Manuel Antonio National Park
may be one of the smallest protected areas in Costa Rica (just 7.66 square miles), but it's one of the most popular. A favorite wedding site and destination for honeymooners, it's also home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Moreover, the area is incredibly biodiverse, as it's one of the few places in Costa Rica featuring a protected tropical wet forest. Within this biosphere reserve, you'll find sections of the Savegre River
(perfect for rafting excursions), diverse wildlife such as various species of monkey (howler, squirrel, and capuchin), and exotic birds like macaws and kingfishers.
Then, there are the beaches. Another reason foreigners and locals alike flock here is to partake in some of the best snorkeling and kayaking in the country. The ideal vantage point to marvel at the coastline is from a two-person, open-seat ocean kayak.
Your kayak adventure begins near Pez Vela Marina
in the town of Quepos
and winds along Manuel Antonio's unspoiled coastline. As for snorkeling, you'll head to the beaches of Biesanz Bay
for a swim and to enjoy a picnic on the sand. Then, dive into the water and snorkel just offshore, where a long coral reef home to colorful marine life awaits you.
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