Manuel Antonio National Park Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park

The Manuel Antonio National Park is considered to be one of Costa Rica's most popular national parks. Hosting an array of gorgeous beaches along with a diverse community of flora and fauna, the park is a must for any eco-curious traveler.

Located just south of Jaco along the pacific coastal highway, Manuel Antonio is a highly accessible destination. Its convenient location does not damper the ecological treasure it holds though. The park has an intricate system of hiking trails that allow visitors access to many different parts of its rainforest-covered landscape. Though it is Costa Rica's smallest national park, Manuel Antonio is a must for any traveler with an eco-conscience agenda.

Manuel Antonio National Park was created in 1972 when the area of land, that is now the park, was saved from being turned into a resort by various local eco-friendly interest and lobbyist groups. Since then, the park has become a popular destination for its picture-perfect beaches and its diverse ecology alike. At one point the park started to become overcrowded, but this was alleviated when park officials decided to enact a maximum number of visitors who would be allowed into the park each day.

The park offers many adventure opportunities for visitors. There are surf shops offering rental boards for use on the local beaches, as well as providing lessons for beginning surfers. There are local guide outfits that provide sunset sailing tours, along with local dive centres that give lessons and guide clientele to some of the most inaccessible yet pristinely beautiful places on planet earth.

The area offers visitors more than just eco-adventures; it also hosts a series of bars and nightclubs. The nightlife at Manuel Antonio can accommodate to anyone's social interest. Whether you are looking to be a party animal at one of the local discos or you are looking to have a good conversation over a couple of drinks, you will be able to find it at Manuel Antonio.

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