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Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park is a small National Park located in the Central Pacific Conservation Area of Costa Rica. Established in 1972 with an area covering 4,014 acres (16.24 km2), the smallest of Costa Rica's parks, it is a biological oasis and the destination of as many as 150,000 visitors annually. It is well known for its beautiful beaches and hiking trails. In 2012, Manuel Antonio was listed by Forbes among the world's 12 most beautiful national parks.

There are four beaches within the limits of the park: Manuel Antonio, Espadilla Sur, Teldoro, and Playita. With their large light sand berms, it is easy to see why they attract beach goers of all ages. The first is separated from the second by a "tombolo", or natural land bridge formed by sand accumulations. Visitors may enjoy a roughly hour-long hike from Espadilla to the top of Punta Catedral (100 m). Both Manuel Antonio and Espadilla Sur contain tidal pools great for snorkeling.

Although Manuel Antonio National Park is Costa Rica's smallest national park, the diversity of wildlife in its 6.83 km2 (3 sq. mi) is unequaled with 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds including the Fiery Billed Acari, Brown Pelican, Laughing Falcon and the Kingfisher.

Both Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth and Hoffmann's Two-toed Sloth (perezosos) are a major feature, as are three of Costa Rica's four monkey species: the Mantled Howler monkey, Central American Titi (Squirrel) Monkey, and White-headed Capuchin monkey. Black Spiny-tailed Iguana, Green Iguana, Common Basilisk, White-nosed Coati and many snake and bat species are also common in the park.

Included in the 184 bird species are toucans, woodpeckers, potoos, motmots, tanagers, Turkey Vulture, parakeets and hawks. Dolphins can be observed there, as well as the occasional migrating whale. Scuba diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, mountain biking, and hiking provide opportunities to experience the tropical wildlife that enriches Manuel Antonio.

The Pacific Ocean in front of Manuel Antonio Park is also world renowned for its sportfishing. Inshore fishing can bring in Rooster Fish, Mahi Mahi and Snapper. Offshore angling will provide Amberjack, Marlin and Sailfish.

Costa Rica's Parks are Important and Protected Areas

Here at Costa Verde we encourage our guests to enjoy the park fully, but to follow some recommendations to ensure the safety of its species. We want to share our park with many generations to come.
  • If you need help or have questions please ask the rangers, they are pleased and prepared to help you.
  • All the living things, plants and animals alike share this planet with you. Please respect them.
  • Enjoy the peace and natural sounds of the forest. Do not play radios or make loud noises which could disturb the tranquility.
  • Please keep to the trails. The signs are there for the benefit of all, do not deface or destroy them.
  • This area is a natural preserve. We invite you to observe, enjoy and take as many pictures you like, but please do not remove plants, animals, stones or other material as souvenirs.
  • Please collect your garbage and deposit it in the appropriate containers.
  • Do not feet the wildlife. They can suffer serious health problems if they eat people food.
  • In spite of its biological diversity, many animals living in Costa Rica are hard to observe because of their migratory or reproductive habits, because they are nocturnal or because the forest is too dense to see them clearly.
  • Move quietly and sharpen your observation skills in order to better appreciate the richness of the area.

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