Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Our most recommended things to do in Manuel Antonio

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: Night Jungle Tour

4. Manuel Antonio: Night Jungle Tour

This rainforest night tour is operated in the amazing Rainmaker Park. Rainmaker is one of the most important and impressive rainforest ecosystems in Costa Rica, this is where the extinct harlequin frog reappeared and was rediscovered thus becoming an important field of research and scientific studies for herpetologists worldwide. This night walk takes about 2-hours to 2.5-hours and is led by a professional and expert certified guide. During the expedition you may see bats, Jesus Christ lizard, spiders, owls, high varieties of frogs, snakes and many interesting insects. You will use special equipment for the night and a flashlight for a better appreciation during the activity to help you see the jungle life more clearly.

Manuel Antonio: KSTR Wildlife Sanctuary Guided Tour

5. Manuel Antonio: KSTR Wildlife Sanctuary Guided Tour

Pay a visit to KSTR Wildlife Rescue, the only official Rescue Center and Sanctuary in the area of Manuel Antonio. The sanctuary's mission is to rescue every animal in need and give them a second chance. During your tour, learn about Costa Rica’s native wildlife and the mission of the organization. Discover the work the sanctuary has been carrying out over the last 20 years and learn about their special projects, including reforestation projects, and rescuing and rehabilitating displaced animals. Enjoy a guided stroll through the rainforest sanctuary that is home to diverse animals that are not fit to be released into the wild. Meet sloths, monkeys, coatis, parrots, and more. Learn the stories of these unique animals and the care they receive from your dedicated guide. After the tour, enjoy some freshly cut fruit and homemade juice. Feel free to stay as long as you like after the tour and make use of the sanctuary's facilities, including a swimming pool and restaurant.

From Manuel Antonio: Los Suenos Adventure Park Day Trip

6. From Manuel Antonio: Los Suenos Adventure Park Day Trip

This full-day adventure from Manuel Antonio is a fantastic choice for a those looking to combine nature and adventure. To start the tour, you will be picked up from your accommodation at 8:00AM at which point you will head north to the coasted area of Jaco and Los Suenos. Once you arrive at the property, you will be able to choose your first adventure from the following options: • 2-hour ATV tour with waterfalls • Horseback riding with waterfalls • Zipline canopy adventure • Surfing lessons • Chocolate experience tour At noon, enjoy an amazing buffet lunch at the Vista Los Suenos Jungle Restaurant. There you will enjoy natural drinks with free refills, with coffee and dessert also included. Following lunch, you will continue on your second adventure, and by 3:30PM you will be on your way back to Manuel Antonio.

From Manuel Antonio: Nauyaca Waterfalls Tour with Lunch

7. From Manuel Antonio: Nauyaca Waterfalls Tour with Lunch

Be picked up by your guide from your accommodation in Manuel Antonio. Sit back and relax as you enjoy the breathtaking views on the drive while your tour guide provides you with some historic information. Hike for about 25 minutes, and see different species of birds and other animals as you move through the lush vegetation. Have a refreshing dip at Nauyaca Waterfall  and walk up to observe the impressive falls from the top. Snap some amazing photos of the jaw-dropping scenery and marvel at the deep turquoise water amid the jungle greenery. Stop for a nice lunch on the way back to Manuel Antonio.

From Manuel Antonio: Shared or Private Transfer to San Jose

8. From Manuel Antonio: Shared or Private Transfer to San Jose

Take the hassle out of your trip to Costa Rica with a pre-booked transfer between Manuel Antonio and San Jose. Enjoy the ride and take in the views as you make your way to the next stage of your journey. With both private and shared options available, choose the transfer that best suits your needs. The daily shared shuttle offers a convenient and affordable way to travel to your next destination while the flexibility of private transportation can make your trip as smooth as possible.

Manuel Antonio: Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Day Trip

9. Manuel Antonio: Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Day Trip

Discover the rich biodiversity of the Manuel Antonio National Park as you stroll along primary and secondary forest trails in the park with a naturalist guide. Enjoy soft drinks during your trip and take advantage of hotel transfers from Manuel Antonio or Quepos. Hop aboard a spacious in airconditioned bus at your doorstep in Manuel Antonio or Quepos. Sit back and admire the countryside on the drive to the Manuel Antonio National Park. Have your park entry fees paid for you so you can concentrate on your tour. Arrive at the park and begin town paths lined with dense vegetation. Listen as your guide shares fascinating facts about the animals that live in this stunning park as well as information on the natural history of the area. Search for wildlife like two and three toed sloths, white faced monkeys, howler monkeys, and squirrel monkeys. Look to the skies for colorful bird species like scarlet macaws, pelicans, tanagers, ospreys, kingfishers, and the yellow-crowned night heron. Watch for scurrying creatures like are iguanas, bright green lizards, slithering snakes, and a huge variety of insects. Return by bus to your accommodation in Manuel Antonio or Quepos at the end of your tour.

Manuel Antonio: Catamaran Cruise to Biesanz Bay with Lunch

10. Manuel Antonio: Catamaran Cruise to Biesanz Bay with Lunch

Discover the beauty of the Manuel Antonio National Park from the water on this catamaran cruise. Search for dolphins, whales, and other marine wildlife as you cruise past tropical islands and white sand beaches. Enjoy lunch, fresh fruit, and soft drinks and fruit juice as you sail.  Be picked up from select hotels in Puntarenas, Punta Leona, and San José in a comfortable bus and transfer to a spacious catamaran that is equipped with bathrooms, waterslides, beach chairs, and snorkeling gear.  Set off on your cruise and discover interesting facts about Quepos and the Manuel Antonio park from the Costa Rican crew members that are eager to show you the best of Costa Rica. Look for spotted dolphins, humpback whales migrating, sea turtles, and manta rays.  Gaze out at mysterious islands, craggy cliffs, and unusual rock formations as you travel along the Manuel Antonio National Park's coastline. Keep an eye out for pelicans, boobies, and ibises which have breeding grounds here.  Be fully engaged as your guide answers your queries, points out interesting sites, and provides a brief overview of the area's history. Anchor in a safe location within the picturesque Biesanz Bay. Where you can snorkel thorugh schools of colorful fish.  Come back on board once you've finished snorkeling and savor an exquisite lunch which includes grilled fish brochettes with onion and green pepper, pasta salad with vegetables, fresh tropical fruits, and natural fruit drinks.  Conclude with a return trip to the Quepos marina and the opportunity to witness a dramatic tropical sunset on the way to the harbor (during summer afternoon tours). Transfer back to your pickup point by bus. 

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What people are saying about Manuel Antonio

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 81 reviews

We had an amazing experience in the Manuel Antonio National Park! Our guide & naturalist, Naza, has a vast knowledge of the local ecosystem and its inhabitants. She helped us spot sloths, lizards, monkeys, spiders, butterflies, grasshoppers, snakes, bats, and hummingbirds as well as a variety of plants. Her spotting scope was very helpful for getting up close without disturbing the wildlife. Parking was easy right at the entrance and Jade Tours was easy to work with.

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.

This was one of my favorite activities in Costa Rica! Roy was very knowledgeable and friendly, we saw lots of animals (scorpion, frogs, snake, spiders, bats, birds), and the dinner they served after the hike was delicious!! I would definitely do this again!

Edgar is a great guide! We have seen many animals (velvet and glass frog included) thank you very much for everything!