Traveling to Manuel Antonio – Costa Rica

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by Kim Photo

Everyone is drawn to Costa Rica and when your in Costa Rica one of the hot spots is Manuel Antonio.  The main beach you come to is Playa Espadillo Beach. Its a super busy beach with a variety of activities.

Umbrella and lounge chair rentals are available and you can be expected to be approached by friendly local gift and food vendors on occasion.

The waves on Playa Espadillo can be impressive and so can the strong currants at times. Be on your guard and watch your kids.

It’s great for basic surfing and boogie boarding and for an extra added safety measure the coast guard makes an occasional appearance patrolling the area which can give you a little piece of mind.

Manuel Antonio is a unique hot spot offering a variety of tours and relaxing fun.

In the late afternoons and early evenings Manuel Antonio tourists will be amused by the monkeys that come out to visit. Families of Spider monkeys, Capuchin and Howler monkeys are amongst them. They will be in the trees and streets, by the pools and on phone lines.  Its great entertainment and a great place for family fun.


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Manuel Antonio Beach is a smaller and more seclude beach. This beach is only accessible on foot by taking the trail from town through the Manuel Antonio National Park. There is a sizable incline walking out from Manuel Antonio Beach so I wouldn’t recommend the hike going down to the beach area for anyone with heart or health problems. Medical personal are far and few. The beach is heavily populated with Capuchin, squirrel monkeys, raccoons and coatimundis. If you have to take food I would only take snacks inside a back pack and secure it well or they will take the whole bag.  It is not recommend to touch or get to close to the animals they are wild but fun to watch.