The ideal blend of beach and rainforest, Manuel Antonio is the top destination for travelers of Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast. The rich biodiversity of this area, coupled with a wealth of tours and activities, offers something for everyone. The adjacent town of Quepos serves as the gateway for visitors arriving by car and plane. You won’t find any massive all-inclusive resorts in Manuel Antonio; the mid-size boutique hotels are designed into the rainforest hillside, offering incredible views of the Pacific and lush tropical surroundings. Families, couples, groups, and even solo travelers can find enough to do in Manuel Antonio to fill an entire week, at least.
Manuel Antonio is the smallest national park in Costa Rica but one of the most popular. Visitors come to catch a glimpse of Capuchin, Howler, and Squirrel Monkeys, sloths, iguanas, agoutis, and hundreds of species of birds before hitting one of the park’s beautiful beaches.
In a recent attempt to curb visitor influence on the park’s ecological balance, the Costa Rica government has mandated a limit on daily visitors to the park at around 1200 people per day. Book an early morning guided tour of the park with a professional naturalist guide to avoid the crowds and increase your odds of seeing more wildlife. Naturalist guides have an eye and an ear for locating wildlife that most people miss. Manuel Antonio National Park is closed on Tuesdays.
Inside Manuel Antonio National Park are some of the region’s best beaches – Escondido Beach, Manuel Antonio Beach, and Espadilla Sur can all be accessed via low-intensity trails. There are great options outside of the park, too. Playa Manuel Antonio and the long stretch of beach known as Playa Espadilla are the main scenes for Manuel Antonio’s visitors.
You can find drink stands, surf lessons, snack bars, souvenir vendors, parasailing, and all kinds of beachy fun walking down Espadilla. If you’ve already explored the beaches inside the park, head to Playa Biesanz, located in a crescent bay on the end of Quepos Point, opposite Playa Espadilla.
The entry and stay in this National Park is regulated by different regulations.
Manuel Antonio National Park is open to visitors from Wednesday to Monday from 7:00 a.m. at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday closed.
Tickets are only obtained through the website http://www.sinac.go.cr through the following link: https://serviciosenlinea.sinac.go.cr
Visitors must present their identity card when entering the park when they show the entry ticket, which is valid only once.
Foreign or non-residents
Adults (over 12 years old) $ 16 + IVA
Children (from 2 to 12 years old) $ 5 + IVA
Children under 2 do not pay entrance
National and residents
Adults (over 12 years old) 1600 costarican colons.
Children (from 6 to 12 years old) 500 costarican colons.
Children under 6 do not pay entrance
Adults over 65 years do not pay for entrance ticket if they present their identity card