Manuel Antonio National Park
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Manuel Antonio National Park is the smallest park in Costa Rica, but one of the largest in terms of biodiversity. The beautiful white sand beach is considered the most beautiful in Costa Rica.
The day starts off with shuttle pickup from your hotel before being driven to the park where your bilingual guide will be waiting to meet you. Transportation times to the park varies from approximately 15 minutes to one hour and a half depending on how far your lodging is from Manuel Antonio.
The park is loaded with wildlife such as sloths, monkeys, toucans and parrots. With a little luck and cooperation from Mother Nature, your naturalist guide will lead the way pointing out an abundance of wildlife, flora and fauna found within the canopy.
The trails of Manuel Antonio National Park are well-groomed and are considered easy to walk. Your guide will have special gear for spotting wildlife, and will be happy to combine your camera with the spotting scope to take photos for you.
After walking through the canopy and spotting wildlife, you will reach a beautiful, white sand beach where you can rest and take a dip in the clear waters or sit in the shade. The park provides changing facilities so be sure to bring along your bathing suit and towel to enjoy a swim.
Afterwards you will make your way back through the trails where you will possibly see more wildlife. Transportation by shuttle will be provided to return you to your hotel. Depending on your hotel’s location there may be an additional charge for certain outlying areas.
This enlightening half day safari includes transportation and a bilingual guide. Tours are not available on Mondays and the park no longer allows people to re-enter after leaving the grounds. It is recommended you bring: a camera, a snack, water, sturdy shoes, sun block, rain gear, binoculars, and a bathing suit and towel if you would like to swim at the end of the hike.
At a Glance
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Location and GPS Coordinates: Latitude: N 9°23'25.3". Longitude: W 85°51'22.74"
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What To Bring:
Biinoculars, water, a snack, camera, sturdy shoes, insect repellent, sun block, towel, bathing suite, rain gear. Please note that you can no longer re-enter the national park after leaving.
Location and Availability:
The Manuel Antonio National Park is available from Dominical, Herradura, Jaco, Manuel Antonio, Palo Seco-Esterillos area, and Uvita.
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Overall experience: 9.21 out of 10 from 740 reviews
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04/08/2017: The guide had loads of info, could spot wildlife we would have no hope of seeing otherwise, showed us through his spotting scope and used it to take amazing pictures on my smart phone! Saw both kinds of sloths, all three types of monkeys, interesting and beautiful birds, insects and reptiles!
04/05/2017: Andres was great, knowledgeable. Helped with photos and got to see both types of sloth!
04/01/2017: Would have preferred to have taken this tour the first day we arrived versus the last day; way too crowded; not very many animals at the time of day; a long walk with little benefit. Could have done this on our own.
03/30/2017: So very exciting to see sloths, howler monkeys, white faced monkeys, lizards, snakes, etc. Such a great time. The beach was wonderful. We stayed behind so that we could enjoy more of the ocean.
03/30/2017: Way too overcrowded. The 'trail' we walked was in fact a service road. The crowds were the most dense of any of the wildlife tours we experienced. Again, we saw lots of wildlife, but when you are jostled by crowds, it definitely takes away from the experience.
03/29/2017: This was too long, not very exciting. It was difficult to see the wildlife and could only see them through the guide's telescope. The kids got bored and went to the beach, the guide talked too much. He was obviously very passionate about the wildlife but it was a little long of a tour for us. The beach was fun, although we would have gone to the other side had we known they had surfing rentals available. We found this out when we left and were waiting for our hotel transportation. Also, Hotel Parador has so much wildlife (we saw macaws, monkeys, sloths) that there's no reason to go to the park. We saw more animals out in the open at the hotel than we did at the national park!
03/25/2017: It was great to see the animals and be able to take good picture of them through the guide's telescope! The beach is simply amazing.
03/17/2017: SO many people on the guided walks to the beach, and so many people and vehicles going past as we were viewing wildlife. That said, there was lots to see, and the guide was great at pointing out creatures we would have walked right past. The beaches were lovely and amenities were more than I had assumed would be there.
03/15/2017: Hugely overrated. Did not enjoy having to look through telescope. Saw few animals. Spiders and monkeys and sloths from a very big distance. We saw more animals from our hotel. The guide wasn't very informative or passionate like the other guides we had. He was talking on the phone on the walk back.
