Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Manuel Antonio or Quepos: Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

1. Manuel Antonio or Quepos: Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

Discover Manuel Antonio National Park, a small biological island established in 1972 by the Costa Rican government to preserve its precious wildlife. Though Manuel Antonio National Park is the smallest park in the country, it’s also the most visited due to its charming combination of rain forests, beaches, coral reefs, and wildlife. After being picked up from your hotel by your excerpt driver-guide, get ready to explore a diverse range of fauna spanning 109 species of mammals and 184 birds. As you explore, look out for raccoons, coatis, agoutis, sloths, white-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, and the famous Titi monkey, an endangered subspecies unique to the park. Be led by your guide on a breathtaking walking tour through the jungle and experience the secrets and wonders of this amazing ecosystem. See kingfishers, the yellow crowned night heron and many more bird species. Benefit from assistance taking high-quality nature photos using your own digital camera combined with professional telescopes provided on the tour.

From Manuel Antonio: Mangrove Boat Tour

2. From Manuel Antonio: Mangrove Boat Tour

The mangrove forest is one of the most vital and astounding ecosystems in the world. Damas Island, located just 10 minutes from Manuel Antonio is currently one of the most important remaining mangroves in Costa Rica. Covering thousands of acres of protected forest, this amazing biodiversity is home to a large number of birds, reptiles, mammals, and insects. Our experienced guides will take you on an unforgettable boat tour through the channels of the mangrove forest, far away from civilization. You can discover an abundance of species native to the area such as white-faced monkeys, anteaters, boas, iguanas, birds and thousands of colorful crabs. Our boats have the capacity to hold 12 passengers and are fully equipped for your comfort and security.

Manuel Antonio: Rainmaker Park Bridge & Waterfall Tour

3. Manuel Antonio: Rainmaker Park Bridge & Waterfall Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in Manuel Antonio or Quepos and set off for the Rainmaker Park. Begin your experience with a walk through the rainforest in search of all kinds of native birds, insects, and amphibians. Then, cross over a network of suspension bridges through the mountains that hang above the primary forest. Hike to the top of the mountain, for the opportunity to marvel at an incredible view of the sea. After this, continue to walk along the trail network until you arrive at the Canopy Bridge system section - a network of suspension bridges, built to U.S. engineering standards. The 6 sections total 250 meters, spanning from platforms attached to massive hardwood trees to create the most impressive canopy walk in Costa Rica. The design permits minimal forest impact, giving participants an opportunity to explore the majesty of the forest canopy from an unobtrusive bird's eye view. Gaze down at the jungle below and admire views of the beautiful pristine river of Rainmaker Park. Use the handrails and easy-to-follow footpaths, making stops at the observation platforms that allow you to observe the waterfalls. Capture incredible photographs of the rich biodiversity this unique site has to offer. Towards the end of this walk, arrive at a pristine waterfall pool where you are welcome to enjoy a refreshing dip. End the tour with an outstanding and delicious typical Costa Rican lunch served in the Rainmaker Park Restaurant. Finally, get transferred back to your hotel in Manuel Antonio or Quepos where your memorable tour will finish.

Manuel Antonio Quepos Zip Lining Tour

4. Manuel Antonio Quepos Zip Lining Tour

During your 2-hour journey, you will be perched on one of 20 platforms high above the jungle floor with dramatic views of the valley. A series of 10 zip line cables reaching up to 450 meters (1,475 ft) take guests throughout the unspoiled rainforest canopy on an exclusive tour. Breathtaking mountain and valley views can be captured while resting at a vista high upon the hill. At the end of the tour, you will be given the choice to finish on the last cable or to do the Rappel platform and Tarzan Swing at no additional charge. Upon conclusion of your canopy tour, guests gather for a full Costa Rican meal, fruit and drinks. While resting and refueling your bodies, guides will share photos of your exhilarating zip line adventure on the large screen TV.

Manuel Antonio National Park Combo Tour from San Jose

5. Manuel Antonio National Park Combo Tour from San Jose

Expereince the stunning beauty of the Manuel Antonio National Park on this day trip from San Jose. Visit Crocodile Bridge and Tarcoles Beach. Discover the abundant wildlife on the park’s rainforest trails and eat breakfast and lunch at local restaurants.  Enjoy being picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in the San Jose area. Travel aboard an airconditioned coach on the way to have breakfast in a local restaurant located next to the biggest fruit market in the country.  Visit the market to observe a large variety of tropical fruits. Continue your journey with a stop at the popular crocodile bridge where you will have the chance to observe one of Costa Rica’s biggest crocodile’s populations.  Search for scarlet macaws in their natural habitat on Tarcoles Beach where they like to gather. Stop at the Jaco Bay lookout point and take pictures of Costa Rica’s most popular coastal town.  Travel to the Manuel Antonio National Park, hike the rainforest trails with your guide for about and hour and search for monkeys, sloths, toucans, and agoutis. Spend some free time relaxing on the park's pristine beaches or hiking to along rainforest trails. Savor a delicious lunch of local cuisine in a restaurant that provides great jungle and ocean views. Lunch is served in the early afternoon around 2 PM, after which you will be taken back to your hotel in San Jose.

