Manuel Antonio National P
Manuel Antonio National P

Manuel Antonio National Park

Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio National Park, a small national park in the central Pacific region of conservation located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, south of the town of Quepos, Puntarenas, and 132 km from the capital San José. Founded in 1972 with an area of ​​4014 hectares (16.24 km ² list) (the smallest of all the national parks of Costa Rica), is the fate of more than 150,000 visitors per year and is known for its beautiful beaches and trails hiking. It is also famous for being a very gay-friendly and well oriented.

Four beaches are within park boundaries Manuel Antonio, Escondido and Playita South Scull. With their large light sand berms, it is easy to see why attract swimmers of all ages.


The first is separated from the second by a "tombolo" or land bridge formed by natural sand accumulations. Visitors can enjoy a walk of about an hour Espadilla top of Punta Catedral (100 m). Both Manuel Antonio and South Espadilla contain tidal pools and offer the opportunity to dive.

Despite Manuel Antonio National Park is the smallest national park in Costa Rica, the diversity of wildlife in its 6.83 km ² is unequaled with 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds. [1] Both Brown-throated three-toed sloth and two-toed sloth Hoffmann (lazy) are one of the main characteristics and the mantled howler monkey, squirrel monkey, Central American and white capuchin monkey head.


Black spiny-tailed iguana, green iguana, common basil, white-nosed Coati and many snake species of bats are also common in the park. Among the 184 species of birds [1] are toucans, woodpeckers, potoos, momotos, tanagers, Turkey Vulture, parakeets and hawks. Dolphins can be seen there, and migrating whales occasionally. Scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, and provide opportunities to discover the tropical wildlife that enriches Manuel Antonio.

Manuel Antonio Costa Rica is the second most visited park behind the Poas National Park [citation needed], which is very close to San Jose, the country's largest urban area. The park's popularity has led to the development of the surrounding areas, with environmental impacts in forests and beaches.