- Explore Manuel Antonio National Park on a guided nature hike
- Spot frogs, lizards, spiders, snakes, birds, and monkeys in the wild
- Learn how to surf on one of Pacific Costa Rica's most popular beaches
- Kayak through a mangrove in the Damas Island Estuary
|Day 1||Arrive in San José & Transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park||Manuel Antonio|
|Day 2||Explore Manuel Antonio National Park||Manuel Antonio|
|Day 3||Kayak Through the Mangrove & Learn to Surf at Playa Scull||Manuel Antonio|
|Day 4||Transfer to San José, Depart|
Day 1: Arrive in San José & Transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park
Welcome to Costa Rica! After arriving in San José, you'll transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park in a private, air-conditioned minivan. You'll stop along the way in the town of Tárcoles and make your way to a bridge over the Tárcoles River. The river is famous for having the largest American crocodile population in Central America, and this is your chance to see these toothy reptiles in the wild. You can usually see at least a dozen sunbathing on the riverbanks or floating in the water from the bridge.
Continue to Manuel Antonio National Park, check in to your hotel, and get some rest before the next day's excursion. If you have the energy or inclination, both the beach and the edge of the national park are close to town, so you can easily spend time here with water sports on Espadilla Beach or a hike on the trails through the forest. You can also explore the adjacent town of Quepos for sunset views. Or you may prefer to take it easy, wandering at your own pace and stopping for dinner in a local restaurant. Here are some dining recommendations for the area.
Day 2: Explore Manuel Antonio National Park
Today you'll go on a guided tour to explore the pristine natural beauty of the world-famous Manuel Antonio National Park, filled with exotic wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, birds, reptiles, and butterflies. Your picturesque hike will take you to one of the country's best beaches, known for its white sand and clear blue waters. Have your camera ready as your knowledgeable guide points out diverse flora and fauna along the way.
After nightfall, you'll go on another guided hike to spot nocturnal wildlife, including frogs, lizards, mammals, insects, spiders, snakes, birds, and much more. Then get some rest before tomorrow's kayaking and surfing adventures.
Check out the Ultimate Guide to Manuel Antonio National Park for more information.
Day 3: Kayak Through the Mangrove & Learn to Surf at Playa Scull
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Today you'll explore the Damas Island Estuary and mangrove ecosystem on a kayak, gliding along the water while birdwatching and admiring the verdant flora of the area. You'll weave your way through the natural tunnels and passageways created by the ebb and flow of the river as you discover this fascinating tidal world. The unique conditions created by the shifting sediment and saltwater in the mangroves attract various sea animals. Your experienced guide will spot flora and fauna along the way, pointing out species such as reptiles, anteaters, and monkeys. Birdwatchers will be delighted by the variety of avian life.
In the afternoon, you'll have the chance to take a surfing lesson at Playa Scull. Alternatively, relax on the beach and enjoy the scenery on the last day of the trip! Find out more here about learning to surf at Playa Scull.
Day 4: Transfer to San José, Depart
The trip ends today. You'll transfer from the national park to San José and head to the airport to catch your flight out. Safe travels!
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