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Apple Valley, Minnesota
January 20, 2006
From journal Manuel Antonio Beach and Park
Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
May 6, 2002
You can leave and return but be sure to keep your entrance ticket. There are two good restaurants right outside the Park. My Favorite is the Argentine Grill with 6 Computers lined up on one side and free live music at night.
From journal Costa Rica - First Adventure
April 1, 2008
From journal Magnificent Manuel Antonio
by Ben the Grate
April 2, 2003
Getting to the park involves either driving or taking the bus from San Jose (about $8). The express bus takes about 4-5 hours and leaves from Coca Cola Terminal around 7am. For the drivers, there is a parking area at the end of the road ($5, not very secure).
It can be confusing to find where the park entrance actually is. Walk down the steps and onto the beach, to your left. Where the rocky headland juts up to the right of a creek, you will find a trail that heads up over a short rise and down to the park entrance (not visible from the beach.)
$6 per person is charged (pay in U.S. or colones) per day for admission. Keep your ticket stub if you leave the park for lunch so you won't be charged upon return.
The park is CLOSED on Mondays! So don't go.
There is a quota of visitors to help keep the vegetation from being trampled, but it’s so generous they rarely exceed it. As this part of the country gets more rain than most of Costa Rica, expect it to be rainy any time of year.
Walk the main road past the beach and around to the second beach (Playa Tres). At the picnic area, monkeys sometimes gather for handouts (but don't feed them!). Playa Tres is one of the most beautiful beaches I've EVER seen anywhere. It's pretty small, hemmed in on both sides by jagged rocks, backed by thick rainforest, pale blonde sand, and blue water. Snorkeling is reputed to be good here, but I've always experienced poor visibility.
Passing the beach, turn left at the administrative center and stroll the park's dirt road. White-faced Capuchin monkeys tend to play in the trees near this junction.
Sendero Catarata (Waterfall Trail) is a great way to get rid of the crowds, but it is narrow, muddy, and slippery, and the small waterfall only runs in the wet season.
Playa Espedilla, at the end of a well-developed trail of about 2km, is also stunning, with far less people than Playa Tres.
The park closes for entry at 3pm. Everyone else seemed to leave by then, I just stayed at Playa Tres frolicking in the water and had the beach all to myself. I left at my leisure.
Visiting the national park midweek in rainy season will assure you more serenity, but will give you less chance of seeing monkeys, who hate the rain. Hiring a guide at the end of the road in the town of Manuel Antonio will help assure a sighting, and they bring large telescopes to bring the wildlife closer. It's nice if you have the $20 to spend.
From journal Costa Rica 101
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
August 23, 2002
The national park itself is phenominal and easy to trek. Do not spend all of your time on the main beach in the park. You will be missing EVERYTHING. Take the hikes and push yourself to do it all. Every one is rewarding and breathtakingly beautiful. Explore the shoreline and go into the park early - you'll have a better chance at seeing the animals then.
From journal Espanol-ing in Costa Rica
January 21, 2002
From journal A week in lush Costa Rica
March 29, 2001
The park is filled with a wide variety of birds, lizards, monkeys and frogs. The flora and fauna is spectacular with many very rare trees, flowers and plants. The orchids were blooming everywhere when we were there in February, which is the dry season. The park has markers by many of the plants giving information about them, which was very interesting. There were occasional bathhouses with toilets and changing rooms for the swimmers. Picnic tables and small huts that sold snacks and drinks were near the more popular swimming beaches. Be sure to take your camera because you will have many opportunities for spectacular photos. The day at the park was one I will remember always.
From journal Quepos, Off The Beaten Path
May 9, 2001
From journal Manuel Antonio
by unorthodox traveler
December 6, 2000
The trails wind through the forest, up to clifftops, and down to beaches..depending on the trail you take..you can walk through this forest in less than an hour or spend hours exploring these wonderful forests.
Along the trail, watch for bromeliads that cling to tree limbs, small crabs and iguanas. The place is full of white-faced monkeys as well as birds,squirrels and other creatures.
From journal Quepos...Home of Manuel Antonio Park
by Travelin Fools
November 11, 2000
From journal Costa Rican Odyssey