The small and beautiful Central American nation of Costa Rica is famous for its array of spectacular beaches and lush jungles. If you’d really like to get a close-up look at the natural beauty of the country you should consider a trip to Manuel Antonio National Park where you can explore everything it has to offer.
The national park is 683 hectares in size, meaning it’s actually the smallest in Costa Rica, but it’s definitely one of the most interesting and scenic in the nation and the world for that matter.
It was opened back in 1972 when the government realized area’s wildlife and natural beauty should be preserved as well as possible so future generations of people could enjoy it.
The park is home to numerous lagoons, coral reefs, swamps, beaches, islets, thick rainforests and bays making it a hit with watersports enthusiasts, adventurists, hikers, and nature lovers.
If you’re looking to see some amazing wildlife you’ll find many interesting and often rare species. These include sloths, iguanas, colorful crabs and squirrel monkeys. If you’re lucky you might also get a glimpse at some whales and dolphins.
The cliffs that jut out at Cathedral Point are quite interesting and they divide the sandy Playa Espadilla Sur and Playa Manuel Antonio beaches.
The park lies to the south of the charming town of Quepos, which is located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. You’ll find several fine hotels and restaurants in the area that fit all travel budgets.
The nation’s capital city, San Jose, is about 100 miles from the park and you can get there by bus as well as drive yourself. If you’re going to explore it on your own, you should consider renting a four-wheel drive automobile as the local roads are often quite challenging.
Another great way to get to the park and view its beauty is by air and you can take a plan trip there from San Jose, which takes about 20 minutes.
There are quite a lot of tours to Manuel Antonio National Park, but you might enjoy it better and have more freedom if you explore this excellent example of Mother Nature at her best on your own.