Where is Manuel Antonio National Park? Ideas for a great itinerary

Where is Manuel Antonio National Park seems to be a question to answer with a map. However, there is much more to it like what is close and what is far out from it, And how to get to the places around.

Where is Manuel Antonio | Epic Adventures
Where is Manuel Antonio | Epic Adventures

Where is Manuel Antonio Nacional Park? Easy, it is in the Central South Pacific region of Costa Rica.

Yes, it is quite easy. However, there is a lot more to this.

Let’s see where is Manuel Antonio National Park in relation to the rest of the main tourist attractions of Costa Rica.

Distances from and to Manuel Antonio from the most popular destinations of our country:

Dominical5232,551 m
Drake Bay221138,14 h
La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano243151,95 h
Flamingo Beach309193,15 h 30 m.
Jaco7345,61h 24 m.
Santa Teresa226141,36 h
Manuel Antonio186116,3
Monteverde283176,93h 45 m
Papagayo Gulf386241,35 h 30 m.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca385240,67 h
Rincon de la Vieja283176,95 h
Samara13986,95 h
San Gerardo de Dota14691,33 h
San Jose170106,33 h
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui255159,44 h 30 m
Sierpe River13383,12 h 40 m
Tortuguero291181,95 h 40 m
Turrialba236147,54 h 20 m
Juan Santamaría International Airport15596,8752 h 50 m
Guanacaste International Airport269168,1254 h 30 m



Why include Manuel Antonio National Park in your vacation?

Manuel Antonio is a destination that reunites the best of Costa Rica. You can even stay here throughout your whole vacation and do a different adventure every day.

It has a set of breathtaking beaches, an amazing jungle full of wildlife, and some fantastic hotels and villas to stay at.

Something though that you are not going to find in Manuel Antonio are big resorts of brand hotels. Manuel Antonio is quite an exclusive destination and mostly all properties are owned by local residents.

Why not stay in Manuel Antonio throughout the whole vacation?

In Manuel Antonio, as we stated previously you can don mostly all adventures and enjoy a lot of the amazing wildlife of Costa Rica.

However, yes, there are some things that you cannot find in Manuel Antonio. 

One of the things you cannot do in Manuel Antonio is look at the sunrise on the Caribbean. You cannot see a volcano, and certainly you will not see an Resplendent Quetzal flying through a cloud forest.

So, to do that, you’d have to have a plan to stay for a few days before you hit Manuel Antonio.

Some of the usual combinations for a great vacation are:

San José city – Poas or Irazu Volcano for a day tour – 1-2- nights at San Gerardo de Dota 

Stay a few days in San José to go on one day tours to the nearby Poas or Irazu Volcanoes and stay in one of the cloud forest places nearby. You can even go to the Irazu Volcano, stay in San Gerardo de Dota to see the cloud forest and the Resplendent Quetzal and then come down to the coast to Tortuguero.

Arenal Monteverde

You could also do the most usual and popular by going to the Arenal Volcano and then moving towards Monteverde cloudforests before hitting Manuel Antonio.

San Jose San Gerardo Golfo Dulce or Drake Bay 

You could also go for a longer time and into an off the beaten track by going first to San Gerardo de Dota, and driving South all the way to Golfito and Golfo Dulce. This is one of the most beautiful and less known routes of Costa Rica and the Golfo Dulce is truly breathtaking. From there you can drive to Manuel Antonio.


When you are staying in the area of Manuel Antonio you can visit many attractions as one day or half day excursions.

Some of these fantastic one or half day places are:

Dominical Beach

Where you can go watch the humpback whales from July to September.

Corcovado National Park

You find our one day tour here! Come with us and see the best of the most magnificent national park of Costa Rica.


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