Manuel Antonio National Park is a small National Park in the Central Pacific Conservation Area located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, just south of the city of Quepos, Puntarenas, and 132 km (82 miles) from the national capital city of San José. Established in 1972 with a land area enumerating 1983 ha (the smallest of any Costa Rican national park), it is the destination of as many as 200,000 visitors annually and well known for its beautiful beaches and hiking trails. Recently, Manuel Antonio was listed by Forbes magazine among the world's 12 most beautiful national parks.This Park has one of the most impressive landscapes of the world and has several coves with many white sand beaches and lush foliage amidst great mountains and forests that reach the beaches. Additionally, it is located in the tropical forest. It has a large land and marine biodiversity with beautiful coral reefs, and lately is usual to see the humpback whales playing with their babies along the green waters nearby to the Park.
Quepos is the capital of Quepos canton in Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica. The former port town is about 60 Kms South (in a straight line) from Costa Rica's capital, San José, but is 157 km from that city by road if going through the localities of Orotina, Tárcoles and Jacó. Quepos is the gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park. The city is very tourism-oriented, having many bars and restaurants and a vivacious night-life where you can blend with the friendly locals. The town is named for the native Quepo Indians who inhabited the place in the colonial era. Quepos is worldwide famous for Sportfishing and has to offer numerous species of fish, especially Pacific Sailfish, Black and Blue Marlin, Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, Yellow fin tuna, Red Snapper, Snook, Roosterfish and more…
Located on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast, our world-class marina welcomes you to experience the lush beauty and warm hospitality of one of the world’s top boating destinations. Marina Pez Vela provides wet slips for rent as well as a variety of services and amenities.
The Juan Santamaría International Airport (IATA: SJO, ICAO: MROC) is the primary airport serving San José, the capital of Costa Rica. The airport is located near the city of Alajuela, 20 km (12 miles) west of downtown San José. It is named in honor of the Costa Rica's national hero, Juan Santamaría.
Manuel Antonio, 1 kilometer down the hill of La Mariposa Hotel
Biesanz is a pristine beach frequently visited by locals on the weekends. To access the beach, follow signs to Parador Hotel and continue on the gravel road until it dead ends. There is good snorkeling directly offshore and equipment is usually available for rent at a small beach stand. Parking is available along the road, and the beach is a short downhill hike from there.