03/14/2017: The crowds lined up for the Manuel Antonio Park when we were scheduled to go there were huge. We missed the tour pick up and went on our own to the park. There were so many people in the park that day so that we were amongst crowds most of the time during our visit to Manuel Antonio Park.
03/10/2017: Another one of our favorite tours! Andres was a great guide--knew all about sloths.
03/04/2017: Fun time, we opted to stay in the park after the tour so we missed out on the snack afterwards which was fine.
03/01/2017: The tour guide tried to show us the same thing too often, the beach inside was great however if we were not in a local hotel I would of been disappointed as tour guide did not leave enough room to visit beach so people had to make their own way back to hotel if they wished to stay a bit. We did as were only a 2 min walk & had a lovely afternoon on a spectacular beach.
02/28/2017: This was a little more strenuous than I had expected, but that was due to my personal stamina at the time. The guide & telescopes made this trip. The stop at the Marlin after for fruit & drink was welcome.
02/26/2017: Being on Sunday, many tours were happening at the same time making hearing the guide difficult.
02/25/2017: This was the best activity we did. We love walking in woods, and seek our parks wherever we go. Our guide was AAA+++. Loved all the birds, animals and insects he showed us.
02/23/2017: Saw many animals, guides have incredible ability to spot creatures that are invisible to the untrained eye!
02/21/2017: It's not the fault of anyone, but I was hoping to see exotic birds.
02/21/2017: Hot day. Not sure what to expect. Went in am and many tourists. Guide was super knowledgeable. Tour was very long and a bit lengthy in terms of information. Was not well informed of where to go after tour or where to catch bus back. Also... not enough food for all tourists.
02/19/2017: The park became very crowded but we enjoyed the guided tour.We stayed for an hour on the beach. Please let future guests know they need to take food and water as there is nothing to purchase.We would love to see the option of being able to come back later in the day with your ticket as the entrance fee is high.
02/19/2017: Our guide was great. The park itself is very crowded. It was not what I pictured when I thought of hiking through a jungle. We were under the impression that we would have time to spend at the beach, but we were told that we had to leave with the guide within 15 minutes of getting to the beach, or find our own ride back to the hotel.
02/17/2017: The guide was nice and very knowledgeable. However, I had the feeling that we spent too much time watching the sloths (the first 2-3, it was OK) and we ended up surrounded by people from other groups. We might have missed other animals because of that...
02/16/2017: Great info from the guide and he helped everyone find the animals and take pictures.
02/15/2017: We enjoyed our stay on the beach and our own hikes much more. There were too many competing groups on the main road
02/10/2017: Great excursion. Guide was very helpful, glad we had him. Beach was great.
02/10/2017: Wish we could have seen more animals, but that can't be controlled. The guide was great with what we could see.
02/09/2017: Loved the park, saw much wildlife & the guide was so knowledgeable telling us & showing us close ups thru the viewfinder. He was a great naturalist.
02/04/2017: Bit crowded the day we were there, but it is a fabulous place
02/04/2017: Another great guide who was able to spot insects at 20 meters away!
02/04/2017: Tour was quite short. Could not see that many animals.
01/31/2017: Andre's & Mauricio were on time and so nice. They did there best to make sure we saw EVERY animal, plant, and insect there. Very patient, very kind.
01/27/2017: Fabian (guide) was pointing out several animals we would have missed. Was able to take pictures for us thought his scope. Definitely recommend going with a guide.
01/22/2017: Love this national park. Stayed all day and hiked every trail. It's a must see on any trip to Costa Rica.
01/19/2017: I felt like the guide was a little put out and in a hurry
01/19/2017: We enjoyed the tour so much we even booked an evening tour with the guides through the mangroves.
01/13/2017: You really don't get any closer to the wildlife here. a don't miss for sure.
01/11/2017: The tour was not too big, but there were a lot of people in the park. Our guide was really great at pointing things out and letting us see the binoculars. He was very nice and you could tell enjoyed what he did. We loved being able to stay at the beach after!
01/01/2017: The guide was excellent. Since there are a lot of people walking through the park the animals are a little shy, but we did see a variety due to the keen eye of our knowledgeable and skilled guide. The trail around the peninsula was well maintained and the beach experience was beautiful and refreshing. A lot of monkeys over there!
