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Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio National Park, Quepos

Rain forests, jungle trails, rocky cliffs, & beaches

Squirrel monkeys, white-faced monkeys, lizards, & birds

Parador Resort and Spa & Hotel Costa Verde

A mother sloth carrying her baby on her stomach near Manuel Antonio National Park.

A mother sloth carrying her baby on her stomach near Manuel Antonio National Park.

Tours

We use the best tour operator to book all kinds of tours to Costa Rica, including independent tours and packages. If you have a group we can design a tour for your group with your own private naturalist guide and driver. Check with us for details or for other information. Please contact us to book your travel. We book travel worldwide Check out our Special Promotions.

Regions of Costa Rica

Costa Rica can be broken down into a number of regions or specific destinations. You can start with an overview of Costa Rica. For specific details of a region or destination choose the one of interest. There is the Central Region, which includes San Jose and the Central Valley, and features the Poas Volcano and the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. San Jose area hotels are found on a separate web page. Hotels at other destinations are reviewed with a specific destination's web page. To the north of San Jose is Arenal where you find the spectacular Arenal volcano, and Monteverde where the very impressive Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is located. Tortuguero is found in the eastern part of Costa Rica on the Caribbean Sea. There you see great wildlife from boats in rivers and canals. The region in the northwest adjoining the Pacific Ocean is Guanacaste. This is where you find popular beaches and the beach town of Tamarindo. This is the driest part of Costa Rica. The Central Pacific region includes the Jaco area and the near by Carara National Park. The Central Pacific also includes Manuel Antonio and the very popular Manuel Antonio National Park. In the southwest region on the Pacific coast is the Corcovado National Park. It is in a remote location, but is a great place to visit. Contact Us for more information.

Manuel Antonio National Park

Rebecca and Sunny at Manuel Antonio National Park.

Rebecca and Sunny at Manuel Antonio National Park bordering the Pacific Ocean.

The Manual Antonio National Park, located a few miles south of Quepos, is small compared to other parks in Costa Rica, being only 1.680 acres in size. But it is also one of the most visited parks in the country. The reason is easy to see. The park and surrounding area have extreme beauty with gorgeous views of the Pacific rocky cliffs, jungle, and beaches. Everything is very green due to an average rainfall of 12.7 feet (3.8 meters) per year.

A lizard at Manuel Antonio National Park.

A lizard at Manuel Antonio National Park.


Naturalist guide Andres at Manuel Antonio National Park.

Naturalist guide Andres at Manuel Antonio National Park describing the wildlife.

Manuel Antonio National Park and the area nearby to the park are great places to see wildlife. Flora and fauna are abundant. All of the four kinds of monkeys found in Costa Rica are here. But this is one of the few places in the country where you can see squirrel monkeys. There are lots of white faced monkeys. In the park you might also see sloths, raccoons, white nosed coatis, lizards (including iguanas), agoutis, and butterflies plus other wildlife which includes numerous species of birds. There are three main trails within the park to check out, but being with a naturalist guide is highly recommended. Our guide, Andres, is pictured above. Note the picture of the sloth at the top of the page. The mother is carrying a baby on her stomach. A lizard is also seen above. The sounds in the jungle are fascinating. You often hear monkeys. But the one pictured below was silent. It was high up in a tree and appeared to be taking a nap.

A monkey sleeping high in a tree at Manuel Antonio National Park.

A monkey sleeping high in a tree at Manuel Antonio National Park.

Beaches

Naturalist guide Andres at Manuel Antonio National Park.

A popular beach within Manuel Antonio National Park.

Beaches are another reason that people go to Manuel Antonio National Park. There are several good beaches within the park. One is pictured above. There are also good beaches near and outside the park. So if you do not want to pay the fee to get into the park to swim you have other choices. But swimmers should be on guard for rip currents. They are often called riptides, but they are generated by breaking water waves and have nothing to do with the tides. If caught in a rip current do not try to swim toward the beach, as a strong current will wear you out. Instead, swim parallel to the beach, and in a short distance you should come out of the current.

It is important to note that Manuel Antonio National Park is closed on Mondays. If you are looking for other things to do in the area you can do river rafting, kayaking, fishing, zip-line tours, horseback riding, and visit butterfly gardens. There are bars and discos for those in search of nightlife.

Lodging in Manuel Antonio

View of the beautiful property at the Parador Resort and Spa.

View of the beautiful property at the Parador Resort and Spa.


White faced monkey in trees at the Parador Resort and Spa.

White faced monkey in trees at the Parador Resort and Spa.

Parador Resort and Spa

The Parador Resort and Spa in Manuel Antonio is located on a peninsula shaped property of 12 beautiful acres with lush vegetation and abundant wildlife. It has so much to offer it is a destination on its own. The buildings are patterned after the Spanish paradors that were common in Spain during the Middle Ages. Museum quality antiques are on display. In the picture above you can see that the buildings are surrounded by a lot of green plants and trees. This is a very pleasant place to spend time.

Bird 1 at the Parador Resort and Spa.

Bird 1 at the Parador Resort and Spa.


White faced monkey eating in trees at the Parador Resort and Spa.

White faced monkey eating in trees at the Parador Resort and Spa.

