Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio is located roughly midway along Costa Rica’s Pacific coast and is the country’s most visited national park. As such, it can get quite crowded and busy, especially at times of the year when wildlife viewing opportunities are at their best. People come from all over the country and beyond in order to visit the park, which is known for its dramatic coastline, white sand beaches and ipressive and concentrated biodiversity. This is a great place to see Sloth, Toucan, Macaw, Monkeys and Tourists in their natural habitat!

Throughout the town there are a large number of hotels built to accommodate the many tourists who come to visit the park. The hotels cater for all kinds of budget, with some aimed at those travelling on a budget and other more expensive options offering a higher standard of accommodation. Environmental restrictions have prevented hotels from being constructed directly on the beachfront; these restrictions have actually worked in the hotels’ favour, as they’re mostly set in the cliffside and command broad, sweeping views of the coast. Only a few hotels in the area are able to provide guests with direct beach access. Temperatures are quite favourable and steady year-round; the driest time of the year is from January to March, while September and October are the wettest months.

Despite its popularity, the Manual Antonio National Park is actually one of the country’s smallest national parks. But in many ways, its small size its greatest advantage, wildlife are concentrated in a small area and are consequently much easier to spot than elsewhere in the country. The park features several pristine beaches, dense rainforest and a forested area with an abundance of marked trails that cater to hikers of all skill levels. There are nearly 200 bird species and over 100 mammal species that call the park home, such as squirrel monkeys, sloths and iguanas. Morning visits are advised so as to avoid the crowds and tour groups. The park is closed every Monday, but open every other day of the week.


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Two week self-drive Costa Rica family holiday covering all the highlights including Tortugeuro, Arenal, Monteverde Rain Forest, Nosara Beach and Manuel Antonio National Park.

Tailor-made Classic 15 days

Adults from $2,673 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $997 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,928 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $997 per person economy class from London

2 week adventure including surfing in Nosara, rafting Pacuare River and tubing and canyoning at Rio Perdido. Classic rainforest and beachside accommodation.

Tailor-made Luxury 2 weeks

Adults from $2,889 pp plus flights

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Flights are typically an additional $997 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,417 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $997 per person economy class from London

Two week luxury holiday celebrating the best of Costa Rica. Includes Arenal Volcano, Pacuare River, Gulfo Dulce and Manuel Antonio

Tailor-made Luxury 2 weeks

Adults from $6,752 pp plus flights

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Flights are typically an additional $997 per person economy class from London

Families from $6,301 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $997 per person economy class from London

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Accommodation

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Upmarket beach hotel
- Direct beach access
- Night time wildlife treks, waterfall hikes
- Water sports & yoga

Hotel Costa Verde

Manuel Antonio

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Quirky, characterful accommodation
- Reliable mid-range option
- Waterfall rappelling, boat excursions
- Canopy biking, parasailing, yoga, riding

Hotel Si Como No

Manuel Antonio

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Wonderful hillside location
- Near Manuel Antonio National Park
- Spa, pool with water slide, cinema
- Forest hikes, snorkelling, parasailing, surfing

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019

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