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Manuel Antonio is in the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Costa Rica due to its beautiful beaches and rich wildlife. The area that is Manuel Antonio stretches from the town of Quepos and then along an approximately 8km road up a mountain and then back down, finishing at the entrance of the Manuel Antonio National Park and the beautiful playa espadilla . The road to the beach and park is surrounded either side by a large number of hotels and restaurants, offering the visitor a large selection of places to stay and eat. (less...) (more...)

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A must-see is the Manuel Antonio National Park as well as the beautiful beaches. Don't miss the monkeys crossing the road in the afternoons or the spectacular sunsets which can be seen from many of the restaurants and hotels along the road.

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  • Oceans Unlimited (On the Manuel Antonio road heading out of Quepos),  2777-3171. Scuba diving and snorkeling tours. PADI gold Palm dive center offering a full range of courses Varies.

The list of activities in Manuel Antonio is endless. Some of the most popular activities include trips to the park and zip-lining and snorkeling.

Park Tours Guides can be found very easily around the entrance to the park from early in the morning. Prices per person can be around $25

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling There are around 15 local dive sites as well as offshore sites in the Manuel Antonio area. Sites vary in ability and wildlife and Try Dives for those that have never been before are also available. For those that want to stay above the water snorkeling and coastal tours with whale watching are also available. Depending on the season humpback whales can be spotted near shore, and dolphins feeding is a regular occurrence during the afternoons.

Avoid the sunset tour. They claim they sail on the sail boat and do snorkeling but they just run the engines and the water isn't clear. It's a huge rip off.

Zip-lining [3]. A large number of canopy tours are available in this area. They involve zipping through the trees at high speed and are thoroughly enjoyed by all. Depending on the company, some tours also involve rappels and Tarzan swings so are not recommended for those of you that have an aversion to heights. La Selvita [4] has 16 sequential lines, one being nearly a half mile long and 600 feet off the ground. The guides are truly bilingual and very friendly. The pictures they take are a bit pricey but worth every penny.

White water Rafting Two rivers are near Manuel Antonio, the Naranjo and the Savegre. Depending on the season the rivers will vary in strength and speed from a Class II - III during dry season up to a Class IV during wet season. The Naranjo tends to be the faster river with a particular stretch further upstream known as El Chorro sometimes reaching a class V even during the dryer months.

  • H2O Adventures (25meter East of the Catholic Church in Quepos),  2777-4092, fax: 2777-4094, e-mail:

Horse-back Tours A variety of tours are available both along the beach and to some of the local forest areas and waterfalls. Most companies provide a selection of different tours that you can choose from

Mangrove tours Take a trip through the mangroves checking out some of the incredible wildlife.

Spice Tour Check out the local Vanilla farm and get to sample some of the amazing products produced by Villa Vanilla.


  • La Cantina. Kabobs and steaks.
  • El Wagon. Hebrew National Hot Dogs, Burgers and Wood Fired Pizza.
  • Aqua Azul. Offers a mix of American and Tico food at
  • Salsipuedes. Tapas and beers.
  • Barba Roja. Nachos and that famous view.
  • El Avion. Good value and a large menu.
  • El Gato Negro. Very tasty Italian cuisine.
  • Dos Cocos El Meson. Great food and decent menu across the street from The Marlin.
  • Billfish Sportsbar & Grill (Byblos Sportsbar at Billfish), Main Road to Manuel Antonio Park (3 Kilometers from Quepos on Left),  +506-2777-0411. 6PM to Midnight. Billfish Sportsbar & Grill is a favorite for watching International Sports are their large screen TVs. Offering the usual Sportsbar fare, as well as dinner specialties fresh off the grill, its the perfect casual nightspot. Located next to the Byblos Casino, it is one of the few places to enjoy nightlife in Manuel Antonio. Monday night is Ladies Night! $3 & up.
  • Sunspot Bar & Grill (Makanda's Sunspot Restaurant), Main Road to Manuel Antonio Park (Turn right at Cafe Milagro and follow signs),  +506-2777-0442. 11AM to 10PM. One of Manuel Antonio's few award winning restaurants, Sunspot Bar & Grill offers International and Local Specialties prepared on the grill. $5 & up.
  • Bistro Restaurant & Pizzeria (Byblos Bistro Pizzeria), Main Road to Manuel Antonio Park (3 Kilometers on Left),  ]506-2777-0411. 6:30AM-10PM. Bistro Restaurant offers Italian and International Specialties in a casually elegant poolside atmosphere. An excellent location for monkey sightings, it is known for the best brick oven pizza in town. Take out orders gladly accepted. $3 & up.
  • Playitas Restaurant and Bar, Arenas del Mar Beach and Nature Resort (Manuel Antonio),  506-2777-2777 Situated next to Playitas beach, guests can choose their favorite drink or cocktail of the day. Has light but elegant foods.
  • Cafe Milagro (Manuel Antonio), Cafe Milagro offers breakfast, lunch or dinner with dishes such as a typical Tico breakfast, the BLT & avocado sandwich, as well as an excellent wine and cocktail selection. Sit outside on the back garden under a starry night for dinner or regroup on the front patio.


  • Byblos. Monday night ladies night
  • Bambu Jam. Tuesday and Friday Night live salsa and good drinking.
  • Sargento Garcia. Friday Night ladies night
  • Barba Roja. Saturday Night, party into the early hours.
  • Quepos. The disco is open most nights until about 5AM.
  • The Marlin. Excellent 2-for-1 happy hour right by the beach.
  • El Mirador Bar, Arenas del Mar Beach and Nature Resort (Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica),  506-2777-2777 Serves a great variety of natural and Costa Rican style drinks such as horchata made with rice, milk, cinnamon and peanuts or a refreshing agua de sapo that combines the flavors of lime, ginger and cane syrup. Or try a guaro mojito prepared with aguardiente, typical Costa Rican liquor made with sugarcane. Also has a long wine list and organic shade grown coffee.


Check out the large selection of souvenirs and gifts being sold along the beach and by the entrance to the park. The Regalameart [5] gift shop offers the widest selection of higher end, but pricey souvenirs.

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