Manuel Antonio National Park

In the heart of the bustling tourist region with bars, night clubs and trendy restaurants bringing the city to life - you can step into a tranquil and breath-taking natural oasis. The Manuel Antonio National Park is a far cry from the exciting bustle of the main town, making it the perfect place to unwind and become one with the exceptional Costa Rican wilderness. Stroll through the unspoilt trails, spot the abundance of wildlife or simply take in the beauty of the swaying palm trees overhead, as you enjoy the luxurious calm of the glorious Costa Rican beaches. This beautiful national park is guaranteed to offer you an idyllic natural experience, so get ready to discover everything Costa Rica has to offer.

The rich history of Manuel Antonio National Park

The Manuel Antonio National Park showcases Costa Rican pride and community collaboration to perfection. The region was considered one of the most densely populated forests, with a huge amount of biodiversity and spectacular natural charm. Quepos had been enjoyed for centuries and was famously known as one of the most beautiful parts of Costa Rica. The region’s beauty was somewhat taken for granted until the area fell into the hands of developers. When the developers’ intentions became clear and trees were being cut down behind a gated area, the citizens of Quepos came together and demanded the protection of the area.


In 1972 the park was established and named after a Conquistador who was buried within the area. The Manuel Antonio National Park enjoyed a large expansion in 1980 and now welcomes a huge number of tourists each day.

What is there to see and do?

The Manuel Antonio National Park is home to a wide variety of animal species, making it the perfect destination for nature enthusiasts. Enjoy the charming trails by foot and take in the beauty of the many bird, mammal and non-threatening reptile and amphibian species which inhabit the reserve. Not only do the trails lead to exceptional sightings, but visitors will be rewarded for their exertions by coming across breath-taking beaches, picnic spots and tidal pools.


If walking isn’t quite what you had in mind, why not enjoy a boat trip during high tide, cool off in the waters or try your hand at snorkelling? No matter how you choose to discover the Manuel Antonio National Park, you will have the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beautiful region.

Where to stay near the park?

There are a number of hotels, lodges and guesthouses inside the Manuel Antonio National Reserve as well as in the surrounding areas. The town surrounding the park is a popular tourist choice with a number of accommodation options right there in the centre of the vibrant hustle and bustle. Whether you want to splurge on hotel comfort or would prefer to enjoy the rugged ambience of a lodge in the heart of the wilderness - the perfect accommodation awaits in the Manuel Antonio National Park.

Activities and excursions surrounding the park

While hiking through the park is an exhilarating experience, if you want to broaden your horizons then the region surrounding Manuel Antonio National Park is an idyllic starting point. Deep sea fishing is a popular tourist choice in Quepos and there are a variety of tour companies which offer these excursions.  Getting wet in the region is a favourite for many, so whether you want to try your hand at white water rafting, kayaking or surf kayaking - there is bound to be an experience to captivate you.


Enjoy a day trip to Caño Island to discover the underwater world by scuba diving and snorkelling in the refreshing waters, or sign up for a jeep tour to get the lay of the land. No matter what you choose to do and see, the opportunities for adventure are endless.