Manuel Antonio National Park

Location: Central Pacific

One of the most popular and beautiful parks of the National Parks system is Manuel Antonio. The spectacular beaches, such as South Espadrille and Manuel Antonio Beach have white sands that slop gently into calm crystal clear water surrounded by tropical forest, coconut palms, and enormous almond trees that provide shade for visitors to this beach paradise. Manuel Antonio is one of the best areas to view marine birds, white-faced and squirrel monkeys, and three toed sloths.

The park includes 12 islands just off the coast where dolphins can be seen as well whales on their migratory journeys.

Activities in the area: Bicycling, bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, snorkeling, sport fishing, Rainmaker Tour, whitewater rafting.