Manuel Antonio and the Central Pacific Coast

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Manuel Antonio and the Central Pacific Coast - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Manuel Antonio National Park

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Costa Rica's smallest park packs in an assortment of natural attractions, from wildlife sheltered by rain forest to rocky coves teeming with...Read More

  • 2. Catarata Manantial de Agua Viva

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    This is Costa Rica's tallest waterfall, cascading 600 feet into freshwater pools where you can cool off after a strenuous 3-km (2-mile) hike...Read More

  • 3. Greentique Wildlife Refuge

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    This park (previously named Manuel Antonio Nature Park and Fincas Naturales Wildlife Refuge) is operated by Hotel Sí Como No. A former teak...Read More

  • 4. Playa Bejuco


    The surf here is as big and consistent as at Playa Hermosa but with a fraction of the surfers. As at Hermosa, dangerous rip currents develop...Read More

  • 5. Playa Biesanz


    For a less turbulent swim and smaller crowds than at other Manuel Antonio beaches, head to this quiet beach within a sheltered cove. There are...Read More

  • 6. Playa Espadilla


    As the road approaches Manuel Antonio National Park, it skirts the lovely, forest-lined beach of Playa Espadilla, which stretches for more than...Read More

  • 7. Playa Esterillos

    DO NOT USE - MERGE Esterillos Este with Esterillos Este | Beach

    Serious surfers from Jacó and Playa Hermosa head to Playa Esterillos to ditch the crowds when waves are pumping. This isolated beach break dishes...Read More

  • 8. Playa Hermosa


    Despite its name, "Beautiful Beach" is hardly spectacular. The southern half of the wide beach lacks palm trees or other shade-providing greenery...Read More

  • 9. Playa Herradura


    If sportfishing, boating, and golfing are your priorities, this is a good option. If you're looking for seclusion, a beautiful beach, or a bargain...Read More

  • 10. Playa Jacó


    This long, palm-lined beach west of town is a pleasant enough spot in the morning but can burn the soles of your feet on a sunny afternoon....Read More

  • 11. Playa La Pita


    About a kilometer (½ mile) south after the entrance to Tárcoles, the Costanera passes this small beach that provides your first glimpse of the...Read More

  • 12. Playa Manuel Antonio


    The town's safest swimming area is sheltered Playa Manuel Antonio, the second beach in the national park. Its white sand makes it attractive...Read More

  • 13. Rainforest Spices / Villa Vanilla


    Thirty minutes north of Quepos, this spice plantation produces vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa, pepper, allspice, turmeric, and a variety of exotic...Read More

  • 14. Rainmaker Conservation Project

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    This private nature reserve is spread over Fila Chota, a lower ridge of the Talamanca Range 22 km (13 miles) northeast of Quepos, and protects...Read More

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