Ideal for couples, families, solo travelers, first time visitors
Famous for the Manuel Antonio National Park, outdoor adventure, beautiful beaches and wildlife
Manuel Antonio offers a unforgettable jungle and beach vacation filled with relaxation, good food and fun adventures. As gateway to the country’s smallest but most beautiful national park (a title given by Forbes), this scenic coastal village has everything tourists need for a comfortable and convenient stay, especially couples and families looking to splurge on a luxury tropical escape.
Quepos is the nearby local town, home to the world famous marina, Marina Pez Vela.
Manuel Antonio and Quepos are famous for the national park, outdoor adventure, rainforest, wildlife and beaches. They are ideal destinations for first time visitors, honeymooners, couples, luxury travelers and solo travelers.
How to Get to Manuel Antonio/Quepos
Adobe Transfers offers door to door private shuttle services to Manuel Antonio and Quepos, as well as international and local airport transportation. All private shuttle services include one stop along the way.
Below are average rates to Manuel Antonio. Prices are quoted in USD, per way and up to 8 passengers plus luggage.
San Jose International Airport – Manuel Antonio: $220, 3.5 hours
Liberia International Airport – Manuel Antonio: $300, 5 hours
La Fortuna – Manuel Antonio: $305, 5 hours
Monteverde – Manuel Antonio: $315, 4 hours
Samara – Manuel Antonio: $325, 5.5 hours
What to do in Quepos/Manuel Antonio
Most tourists stay 1-4 nights in Manuel Antonio/Quepos and few use it as their home base in Costa Rica. Many tourists also use it as a stopover on their way down to the South Pacific and Osa Peninsula.
Manuel Antonio National Park
Visitors will not be disappointed during their visit to this national park. Spend the day hiking the various trails through the rainforest and along the beach, swimming in the refreshing ocean waters and watching the monkeys jump about. To get the best experience at the park, hire a guide to share the secrets of the rainforest with you.
Visitors are not required to enter the park with a guide, visitors may enter the park on their own. National park tickets must be pre-purchased, tickets cannot be purchased upon entry.
Open Wednesday – Monday 7 AM to 3 PM. $16 + tax for adults
Depart from the luxurious Marina Pez Vela to venture into the open ocean on a private fishing charter. Knowledgeable local boat captains and hired hands will help you get the catch of your life. Spend the day out in the open ocean and other marine life may pass by, such as dolphins and whales.
Starting at $1000 for a full day private charter.
Damas Island Mangroves
This tour is perfect for seniors or families with children. Boat through the Damas Island Mangroves to discover one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world: the tropical mangrove forest. You’ll spend a couple hours in a covered riverboat to spot wildlife such as monkeys, crocodiles, caimans, snakes, bats, birds and more.
Make it a more of an adventure by kayaking through the Damas Island Mangroves, to get very close to the animals and wonderous mangrove trees.
Tour starts at $65 per person.
Happy Hour Beach Sunsets
No visit is complete without happy hour at sunset time. There are many restaurants with killer ocean views, pair that with a glass of wine, a pint of Costa Rican craft beer or a scrumptious tropical cocktail while watching the sun go down and you have the perfect way to end a fun filled day.
Ziplining or White Water Rafting
Throw some adrenaline into your vacation on a ziplining tour or a white water rafting day. Raft through rivers of Class 2, 3 and 4 rapids or fly through the tropical rainforest canopy on an exciting ziplining tours.