12/23/2016: Very knowledgeable tour guide. Fun to see the monkeys and raccoons on the beach. Only issue was that the bathrooms were closed on our way out
12/17/2016: Great tour. Guide was excellent. Park was quite crowded, but that is to be expected.
12/11/2016: Without our amazing guide we would have missed so much! Because of him we saw so many beautiful and sometimes strange creatures!
12/11/2016: What an awesome place!
11/27/2016: The continual rain and lack of wildlife was disappointing. Saw beautiful blue morph butterflies and some frogs. Might be better on a sunny day.
11/27/2016: Unfortunately we had this trip during a rain storm. IT was a wonderful experience and our naturalist guide was phenomenal! I would not get over how they could find the smallest creatures well into the forest. They used a spotting scope so we could all see the animals so clearly. He also took photos through his scope for us. I would recommend this trip and allowing for additional time to hike around the park after your tour. We couldn't really enjoy the beach due to the rain but it was really amazing experience. I will return at some point in the future.
11/27/2016: Great Guide again. Very passionate and knowledgeable about the park and made it a great tour.
11/22/2016: Would be nice to have the option to stay longer at the beach and still have transportation back to the hotel.
11/15/2016: Group size was great (6 - 8), very knowledgeable guide. Glad we were given an opportunity to stay in the park and arrange our own transportation back to the resort. Loved the beach. Had nice views of sloth on our way out of the park.
11/09/2016: Our tour guide was amazing. We learned a great deal of information.
09/01/2016: This far exceeded our expectations. We had heard that this national Park was well known and a must see, but I had no idea everything we would actually see. Definitely in list and pay for a guide rather than just doing the walk on your own. The guy knows exactly what to look for and spotted an amazing number of animals and insects that we would have never seen. Bats, spiders, snakes, crickets, birds, all kinds of things. We were also fortunate enough to see multiple two toed sloth's and also three toed sloth's. We also were able to see a troop of monkeys. I do not know if we were lucky or if all of those animals are seen all of the time but we certainly loved it. Our guide was incredible. He has a camera set up such that anyone with an iPhone can attach your phone to his camera and get close up pictures of all of the animals and plants he pointed out. Also, I highly recommend staying down at the beach rather than walking back immediately after the tour. You can stay as long as you like and enjoy the incredible surf. The waves were perfect size for kids mine are 10 years and 14 years of age. After staying as long as you like you have to walk back to town yourself it took about half an hour on our own. Then you have to catch the shuttle to the hotel you are staying at, but that is easy and not expensive. Again I highly recommended this
08/25/2016: Beautiful park and beach which was not too busy at that time of year.
08/10/2016: Disappointing tour, very slow, long and drawn out. The guide was well-informed but slow overall.
08/05/2016: Good tour but a lot of waiting around and the trip back to the hotel was not provided.
08/03/2016: Beautiful park and very knowledgeable guides. The guides have a passion for their environment and very friendly. It was nice they have the telescope so we can see the animals and creatures up close. The beach and rainforest/jungle was amazing and very clean.
07/31/2016: Our guide demonstrated remarkable skills at locating wildlife and he was knowledgeable.
07/29/2016: Loved this a lot. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we wouldn't have seen a lot with out him.
07/22/2016: Our guide was great, funny and informative. I can't remember his name, helped us with some local info too.
07/19/2016: The guides were great! I am very happy we left earlier in the morning. It allowed us to see so much! The guide was also super and taught us a lot. I would recommend to tourist to bring a lunch, water, bathing suits and stay at the beach. Well worth it! However, be warned of the crazy waves and the thieving monkeys! :)
07/19/2016: The tour was really just walking up the same trail that everyone is walking on to go to Manuel Antonio Beach.
The guide was knowledgeable but we expected to go on more of a tour into the selva.
07/15/2016: Very amazing place. Great knowledgeable guide. Worthwhile.
07/14/2016: Closeness to park was great/tour was amazing/Guide (Andrey) was fabulous!
This was one of the top experiences of the trip!
07/13/2016: Tour guide was amazing and the beach was beautiful!! We did have the expectation was to see a little more wildlife -- but know it is nature.
