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Manuel Antonio National Park, ( nights)
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- 2 bedrooms
- 1 bathrooms
- Sleeps 4
Type: HouseBeachhouse with Great Ocean View
Description from the owner
Enjoy the rainforest and wildlife without roughing it! Manuel Antonio / Quepos is one of the most popular tourist spots in Costa Rica, and this house has just about the best possible view there. Because this neighborhood has the best views in Quepos/Manuel Antonio and three beaches, it has attracted the pricier hotels in the area (Makanda, Mariposa, La Mansion, Issimo and Hotel Parador). We are an affordable 2 bedroom place with AC - much better value than our neighbors.
Available short term only, maximum 2 weeks.
DISTANCE TO THE BEACH: To get to the far end of Espadilla beach (the opposite end from the National Park) and to Dulce Vida beach, ...Read more
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Beachhouse with Great Ocean View
Manuel Antonio National Park, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
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"Manuel Antonio is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Costa Rica and deservedly so. " from "The New Key to Costa Rica", by Beatrice Blake and Anne Becher
"The three beaches, separated by headlands, at Manuel Antonio are as beautiful as any in the world. " from "The Costa Rica Traveler, " by Ellen Searby.
Manuel Antonio is one of the few remaining habitats of a subspecies of the mono titi (squirrel monkey) . Howler and white- faced monkeys, two-toed sloths, coatimundis, and raccoons frequent the beaches, which are shaded by leafy trees. Iguanas pose like statues unless they are moving their heads up and down like pumps (a territorial signal made by males. ) " -- from "The New Key to Costa Rica", by Beatrice Blake and Anne Becher
There is an airport 2. 5 miles away with several daily flights from two commercial airlines. The hospital is next to the airport.
One of Costa Rica's better birding areas; Costa Rica is one of the two best birding destinations in the world. We have a list of 224 bird species found in the area.
Fishing includes black marlin, sailfish, and snapper. There are also dolphins, whales, and giant sea turtles in these waters.
Quepos is a port town, and Manuel Antonio is the adjacent tourism area with beaches and the national park.
Four wheel drive is not necessary, but there are lots of potholes. Highway 27, the new toll road, is the fastest route to the Pacific coast from San Jose.
Flying -- It's only a 20 minutes, and it's a pretty view from the window. The planes are quite small, and they have a strict luggage limit. There are two airlines, Sansa, the national airline service and Nature Air , a privately run airline. Sansa leaves from the main San Jose airport, and Travelair leaves from the Pavas airport, a bit closer to central San Jose.
There is a microbus which goes from Quepos airport to hotels in Manuel Antonio. They charge $2 to $4. You can also charter a private aircraft (anytime) for $140. 00 US with a maximum occupancy of four people.
Swimming: watch out for the riptides on the main beach! The current travels parallel for the length of the beach, then makes a short turn out to sea at the end of the beach, and then dies out. If you know what you are doing, it's fun to let the current carry you, and then swim back in. There's no riptide on the little beaches.
Weather in Quepos/Manuel Antonio area varies between 74 to 95 degrees (23 to 35 Centigrade) . The main seasonal change is the amount of rain; it's pretty dry January through April; afternoon showers April through August; September is the rainiest. December through February it's a very nice temperature; March and April can be pretty hot, but it cools off when the rains come.
Rain gear - you don't need any from January to March. From April to December the rain showers are usually short, but a lot of water comes down. Mornings are usually clear. If it rains, it rains in the evening, sometimes in the afternoon. If I'm just going to be out for a few minutes and it's not a downpour, I just get wet. The rain isn't cold; the air temperature is high; it's pretty humid anyway.
There is a small supermarket in Manuel Antonio, on the land side of the road. They deliver. As you head from Quepos toward our house in Manuel Antonio, it is after the small church, soccer field, pay phone, school and Hotel Lirio and before the Divisamar Hotel and Tulemar Bungalows. This is 1. 2 kilometers (0. 8 miles) from our rental house. There are three or four supermarkets in Quepos and a large one called MaxiPali on the north side of town.
The Sunspot at Hotel Makanda-by-the-Sea. Makanda is next door to our house. From the house walk downhill to the next gate on the right. The Sunspot menu is fancy, includes wines and appetizers, and has a very nice view and pool. Only eight tables; children not welcome. They may close in the low season. If you order from the restaurant you can use the pool. Listed as one of the ten best restaurants in Costa Rica by Eliot Greenspan's restaurant guide. Some of the wines on the wine list are expensive. We saw a troop of coatimundis in the tree by the pool.
Security: Crime in this area tends toward non violent sneak thievery; you are not likely to get attacked, but you should watch your possessions. Don't leave your camera unattended on the beach when you go in swimming, and don't leave it in plain view inside your car. Keep your car locked, and don't leave valuables in it. Lock the house.
Manuel Antonio National Park: The 690 hectare park was established in 1972. It has four beaches curving around a bay full of islands of rock and shaded by trees. This park is one of the most beautiful in the Park System. It has marked walking trails, restrooms and picnic areas. Both Punta Catedral and Puerto Escondido have scenic overlooks. Hours: every day from 8 am till 4 pm (closed on Mondays) . Entrance fee is about $6. 00. It has a variety of wildlife and more than one hundred species of mammals. NOTE: The whiteface monkeys know how to open a zipper on a pack, and they will rummage through your things. Animals commonly sighted include parrots, iguanas (really garrobos) , white-faced and howler monkeys. Also seen: raccoons, tepezcuintles, agoutis, coatimundis, toucans, opossums, sloths, agoutis, peccaries, seabirds, frigate birds, pelicans, terns and brown boobies. At the entrance to the park there are several restaurants, bars, and snack bars. There are also rental shops with boogie boards, mats, towels and beach wear.
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, Warm winter getaways
Nearest airport: Quepos, 5.8 miles
Car is not necessary