6 Reasons to visit Manuel Antonio

The reasons to visit Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, breathtaking rainforests all over the place, fantastic adventures, frequent wildlife sightings, great hotels and restaurants, professional naturalist tour guides, and joyful people. Please keep on reading to find out more about the reasons to choose Manuel Antonio as your prime beach destination in Costa Rica.

When is the best time to come to Manuel Antonio

Do you have second thoughts about visiting Manuel Antonio? With so many travel destinations worldwide, deciding on the best vacation spot can be difficult. Here are six reasons to visit Manuel Antonio.

The reasons to come to Manuel Antonio are: 




Manuel Antonio is an excellent place to relax while participating in various aquatic activities such as surfing, in addition to offering a variety of adventure options. In the region of Manuel Antonio and Quepos you can find several beaches, from the popular “first beach” or Espadilla to the stunning white sanded beaches in the National Park, or the small and quaint Biezans Beach.

Tulemar Beach | Reasons to visit Manuel Antonio
Tulemar Beach | Reasons to visit Manuel Antonio

Maritime zones prohibit building within 200 meters of high tide marks, further protecting coastal land. This allows you to walk along the jungle-lined beaches while admiring the breathtaking view of the ocean. Wildlife such as parrots, monkeys, toucans, and sloths can also be seen while sunbathing by the beach.


The Quepos and Manuel Antonio areas have many exciting outdoor activities, making the area a must for adventure seekers. You will not be short of adrenaline-pumping activities whether you enjoy horseback riding, tubing, kayaking, scuba diving, river rafting, ziplining, ATV driving, or fishing.


Adventures in Manuel Antonio - Reasons to visit Manuel Antonio
Adventures in Manuel Antonio – Reasons to visit Manuel Antonio


Although Manuel Antonio National Park is Costa Rica’s smallest national park, the diversity of wildlife in its 6.83 km2 (3 sq mi) is unequaled with 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds. (1) It safeguards rainforest, beach, and mangrove ecosystems. Hiking trails in the park lead through the jungle to one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches, Playa Manuel Antonio.

Manuel Antonio Beaches - Reasons to visit Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio Beaches – Reasons to visit Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the best places to see wildlife. The park is home to all the species of monkeys that live in Costa Rica, plus raccoons, coatimundis, agoutis, anteaters, and two-toed and three-toed sloths. Crocodiles, iguanas, boa constrictors, and various lizards are among the many reptiles.



Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries globally, so you will likely be blown away by the wildlife you will discover anywhere in the country. However in Manuel Antonio, being a small concentrated region, the possibilities to enjoy this abundance, multiply exponentially.

In the Manuel Antonio area, you will easily see monkeys, lizards, snakes, crocodiles, dolphins, humpback whales, butterflies, sea turtles, scarlet macaws, sloths, iguanas, caimans, and toucans. Just to name a few. Plus 184 species of birds, for the birdwatchers’ pleasure.



If you are a foodie, you will love all the fresh fruits, vegetables, and seafood that you can find among the many restaurants in the area.

Some of the exotic fruits you will easily find in our restaurants and markets are Rambutan, mangosteen, zapotes (Pouteria sapota), dragon fruit, starfruits, guanabanas, water apples, Peach Palm Fruits (We call them pejibayes, only eaten in Costa Rica and Colombia.), jocotes, guabas (Ice cream beans) and cashew fruits.

Exotic fruits - Reasons to visit Manuel Antonio
Exotic fruits – Reasons to visit Manuel Antonio


Costa Ricans are among the world’s friendliest, kindest, and most welcoming people. According to the happy planet index, Costa Rica is the happiest country in the world. Pura Vida, which means “pure life,” governs them. Throughout your vacation in our region, you are you will receive unexpected and great experiences with the people you relate to.

Dennis at Manuel Antonio National Park - Reasons to visit Manuel Antonio
Dennis at Manuel Antonio National Park – Reasons to visit Manuel Antonio


Manuel Antonio is an excellent choice for honeymooners, solo travelers, family vacations, backpackers, and all sorts of travelers. Contact us to have a great vacation in one of the most beautiful places in the World!




(1) Wikipedia Contributors. “Manuel Antonio National Park.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 2 Nov. 2022. Web. 7 Nov. 2022. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_Antonio_National_Park>

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