Manuel Antonio and the Central Pacific Coast Sights

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Playa Bejuco

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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...

Playa Biesanz

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

Playa Espadilla

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

Playa Esterillos

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

Playa Hermosa

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

Playa Herradura

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If sportfishing, boating, and golfing are your priorities, this is a good option. If you're looking for nature, seclusion, a beautiful...

Playa Jacó

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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.

Playa La Pita

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

Playa Manuel Antonio

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


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