07/09/2016: Rooster was our tour guide and he made sure we all had a great experience and that we saw lots of wildlife
07/08/2016: an enjoyable tour
07/08/2016: the guide was very helpful we would have never seen the animals he was able to point out
07/06/2016: Sadly, underwhelmed - as were had been looking forward to this tour our entire trip. Perhaps it was because we had seen so much wildlife already, it didn't seem like there was much to see. Also, completely out of control of the guide and National Park, we were unable to use the main beach due to crocodiles in the water, which was disappointing after hearing so many wonderful things from other travelers. Overall, we enjoyed our day but felt like we paid a guide to walk us to the beach.
07/03/2016: Our guide was so educated and polite. The park is so neat!! I only wish we understood what could and could not bring into the park sooner. We would have brought lunch and left the my pop up sunshade at the hotel. I wish we had been better prepared so we could have stayed longer. Maybe something good to tell future guests?
06/30/2016: We really enjoyed the tour! We saw so many great animals. I wish I had known the beach was near the park; I would have dressed appropriately.
06/30/2016: our guide was amazing. he was able to spot so many animals, and was well worth having along to point out the amazing wildlife.
06/26/2016: Lots of animals but boring for kids
06/21/2016: way to crowded and from what we understand we were there at the best time. although we did enjoy the walk and wildlife viewing.
06/19/2016: Saw some animals; no where near what any of my family members had expected. Felt like guide was rushing and didn't stop to see or look for any animals on our way out after the 20 minute break at the beach. Was disappointing.
06/19/2016: Great guide and tour, but overcrowded park
06/17/2016: Wonderful part of the trip - our guide was great! Amazing to see such great animals in nature.
06/09/2016: Saw lots of wildlife, and enjoyed the beach. The monkeys at the beach were cool.
05/26/2016: Our guide was excellent in searching out cool things from crabs, to birds nest, spiders and of course monkeys. The beach was cool at the end of the trail. We were not aware that we would have opportunity to swim and did not prepare to stay and swim. I wish we would have. It would have been nice. The beach area had an array of monkeys hanging around to make great picture opportunities and we spied some tricky racoons trying to raid a swimmers backpack.
05/24/2016: Only downside was we didn't know about the beach and not being able to reenter so we forgot our bathing suits and came back two days later for the beach.
05/19/2016: Guide was great and spotting wildlife and taking pictures. Very beautiful park
05/18/2016: The guide was very knowledgeable, fun, and was able to point out many things that we just would have never seen without him. The park was very full of life and the beach was amazing. A-1 all the way. Nothing at all to complain about. We were very happy.
04/29/2016: The park is great. Our guide was good, but we saw more on our own. We did a trail on our own after the guide left us at the beach and saw several monkeys and sloths. Very nice park.
04/26/2016: Very knowledgeable tour guide; saw lots of animals including three different types of monkeys and a sloth so I was super happy!
04/21/2016: Seeing a baby sloth moving in the trees made my day. Great beach too. But too many tourists.
04/17/2016: The guide was very patient to be sure we all saw animals. The walk out at the end of the day was amazing and easy to find our way around.
04/15/2016: Our other tours you arranged in Costa Rica for us were simply better than this one, with smaller groups and more wildlife. The guides were great but we were judging against the other experiences so it just wasn't quite as good. I'm sure if we had done this first, however, it would have been wonderful!
04/14/2016: expert guide! Very hot day, but everyone made the best of it and we saw many animals. The beach was fabulous and the monkeys hilarious
04/13/2016: This wasn't much of a hike.....more like a stroll down a busy road with lots of people and the occasional vehicle. We loved the park and explored more of it on our own after, but we felt the tour was a waste of money.
04/10/2016: Our guide was amazing at spotting the monkeys, sloths and lizards
04/08/2016: We got some great pictures of the animals on this tour.
04/06/2016: The guide was excellent. Very knowledgeable! He made the experience great.
04/05/2016: Very crowded, very few animals and birds without spotting scope would have seen nothing. Very overated
04/03/2016: was not aware that transportation back from the beach was not included unless you left immediately. we stayed. trying to find a taxi took some time
03/31/2016: Very nice park, nice beaches, great guides who are very interested in showing you the sights.
03/29/2016: This tour was way too crowded and not nearly as fun as some of our other tours. We were glad we brought our stuff to stay the day at the beautiful beach as it would have been very disappointing. We still saw some great animals, just way too many people!
03/27/2016: I was sick so I skipped this but the family members that went thought it was ok. It was not a highlight and they likely would not go again. But it was fine.
