Best things to do in Manuel Antonio


Manuel Antonio is one of the most popular beach town of Costa Rica. This beach town is 160 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of Costa Rica’s capital city of San José on the central Pacific coast. It takes just two and a half hours from the Juan Santamaría international airport to reach this town. Breathtaking views of the Pacific and pristine, gray sand beaches attract many tourists each year to this place. A wide array of restaurants, hotels and other tourism business have sprung up along the forested hills but Manuel Antonio is a perfect blending of development and nature. If you want to enjoy tranquil vacation, it is better to visit the area during the month of May, June, or July. Dry season (from December to April) and the week between Christmas and New Year’s, many tourists visit the town to enjoy a vacation.

This place offers plenty of options to enjoy a variety of adventure and fun activities such as fabulous diving, sport fishing, nightlife, Zip-lining, ATV tours, white-water rafting, parasailing, mangrove tours, horseback riding, kayaking, mountain biking, jet skiing, surfing, sunset cruising, whale watching, sport fishing, snorkeling, birding and many more. Here goes some of the best things to do in Manuel Antonio:

Visit the Manuel Antonio National Park:

You can visit the famous Manuel Antonio national park and enjoy watching different species of wild animals including sloths, monkeys and a variety of colorful birds. During the high season a number of visitors visit the park per day so it is wise to arrive the park early to avoid lines. You can also enjoy sunbathe and snorkel at the park’s many beaches.

Sport Fishing:

You can go for a sport fishing trip and get the chance to fish for barracuda, marlin, sailfish, roosterfish, tuna, snapper, and many species. Inshore trips are usually half-day and off-shore more like full days.


Though Manuel Antonio is not a well known surfing destination like Jaco Beach or Hermosa, it has ideal breaks for the beginners and also for the moderate surfing. Just outside of the city within short distance you can reach Quepos that is ideal surfing destination for the advanced surfers.

Waterfalls and Horseback Riding:

You can go for a horseback riding tour and visit the Nauyaca Waterfall. This 215 foot waterfall is considered as the largest in the central Pacific region. It is set just outside Dominical and it has a great swimming pool below it where you can enjoy swimming and cool off.  With the help of a trained bilingual guide, you can know about the surrounding area.

Scuba Diving:

Manuel Antonio is situates on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The crystalline waters of the Pacific is ideal for enjoying scuba diving and exploring the amazing marine life.

Whitewater Rafting:

People who love to enjoy water sports, they ca enjoy some of the world’s best white water rafting in Costa Rica. With a group you can go for a rafting trips to the nearby Rio Savegre or the Rio Naranjo, the more exciting of the two. During this trip you will enjoy experiencing a thrilling adventure.

Canopy Safari Manuel Antonio:

People who love adventure activities, they will enjoy streaking along a canopy zip line high above the rainforest. If you go for a trip to the Canopy Safari, you will also enjoy an exciting tour through a butterfly garden.

Manuel Antonio Mangrove Kayak Tour:

Outside of Manuel Antonio within fifteen minutes distance there is the Damas Island ideal for enjoying a Kayak tour. There through protected inland waters you can enjoy Kayaking as well as exploring coastal mangrove areas. While kayaking you can also enjoy discovering different species of wild animals within the mangrove forests.

Manuel Antonio Catamaran Tour:

You can go for Morning or Afternoon-Sunset tour by a Catamaran. If you choose day tour, you can enjoy a BBQ lunch on the board. In the evening time when sun winds down, this Catamaron sailing tour is also enjoyable. During this tour you can enjoy watching beautiful rugged coast in the fresh, breezy sea air. If you are lucky enough you might also see dolphins and whales. You can also enjoy a fun water slide and an opportunity for snorkeling.

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