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Beautiful beaches and cozy village

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Beautiful beaches and cozy village

In the past years, the small and beautiful National Park Manuel Antonio has developed into a popular tourist destination. Here you’ll spot sloths in the jungle and relax on the beach while monkeys and iguanas keep you company! 

The beaches of Manuel Antonio national park are truly beautiful. White sand, clear blue water and swaying palm trees, paint the perfect tropical picture.

Because of the increased popularity, the village of  Manuel Antonio has also become busier. Now there’s a wide range of hotels and restaurants to choose from. If you like the hustle and bustle of a lively coastal town, Manuel Antonio is the perfect place for you. If not, you better avoid going there and stick to more off-the-beaten-track destinations such as nearby Matapalo.

What to do when in Manuel Antonio?

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What to do when in Manuel Antonio?

When you are staying in Manuel Antonio you can book several tours including a relaxed sailing trip along the coast. Good chance that you’ll be accompanied by dolphins and/or whales. Other options include rafting, horse riding or quad biking.

Note: that the National Park is closed on Monday.

What can you see around Manuel Antonio?

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Jelle, Margreet, Stijn and Hidde

Our hotel in Manuel Antonio was top notch, especially the location and our beach front room. This was walking distance to a beautiful, quiet beach. Our hotel staff was very friendly and made us feel right at home.

Insider tip from Ed:

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Insider tip from Ed:

You have probably heard and read a lot about Manuel Antonio, the park is, after all, a real tourist attraction and one of the most frequently visited destinations in Costa Rica. However, if you prefer to go to less touristy and quieter locations, you might want to check out what we have to offer nearby.

The following destinations are close to this travel package:

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Lovely boutique hotel in the hills of Matapalo
Las Nubes is a luxurious boutique hotel where you can enjoy great food and relax at the beautiful pool. It's an ideal destination to indulge before flying back to your home country or it makes a great start of your travels in Costa Rica.
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Take a boat to Drake Bay and Corcovado National Park
From the small town of Sierpe you depart by boat to Drake Bay Costa Rica. The journey itself is already an adventure...you sail through mangrove forests towards the ocean and Drake Bay. During your trip you might be luckey enough to spot dolphins and even whales!
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Glamping on the beach of Matapalo
Waking up from the sounds of the ocean and enjoying your breakfast in front of your luxurious tent, that's in short what you'll be experiencing when glamping in the little coastal village of Matapalo! Matapalo is an authentic Costa Rican town with few tourists, a couple of nice restaurants and a great beach. It's the perfect location to relax and enjoy Costa Rica's Pura Vida!
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Whales and dolphins in Ojochal
You find the charming, little village of Ojochal near the National Park Marino Ballena and the largest nature reserve of Costa Rica: Corcovado. From Ojochal, nearby Uvita you can go whale and dolphin watching, in September there's even a whale watching festival! Do enjoy sun, sea and the beach in Playa Tortuga and Las Ventanas.
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Catch the best waves in Dominical
Dominical is a true surfers paradise. During your stay, it is highly recommended to check out the waves and take a surf lesson! Of course, you can also relax on the beach. Your lodge is located near the village on the beach and offers a nice pool when you're tired of the waves. It is a great place to explore the jungle and do one of the many activities!
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Soar beyond the cloud forest of Monteverde
Monteverde is famous for its unique cloud forest reserve. The village lies in the mountains and is one of the few places in Costa Rica where you can still spot the beautiful quetzal. While in Monteverde you can explore the cloud forest by foot or hanging bridge, but also book a zipline tour and soar beyond the trees, a great experience!

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