Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park Nature Hike

Explore the lush rainforest and stunning beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park on a guided hike

Overview

Discover the natural beauty of the world-famous Manuel Antonio National Park on a hike with an expert guide. While trekking the two-mile (3.2-km) trail, keep your eyes open for monkeys, sloths, birds, reptiles, and butterflies in the wild. The path through the lush rainforest leads you to the sandy beaches and bright blue waters of one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. 

Highlights

  • Hike through the pristine rainforest of Manuel Antonio National Park 
  • Spot monkeys, sloths, birds, and reptiles in their natural habitat
  • Splash around the crystalline waters on one of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches

Know before you go

Duration
4 hours
Recommended for
All ages
Group
Small group
Food & Drink
A snack is included

What you'll do

The day begins with a pick-up at your hotel. Make the short transfer to the hike's starting point in Manuel Antonio National Park, where you'll meet your guide and hear an overview of the national park's wildlife and natural highlights.

Follow your guide on a two-mile (3.2-km) trail through the rainforest, spotting sloths, monkeys, reptiles, butterflies, and various birds along the way. The walk is easy with mostly flat trails—perfect for families with kids. A naturalist guide will point out the more than 300 species of mammals and birds that call this reserve home, including three-toed sloths, hawks, iguanas, and several different species of monkeys.  You'll have the opportunity to use the guides' Pentax and Swarovski telescopes if you like.

You'll end up at one of the country's most famous beaches. Take 20 minutes to relax, swim, take photos, and appreciate the scenery before being transferred back to your hotel.

Start times

  • Daily
    7:30 am, 12:30 pm
  • Tuesday
    Not available

What's included

  • Transportation to and from your hotel
  • Bilingual guides
  • Park entrance fee
  • Snacks

Traveler reviews

Overall Rating (16 reviews)
4.8 out of 5
Feature ratings
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4.7
Guides, Drivers and Staff
4.8
Transport
4.9
Seth
Seth E.
Garberville, CA | Reviewed on Sep 24, 2022
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loved this park! read more

loved this park!

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Give yourself time to explore beaches, even worth coming on separate days because the beach is so private and beautiful

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The guide was one of the most knowledgeable guides we had our entire trip; he was also weirdly an anti-Darwin evangelist for Intelligent Design, but that just added some character to the trip.
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we were right next door to the park! Couldn't have better transportation.
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Franya B.
Greenburgh, NY | Reviewed on Sep 07, 2022

Poured rain so affected our experience and it was our third natural park walk with a guide. Beaches, however, are beautiful. Would have preferred more time to enjoy the beaches. read more

Poured rain so affected our experience and it was our third natural park walk with a guide. Beaches, however, are beautiful. Would have preferred more time to enjoy the beaches.

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Sarah M.
Qatar | Reviewed on Aug 31, 2022
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The park is so beautiful and there are so many sloths!! The beaches are stunning! Our guide Danny was great, such a lovely man. read more

The park is so beautiful and there are so many sloths!! The beaches are stunning! Our guide Danny was great, such a lovely man.

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The hike is a walk, tale everything you need to stay the day as you can shower, change and get food here. The beach is worth staying for.

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Blair
Blair H.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

So much nature. Animals, reptiles, insects... I thought this was just a hike but it was more like living a real life national geographic expedition. My 10 year old daughter had her mind blown and literally came home and made her own documentary about how amazing this tour was. Special thanks to Andrey Obando who I think is the best guide there is. He made a special effort to connect to our daughter and she was just thrilled (as were we) with the whole experience. You also end up at one of the... read more

So much nature. Animals, reptiles, insects... I thought this was just a hike but it was more like living a real life national geographic expedition. My 10 year old daughter had her mind blown and literally came home and made her own documentary about how amazing this tour was. Special thanks to Andrey Obando who I think is the best guide there is. He made a special effort to connect to our daughter and she was just thrilled (as were we) with the whole experience. You also end up at one of the most beautiful beaches around.

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Andrey Obando was our favorite guide of our entire trip (which is saying a lot because they were all great).
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Jenelle B.
Santa Monica, CA | Reviewed on Aug 09, 2022

Danny of Toucanes Tours was a wonderfully kind and knowledgeable guide. His English is phenomenal and he clearly enjoys what he does. We saw many animals during our two-hour walk and enjoyed a brief break at the park’s beach. 10/10!! read more

Danny of Toucanes Tours was a wonderfully kind and knowledgeable guide. His English is phenomenal and he clearly enjoys what he does. We saw many animals during our two-hour walk and enjoyed a brief break at the park’s beach. 10/10!!

