Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip from San Jose

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Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip from San Jose
from USD $148.50
Spend a day exploring one of Costa Rica's most beautiful attractions on a guided full day tour from San Jose. Visit Manuel Antonio National Park, a stunning combination of beach, tropical forest and beautiful wildlife, and enjoy the scenic landscape. You can hike, join a nature walk on the park’s trails, or just relax on the beach!
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In Brief

San José, Costa Rica
Costa Rica
12 hours

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Gray Line Costa Rica, La Uruca, San Jose 10110 Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park is considered one of the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica. It features a beach of crystal-clear waters with coral reefs and is bordered by exuberant tropical vegetation and rainforests. Its beaches are considered among the best in the country, with great snorkeling and the surfing spots.

Enjoy a drive along the Pacific coastline and enjoy scenic views on the way to Manuel Antonio National Park. Travel past photogenic villages along the coast until you reach the port of Quepos and the park.

Since the park is closed to vehicles, you can hike to the preserve. Relax and enjoy the beach, sunbathe or join a nature walk along the trails and observe the park's abundant flora and fauna. Spot monkeys, iguanas, birds and possibly even the famous three-toed sloth! Hike up toward Cathedral Point to enjoy spectacular views of the park and Pacific.

Enjoy a perfect sunset on a scenic drive back to your San Jose hotel

Stop At: Manuel Antonio National Park, Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park is considered one of the most beautiful parks in Costa Rica. On this tour, you will visit pristine beaches, with coral reefs, bordered by exuberant vegetation and the natural wonders of the tropical rainforest. The beaches in Manuel Antonio are highly coveted as some of the best that Costa Rica has to offer.

On the way to Manuel Antonio National Park, you will travel along the coastline enjoying scenic views, including African palm plantations. You will also travel past small villages along the Pacific Coast, until you reach the port of Quepos and the ultimately the National Park.

Since access to the park itself is closed to vehicles, you will hike to the preserve, crossing a creek. Once in the park, you can simply relax and enjoy the beach, sunbathe, or hike through the park’s trails, which will allow you to observe Manuel Antonio’s abundant flora and fauna. Several species of monkeys, iguanas, birds and possibly even the three-toed sloth can be seen.

If you chose to hike the trail to Cathedral Point, do not forget your camera; the views of the park and the sea are simply spectacular!

Duration: 3 hours


  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Manuel Antonio National Park


  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Departure Point

San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from all hotels in Central San José

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • A minimum of two passengers are required for the tour to commence. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

