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Manuel Antonio's Tropical Romance

Imagine a place where luxuriant rainforest caresses azure ocean, monkeys frolic in the treetops and sunsets set the sky ablaze – this is Manuel Antonio, ideal for couples planning the ultimate romantic getaway. 

Envision a tropical paradise of thatched roofs, white-sand beaches and candlelit dinners. Manuel Antonio is not only the epitome of romance, it’s a dynamic destination brimming with outdoor adventure and nature excursions that will captivate your hearts. 


For nature lovers, Manuel Antonio offers an array of colorful sights like tropical flowers, sparkling ocean and exotic fauna. You can’t miss a hike through Manuel Antonio National Park, home to the endangered Central American squirrel monkey. Hire a naturalist guide to lead you through the park, and ask him to tailor the hike according to your interests. Take a dip at Playa Manuel Antonio, one of the park’s three private beaches, and relax under the shade of sea almond trees after a swim in warm Pacific waters. 


Treat yourself to a variety of adrenaline-fueled activities that will make you gasp with glee and scream in exhilaration. For an extraordinary adventure, go extreme: experience the roar of a waterfall as you rappel down its rock face; enjoy the silence of parasailing 600 feet above the beach; or zone in on your ATV’s powerful drone as you splash across rivers. 


Delicious scents emanate from Manuel Antonio’s gourmet restaurants. From fresh-caught seafood to fusion cuisine, the area’s accomplished chefs prepare some of the country’s finest gastronomic fare. For a more casual experience, set sail on a catamaran cruise, where idyllic scenery and crystalline waters set the mood for romance. Let the fresh ocean breezes wash over you as a brilliant sun sets over a horizon that seems close enough to touch.


Villa Vanilla, a sustainable spice plantation on the outskirts of town is a must-visit for foodies. Enjoy a unique sensory experience as you see, touch and taste many of the farm’s products, including peppercorn, chocolate, Ceylon cinnamon and, of course, vanilla. You’ll hike through an epiphyte and rock garden trail before settling in to nibble on homemade cakes, cookies and ice cream. As a memento of your visit, consider picking up some organic vanilla beans to make your own extract or vanilla sugar.


It’s tempting to over schedule your days here, but be sure to reserve some time for a bit of pampering. Several luxury spas dot the area, and many boutique hotels offer their own wellness services. Indulge in a hot stone massage, rejuvenating facial, chocolate-mint mineral scrub, or a couples’ treatment customized to your preferences. Surrounded by the sounds of the jungle, your therapist will ease you into a state of total relaxation. 

Experience after sensational experience, Manuel Antonio is a treat for honeymooners and those in search of tropical romance. Up the ante even more at an upscale hotel, where sweeping ocean views, plush king-sized beds, and made-to-order breakfasts are just some of the perks that await you. Here’s to romance!