Manuel Antonio National Park

If you are staying in the Uvita area for a couple of days and are looking for something fun to do, then head to Manuel Antonio National Park. Although Manuel Antonio is the country’s smallest national park; it is one of Costa Rica’s most popular national parks, due to the exotic animals it inhabits and the beautiful white sand beaches. The park is easy to reach just south of Quepos on the Pacific Coast, and about 132 km from San Jose. There is also a good selection of hotels and restaurants close to the park.

Manuel Antonio’s main objective is to provide their guest with a unique activity and ecological experience while also providing aid in the preservation of the world’s endangered rain forest.

What to do?

If you visit Manuel Antonio you will be able to see abundant diversity of 109 species of mammals and 184 of birds that live in the park. You may also be able to watch as whales and dolphins migrate through the waters.

There are also adventure tours such as:

  • Zip Lining
  • Waterfall repelling
  • Tubing the river
  • White water rafting
  • Hang out at the beach


The admission fee is $16; children under 12 are free for admission. While guided tours are available for $51 for adults and $35 for children, and private tours are $71 for adults and $55 for children. Keep in mind that Manuel Antonio is closed on Mondays.


Manuel Antonio is one of the most visited and touristic national parks of the country; it is worth to see its colorful, stunning diversity of flora and fauna and to enjoy a relaxing day at its beautiful beaches.