The village of Manuel Antonio was once a quiet, tiny village until the popularity of the nearby Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio developed to the point that it became one of Costa Rica's most visited national parks. Today, the village of Manuel Antonio is now a tourist haven with an excellent array of exclusive hotels and popular restaurants. With no accommodation on offer in the park itself, the village of Manuel Antonio serves as the ideal base to explore the tropical forests and idyllic beaches protected by the park.
The road to Manuel Antonio is lined with hotels, many of which take advantage of the steep slopes lining the roads, offering magnificent panoramic views out to the Pacific Ocean. Lodging options can also be found on the beaches around Manuel Antonio, including the popular Playa Espadilla, a long curve of smooth sand where the sun sets in spectacular fashion at the end of the day.
Outside of the park, and easily arranged in the village of Manuel Antonio, are a number of available outdoor activities. Local surf schools organise surfing lessons on the beaches surrounding the village whilst for nature lover's dolphin and whale-watching cruises are available. Starlight sailing cruises are also available. For those who prefer terra firma, local-run stables offer horse riding excursions through the rainforest.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Manuel Antonio, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Central America