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Espadilla Beach

Espadilla Beach

Quick Facts

  • Location : Manuel Antonio

Playa Espadilla's toasted barley sands stretch out along the coast for more than a mile across the Manuel Antonio coastline. It's the most popular beach with tourists and the closest to downtown Manuel Antonio. On most days, you can find vacationers lounging in deck chairs under beach umbrellas, $2 to $10, that dot the beach staring off into the aqua-emerald surf.

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Though the currents can be strong, swimmers and surfers enjoy the waves throughout the year. Surf rentals are set up along the beach offering lessons for $50 and rentals for $10 to $20. Horseback riding, parasailing, banana boat rides are just a few of the other activities available on the beach.

Visitors can enjoy several restaurants and souvenir shops beside the beach while vendors walk the shores selling cold beverages, snow cones and coconut water. Parking areas close by are public property and free of charge. For added security, local parking attendants charge $4 per day to watch your car.

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