Manuel Antonio is one of the Costa Rica’s most visited National Parks
The diversity of wildlife on Manuel Antonio in its 6.83 km2 is unequaled with more than 100 species of mammals and more than 183 species of birds. Both Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth and Hoffmann’s Two-toed Sloth (perezosos) are a major feature, as are three of Costa Rica’s four monkey species — the Mantled Howler monkey, Central American Squirrel Monkey, and White-headed Capuchin monkey.
Iguanas, Green Iguana, Common Basilisk, White-nosed Coati and many snake and bat species are also common in the National Park.
The most common species of birds that can be observed in Manuel Antonio are: toucans, woodpeckers, potoos, motmots, tanagers, Turkey Vulture, parakeets and hawks. Dolphins can be observed there. Among the activities you can do in Manuel Anotnio they are: Scuba diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, mountain biking and hiking, as well as enjoy its white sand beaches and crystalline waters.
The park’s popularity has led to development of the surrounding areas, With environmental Impacts to nearby forests and beaches.
Around the Manuel Antonio National Park there are several hotels, restaurants and small shops selling local crafts, also has bus service to and from San Jose every day.
You can visit this wonderful park by taking a public bus from the city of Puntarenas, or from San Jose. Traveling by public from San Jose to Manuel Antonio, you need to buy the ticket on the bus station TRACOPA
If you are traveling from Puntarenas and Jaco, you should contact the following numbers for information about schedules. 2777 0743 or 2661 2462
You could also take a semi-private or private service transportation from other places like La Fortuna, Monteverde, Guanacaste, or from Limon.
Another service that many tourists prefer to explore the Manuel Antonio National Park, is renting a car. For information on rates of car rental companies, we may help you find more comfortable prices.
If you want something more comfortable, you could take day tours to Manuel Antonio, departing from San Jose.