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“Nice, Once you Pass the Tourist Hustle Outside ”

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Owner description: Monkeys, sloths, frogs, and many species of birds call Manuel Antonio National Park their home, so bring your camera for unforgettable wildlife photographs. The park also contains beautiful beaches that offer kayaking, snorkeling, and surfing. Feeling more adventurous? Try rappelling down a waterfall or eating a termite—one TripAdvisor traveler reports they taste like ginger.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

The national park, once you enter is beautiful. The fauna is incredible and there are many opportunities to see wildlife in their natural habitat. We opted for an unguided walk and saw 2 toed sloths, 3 toed sloths, monkeys, crabs and lizards. The beach is a nice reward, however busy. The raccoons and monkeys are assertive and will try to grab food right from your hand!

Prior to entering the park we had three separate groups flag us down to park and told us their lot was “official parking” for the national park. We continued driving and parked in a lot outside of the gates (there is no parking offered within the park). Beware, because the first lot that flagged us down would have been over a 1km uphill walk from the entrance. All of the lots charged €3000,so there is no savings.

Thank 918Kash918
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We visited here with our 3 daughters (9,11,14) from jaco for a day trip. We met a guide outside who charged $20 pp and he was worth every cent. We paid $16 per adult at the gate and kids under 12 are free. Bring water as there is only a tap in the park, but plenty for sale outside the gates. The guided walk was fab we seen so many beautiful creatures that we never ever would see ourselves. The beach was busy but beautiful. I did see bags getting ransacked by monkeys and raccoons so be careful. We did the loop walk and seen quite a few extra animals as it was quiet, it’s not an easy walk on such a hot day but worth it. We drove from jaco, it’s very straightforward but has steep hills at MA

Thank shenn09
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

We went on a couple hour hike through the park. The park is very beautiful and the guides were very careful to instruct all of us to keep it that way. The are very concerned about protecting the environment and they have a nice way to let visitors know why that's important and what to do and not do. The guide was friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining. We saw many animals and learned about their behaviors and characteristics which was really nice.

Thank Vicki S
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

We went on what I'm told is one of the busiest days of the year. Followed recommendations and got there as close to open as possible. Still pretty busy on the main path. We figured out 1/2 way through to switch to an alternate path that ran parallel and it was WAY less busy. When it comes to the beaches they are busy but not crowded in the sense of any other popular beach in the world. In fact the beautiful beach at the end of the Congos trail was almost empty at 10am still. We had already been in CR for a week so had been more familiar with wildlife spotting. Definitely did not need a guide. My kids were spotting animals that the unofficial guides were walking by. If it was your first or only trail hike then I guess it would be worth it to get a LICENSED guide. We saw 5 sloths, 5 agouities, squirrel monkeys, Capuchins, 2 kinds of iguanas, basilisks, tree frogs, a whole bunch of birds we had not seen the whole prior week, and of course the insane beach raccoons. Heads up they don't sell food in there.

Thank Bionicrat
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Our family enjoyed this park. We just guided ourselves, and saw a few animals. The white sand beach in the park is definitely a highlight.

Thank John F
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