Manuel Antonio in Pictures
The lush green hues of the lowland tropical rainforest compliment the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean drawing in more than 160,000 visitors every year to Manuel Antonio National Park.
Grab a towel, a pair of binoculars and some hiking shoes; you'll want to cover as much ground as you can to explore the park's beaches, secondary and primary rainforests, mangroves, marshlands and rocky islands. Manuel Antonio Beach, the park's most popular destination, is a stunning tropical cove featuring white sands, and crystal blue waters.
In between the folds of the forest and the beach you'll catch glimpses of some of Costa Rica's most unique wildlife like the titi monkey, a grey-brown squirrel-like monkey, found only in Manuel Antonio.
Some 200 species of mammals and 150 species of birds live in and around Manuel Antonio National Park. It's not uncommon to see two- and three- toed sloths slumbering, capuchin and howler monkeys scrambling between trees and white-nosed coatis scampering across the forest floor. Search among the canopies for the colorful palette of the fiery-billled toucan and the squirrel cuckoo or look in the marsh lands for the bright orange bill of the black-bellied whistling duck.