Manuel Antonio National Park


Costa Rica, Costa Rica

NileGuide Expert tip:

If you'd prefer to miss hordes of tourists, avoid the peak months (Dec-Mar).Visit the park early in the morning to see the park at its finest, and leave before the crowds begin to show up after noon.


Manuel Antonio is Costa Rica's original destination for eco-tourism and still one of its most popular (which obviously doesn't make it a favorite for all). Despite its relatively small size of fewer than 680 hectares (1,680 acres) Manuel Antonio has all the natural attractions, some of the best photo-ops from the hills above it, and unrivaled bio-diversity.  It was created not to preserve its beautiful beaches, which are idyllic,  but its forests, home to endangered squirrel monkeys, three-toed sloths, purple-and-orange crabs, and hundreds of other species of birds, mammals, and plants, including 109 species of mammal and 184 species of birds ( Once upon a time the  entire stretch of coast was a rainforest teeming with wildlife, but today a much smaller section of rainforest remains.

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