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Here you find Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most visited parks in the country.

Quepos
Tourism is now the area’s main activity. Before, Quepos was devoted to banana growing and has now turned into a premier holiday destination. The village center is a nice six-block square of restaurants, bars, hotels, bakeries, art galleries and real estate agents, right in front of the main beach and sportfishing fleet.
Quepos is great for game fishing: there are marlin, snapper, Amberjack, Wahoo, Dorado, and big eye tuna, among others. Fishing can be inshore or offshore. Other activities are canopy tours, horseback riding, kayaking, rafting, and surfing here as well.
Frequent and cheap bus service connects the town of Quepos to the Manuel Antonio National Park entrance.

Manuel Antonio
Maybe this park is so popular because of its expensive white sand beaches backed by an evergreen forest that grows right up to the high tide line. The main habitants are: primary forest, secondary forest, mangrove swamps, lagoons and beach vegetation.
There are around 109 species of mammals and 184 of birds. The park includes 12 little isles just off the coast. Sometimes dolphins and even migrating whales can be observed.
The park has four lovely beaches: Espadilla Sur, Manuel Antonio, Escondido, and Playita. The prettiest is Playa Manuel Antonio, with coral-white sand with a small coral reef. It’s separated from Playa Espadilla Sur by a tombolo. The hike to the top of Punta Catedral along a steep trail takes about an hour from Playa Espadilla Sur. In Espadilla Sur and Manuel Antonio there are tidal pools and good snorkeling. The islands and islets of Manuel Antonio provide an important refuge for a variety of sea birds. Olocuita and Mogote Islands are mating and nesting sites for brown pelicans, frigate birds and ahingas.
The park is located in a region of great precipitation and high heights. The annual precipitation average is of 3.875 mm. The rainy season covers August, September and October.
The park opens every morning and closes at 4:00 pm. It is closed on Mondays.

Other activities:
Night mangrove boat tour: enjoy the mangrove swamps in the dark of the night.
Naranjo river rafting: a great water adventure of class III and IV rapids.
Damas Island mangrove tour: just tree miles from the town of Quepos.

How to get There

By car:
Take the Interamerican North from Alajuela towards San Ramón/Puntarenas, go over the  Manolos bridge up to Jacó passing by Orotina, Tarcoles, Herradura. From the entrance to Jacó, keep driving on the main road. You will pass by Esterillos, Parrita and Quepos, there turn left and you will soon be in Manuel Antonio.

By plane
:
Regular flights available. Flight takes only 20 minutes.

By bus:

San José-Quepos-Manuel Antonio: buses leave at 16th Street, 1 and 3 Avenue, Coca Cola Terminal. The trip takes around 4 hours. Phone: 223-5567.

 

 
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