Attractions

Top Choice Area in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

Punta Catedral

Geography fun fact: this isthmus, which is the centerpiece of the park, is called a tombolo and was formed by the accumulation of sand between the mainland and the peninsula beyond, which was once an island. At its …
Top Choice National Park in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio & Around

Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

Featuring lush jungle, picture-perfect beaches and craggy headlands, this tiny park brims with wildlife (and oftentimes, visiting humans). As you wander its lovely trails, you'll catch a glimpse of dangling sloths, …
Top Choice Beach in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

Playa Espadilla Sur

The exposed Playa Espadilla Sur is to the north of Punta Catedral and swimming here can be dangerous. The beach is a half-hour hike from the park entrance.
Beach in Quepos to Manuel Antonio

La Playita

At the far western end of Playa Espadilla, beyond a rocky headland (wear sandals), this former nude beach remains one of Costa Rica's most famous gay beaches and a particular draw for young men. The beach is inacces…
Beach in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

Playa Manuel Antonio

With its turquoise waters, this lovely beach fronts a deep bay, sheltered by the Punta Catedral on the west side and a promontory on the east. This is the best beach for swimming, but it also gets the most crowded w…
Wildlife Reserve in Quepos to Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio Nature Park & Wildlife Refuge

This private rainforest preserve and butterfly garden breeds about three dozen species of butterfly – a delicate population compared to the menagerie of lizards, reptiles and frogs that inspire gleeful squeals from …
Archaeological Site in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

Turtle Trap

At the western end of Playa Manuel Antonio you can see a semicircle of rocks at low tide. Archaeologists believe that these were arranged by pre-Columbian indigenous people to function as a turtle trap. (Turtles wou…
Beach in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

Playa Espadilla

This wide stretch of white sand is found just outside the park entrance, in front of Manuel Antonio village.
Beach in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

Playa Puerto Escondido

Visitors may visit a lookout over this gorgeous horseshoe-shaped beach, but the access point via the Sendero Puerto Escondido was closed indefinitely in 2017.