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“Amazing!”

Manuel Antonio National Park
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Owner description: Monkeys, sloths, frogs, and many species of birds call Manuel Antonio National Park their home, so bring your camera for unforgettable wildlife photographs. The park also contains beautiful beaches that offer kayaking, snorkeling, and surfing. Feeling more adventurous? Try rappelling down a waterfall or eating a termite—one TripAdvisor traveler reports they taste like ginger.
Reviewed 2 April 2018

We did not hire a guide and didn't have any trouble finding lots of animals. We appreciated being able to move about the park at our own pace and enjoyed the beaches immensely!

Thank Joannecalder
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

I was thoroughly disappointed with Manuel Antonio National Park. Costa Rica's other national parks, in particular Tortuguero, Arenal and Braulio Carillo, are all superb: they are untamed areas of natural beauty, with minimal human interference and a huge amount of care and respect for the flora and fauna within.

Not so at Manuel Antonio. Clearly, the Pacific coast of Costa Rica is much more commercialised, but this is something else entirely.

Our guide book - admittedly a couple of years old - said that guest numbers were limited to 600 at a time to protect the park. We saw no evidence of this, as hundreds and hundreds swarmed into the park and crowded the paths and trails. In brazen defiance of the park rules, people fed the monkeys with fruit and snacks; it was heartbreaking to watch a park warden have to go and retrieve food and drink packaging from the monkeys for their own safety. It seems that ironically, by cramming as many people of possible into such a small area, this park is actually harming the animals (e.g. the monkeys becoming dependent on humans feeding them).

I sincerely hope that the profits from Manual Antonio National Park (and from the number of visitors we saw, they must make a lot) are reinvested in all of the other national parks in Costa Rica, because they are vastly superior and do great work. I hope that Manuel Antonio is the sacrificial lamb that soaks up the hordes of tourists looking for a quick sighting of a sloth and nothing more.

Positives: You will definitely see a sloth, white-faced monkeys (White-Headed Capuchins) and an iguana. The money made might help support worthwhile projects elsewhere.

Negatives: Guides are disinterested; park is overcrowded; the presence of so many people seems to actively harm the environment.

Don't go. Go to any other national park in Costa Rica and see the real wilderness with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. You will see more and get much more out of it. Costa Rica has such incredible biodiversity and beautiful landscapes - go and see them anywhere but here. It will be worth it.

Thank emmawhite23
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

We had a private tour which I would recommend. Don't bother going without a guide unless you have guide experience yourself! We saw so much more because of our guide. It was a bit busy...but it was also March!

Thank Kelly H
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Hotel Plaza Yara arranged for Roger to guide us through the park. He was exceptionally knowledgeable and able to spot what we would not have seen otherwise.

Thank sheriawm
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Costa Rica is a beautiful country. Without any doubt. Its diversity of landscapes, ecosystems and environments make this country unique. In my 10 days trip I visited Tamarindo, Volcán Arenal, Volcán Tenorio and Manuel Antonio; and other several spots in the routes. However, Manuel Antonio will claim the prize as my favourite destination in Costa Rica. Although, it’s very crowded - I went in Semana Santa (Holy week), when most people enjoy days off of work and schools- Manuel Antonio offers a stunning landscape of forest and sea, animals (I saw several species inside the park) and demanding but magnificent trails.
I recommend to go early in the morning, when you can have enough time to do the trails and then enjoy the beaches before everybody get in (around 10:00 am). I did it after lunch but it wasn’t a good idea after all because I only got the chance to enjoy just one Beach (Gemelas Beach) because I spent most of the time doing the trails and park closed at 4:00 pm.
If you are driving there are several options for parking but as it is a crowded place, you should expect some backlogs because of the people walking towards the park and cars trying to get a parking lot.
Outside, there’s a big beach (Espadilla), and a few kilometers away but still in the area you could find Beazans and Playita. All of them absolutely beautiful.
The place has a special energy. Come prepared to enjoy it.

Thank Jose C
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