03/27/2016: Mauricio our guide was super knowledgable and very respectful of the mission to preserve the ecology
03/22/2016: Park and guide were amazing. Gave the logistics a slightly lower mark simply because we ended up waiting45 mins at the end of the tour for another party to finish / have refreshments
03/16/2016: some one prior to the tour should have told us about certain food stuffs which cannot be taken into the park.
03/16/2016: Guides were excellent and extremely knowledgeable. Bus picked us up on time and logistics were good. Tour as shorter than we expected. But guides made every effort to make sure we saw as much as we could. Excellent experience.
03/11/2016: Excellent...... Great to experience the park and then spend the rest of the day on a delightful beach.
03/10/2016: transfers were on time and clean. Tour was as expected and guide was knowledgable and patient.
03/10/2016: Thank you to PTW for organizing this tour with one day notice!
The Driver picked us up right at the front door, dropped us off near the park, told us where to meet for return trip. Also, talked about the area during the drive. Lunch provided was very nice!
03/05/2016: We saw more animals during this walk than we did the rest of the week in Costa Rica! We saw a ton of sloths and monkeys, and the guide was excellent at spotting them. Loved the beach at the end, definitely bring your bathing suit!
03/04/2016: We were lucky that the crowds were not too heavy either on the guided walk or at the beach. Surprising amount of wildlife despite this being so small and busy a place.
03/04/2016: Very lovely with lots of monkeys.
03/04/2016: I rate this a little lower only because the park was so very crowded.
03/03/2016: Wonderful tour. Thoroughly enjoyed this experience and our guide took amazing pictures with our cameras. Very professional.
03/02/2016: Nice guide.
03/01/2016: We weren't prepared for the huge crowd and chaos at the gate. Fortunately, our guide hung back a bit so we didn't feel like we were in the midst of it all. Saw quite a lot of wildlife along the way. The guides carry scopes and let us take turns looking through it which was excellent for being able to get a much better view. Our guide helped folks take photos using it, resulting in great close-ups. We enjoyed the beach. The water here is much calmer than outside the park. Because you can't bring food into the park, we stayed until we were hungry. Walking out, we were treated to a sloth crossing the road.
03/01/2016: Our tour guide was wonderful! He was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We could tell that he really loved his job. We got to see some really cool animals that we otherwise would not have seen on our own!
03/01/2016: fantastic! loved seeing the wildlife pointed out and the beaches were to die for!!!
03/01/2016: When we wanted to stay at the beach after the Park tour, there was no transportation back. We had to take a taxi to get back to the hotel. I think PTW should provide transportation back to the hotel if a tourist chooses to stay and enjoy the beach since the beach is part of the package. The tour is a lot of walking and at times there were uphill climbs...a little hard for elderly tourists, especially considering the weather is hot.
03/01/2016: Wow, this is one overwhelmed little park. The guide, once again, was exceptional. I know they control numbers, but the sheer volume of people in there is hard to take. Nevertheless, it was a positive experience.
02/26/2016: Enjoyed the guide & the park. Loved swimming in the warm water of the bay. Loved seeing the Capuchin monkeys.
02/26/2016: loved the monkeys
02/26/2016: The guide was great and the chance to see all the monkeys was definitely a memory maker.
02/23/2016: We had read that the park was crowded, so that was not a surprise to us. The guides did their best to find interesting wildlife in their scopes and share it with us. It was a very hot day, and a tough 2-hour walk for me, but I enjoyed the wildlife and the Capuchin monkeys at the beach.
02/20/2016: Great Group!
02/18/2016: The guide was great but this place is very busy. So my only issue with it was the amount of people there.
02/18/2016: Really appreciated the fresh fruit and fruit drink after the tour.
02/18/2016: The wildlife and information shared was wonderful.
02/18/2016: Loved the beach! The guide spoke for too long a time. The walk was just so-so. Had it not been for the binoculars, we probably would not have seen too much. It was way too hot to be standing around in the hot sun. I
02/17/2016: The guides have an eagle eye to spot the wildlife. Most were at a distance, but we did get close to a few animals. The beach was beautiful.
02/14/2016: The tour was a bit slow for my taste and the guide had to spend too much time answering other people's questions. It would have been better if it were just our group. Too many people for my taste, but the scenery was breathtaking to say the least. Gorgeous.
02/14/2016: Very interesting sights. Just got in a group of stick in the muds!
02/13/2016: Probably the best day of my trip. Guide was awesome!
