Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park

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If you imagine Costa Rica to be a paradise of pristine beaches, exotic flowers, thick rainforests, and crystal-clear waters, where monkeys and sloths and scarlet macaws frolic freely, then you have Manuel Antonio National Park in mind.

The smallest national park in the country, this is also the most visited — a true paradise for beach-goers and nature lovers, where emerald rainforest spills into the turquoise sea.

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  • Monteverde

    Monteverde

    Boasting an incredible ecosystem and home to approximately 5% of the planet’s total bird species, 130 mammal species and more than 3,000 plants, the cloud forests of Monteverde are a nature lover’s dream...Read more
  • Cerro Arenal Volcano

    Cerro Arenal Volcano

    For several decades, the Cerro Arenal Volcano was the most active in Costa Rica, spewing molten lava and red hot boulders into the surrounding darkness...Read more
  • Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

    Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

    Once a sleepy backwater surfing town, Puerto Viejo has become a stop-off for travellers looking to party...Read more
  • Guanacaste

    Guanacaste

    Once part of Nicaragua, Guanacaste in Costa Rica’s northwest is home to some of the country’s most beautiful beaches...Read more
  • Cocos Island

    Cocos Island

    The uninhabited Cocos Island is known as one of the world’s best scuba diving destinations...Read more
  • San Jose

    San Jose

    At first glance, San Jose might not seem like the prettiest of cities but delve a little deeper into the colonial mansions of Barrio Amon, the restaurants of Barrio Escalante and the many live music clubs, and you’ll soon uncover the beating cultural heart of Costa Rica’s capital...Read more
  • Tortuguero

    Tortuguero

    Impossible to reach by car, Tortuguero on the north east coast of Costa Rica can only be accessed by boat...Read more

Costa Rica Wildlife Adventure

National parks, cloud forests and turtles
Approx. 13 days
San Jose (1 days) → Tortuguero (2) → Cerro Arenal Volcano (3) → Monteverde (3) → Manuel Antonio National Park (3) → San Jose (2)
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Ultimate Costa Rica Adventure

Wildlife, beaches and rainforests
Approx. 15 days
San Jose (1 days) → Manuel Antonio National Park (2) → Monteverde (2) → Cerro Arenal Volcano (5) → Tortuguero (2) → Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (2) → San Jose (2)
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Things to do in Manuel Antonio National Park

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Visit Ballena National Marine Park
Manuel Antonio National Park

Visit Ballena National Marine Park

Named after the humpback whales that migrate to the region each year, Ballena National Marine Park is the perfect place to see sea birds, dolphins, turtles – and the afore-mentioned whales.

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