Located on the central pacific coast in the Province of Puntarenas, Manuel Antonio National Park is the smallest park in the system yet one of the most beautiful. It features a combination of picture perfect tropical beaches, lush rainforest growing to the beach edge, and abundant wildlife. Here squirrel monkeys, sloths, black iguanas, basilisk lizards, and white-faced monkeys are common. Bring your camera and enjoy your own photo adventure! Accustomed to people, the monkeys and iguanas can be photographed just a few feet away!

Forest trails in the park allow you to explore and lead to overlooks that have commanding vistas of the Pacific Ocean. On the third beach in the park, a natural harbor protects the beach from strong currents, enabling bathers to enjoy the warm waters peacefully. Sport fishing charters are available in the nearby town of Quepos.

There are many other optional activities available in the area including sea kayaking, dolphin tours, horseback riding, and canopy tours.

Recommended hotels :

Arenas del Mar, Parador, and Si Como No.

One Day trips:

Damas Island Boat Tour,Canopy Safary, Rafting Savegre River Class III, Carara National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park, Outriggers Kayak Tour, Tarcoles River Boat Tour, Waterfall Canopy Tour

Some 30 miles further south on a brand new highway is Dominical. This town is the starting point for sport fishing, whale and dolphin watching, snorkeling and diving tours, rainforest tours and more. Although the waves are rough off the area beaches making casual swimming difficult, this area is well-known for its outstanding surfing. Need to brush up on your technique? Surfing lessons are available from several area pros!

Manuel Antonio & Dominical Highlights

Gray-necked Wood-Rail, Baird´s Trogon, Violaceous Trogon, Golden-naped Woodpecker, White Hawk, King Vulture, Roadside Hawk, Orange-collared Manakin, Chesnut-backed Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Black-hooded Antshrike, Fiery-billed Aracari, Rufous Piha, Chesnut-mandibled Toucan.

Other animals that may be seen in their natural habitat are: Titi or Squirrel Monkey, White-faced Capuchins and Howlers monkeys, Three-toed Sloth and Two-toed Sloth, Tamandua Anteater, Agouties, Coatis, Northern Raccon.

Among reptiles and amphibians: Basilisk Lizard, Central American Whip-tailed Lizard, Boa Constrictor, Black Iguana and Green Iguana.