02/13/2016: GREAT! We saw a lot of wildlife. Our guide was great and had a wonderful sense of humor. It was very crowded, but the guide told us that Saturday's and Sunday's usually are.
02/11/2016: Way too crowded !!
02/09/2016: Outstanding guide and amazing scenery at the beach.
02/05/2016: Even though it is a busy park, the guides did and excellant job of showing us the plants and birds. Great experience. Only problem was the beach swiming part. The information you gave us indicated there would be time for a swim, but what it actually was, is that if you wanted to swim you would leave the tour at that point and find you own way back to the hotel. perhaps you should put in your information that this is an option after the walk is finished. We would highly recommend this company and its guides for any nature related tours.
02/04/2016: Our guide was very knowledgeable and took pictures of the animals and other creatures for everyone in the group through the spotting scope. We made more friends we others in our group and spent the entire day with them at the phenomenal beach in the park. Monkeys everywhere! So cool!
02/03/2016: It was quite a walk but very informative.
02/03/2016: A lot of walking for us old people! Didn't make it down to the shore, because some of us couldn't of made it back up!
02/03/2016: The park and your guide were great. It was very crowded and slow moving though.
01/28/2016: liked the flexibility to stay in the park after the tour and not feel obligated to go back with the group or we would have missed out on the beach and monkeys
01/28/2016: we had a great guide and the time of the tour - early morning was perfect
01/28/2016: I think going is a "must do", but the nature of the layout of the park, leads it to feel much too crowded. The guide was very knowledgable, and it was necessary to have a guide point out the wildlife. It was difficult to see anything that wasn't focused in by the guides monocular(?), and you might suggest that future guests bring their cell phones for photographs. (Our guide would take a picture with the guests phone off his monocular, and we missed out on that. ) The beach stay seemed unnecessary to us, but in retrospect I think we should have 'lost' the guide on the way back and explored the quieter trails in the park. Maybe next time!
01/28/2016: Our guide was great but I didn't realize it was a group tour from pickup to our tour itself.Also should have provided return transfer for those( most of the group who wanted to stay and visit the beach not just have a look and get back on the bus.
01/27/2016: wish to see a little more animals, but not guides fault
01/27/2016: Loved the park and being able to take pictures thru the guide's telephoto lens. Very informative.
01/26/2016: Enjoyed very much. Tour guide with tripod scope made for very close up views we would not have seen otherwise
01/26/2016: Perhaps to have been able to spend more time at the beach with a way to return to the hotel.
01/24/2016: Great tour, well worth it to have a guide.
01/24/2016: Didn't see as many wildlife as we thought we would
01/24/2016: Tour guide she was awesome and knowledgeable but the park didn't have the wildlife I excepted.
01/23/2016: Awesome guide and park. Great place to see monkeys, birds, frogs etc. Loved loved this tour!
01/23/2016: Wonderful excursion!!! Saw lots of wildlife! Swam in the ocean and hiked the Cathedral hike. Wish the sign for refilling water bottles was more evident, but that is a beautiful spot!
01/22/2016: The guide/naturalist was outstanding
01/22/2016: Incredible sightings of sloths, monkeys, and lizards
01/12/2016: also wish we could have seen more animals, but the guides were well organized and great with questions and information
01/08/2016: Future travelers should know that the hiking part of this adventure is outstanding and you're sure to see animals. A guide is nice with their telescopes. The beach is highly over-rated (rocky) and the amenities in the park are dismal. Would recommend to future travelers to hike the park with a guide; then head back to the public beach for much better experience and access to food/water.
01/07/2016: Very educational experience. Did not see as many animals as we had hoped. Actually saw more wildlife after the tour when we ventured off on our own.
01/07/2016: The guide was good at finding animals etc. and then showing us though a scope and taking pict. for us on our cameras through the scope but not quite what I expected. the Monkeys were great though, I didn't need a scope for them!
01/07/2016: Very crowded and except for monkeys most wildlife was distant and only discernable with a spotter scope. Guide was entertaining. Trails are well-marked and there is a nice beach, but there wasn't really any place to hike away from the crowds.
01/05/2016: Very good tour, although I would have liked it to last longer and to see more.
01/03/2016: Wonderful place.Very crowded though! We went back on another day with the intro the tour provided and spent the day and hiked the beautiful trail to Catedral lookout!. Janan was great! I should have read the details of the preparation, and brought swim suit and SNORKEL gear! My fault it's not all tens.
