Manuel Antonio Journals

Beaches and Monkeys in Manuel Antonio

A July 1999 trip to Manuel Antonio by serandal

Quote: Visiting the town of Quepos and Manuel Antonio Park is a total experience. Beaches, jungle, and adventure tours as well as language schools and many hotels and restaurants line the winding road from Quepos to the park.

Beaches and Monkeys in Manuel Antonio

Overview

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The highlight of visiting the park is seeing the wild animals - monkeys, sloths, coatimundis, etc. If you get tired of hiking, you can quickly come out of the rainforest and swim in one of five beautiful beaches. Make sure you ask the locals which water is safe to swim in - there are dangerous rip-tides in some. Quick Tips: Visit in the summer during the rainy season. Prices are cheaper and there is good availability at the hotels. It only rains part of the day. I have been to Costa Rica six times and the rain has never spoiled my fun. It cools things off!The small village at the entrance to Manuel Antonio Park has cheaper restaurants and hotels. The entrance fee varies over the years - la...Read More

Hotel Plinio

Hotel

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I have been to Manual Antonio at least five times and I have always stayed at the Hotel Plinio. As you walk up to the hotel you hear an incredible noise. It is the tree frogs. It sounds unreal. The hotel is nestled in the trees and looks like a tree house.The rooms are adequate, a little stuffy at times. Some have fans and some have air conditioning. Not well lit. Hammocks outside the rooms, which are fun to relax in. There is a nice swimming pool and a really nice restaurant. Prices are lower during the summer months.A real asset is that there is a trail around the hotel. If you don't feel like making the trek to the park, you can follow the trail. I have always seen the poisonous toads (mu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 16, 2002

Hotel Plinio
Manuel Antonio
Quepos, Costa Rica
(506) 777-0055

Hotel Plinio

Restaurant

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You feel like you are eating in a tree house. The restaurant is up a flight of stairs. Tree frogs sound like drums. There are tropical plants all around. Food is terrific. Specials every night - chowders, Italian, and German specialties. Wonderful salads. There are vegetarian entrees. The owners are German and are very friendly.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 16, 2002

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There is a visitor center just before the entrance to Manuel Antonio. Drinking water is also available outside, as well as several inexpensive restaurants. The park is open from 7am until 4pm. You can walk in earlier and then pay on your way out.There are five beaches, Playa Espadilla is outside the park. Playa Espadilla Sur is the second beach, Playa Manuel Antonio is the third, Playa Escondido is the fourth (quite a walk in the heat, leave time) and Playita is the fifth. The entrance fee varies. Once I paid 12 dollars. The last time I went it was six. Costa Rican nationals pay less. You must wade across the estuary to enter the park. You can do it at low tide. If you leave in the afternoon around...Read More