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 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 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…
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.