Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Manuel Antonio
4.5
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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One of Costa Rica's most popular beaches, Playa Manuel Antonio frequently hosts parties and festivals, and it is an ideal destination for avid surfers.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • collette
    Leatherhead, United Kingdom18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely beach but busy
    Whilst this is a lovely beach because it is so popular it has pushed prices up in restaurants etc compared to other resorts. The beach person wanted to charge 10,000 for 2 beds and an umbrella but we got him down to 5.000 by saying we were only staying a few hours. We ate at Bora and the food was nice with large portions We did get fed up by constantly being hassled by traders on the beach and in the restaurant
    Visited March 2023
    Written 11 March 2023
  • GarbenK
    Council Bluffs, Iowa288 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Beach
    This beach was our favorite in the area. It was very clean, the water was calm, and the setting was amazing. This beach is located inside Manuel Antonio National Park, so it can get busy when the tours of the park end. There are changing areas fairly close to the beach where you can change and shower off to remove sand, etc.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 11 March 2023
  • betteskid
    Boston, Massachusetts1,355 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful beach - great to visit
    We came to this beach while we were visiting Manuel Antonio National Park. The sandy shoreline was matched by a sandy bottom in the water. The water was clear and warm the day we were there and the surroundings were lovely. There are changing rooms on the paths leading to the beach, making it easy to get into and out of your bathing suit. This is a wonderful way to relax. Sunscreen is a good idea although there is some shade on the beach.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 10 April 2023
  • tmb
    Virginia2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ronald’s Beach Rental
    Manuel Antonio Beach has all kinds of life! Many people offer you umbrellas, food, goods, and services. The beach is beautiful, but it can be overwhelming being approached by so many people. I was there with my two daughters, and we ended up using Ronald ‘s Beach rentals. Ronald was a middle-age men who helped us understand the ins and outs of the area and took great care of us so we went to the same spot on the beach every day.! His service made our stay safe and made the water and the beautiful scenery that much more enjoyable!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 15 April 2023
  • Vincent M
    Chatham, New Jersey137 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely beach, hike needs a guide
    Go with a guide in order to be able to spot the wildlife. Otherwise, this is just a place to walk to a pretty beach. I don't know why people spend the entrance fee and hike to the beach - there are plenty of nice beaches in Costa Rica that are nice. We came for the flora and fauna, and found more with a guided trip.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 17 April 2023
  • KD0608
    New Jersey157 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous Unspoiled beauty
    Definitely worth a trip! MAKE SURE you book your tickets early. they were sold out the day we went and we have to then book a tour. The top r was great and we actually saw so. much more than we expected, however with last minute bookings I think you get ripped off! Learn from our mistake - but go and take a tour if you want to see the animals!
    Visited May 2023
    Written 22 May 2023
  • Sarah P
    Albuquerque, New Mexico14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our favorite beach in the area
    This beach is inside the national park and faces away from the town. It’s a gorgeous little bay with white sand and gentle waves. We entered the park at 8am and headed straight to the beach. My kids (6&9) were over the wildlife tours by this point in our trip so we didn’t hire a guide, just walked the trail to the beach. It’s about a 20-30 min walk on your own but more like an hour to hour and a half with a guide. We arrive at the beach around 845 (bathroom breaks) and stayed till noon. We had the beach to ourselves till around 10am when tours from the 8am entry started arriving. It was lovely. There were white faced monkeys hanging out on the path that runs along the beach and we saw a howler or 2 along the beach path leading back to the entrance when we left. We brought water in our reusable bottles and fruit in a Tupperware our hotel provided us.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 June 2023
  • Lady_M
    Milpitas, California19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great beach
    We took a swim after our morning guided hike. Water was warm and quite calm. Our guide warned us not to leave anything shiny out so as to avoid mischievous monkeys getting into our things. Lots of people there. Convenient showers, changing room, and restrooms.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 June 2023
  • MarthaE
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Espectacular beach!
    One of my favorites beaches in Costa Rica! Manuela Antonio beach has so much to offer! Warm water, big waves, food, drinks, parasail, jet ski, banana boat (tube), horses, kayaks and I’m sure I’m forgetting some, or you can just relax and lay down while spotting monkeys, birds, crabs, iguanas, there are taxis right there at the main street, bus stop or bring your own car, you can go shopping, restaurantes and bar right there too, is better go during the day, the markets (clothes) leave at 5pm, we love our day time, we came back at night and didn’t find to much to do, in my opinion it’s a day time activity, enjoy it!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Juliana
    Calgary, Canada4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best beach in the world.
    I’ve been to beaches in Greece, Brazil, Hawaii…. This is probably the top beach I’ve ever been. Warm water, perfect waves, natural flora, all sand…. Couldn’t get enough!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 December 2023
