Manuel Antonio National Park’s long, sandy beaches fringed by forest are much photographed. The park includes lagoons, mangrove swamps and 12 small islands.
It is the smallest national park in the country, at 736 hectares, but has high numbers of animals and birds, many of which are endangered. There’s a network of marked trails making it easy to explore. One of these routes leads up to Cathedral Point, connected to the mainland by a narrow land bridge, with great views.
There are four beaches, Espadilla Sur, Manuel Antonio, Escondito and Playita, among the best in Costa Rica, ideal for sunbathing and swimming although some are safer from strong currents than others.
You are likely to see squirrel monkeys here which is one of their last remaining natural habitats in Costa Rica. There are white-faced capuchins here too. Small mammals include agouti, coati and two-toed sloth. There is a good variety of birdlife with toucans and parrots as well as kingfishers and pelicans.
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The flying time is about 12 hours from the UK. There are now direct flights from the UK using British Airways. We work with all the major airlines and can offer flights from the UK or via the USA, Panama or a European hub. With the connection times you are looking at around 15 or 16 hours.
Language: Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken throughout Costa Rica
Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
There are no compulsory vaccinations.