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Manuel Antonio and Central Coast

Four hour’s drive from San Jose on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific, Manuel Antonio is one of the country’s most beautiful national parks. Established in 1972, it covers close to 2000 hectares of tropical rainforest which spills onto golden beaches and rocky coves. Off shore, desert islands are locked in coral reef and harbour dolphins and migrating whales alike. Despite its relatively small size, the wildlife is simply extraordinary. Over 109 species of mammals including Two- and Three-toed sloth, coati, howler and squirrel monkeys have all been recorded along with 200 species of birds from toucans, parakeets, woodpeckers to vultures. Not surprisingly, Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica’s most popular destinations and the park’s main hub, Quepos, boasts a good range of tourist facilities. North of Manuel Antonio, Jaco is a 4km stretch of palm-fringed coastline popular with surfers and locals alike. Further south, the picturesque “whale-tail” shape of Uvita beach is a charming spot and ideal for those looking for a more secluded and exclusive beach destination.    

Manuel Antonio and Central Coast Hotels

$$$$ Gaia Hotel & Reserve Manuel Antonio and Central Coast

Modern Chic

Luxury and style deep in the tropical rainforest close to Manuel Antonio National Park, Gaia is a chic boutique hotel with wonderful panoramic views over the sea of green towards the sparkling waters...

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$$$$ Makanda by the Sea Manuel Antonio and Central Coast

The Makanda by the Sea is a romantic hideaway hotel immersed in 12 acres of lush rainforest between Quepos and the jungle-fringed beaches of the Manuel Antonio National Park. Poised high above the...

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$$$$ Arenas del Mar Manuel Antonio and Central Coast

Where jungle and ocean meet, the Arenas del Mar is a small, eco-resort on the edge of Quepos immersed in tropical rainforest. Poised on rocky cliffs, the Arenas del Mar is a short walk to the...

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