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Manuel Antonio is a small but nevertheless extremely popular park on the Pacific coast, where the wildlife includes Costa Rica’s only populations of endangered squirrel monkeys.

The park is home to 109 species of mammal including sloths, iguanas, rare squirrel monkeys, and 184 bird species. Dolphins and migrating whales are sometimes seen offshore, and the snorkelling is excellent.

It offfers a charming and extremely picturesque combination of white sandy beaches lined with lush rainforest, against a backdrop of offshore islands and coral reefs. The habitat is a mixture of primary and secondary forest, mangrove swamps, lagoons and beach vegetation, with a varied range of fauna.

Manuel Antonio is situated just south of the town of Quepos, around four hours drive, or a short flight, from San José.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: brown pelican, brown throated three-toed sloth, Central American squirrel monkey, mantled howler monkey, white-faced capuchin monkey
  • Where: Puntarenas province, Costa Rica

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Pacific Coast Journey

Discover the natural wonders of Costa Rica’s cordillera region and Pacific coastline. From the small yet spectacular Manuel Antonio National Park to the hummingbirds of Monteverde, the trip culminates with a few days at the remote Osa Peninsula, a beautiful natural paradise on the Pacific Coast.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,595 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Si Como No Resort

Located on the Central Pacific coast, this uniquely special spa resort and wildlife refuge overlooks the sparkling ocean from a series of lush terraces and exotic gardens on an idyllic jungle-clad hilltop near world-famous Manuel Antonio National Park, one of Costa Rica’s foremost protected areas.