Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

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Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio information

park entrance US$16
Opening hours
7am-4pm Tue-Sun
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Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio is the country's smallest (just 19.83 sq km) and most popular national park. A clearly marked trail system winds through rainforest-backed white-sand beaches and rocky headlands, the wildlife (iguanas, sloths, monkeys) is plentiful, and the views across the bay to the pristine outer islands are gorgeous.

The downside? The crowds. Get here early (7am) and head for the furthest reaches of the park for a bit of tranquillity and the best chances to spot wildlife.

It became a protected area in 1972, preserving it from being razed to make room for a coastal development project.