Manuel Antonio National Park

Written by Christa Gatewood
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Despite being the smallest national park in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio National Park is the most famous and often visited park in the country. The park is overflowing with abundant vegetation and wildlife. The park itself occupies over 1,685 acres of land and is home to over 100 species of mammals, 353 species of birds and 138 species of trees. Its ecological diversity is what attracts so many people to the park.

Manuel Antonio National Park Activities

The park offers a number of different activities for the adventurous traveler. Hiking and bird watching are popular among ecotourists. There are miles of well-tended trails throughout the park that make exploring easy. You can either see the jungle on your own or as part of a guided tour. The trails are safe enough to travel without a guide during the day, but using a guide is recommended to get the most out of the experience and avoid unnecessary dangers.

The beaches in the park also offer a number of exciting activities, including sea kayaking, surfing, and horseback riding. Few experiences rival watching a brilliant red and orange sunset while riding horseback on the beach. It is a wonderful romantic experience for couples to share.

There are also a number of exciting water activities to be had at the islands off the park beaches. Snorkeling and scuba diving open up underwater worlds of exotic fish and brilliant live coral. Most hotels along the park's edge can direct you to snorkeling and scuba diving excursions. If you are up for some water sports in the forest, there is white-water rafting in the Savegre and Naranjo rivers of the back country.


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