We had a SUPER day trip with our guide Alex. It is a very long day ...7am till close to 9pm but packs in so much. The tour starts and finishes with hotel pick up/drop off in San Jose. A straight drive to Arnel Volcano would be 3 to 4 hours but we did a variety of things on the way to break up the journey and make it very interesting. We visited a coffee plantation, stopped for a mid morning snack and to see birds close up, saw a variety of waterfalls and a nice lunch. We choose to do zipp lining which lasted 1.5 hours and had 9 lines through the rain forest..... our first time doing this and not to be missed. We finished with about 1.5 hours at a hot spring. Then it was the long drive back to San Jose with a stop for dinner on the way.
• Submitted 03 Feb 2020
Our tour guide and our driver were so nice and informative. The sights were beautiful and we saw so many sloths and monkeys! Overall an awesome time. Highly recommend!
• Submitted 18 Dec 2019
The only hard part for me was finding the nearest major hotel to be picked up from, but once I got there it was pura vida all day! We stopped for a pleasant breakfast (gallo pinto, scrambled eggs, toast with cheese, fresh fruit, sausage, plantains, coffee, and fruit juice), and looked at the iguanas wandering around. We walked over the crocodile bridge and saw about 7 saltwater crocodiles basking in the sun. We stopped to look at souvenirs (I had bought the same things the previous day at the San Jose Artisans' Market for much cheaper). When we got to the national park, we were given a little mini lunch (ham and cheese sandwich, apple, and a bottle of water). We were then given about 3 hours to explore the national park, and told where to meet after that. Our guide went in with us, walked us to the beach, talked about a few different trails, and then let us wander. I saw howler monkeys, capuchins, coati, agouti, a few types of crab, a vulture, and lots of iguanas. I took the Cathedral Trail, which is a little loop made up almost entirely of very steep steps. I had time after that to walk along the beach and get my feet wet (it's a beautiful beach, and perfect for swimming), then to dry off and walk back, and I still had time to browse the souvenir stands outside the park and walk along the main street for a while. We were given a few choices for dinner: I ordered the paella, which was delicious and filling, with lots of seafood in it. It came with fries and vegetables, soup, and a little ice cream cake sandwich thing for dessert. Drinks are also included. After that we drove back to San Jose (with one bathroom break), and were dropped off at our hotels again. I had been looking forward to this since I got to Costa Rica, and I wasn't disappointed! The tour guide Eric was very knowledgeable, and repeated everything in both English and Spanish. The driver Aaron was safe and friendly.
• Submitted 04 Nov 2019
This was a great tour, our tourguide Antonio was very kind and friendly. He explained a lot about the tour and gave great information throughout the day. The beach was absolutely amazing and beautiful, great walking trails and we got to see so many beautiful wild animals. Breakfast and Lunch were awesome!! I definitely recommend this tour!!
• Submitted 30 Sep 2019
Manuel Antonio is a huge natural park. The walk from the entrance to the beach takes approximately 30 minutes, and one is face to face with nature at every step. Go prepared to meet monkeys, deer, and an immense variety of plants, exotic flowers and insects. It is so worth it. The beach is beautiful. It is NOT the white sand beach without waves that it seems, but it is nice enough to spend a happy day in contact with nature. The tour organizer was on time, the bus although small had enough space for everyone. The guide was very pleasant and provided us with many details along the way. The tour starts at 6 am and we were back around 8:30 pm. Take this detail into account if you travel with small children. Worth it. The tour operator has everything planned, I recommend it.
• Submitted 17 Jul 2019
Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Plenty sights of wildlife and beautiful scenery. I would definitely recommend this day trip excursion to others
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Jonathan was a great tour guide and safe driver. Beautiful park...beach was by far the highlight of this excursion.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
My trip to Manuel Antonio Park was phenomenal! I was picked up at my hotel in San Jose at the precise time I was told I’d be picked up. The tour-guide and the bus driver were both very informative, friendly and funny. I was able to see 3 sloths along the path to the beach then, once at the beach, I saw several monkeys, raccoons and other wildlife. The beach and the surrounding rainforest were astonishingly beautiful, I didn’t want to leave! At the end of the tour we went to a restaurant with some of the best food I have ever had, this is not an exaggeration! The food was incredibly good! I’ll definitely be returning and I really hope I have the exact same tour-guide again. He made the trip amazing!
• Submitted 11 Jul 2018
I enjoyed this tour a lot given that Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the best places to visit in Costa Rica. The tour is highly recommended especially if you are pressed for time. Normally, it takes at least two days to visit Manuel Antonio. Since I am from the Philippines with more stunning beaches, I just went trekking at the National Park. I took all three major trails and leisurely walked for around four hours. It's a different experience because you get to see monkeys, sloths, raccoons and other animals along the trail. The guide was also informative and entertaining!
• Submitted 02 May 2018
Great trip to a truly beautiful beach. We had a fantastic tour guide - Jose, who took great care of the whole group even though we all were interested in different things. Wonderful breakfast and lunch and the National Park has so much to offer.
• Submitted 03 Apr 2018
Very long day of driving, but the stops along the way were well selected.
• Submitted 26 Mar 2018
