Monkeys, Guided Wildlife tours and a Beautiful Beach
This park is just south of Quepos on the Pacific Coast, 132 km from San José. It has white sand beaches backed by primary tropical forest There are also mangrove swamps, lagoons and beach vegetation. This area boasts 109 species of mammals and 184 of birds. The park includes 12 little isles just off the coast; these are a number of dolphins and, at times, migrating whales can be observed.
Once you get to the park, many excursions are offered. Drive as far as you can on the road to the park before parking and then pay the guard a thousand colones (approx $2) or so to watch your car.
It takes about 45 minutes to get to Quepos from Canopy Vista. Be sure to go early to avoid afternoon rains. If beaches and wildlife are high ranked items on your"create your vacation" form, this is a great day trip.
The signs into the park are not well marked, but you will see Manuel Antonio signs as you head north towards Quepos. After making the left hand turn off the main highway, look for the car rental place and make another left to get on the right road to Manual Antonio. From the south, we found it a little less well marked than if you are coming towards Quepos from the north. If this sounds like a destination you'd like to visit and you have more questions feel free to contact us.