About the Area
Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Central America
A natural tropical paradise, pure & unspoiled... a living Eden
Welcome to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica!
Manuel Antonio is the jewel of Costa Rica's central Pacific Coast... where the rainforest meets the beach in unmatched splendor.
In 2013, Trip Advisor reported Manuel Antonio beach as the #1 Beach in Central America, according to the popular Traveler's Choice Awards.
In 2011, Forbes Magazine lauded nearby Manuel Antonio National Park as one of the World's Most Beautiful National Parks.
With beautiful beaches, a world-class national park, great tours, restaurants & amenities, and a living rainforest — Manuel Antonio brings it all together in one, perfect destination!
Surrounded by virgin rainforest, turquoise ocean waters, crystalline rivers, stimulating waterfalls, and the signature sound of the local howler monkeys, Manuel Antonio is a paradise for your leisurely exploration.
Manuel Antonio is the 5-mile stretch of rainforested hills that begins with the small town of Quepos in the north, and ends with the Manuel Antonio National Park and public beach in the south.
Within an hour's drive you can experience a surprising number of distinct terrestrial and aquatic biomes, or biological habitats.
If golf or world-class spa treatments are your passion, check out the luxurious Los Sueños Golf Resort, just 40 miles away. Test your luck at the casino and then stop at the marina and yacht club for a steak sandwich before heading home.
Quepos is named after the Quepoa, the indigenous tribe that inhabited the area when
If you get to visit just one destination during your Costa Rica vacation—make it Manuel Antonio. This area has nearly everything you'd want to see and do in a tropical paradise:
The nearest beach is the pristine and secluded jewel Playa Espadilla, which is only a short 2-mile drive from the villa.
Here, you'll discover for yourself one of the most iconic images in Costa Rica, the famous Cathedral Point, or Punta Catedral. It's a 100-meter-tall 'island' right off shore, connected by a gorgeous land bridge called a tombolo. Cross the tombolo, and you'll be at Playa Manuel Antonio, the most popular beach in the park.
Two beautiful hikes take you up around the circumference of Cathedral Point (25 min), or to a lookout above Puerto Escondido (45 min). For the nimble, a steep path leads down to Playa Escondida (Hidden Beach), which is only accessible at low tide.
One of the 'World's Most Beautiful National Parks'
In 2011, Forbes Magazine lauded Manuel Antonio as one of the 'World's Most Beautiful National Parks'.
Costa Rica is considered by many scientists to be the most densely bio-diverse country in the world. And, at 4,000 acres, Manuel Antonio National Park is Costa Rica's smallest national park—yet it is also its most biologically dense and diverse of all.
Hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians call this garden home, as well as a stunning variety of exotic plant and tree species.
The breath-taking number and variety
of the flora and fauna here are rarely seen anywhere else on the planet in such a concentrated area.
Many of the plants and animals native to this ‘Living Eden’ are rare and endangered such as the Scarlet Macaw and the stunning quetzal.
Multi-lingual certified guides know where to spot the animals, a worthwhile investment for an educational, inspiring and memorable visit. Bring your camera!
Experience firsthand the unparalleled beauty of this lush tropical wonderland.
The climate of Costa Rica is lushly tropical year round, with many microclimates depending on elevation.
The average temperature throughout the year is deliciously balmy—between 71°F and 81°F.
Costa Rica's seasons are defined by the amount of rainfall. The year is split between the dry season known to the locals as summer, and the rainy season, called winter.
The "summer" or dry season goes from December to April.
The "winter" or rainy season goes from May to November and is characterized by sunny mornings splashed with bouts of warm afternoon rain.