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Must see...

A must-see is the Manuel Antonio National Park as well as the beautiful beaches. Don't miss the monkeys crossing the road in the afternoons or the spectacular sunsets which can be seen from many of the restaurants and hotels along the road.

 

Things to do.....

The list of activities in Manuel Antonio is endless. There is more than you can hope to do in a single trip, so it's important to prioritize your activities--and be sure to get some beach time in!

 

  • Manuel Antonio National Park. A must-see for its wildlife and beaches, though small and can get crowded during the high season.  A tour (incl. transportation, snacks & park entrance) will cost $51 per person.  You can self-guide also.  Tickets cost $17 per person and should be purchased the day prior if possible.  Closed Mondays.

  • Scuba diving and snorkeling.There are around 15 local dive sites as well as offshore sites in the Manuel Antonio area. Sites vary in ability and wildlife and Try Dives for those that have never been before are also available. For those that want to stay above the water, snorkeling is available too. Head to Isla Cañas for the best diving.

  • Whale watching and dolphin tours. Depending on the season humpback whales can be spotted near shore, and dolphins feeding is a regular occurrence during the afternoons.

  • Zip-lining. A large number of canopy tours are available in this area. They involve zipping through the trees at high speed and are thoroughly enjoyed by all. Depending on the company, some tours also involve rappels and Tarzan swings so are not recommended for those of you that have an aversion to heights.

  • White water Rafting. Two rivers are near Manuel Antonio, the Naranjo and the Savegre. Depending on the season the rivers will vary in strength and speed from a Class II - III during dry season up to a Class IV during wet season. The Naranjo tends to be the faster river with a particular stretch further upstream known as El Chorro sometimes reaching a class V even during the dryer months.

  • Surfing Lessons and Tour. Surf schools run by true, local surfers. Offering personalized surf lesson and tours to suit everyone, whether it is your first time in the water or you are looking to go on a tour of the local breaks.

  • Horse-back Tours.  A variety of tours are available both along the beach and to some of the local forest areas and waterfalls. Most companies provide a selection of different tours that you can choose from.

  • Mangrove tours. Take a trip through the mangroves checking out some of the incredible wildlife. Tours and transportation to/from the mangroves from Quepos/Manuel Antonio may be arranged ahead of time.

  • Spice Tour. Check out the local Vanilla farm and get to sample some of the amazing products produced by Villa Vanilla.

  • Sport fishing. World-renowned, one of the finest sail-fishing ports near Manuel Antonio, Quepos is routinely the destination for top captains, mates and sports fishermen from all over the globe. With the opening of Marina Pez Vela, Quepos hosts the largest marina on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. Sailfish and marlin can be caught year round during the endless Costa Rica fishing seasons, but are most abundant during the dry season from November through May. It's not uncommon to catch 10 or more sailfish in a day. In between numerous shots at sailfish, you can also expect to have your baits crashed by dorado and schools of yellow fin tuna that feed along the rips and current eddys.

 

Shopping....
  • Quepos Farmer's Market - Friday evenings and Saturdays there is a lively farmer's market at Quepos' southeast corner.  Fresh orange juice, pipas, & souvenirs also.  

  • Supermarkets - The closest is not so super (unless in reference to prices), called the Super Pura Vida, at Plaza Vista.  Go to the Mini Price store in Quepos for better selection and similar prices, or Super 2000 for the cheapest prices and most limited selection.

  • Souvenirs, Novelties & Party-Tricks: There are handicraft stands near the park entrance and in the Quepos farmer's market where prices can be bartered.  There are many boutiques and gift shops in Quepos, and scattered throughout Manuel Antonio, also.

 

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