Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park is located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, a few kilometers south of Quepos. From there, Ruta Nacional 618, a small, sometimes steep road leads to the national park and ends here. With only 683 hectares, the park is quite small, but peppered with promising facts: There are more than 350 different plant species, more than 100 mammal species (including sloths, coatis, capuchin monkeys and armadillos) and nearly every reptile species on the Costa Rica Pacific coast.
The park’s website promises “Although it is the smallest national park in the country, the breathtaking beauty and diversity of wildlife on 683 acres is unparalleled” and “With the creation of Manuel Antonio National Park in 1972, the people of Costa Rica decided to preserve one of the most beautiful and biodiverse areas in the world for future generations.”
Activities and Excursions
Besides hiking through the park, there are many other things to experience in the region surrounding Manuel Antonio National Park. Deep sea fishing in Quepos is very popular among tourists and there are a variety of companies that offer these excursions. Water activities are also very popular, so you can experience real adventures on the water with white water rafting, kayaking or surf kayaking. Take a day trip to Caño Island, where you can discover the underwater world while diving and snorkel in the refreshing waters, or sign up for a jeep tour to explore the area in more detail. Whatever you choose, the possibilities are endless.
In the heart of the bustling tourist area with bars, nightclubs and trendy restaurants, you can step into a tranquil, breathtaking natural oasis. Manuel Antonio National Park is far from the hustle and bustle of the capital, making it the perfect place to relax and become one with extraordinary Costa Rican nature.
Stroll along undeveloped trails, experience the unique wilderness and enjoy the tranquility of Costa Rican beaches. This beautiful national park guarantees you an idyllic nature experience, so get ready to discover all that Costa Rica has to offer!
History of the National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park showcases Costa Rican pride and community collaboration to perfection. The region was considered one of the most densely populated forests with its great biodiversity. For centuries the town of Quepos existed and was famous as one of the most beautiful regions of Costa Rica. The beauty of the region was already taken for granted until the area came into the hands of developers. When the intentions of the contractors became clear and trees were cut down behind a cordoned off area, the residents of Quepos came together and demanded the protection of the area.
In 1972, the park was created and named after a conquistador buried in the area. Manuel Antonio National Park expanded in 1980 and now welcomes a large number of tourists every day.
Manuel Antonio National Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, making it the perfect place for nature lovers. Walk along the trails and discover the many birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibian species that live in abundance in the reserve.
Not only do the trails lead to impressive views. But if you follow them, you will be rewarded with breathtaking beaches, picnic areas and pools where you will be guided along. Cool off in the water or snorkel for colorful fish.
If hiking is not your thing, you can also enjoy the beautiful nature by taking a boat tour during the high tide season. Whichever way you choose to explore Manuel Antonio National Park, you will have the perfect opportunity to admire the beautiful region.
Accommodations near the National Park
There are a number of hotels, lodges and guesthouses in Manuel Antonio National Park and in the immediate vicinity of the park. The town of the same name that surrounds the park has a large number of accommodations to offer and is very popular with tourists. Whether you prefer to stay in a comfortable hotel or in a lodge in the middle of the wilderness, you are sure to find the perfect accommodation.