Quepos: Horseback Riding to the Shaman Waterfalls

6. Quepos: Horseback Riding to the Shaman Waterfalls

During the 40-minute drive to the town, your guide will share interesting information about the history of Quepos and the area in general. Once you reach Londres, you will set foot on a picturesque property, where you can find restrooms, stables, a corral and an open-air waiting area. You will receive riding instruction, safety tips, and also get some practice time before heading out to explore the Costa Rican rainforest. This tour allows you to learn the exotic secrets that lie within primary rainforests, riding at a maximum altitude of 600 meters (1900 ft). The ride lasts about 2.5-hours (round-trip) and will be highlighted by amazing valley views, verdant vegetation and numerous wildlife species such as birds and reptiles. At the end of the trail there is the beautiful Shaman waterfall where you will be able to rest for about 30 minutes. Lie on the grass or take a swim, or even both! After the break, you will return riding the same trail. At the end of your horseback riding tour you will be taken back to the riding center, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch made with local ingredients and enjoy a little conversation before heading back to your hotel.

All-Inclusive Catamaran Eco Adventure with Lunch

7. All-Inclusive Catamaran Eco Adventure with Lunch

Cruise along Costa Rica's Pacific coast, keeping an eye out for whales, dolphins, and seabirds. Anchor in a protected bay and explore the area above and below water, using the snorkel equipment, waterslides, and trampoline provided onboard.  Pickup starts from Quepos and Manuel Antonio approximately 30-45 minutes prior to departure. Hop aboard and enjoy a 3.5-hour cruise through clear waters and past lush jungle and dramatic rock formations.  Stop for swimming and snorkeling and take advantage of the waterslides and trampoline. A gourmet lunch will be served on board along with coffee and a selection of fresh fruits and natural fruit juices.

Quepos: Mangrove Kayaking Tour

8. Quepos: Mangrove Kayaking Tour

As you quietly watch this unique environment your guide will describe everything concerning the flora and fauna found in this amazing area. This tour goes throughout the mangrove wetlands and offers a great chance to observe migratory marine birds. The Damas Island kayaking tour takes you through the natural canals and provides an ideal opportunity to observe many birds such as herons, kingfishers, ospreys, and frigates birds.This Manuel Antonio tour lasts about 2 hours, and refreshing Costa Rican meals are arranged before or after the excursion, depending on the tides. This tour does not require prior experience. Single or double kayaks are available. Youngsters should be at least 8 years old to paddle their own kayak alone.

From Jaco: Full-Day Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

9. From Jaco: Full-Day Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

This park is the most famous in the country due to its wide variety of flora and fauna specimens, and also because Forbes ranked it in the top 10 most beautiful parks in the world. The park alone offers 3 unique hiking trails that differ in level from smooth and flat to quite sharp and steep. On this tour, the best nature guides will be with you, and will help you understand the environment. The track you’ll take is actually smooth and charming and circles in the park making your walk around 2 miles long. Through the walk, your guide will describe the several species you’ll see, and you’ll be able to take beautiful pictures or simply enjoy the scene. Among the best parts of this excursion is that the Manuel Antonio National Park hosts 3 of the 4 current monkey species of Costa Rica. On this hike, enjoy a relaxing break at the 3rd beach situated on the southern part of the national park. You’ll have around twenty minutes to relax on the beach or in the calm waters of the bahía. During the hike, it is possible to see birds, reptiles and sloths, as well as plants and insects such as orchids and butterflies. Your guides will use Pentax and Swarovski telescopes that you can use to view wildlife and take photos under an alternative point of view. After concluding the tour, transportation back to your lodging will be provided.

Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

10. Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

The park alone offers 3 unique hiking trails that differ in level from smooth and flat to quite sharp and steep. On this tour you will have the best nature guides with you who will help you understand the environment. The track you’ll take is actually smooth and charming and is around 2 miles long. During the walk your guide will describe the species you’ll see, and you’ll be able to take beautiful pictures or simply enjoy the scene. Among the best parts of this excursion is that the Manuel Antonio National Park hosts 3 of the 4 current monkey species of Costa Rica. Half way through the hike you’ll enjoy a relaxing break at the 3rd Beach situated on the southern part of the national park. You’ll have around twenty minutes to relax on the beach or in the calm waters of the bahía. During the hike it is very possible to see birds, reptiles, and sloths, as well as plants and insects such as orchids and butterflies. Your guides use Pentax and Swarovski telescopes that you can use to view wildlife and take photos under an alternative point of view. Transportation back to your lodging will be provided after you concluded the tour.

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What people are saying about Manuel Antonio National Park

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 247 reviews

One of the most memorable experiences EVER! When you do this tour you HAVE to request Edward. We saw SO many different animals (one of them being the rare Cost Rican Squirrel Monkeys) thanks to him with so many descriptive facts about each one. He is clearly an expert in this field and we had such a great experience we signed up for the Manuel Antonio National Park with him. Highly recommend- thanks for making this the best trip ever, Edward! Pura vida :)

The guide was fantastic. I highly recommend taking this tour. Me and partner were about sceptical about booking a tour with a guide but it was all worth the money. We saw so many animals including sloth, white face monkeys, bats, lizards and many more. Edgar outr guide was fantastic.

We were fortunate to be the only ones on the tour, and our driver Enrique stopped along the way to show us all sorts of plants, from cinnamon to menthol. Our trail guide Cesar was also great, and we had a really nice ride. It was one of the best excursions we’ve been on!

Such an amazing tour!! Our guide had the most incredible anecdotes at every stops of the tour and the experience at the San Antonio Parc was really unforgettable. One of the best days of my trip to Costa Rica!

We had a great trip! Driver was on time and spoke excellent English. He gave clear instructions for each activity.