The spectacular Manuel Antonio National Park may be the smallest of its kind across all Costa Rica destinations, but it packs so many stunning and interesting sights that this island experience may leave the biggest impression of all.
It can be explored as part of the unforgettable Costa Rica Highlight Tour and is sure to stand out, even amongst the most wonderful memories that a holiday to Costa Rica has to offer.
With so much to see and enjoy on this little island, let’s take a look at exactly what you can expect when you explore the wonders of Manuel Antonio National Park.
1. Amazing animals
If there’s one thing that Manuel Antonio National Park is known for, it’s biodiversity. There’s an incredible amount of species that call the all-natural wonderland their home, making this an absolute paradise for nature and animal lovers alike.
There are 109 species of mammal, including its famous species of sloth: the brown-throated three-toed sloth and Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth. These live here alongside four different monkey species, iguanas, snakes, bats and much, much more.
Speaking of winged creatures, there’s also a staggering variety of birds: 184 species to be exact. This means that, while you’re unlikely to see all that Manuel Antonio National Park has to offer in the way of fauna, you’re bound to spot plenty of captivating wildlife during your trip.
2. Beautiful beaches
Manuel Antonio National Park is where you’ll find some of the most amazing, picturesque Costa Rica beaches you’re ever likely to see. Not only that, but they also have their own character, meaning there are distinctly different beaches catering to different preferences.
Manuel Antonio Beach has some truly incredible sights and a great sense of community, while the other main beach on the island, Espadilla Sur Beach, is a touch more peaceful for that laid-back holiday experience.
3. Spectacular views
It’s not just the animals and the beaches that can provide a real treat for the senses. Manuel Antonio National Park is filled with countless spectacular sights.
Simply looking out across its endless waves of epic greenery in the flesh is something very few people forget. From sensational waterfalls to jungle surroundings, it’s hard to look in any direction without seeing something special.
4. More than just nature
Although what often really appeals to people about Manuel Antonio National Park is the idea of getting back to nature, it’s worth pointing out that there’s more going on here than sand and trees.
This is somewhere people make chocolate, produce spices, preserve wildlife, go to market and live in nearby villages. There’s not just a forest to be explored here: there’s a culture too.
5. Hot weather and possibly rainfall
Although hot weather is generally one of the things people look for in a holiday destination, the weather here can get a little extreme for some during certain times of the year.
Therefore, you’ll want to plan your trip accordingly and dress appropriately for the season, opting for light, baggy clothes in the heat and a rain jacket and cover if you’re visiting during the rainy season.