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A small village fronting the central Pacific Coast, Manuel Antonio is just down the road from Quepos. The star attraction here is Manuel Antonio National Park, with its 3 white sand beaches.
Skip the drive from San José and catch a bird’s-eye view of the region as you fly into Quepos La Managua Airport. In less than 20 minutes, you’ll be soaking up the ocean vistas from one of the many fine hotels and resorts in the area.
Manuel Antonio boasts several private homes and villas with heliports, and there are some hotels where you can land directly.
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PARADOR RESORT & SPA
Makanda by the Sea
Gaia Hotel and Nature Reserve
SHANA BY THE BEACH
Hotel Parador Resort & Spa overlooks the coastline from its 12-acre rainforested perch on the bluffs. This award-winning, full-service hotel is as well-known for its ecotourism as it is for its first-class service and amenities.
Makanda by the Sea sits within a 12-acre wildlife sanctuary, 300 feet above the Pacific, for outstanding views of 60 miles of coastline.
Gaia Hotel and Nature Reserve sits in the magnificence of Manuel Antonio’s coastal rainforests. Offering a full complement of facilities and personal services, this hotel is justifiably world-famous.
Tulemar is a gated, 33-acre residential resort in the heart of Manuel Antonio. The rainforested property is filled with wildlife: sloths, monkeys, and exotic birds that will turn you into a wildlife watcher. Most of the properties at the resort are privately owned, and only some of them are available for rent. The “hotel proper” refers to the Tulemar Bungalows–there’s only 8. At the resort beach, the water is warm and the palm tree-shaded sandy beach beckons. Lounge chairs, umbrellas, towels, kayaks, boogie boards, and food/beverage service invite you to spend time relaxing.
Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, the hotel services offered by Shana by the Beach make it an ideal choice for your stay in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. The family resort’s enchanting surroundings, comfort, thoughtful touches, and personalized service sets it apart from any other hotel, allowing you to feel like being at home from your very first steps into the family resort.
Manuel Antonio is also known for its luxurious vacation rental homes. Reach out to consult with our experts on where to stay if you prefer the privacy of a home or condo, rather than a hotel.
Your hotel will no doubt have an on-site restaurant, but if you want to venture out, there are plenty of places to eat.
El Patio de Café Milagro is a must for coffee gourmands, featuring its own carefully roasted blends in a truly Costa Rican setting. The kitchen offers a full menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The bar serves craft beers and cocktails, and live music.
If you fancy dining in a piece of history, El Avión is another must-try. A vintage Iran-Contra C-123 cargo plane houses the casual restaurant and bar. Best-known for its seafood, the chef’s specials feature a local flair.
For lunch on-the-go, try the Falafel Bar for a Mediterranean twist on street food. From falafel sandwiches to tahini and hummus, it’s all fresh and tasty at this popular restaurant.
The Pacific waters just offshore on the central coast of Costa Rica have some of the best sportfishing in the world.
Every year, Los Sueños Resort and Marina, an hour to the north of Manuel Antonio near Jaco, hosts a 3-month sportfishing series that draws boats from around the world. With daily parties and dozens of anglers vying for the big cash prize, January through March can be a fun time to visit the area and check out this tourney.
Charters cast off from the Quepos marina every day in search of sailfish and marlin. The Marina Pez Vela hosts it’s own tournament each year, as well. The Marina Pez Vela Championship Series, a 2-day hook n pass event for amateurs and pros, sets out from the marina of the same name in nearby Quepos.
Try a kayaking tour of Damas Island and the mangrove estuary with a professional bilingual guide to see crocodiles, anteaters, and monkeys galore in the estuary’s natural canals. You’re also likely to see herons, kingfishers, ospreys, and frigate birds.
When visiting Manuel Antonio, the national park is a must-experience attraction. Richly biodiverse, this tiny park also has 3 fabulous beaches where you can enjoy the clear, calm ocean waters. Great swimming beaches, the ocean in the protected inlets of the park is gentle and warm.
The best part? Monkeys and raccoons run rampant in the park and will come right up to you hoping for a bit of food. Please don’t feed them; it’s not in their best interest. Also, be sure to watch out for your stuff. These cute little creatures are very adept thieves and they’ll grab your bag and run. They are, of course, looking for food.
The 3-hour guided tours into Manuel Antonio National Park are well worth the money. Just ask around near the front Your bilingual guide uses a high-tech spotting telescope to help you spot the treetop sloths, monkeys, and other wildlife that you might otherwise miss. There’s a fantastic stand of giant bamboo and a massive beach almond near the park entrance. Private tours are also available.
If you go on your own, plan to arrive early. The park management carefully controls the number of people visiting—arrive late in the day, and you may be disappointed.
For water sports, try your hand at learning to surf off Playa Espadilla or visit scenic and quiet Playa Biesanz for a look at pre-Columbian turtle traps.
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