, with a nice blend between activities and relaxation. We stayed in 6 different locations and each provided something unique and enjoyable. It is hard to pick top highlights of the tour as there were so many.. which is testament to the tour and hence recommend it highly. All the were all at least “good” and some very nice (particularly los lacos in arenal). Transfers between the locations were efficient and takes a lot of stress off the experience.”
Manuel Antonio National Park - Tour Highlights and Travel Tips
The national park itself consists of rainforests, beaches, and beautiful coral reefs. Mostly undeveloped land except for around the city and coastline, you can find many wild animals including some wild squirrel monkeys, capuchin monkeys, iguanas, red eyed green tree frogs and many more.
Of course, the beach is the most famous place to see in Manual Antonio, it’s just as beautiful underwater. You can join tour groups heading out into the waters for snorkeling and diving, or, if you want to go further out and see if you can catch anything, there are plenty of fishing groups that you can join.
While Costa Rica is known for having ziplines all around the jungle, in Manuel Antonio, you can zipline from one after the other taking you deep into the forest. The largest zip lines in the forest have 16 zips in a row.
When entering the park, you are not allowed to bring food as it will attract unwanted wildlife. Additionally, the monkeys may often jump at you if they see food. The rangers will search your bags prior to you entering the park.
Petty theft is known to happen by racoons and monkeys. So make sure to keep an eye on your belongings.
Taking the bus here is the cheapest option comapred to driving yourself. The parking alone often costs more than the bus, so why not skip the hassle of having to drive?