Manuel Antonio Getting Around
To get around Manuel Antonio, you'll follow a hilly two-mile main stretch of paved road that starts in Quepos and ends at the Manuel Antonio National Park.
Quepos - the closest town to Manuel Antonio – is small, walkable commercial hub with a bus station, marina, restaurants, banks and shopping. The route from there to the park is lined with a series of hotels and restaurants that ends in the very small beachside town of Manuel Antonio – also walkable.
The public bus is the easiest way to get around, it's cheap, comes around every 30 minutes and drives between Quepos and Manuel Antonio on the main road, but then again taxis aren't too difficult to find either.
Public buses run between Quepos and Manuel Antonio carrying passengers to Manuel Antonio National Park and back. The trip takes roughly 25 minutes and has several stops en route. Buses run from 5:45 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Buses depart every half hour or so and cost about 65 cents each way.
Bikes & Scooters:
Several hotels and roadside stands offer bicycle rentals for around $15 per day. Both are inexpensive but the road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio is extremely steep and hilly; a challenging ride for even experienced bicyclists.
There are plenty of taxis on hand for visitors without a car. Official red taxis have a bright yellow sign on the side and are always equipped with a meter, but that doesn't mean they'll always use it. Make sure you negotiate taxi fare before you get in to ensure you get the best deal.
Red Taxi: 2777-3080 or 2777-1207. Sample one-way taxi fares:
Quepos to Manuel Antonio: $8
Quepos to regional airport: $8
Manuel Antonio to regional airport: $15
Collective taxis, visible by the blue circle on the door, will take you back and forth between Quepos and Manuel Antonio for just a dollar per person, but they'll continue to pick-up and drop –off people on the way.