Attractions

Top Choice Area in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

Punta Catedral

Geography fun fact: this isthmus that's 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 end,…
Top Choice National Park in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

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 w…
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.
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 …
Beach in Manuel Antonio Village

La Playita

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

Playa Puerto Escondido

This gorgeous horseshoe-shaped beach, accessed via the Sendero Puerto Escondido, is only reachable at low tide, so check with rangers first or risk getting stranded. Strong currents preclude swimming, but it's excel…
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.