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Anna L.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Aug 02, 2022
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Thank you to our wonderful guide, Carla for spotting all the wildlife (we don't know how you manage to see some of the well camouflaged insects and animals), flora and fauna and particularly for help us take some tremendous photographs through your binoculars with our smart phones.

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Thank you to our wonderful guide, Carla for spotting all the wildlife (we don't know how you manage to see some of the well camouflaged insects and animals), flora and fauna and particularly for help us take some tremendous photographs through your binoculars with our smart phones.

Tips for future travelers

Don't get caught short without your waterproofs or umbrellas as we had. We should have known better :)

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Sonya P.
Austin, TX | Reviewed on Jul 17, 2022
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Saw lots of wildlife through a telescope. read more

Saw lots of wildlife through a telescope.

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Highly recommend a guided hike. You’ll miss a lot going by yourself.

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Our guide was fantastic! Super knowledgeable and enthusiastic!
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Abby S.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Jul 13, 2022
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Lovely park with lots of wildlife but busier than other areas so harder to see mobile wildlife read more

Lovely park with lots of wildlife but busier than other areas so harder to see mobile wildlife

Tips for future travelers

There are lots of taps along the route with drinkable water so no need to take loads of water. You can't take any food in with you but there is a nice cafe in the park. Be prepared to queue though! We stayed in the park after the tour and walked some of the other routes too.

Quality of Experience
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Worked hard to spot larger wildlife for us. Would have been nice to have more explanation of the plants too.
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Naomi
Naomi D.
Sacramento, CA | Reviewed on Jun 12, 2022

Carla was a very nice naturalist guide. We were able to see several animals, and she was very informative and patient. read more

Carla was a very nice naturalist guide. We were able to see several animals, and she was very informative and patient.

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chari p.
Asheville, NC | Reviewed on May 29, 2022

Danny was our guide and took a lot of time to help us to view the animals of the park. It was not a strenuous hike and we had time to enjoy the beach. read more

Danny was our guide and took a lot of time to help us to view the animals of the park. It was not a strenuous hike and we had time to enjoy the beach.

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Danny was excellent
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Itineraries with Manuel Antonio National Park Nature Hike

Costa Rica Highlights: Self-Drive Adventure - 11 Days

This self-guided road trip is ideal for those who love adventure. Visit Costa Rica's highlights, from the famous Arenal Volcano to the misty cloud forests of Monteverde and powdery beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. Along the way, you'll fly over the treetops on a zip line tour, swim in waterfall lagoons, and spot wildlife on nature walks and snorkeling excursions.

Costa Rica Hiking Adventure - 10 Days

Checking off three key regions in Costa Rica, this 10-day itinerary is perfect for adventurous travelers. The trip starts with a visit to Costa Rica's famous Arenal Volcano for hiking and natural hot springs before continuing to the Pacific Ocean for some beach time at Manuel Antonio National Park. Finish off in one of the country's most remote areas—Osa Peninsula—for undeveloped rainforests, rare wildlife, and near-empty coastline.

Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio Self-Drive - 11 Days

This itinerary combines mountain excursions with a bit of a beach holiday and some aquatic adventure. You'll arrive in Liberia, the hub of Costa Rica's Guanacaste Province. From there, drive to Arenal Volcano National Park, where you'll hike to a waterfall, relax in natural hot springs, and raft world-class whitewater. Then it's west to the Monteverde to see the cloud forest canopy via suspension bridges and a zip-line tour. A drive south will take you to Manuel Antonio, a unique destination with a combination of the beach, jungle and national park. After a couple days enjoying the beach and wildlife in Manuel Antonio, you'll return to San Jose for your journey home.

Discover Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, and Tamarindo - 12 Days

Costa Rica prioritizes the protection of its abundant (and delicate) biodiversity, and national parks and reserves make up nearly a quarter of the country's land. This makes it a fabulous spot for travelers keen on experiencing outdoor activities and spotting wildlife. This immersive 12-day trip includes a guided nature hike in coastal Manuel Antonio National Park, birdwatching and zip-lining in the Monteverde Could Forest Reserve, and aquatic fun in the estuaries of Tamarindo.

Costa Rica Cultural Tour - 8 Days

On this 8-day adventure, experience every facet of Costa Rica's culture, from food to national museums, native people, and even wildlife. Starting and ending in San José, the itinerary includes a visit to a coffee plantation, immersing with one of the country's last indigenous tribes, and opportunities to explore by land and sea.