Wildlife

The wildlife does not stay in Manuel Antonio National Park and is found throughout the area. It is abundant on the property of the Parador Resort and Spa. I was presented with wonderful photo opportunities. Monkey sightings on the property are common. I encountered a group of white faced monkeys at the La Suites building. Outdoor walkways are on three sides of the building. I was on a walkway on the fourth floor at tree top level, and in the trees only five feet (1.5 Meters) from me were the monkeys eating flowers. They were not afraid of me at all and seemed to be as interested in me as I was in them. See the two pictures above and the one below. You also see attractive birds, and one is picture above and one below.

Bird 2 at the Parador Resort and Spa.

Bird 2 at the Parador Resort and Spa.


White faced monkey in trees at the Parador Resort and Spa.

White faced monkey in trees at the Parador Resort and Spa.

Walkways and Trails

As you walk through much of the property you are greeted by attractive and classic statutes. There are also nature trails for extended walks through the jungle. You can hike to the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and to the beach. You might encounter monkeys or other wildlife. Hiking or running shoes are recommended since it can be muddy and slippery. See the pictures below.

A lovely walkway at the Parador Resort and Spa.

A lovely walkway at the Parador Resort and Spa.


One of the trails at the Parador Resort and Spa.

One of the nature trails at the Parador Resort and Spa.

Services

Comprehensive spa treatments are offered which, Rebecca enjoyed. Complementary shuttle service is offered to Manuel Antonio National Park and the nearby beaches. Golf-cart service is offered to the entrance of the beach on the Parador Resort and Spa property. Wi-fi is available throughout the resort and is free. Computer stations are located in the lobby, and up to one hour of use is free. Both self-serve and concierge laundry service are available.

Rebecca at lunch overlooking the Pacific Ocean at the Parador Resort and Spa.

Rebecca in the La Fragata Ocean View Restaurant at the Parador Resort and Spa.


Rebecca at breakfast in the main restaurant at the Parador Resort and Spa.

Rebecca at breakfast in the main restaurant at the Parador Resort and Spa.

Restaurants & Pools

There are four restaurants and bars. The ocean view restaurant on the fifth floor of the La Suites building is a charming and relaxing place to have lunch. You lookout over the Pacific Ocean. See the picture above. The main restaurant, pictured above, is where we went for breakfast and dinner. The food was good in both restaurants. Live piano music is offered after 6:00 PM in the main restaurant, La Galeria. Both indoor and outdoor seating are available. There is also a comfortable bar area, shown below, overlooking the main pool. There are three pools. The large main pool is pictured below. It has a swim-up bar. There are also two nice size adult-only pools.

Bar area overlooking the main pools at the Parador Resort and Spa.

Bar area overlooking the main pools at the Parador Resort and Spa.


Main pools at the Parador Resort and Spa.

Main pools at the Parador Resort and Spa.

Hotel Costa Verde

The Hotel Costa Verde is located in 30 gorgeous acres of jungle up the hill from Manuel Antonio National Park. You can walk from the hotel to the beach next to the park, pictured below, which we have done. Through the years the Hotel Costa Verde has continued to grow and expand. The property has three walking trails, and you can expect to see wildlife. The wildlife does not stay in the park.

Beach next to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Beach next to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Rooms, Restaurants, and Pools

Rooms are scattered in buildings and bungalows about the property. These rooms can be quite different. There is also a penthouse and special rooms are found built in a 727 plane fuselage. Some rooms have ocean views. There are four restaurants including one built inside a C-123 cargo plane. There are also several pools, or you can go to the beach. Spa treatments are available.

Squirrel monkeys near Manuel Antonio National Park at Hotel Costa Verde.

Squirrel monkeys near Manuel Antonio National Park at Hotel Costa Verde.

From our hotel room we had a stunning view of the coastline, seen in the picture below. We also saw squirrel monkeys, which are so much fun to watch. The picture of the two squirrel monkeys above was taken at the Hotel Costa Verde in the late afternoon when dozens of them showed up looking for bananas. There is a great view of the Pacific Ocean from the restaurant pictured below.

Pacific Ocean from balcony at Hotel Costa Verde.

View of Pacific Ocean from balcony at Hotel Costa Verde near Manuel Antonio.


Hotel Costa Verde restaurant.

Hotel Costa Verde restaurant with view of the Pacific Ocean enjoyed by Rebecca.

Regions of Costa Rica

Costa Rica can be broken down into a number of regions or specific destinations. You can start with an overview of Costa Rica. For specific details of a region or destination choose the one of interest. There is the Central Region, which includes San Jose and the Central Valley, and features the Poas Volcano and the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. San Jose area hotels are found on a separate web page. Hotels at other destinations are reviewed with a specific destination's web page. To the north of San Jose is Arenal where you find the spectacular Arenal volcano, and Monteverde where the very impressive Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is located. Tortuguero is found in the eastern part of Costa Rica on the Caribbean Sea. There you see great wildlife from boats in rivers and canals. The region in the northwest adjoining the Pacific Ocean is Guanacaste. This is where you find popular beaches and the beach town of Tamarindo. This is the driest part of Costa Rica. The Central Pacific region includes the Jaco area and the near by Carara National Park. The Central Pacific also includes Manuel Antonio and the very popular Manuel Antonio National Park. In the southwest region on the Pacific coast is the Corcovado National Park. It is in a remote location, but is a great place to visit. Contact Us for more information.

 

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