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Rainee E
Seattle, WA50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Beautiful beach and not over crowded. We took the inexpensive city bus from our hotel to the park, which removed the frustration of parking fees and traffic. We had a park reservation in advance. We didn’t know that you can’t bring plastic drink bottles into the park, so had to quickly drink those and put into recycle bin. I recommend bringing your own reusable drink bottle. We walked through the park for about 25 minutes to the beach. Pretty easy walk and saw Capuchine monkeys along the way, including one carrying a tiny baby on her back. There were a couple of monkeys trying to get into people’s belongings under the trees. Nearby people shooed them away.
Written 3 March 2024
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kennison family vacation
Miami Beach, FL11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Beautiful beach w clean water and great views of the islands. Great little restaurants too. Plenty of activities like parasailing, surfing, jet skies, kayaks.
Written 1 March 2024
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Rob S
Bournemouth, UK7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Stayed at Coste Verde Hotel which was excellent and meant we could walk to the beach, the view of the bay from the hotel pool was stunning. There are a few good places to eat in Manuel Antonio but nothing special. The park is very very overcrowded compared to many others we went to like Corvacado (awesome), Tortuguero, Monteverde, Arenal, San Gerado, etc. You can see some wildlife but it is difficult on the main tourist track compared to lots of other places in Costa Rica with lots of people screaming, "I saw a bird." The Playa/beach just made top 20 on best beaches in the world on Tripadvisor, which in my humble opinion it is nowhere near. Its a very good beach, but I've been to many better that don't get a mention. It was overcrowded first week of Feb 2024, so if you are driving get there early to park.
Written 23 February 2024
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greeny76
Chepstow, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
February is really busy. Book at least a week ahead if you want to go around without a guide. More expensive guided tickets are available at shorter notice. If you can bear crowds, the wildlife is amazing - so much to see. Other parks are cheaper and much less busy.
Written 19 February 2024
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Ramil
Houston, TX348 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
4 stars just because it was so busy you could hardly find a place to lay down, otherwise excellent beach at the end of the park.
Written 30 January 2024
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worldsmymuse
Chicago, IL318 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
What a lovely cove beach with sand a long way out and warm water. Not too crowded. A beautiful place to spend the day! Toward the edges there are rocks with black crabs and tidal pools. Watch the tide if you cross these to the beach on the other side.
Written 14 January 2024
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Marlène
Venelles, France4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We were there during the winter break and this was Sooo crowded. Not a little bit busy..it was like a shopping mall on black Friday. Seriously...groups of 10-15 folks were 3 feet apart most of the time. We did see sloths (mostly through the guide's binoculars) and monkeys. But we saw them just as well, if not better, on espadilla beach and in other areas. The beaches are really nice so that may be a good reason to go if you get decent price tickets. Otherwise don't fear of missing out.
Written 31 December 2023
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Juliana
Calgary, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I’ve been to beaches in Greece, Brazil, Hawaii…. This is probably the top beach I’ve ever been. Warm water, perfect waves, natural flora, all sand…. Couldn’t get enough!
Written 28 December 2023
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Trisha M
Edwardsburg, MI332 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
I’ve visited Costa Rica many times over the past 40 years and have always considered it one of the most beautiful places on earth. I’ve been wanting to visit Manuel Antonio for decades. Unfortunately the town is absolutely heartbreaking. It is the quintessential paradise destroyed. It’s not just me. I talked to a number of other women from the US and UK and we were all in agreement. The park may be great but the area around it is abysmal. This may be the place to visit if you are into tacky overdeveloped overcrowded destruction of a naturally beautiful place. But if you treasure natural beauty avoid Manuel Antonio because it will break your heart. I spoke to a number of locals who say they avoid Manuel Antonio like the plague. It is totally heartbreaking to see what greed and overdevelopment can do. Terribly sad and depressing place.
Written 25 November 2023
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Iana Todorovskaya
Cyprus2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
My husband and I did not have time to enter the park exactly 30 minutes. But we had already arrived and it was a shame to leave without visiting the park that we really wanted to see. In the end, we decided to sneak into the park illegally through the jungle!

DON'T DO THIS! THIS IS LIFE DANGEROUS.

There were very difficult climbs and descents. And the worst thing is that we came across a huge swarm of carrion wasps that were eating their prey at the foot of the tree. They attacked us and bit us. We ran as best we could, it was very scary. As a result, almost at sunset we came to the park, there were already few people, we swam in the ocean, enjoyed the sunset and met a lot of crabs and iguanas.

The park is small but beautiful, you could hear the birds, even though it was already raining.
Written 8 November 2023
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