Manuel Antonio

This is Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, located just a few minutes drive south of Quepos, Costa Rica.

There is a small fee to enter the Parque, but it is absolutely worth the expense. This Parque is well known for it’s beautiful beaches and wildlife.

Getting There

If you’re staying in Quepos, getting to Manuel Antonio is very easy. There are ride sharing apps, cabs, and buses. Bus may be the easiest and cheapest way. The bus that heads to Manuel Antonio can be caught along the 618 road, which starts at the intersection of Calle 5 / Av.2. It will have a placard saying “Manuel Antonio”, and the fare is about 335 Colones.

Along this route, there are lots of unique restaurants and scenic views as the road goes through the mountains. The restaurant “El Avion” is highly reviewed and very unique as it has a decommissioned airplane within the restaurant.

When you arrive at Espadilla Beach, continue down to the end of the road. From there, you can walk up the Beach Trail to arrive at the entrance to Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio. There’s a turnstile at the entrance, and a fee of about 500 Colones.

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Navigating The Parque

You’ll have to choose which direction to take at this point. If you go to the left, you’ll have the opportunity to walk along the Sloth Path. Sloths are more out in the morning so if you’re here early it’s probably better to choose left then. If you head right, you’ll walk through an elevated path which goes through Mangroves. Along this path there are monkeys which will try to steal your items. Be sure to move your backpack to the front, and take off any glasses/jewelry your don’t want to lose.

There are two beaches on opposite sides of the peninsula. This video starts at Espadilla South Beach, with some segments on the Park Trail. It’s very scenic and quiet as well. As you come to the end of this beach, you’ll come to a junction, where you’ll be able to walk around the path at Cathedral Point. This path is less maintained but affords outstanding views of the ocean from elevated pathways.

There’s a massive wooden lookout at this junction, which allows you to head up to tree level and look around. If you go past the wooden structure, you’ll find Manuel Antonio Beach, which is fantastic. There’s more people on this beach as it’s a crescent bay, which provides a bit more protection from the waves of the Pacific.


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You can then head back to the main gate by the alternative path to get the most out of your time in the park. This is an amazing location and certainly worth visiting if you’re staying on the South Pacific Coast.

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