Although this tour starts out very early in the morning it is well worth it! The drive is long but hey, I wanted to see Costa Rica and our tour guide, Carlos was very informative. About an hour in, we stopped for breakfast, which was very tasty and well prepared. After that we drove another 30/40 minutes or so and stopped a local gift shop. It was reasonably priced items and well worth stopping for. We proceeded to the park and they stopped by a beautiful scenic view to take pictures. When we got to the park, they gave us a very good small sub sandwich and water. Then he gave us the options of going directly to the beach or take the rain tour and then go to the beach. I opted for the tour as I live by the beach back home. It was very informative and he was definitely on the lookout for any animals. We actually didn't see any monkeys until we got to the beach, their home. LOL Carlos also told us about the 3 point look out which you could go up to see and it is definitely a hike up, so be prepared. Now here is where we encountered those lil spider monkeys. Try not to be afraid of them although they seem aggressive. The points were a beautiful spot to take pictures of the ocean. Once we made it back down, we decided to lay out at the beach. Well this is where those monkeys get aggressive. I didn't have any food in my bag however, I had pulled my towel partially out of my bag. My friend was watching my bag, so she had her back against the trees, well one came up and started to grab my stuff. She ran away and another person on the beach shewed him away. So we moved further down the beach thinking if we were away from the closes part of the forest, they would leave us alone. Well they did but then we had an encounter with 3 raccoons. They are easily shewed away if you are aggressive with them. After our beach time was over, we went back to the restaurant where we were served a delicious lunch which we had great options prior, to choose from. The service was impeccable and with the cost of the tour, it was surely every pennies worth. I highly recommend this tour and just be prepared, it is a long day. We were lucky that it was during the week and the traffic wasn't as bad. They did say it has sometimes taken twice the amount of time to get back due to the high volume of traffic and the day of the week.
• Submitted 14 Mar 2018
Excellent. Very enjoyable trip. The bus was comfortable and air-conditioned. We were given the choice of walking through the forest before spending a few hours on the beach or walking straight through to the beach for those wanting to spend more time on the beach. We started with breakfast then a snack before the walk in the forest and lunch after the beach and before heading back to the hotels.
• Submitted 27 Feb 2018
The park was amazing! Be prepared for challenging walking elevations, even to and from the beach. There are many path options to walk, or enjoy several beaches. The main beach is definitely the best! There are many animals to watch and they are very friendly. Keep an eye out for raccoons and iguanas. We considered staying in Jaco, but instead settled on taking several day trips from San Jose. This was worth it! It was a full day, but there were meals included. They are very accommodating and picked us up from our hotel in Escazu.
• Submitted 25 Feb 2018
Manuel Antonio National Park is a must see in Costa Rica. It is simply beautiful. Whether you want to relax on a great beach or trek one of the many trails in the area and observe the wildlife it is a great place. You will likely see a wide variety of Costa Rica animals such as iguanas, monkeys, sloths, and frogs, plus an array of beautiful Pacific Coast landscapes and crystal clear water to swim in. This tour is highly recommended!!!
• Submitted 11 Feb 2018
The tour guide Carlos was amazing. I've done many day trips tours in different countries, and Carlos was probably the best guide I've ever had. He explained the itinerary/time frames very clearly and repeatedly. He was very knowledgeable of the flora and fauna and really took the time to explain things. We saw an abundance of animals-- crocodiles, three species of monkeys, deer, several sloths, scarlet macaws on the pacific coast highway, rainbow crabs, etc. The beach was beautiful. This tour was an incredible experience.
• Submitted 20 Jan 2018
I highly recommend this trip! Food was amazing, beach was amazing, tour guide/group were amazing. Everything about this trip was amazing. Just what I needed!!!!!
• Submitted 28 Nov 2017
I love it. The beach was warm and amazing. The food was delicious. It was such a long day but worth it.
• Submitted 24 Sep 2017
The best .
• Submitted 16 Sep 2017
This tour was GREAT. Small group, guide spoke in English and Spanish or sometimes Spanish then English. Very friendly, very knowledgeable. We stopped at a rest stop that had gifts for a bathroom break, then at a nice place for a buffet breakfast. The guide made sure to keep track of everyone. Made sure we understood what our schedule would be and of course answered our questions thoroughly. Breakfast consisted of pinto beans and rice, eggs, juice, coffee. You can buy water, soda or snacks even gifts before you head down the trail to see the alligators. Then back on the bus, when you hit town, he again explains everything and makes sure you get your packed lunch which was a sandwich, fruit and water. Then you walk to the park. You can either follow the guide or venture out on your own and do whatever you please. You are told at least 3 times what time and where to meet for a late meal which you fill out a form along the way and choose from salad, chicken, fish, steak. This is a sit down, served FULL meal. You get wine or beer, coffee, soda and a full course meal. The food was delicious. The park is amazing. The animals are incredible. Monkeys, crabs, raccoons, sloths, birds. Its a big place, not really crowded, unless animals are near by. The water was a little rough the day I was there, I didn't swim. I did wade in to cool down. It rained a little, but nothing that was awful until we were sitting down to eat. Its a lot of walking unless you simply sit on the beach. The cathedral climb is not for those that cant handle lots of steps.It was a moderate hike up and hard on the knees on the way down. Paths are clearly marked. I would recommend this trip, not sure small children would enjoy it. And for older people, skip the cathedral climb and the rest of the paths are easy to walk. It wasn't so much hot as it was humid, make sure you bring lots of water!!
• Submitted 03 Jun 2017
A great day trip and orientation to Costa Rica. Meals were great, the park was beautiful, fantastic scenery and warm water for my swim! Our guide George and driver Paulo were excellent. I particularly enjoyed learning more about Costa Rica through George's narrative. Its a lot of driving but well worth it.
• Submitted 29 Aug 2016
The tour was excellent. Maria, our guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful throughout the tour. The breakfast and lunch also were excellent. We saw many beautiful things in the national park including lots of monkeys!
• Submitted 27 Jul 2016
Long drive, but awesome park.
• Submitted 22 Jul 2016
Very nice trip from morning to night, including breakfast and lunch at a nice reserve barely seen except for some animals monkeys and the guide was fine
• Submitted 25 Jul 2016

In Brief

San José, Costa Rica
Costa Rica
12 hours

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday