"Manuel Antonio National Park..." Manuel Antonio Tip by balieyes

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica: 36 reviews and 43 photos


After a 5 hour drive (oh, you preferred to take the 20 minute flight from San Jose for just $30? Okay?) we are in the Pacific Ocean. Isn?t it wonderful? The zoning laws here require all buildings to leave trees in place and to leave a buffer zone between the beach and the road. We know there are hotels and houses under those trees behind us, but it looks like a forest of palm trees. The left part of the photo shows where we will go next, to the Manuel Antonio beach park

Manuel Antonio National Park near Quepos on the Pacific Coast is a small
biological oasis with beautiful forest-backed tropical beaches, wonderful
ocean and island views as well as some fascinating wildlife. Knowing how
difficult it is to spot animals in thick forest areas I didn't expect to see
much and yet my main reason to go there was in the hope that I would
encounter the two-toed sloth. I wandered around for more than 4 hours until
my efforts were rewarded. Watching this animal climb amongst the branches
was amazing - every movement is well calculated, done in slow motion, time
almost comes to a standstill. I also saw white-faced capuchin monkeys and
racoons. At the end of the walk I enjoyed a few hours at one of the lovely
beaches where iguanas came to visit!

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  • Updated Jan 18, 2004
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