Manuel Antonio National Park activities
, such as hiking, are fairly simple to do on one's own.
Hiking through Manuel Antonio National Park is simple, as
the trails are well marked and there are some good views of the Pacific Ocean.
The trails lead to the beaches. Manuel Antonio's beaches are clean, wide and lovely.
There are three beaches in Manuel Antonio National Park:
Playa Espadilla, Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Puerto Escondido. The latter
requires visitors to hike a further distance but only during low tide. At
the furthest beach, visitors can see a semi-circle of rocks that
archaeologists believe were arranged by pre-Columbian Indians. It is
believed that this arrangement functioned as a turtle trap.
Be sure to get trail information at Manuel Antonio's park ranger and information center,
as there are several trails and options for exploring the national park.
Travelers should be prepared to bring their own gear as there are
opportunities to sunbathe, snorkel and body surf. Please note that Manuel Antonio National Park is
very busy on weekend during high season.
Manuel Antonio National Park Tours
There are tour operators for numerous activities. The operators can take visitors out kayaking, atv-ing, horseback riding, white water rafting, hiking, boating, fishing and so on.
Outside of Manuel Antonio National Park, in the hills that rise, up from the
beach are some opportunities to try some adventure activities including
horseback riding, mountain biking,
white water rafting, and of course there is sea kayaking on the ocean.
Near Manuel Antonio National Park
Rainmaker Conservation Project is an interesting tourist sight located in the Fila Chonta mountains. There's 6 suspension bridges of aerial walkways and wood boardwalks on the ground. Bring a swim suit, there's river pool for bathing.
Baru National Wildlife Refuge is located near Manuel Antonio National Park. Baru National Wildlife Refuge is a 740-acre refuge with numerous wildlife species including 35- birds, 69 mammals, 94 reptiles, 87 butterflies and 158 species of trees.
Reptilandia Park is also near Manuel Antonio and could be visited on a day trip or on your journey to Dominical. It is only about 10-km (6 mi) before Dominical. Reptilandia Parkis an animal park with caves and tanks where visitors see reptiles. Crocodiles are the big attraction. Go on Friday when the animals are fed.
Staying in Manuel Antonio National Park
The closest town to Manuel Antonio is Quepos Costa Rica. Quepos used to be a fishing village but it's the center that now provides services for Manuel Antonio. I've created a page with a map of the town center and list of things to see and do around Quepos.
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