If you’re thinking of travelling to Costa Rica and you’re still not sure what to see in Costa Rica, we’d like to mention a unique destination in this Central American country. We’re referring to the Manuel Antonio National Park located on the Pacific coast. Now we’ll look at the issues related to this destination.
How to get to Manuel Antonio
You’ll arrive in San José by plane. Once there, you’ll want to go to the park. You can go by car, bus or even taxi. It’s best to rent a car to better manage your time and stay there as long as you see fit. Another alternative is to pay for a guided tour, which will take you to the park and bring you back safe and sound.
You can park your car in an official car park, called Coopealianza and located next to the park ticket office. Mind you, you’ll have to pay 6 USD to park. We emphasize that there is no free parking at the park, so you don’t fall for any scams.
Entrance to the park costs 16 USD.
What to take to Manuel Antonio
The first thing is water, an individual or shared bottle, and food to give you energy, as you may spend a large part of the day there. In addition, it’s worth mentioning that there are no food stands inside the park, so the first point is of the utmost importance. Remember that you should not feed the animals, because you can alter their routine and the ecosystem.
Also remember to bring mosquito repellent and suncream, because the sun usually shines very brightly on the coast.
What to see Manuel Antonio Park
Manuel Antonio has an impressive geography, made up of multiple inlets with white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. In addition, it has abundant vegetation, which makes its way between and over medium-sized mountains. This vegetation, that of a tropical rainforest, reaches the beaches and creates a foyer which further protects the private and unspoiled nature of the beaches.
As for the flora, it protects the primary forest and the secondary forest in the form of mangroves, beach vegetation, marine environments and a lagoon of more than 14 hectares. Among the most recognisable species of the park are the bully tree, the guácimo colorado, the white and black guapinol, the guanandi, the sura tree, the ceiba tree and the saman tree.
Mangroves cover about 18 hectares of land. They consist of three types: white, black and red mangrove. Coconut, almond and savanna oak trees stand out on the beach.
As for the fauna, it has a richness which is rarely seen. You can find 352 species of birds, 109 species of mammals and an incomparable marine fauna.
Among mammals there are two species of raccoons, Procyon lotor and Procyon cancrivorus; the coati, the agouti, the white-tailed deer; two species of sloths, the Bradypus variegatus, with two fingers, and the Choloepus Hoffmanni , with three fingers; and three species of monkeys: the marmoset, the whited-face and the howler monkey.
In addition to the flora and fauna, you’ll find a few exploration points, beaches and points, and the mouth of the Naranjo River. In detail, these places are:
– Rey Beach.
– The mouth of the Naranjo River.
– Mogote Island.
– Serrucho Point.
– Escondido Port.
– Manuel Antonio Beach.
– Catedral Point.
– Olocuitas, Gemelas and Verde Islands.
– Espadilla Sur Beach.
– Espadilla Norte Beach.
– Toro Amarillo Island.
– Quepos Point.
Manuel Antonio Park facilities
Due to the large influx of tourists, both domestic and foreign, the park has an infrastructure especially designed for the maintenance of the park, which was designed by bioclimatic architects Rafael Víquez and Ibo Bonilla. This structure was designed to be in harmony with nature, imitating the textures of its surroundings and with minimal visual and auditory contamination, following strict environmental care regulations.
In this infrastructure we find the Visitor Centre, Viewpoints, The House of the Park Ranger and a Master Plan of Trails. The latter covers from Catedral Point, through Espadilla Beach, Manuel Antonio Beach, Escondido Port, to the southern mangroves. In addition, it includes rest areas and areas for scientific research.
In fact, around the park there are shops to provide facilities to tourists, such as stalls with food typical of the region and international food. As well as accommodation for all tastes and budgets.
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Now that you’re so close to discovering this beautiful country of Central America, you have no excuse for not knowing what to see in Costa Rica, including the Manuel Antonio National Park located in the northern part of the Puntarenas province.