01/02/2016: A bit crowded but it was New Years weekend.
01/02/2016: There was a lot of people going to the park, so it was a little overcrowded for us. We did see bats, sloths, and monkeys. The street vendor right outside the park was one of the best meals we had on the trip. Be prepared to walk or get a taxi home if you want to stay in the park beyond the tour, like we did.
12/29/2015: Guide was beyond expectations - we saw so much and he was so knowledgable.
12/29/2015: park is okay, nothing to do with the park or logistics but manuel Antonio was very hot and humid, and because we went to arenal first which was awesome MA was a bit of let down. Liked the town of MA but not so much the park, mainly because we had seen a lot of wildlife at arenal already and it was just too hot.
12/27/2015: Way too crowded. The guide was excellent, but the park was wall to wall people.
12/25/2015: This guide was amazing! I'd recommend that visitors always go with a guide. We saw SO MUCH more than we would have without a guide. And he was charming and fun!
12/18/2015: Good experience and learned quite a bit of wildlife and culture.
12/13/2015: Mao was a really fantastic and hilarious guide. He and all the other guides along the way worked really well together in getting us great views of all the wildlife, a lot of great information about them and the ecosystem, and was very helpful in rearranging the later travel arrangements. Although the beginning of the tour when we were waiting to enter the park was a little haphazard due to us waiting an extra 30minutes for additional parties to arrive.
12/13/2015: Awesome tour, excellent guide who was really entertaining but also really knew his facts about wildlife. The pictures we got through their telescopes on our phones are amazing!
12/09/2015: I think that is the tour included time to be spend at the beach and a ride back to the hotel, that this would make this tour better. We felt obligated to stay at the beach and find our own way back to the hotel which ended up be very difficult! The National park and beach we amazing, transport back would of made this tour better.
12/08/2015: Andre was a very experienced and good guide. The park is very very crowded early in the morning. The beach is so spectacular. More emphasis should be put on bringing a swimsuit & towel and spending time on the beach at the end of the tour. We did. We were glad.
12/05/2015: The guide was exceptional and mandatory if you wanted to find things on the tour. He spoke excellent English and was truly concerned for the environment and for the animals, insects and other things we saw. He was very knowledgeable. He was able to set up his spotting scope and show us things we never would have seen on our own. Then he took our cell phones and took some great pictures through the scope. I just wish that I would have recorded some of his explanations about what he was showing us
12/05/2015: The tours for this experience were larger but the guide still made the experience feel very personalized. Throughout all our tours I noticed the guides have a great passion for what they do and a sincere kindness and patience for visitors.
12/05/2015: I'm glad we did this, but it was not what I expected. It's not so much of a hike as it is a walk down a 2-lane dirt road. Being with a guide made all the difference. Otherwise, we wouldn't have seen any of the wild life. The national park was great. Definitely worth the $16 admission.
11/27/2015: Super guide Mauricio...very instructive.had a great day....but HOT and HUMID...
11/12/2015: Loved the monkeys!
10/31/2015: This place was amazing. We had an outstanding guide and a young intern who was also great. While most people were blasting through seeing next to nothing, our guide was spotting all sorts of wonderful things and shooting great pictures for us as well. He was such a knowledgeable young man. This was a fantastic experience for us.
08/28/2015: Just too hot that day to finish with a little child. But, the guide was very good .
08/26/2015: It was amazing how the Guides would locate tiny lizards, Grass Hopper and various species of Monkeys, and helped us take close up pictures.
08/08/2015: pleasantly surprised we saw so many animals in such a crowded park - beach was wonderful!
08/06/2015: Although we did not see too many animals, our tour guide, Andres, was fantastic and knowledgable. Once we were through the national park, we stayed at the gorgeous beach for the remainder of the day and loved every minute of the beautiful sand and water.
08/04/2015: Our guide showed us animals along the way that we would not have seen doing the walk our selves. I did not know what to expect. We were picked up at our hotel, guided on the nature walk to the beach and then left at the beach to make our own way back -- last part our choice. I had hoped to get over to some of the other beaches, but after all the time on the walk and with the heat, only was able to enjoy MA beach with the crowds. Also, I would have prepared and brought some more snacks and water. None were available inside the park and you were not allowed to bring food with you according to the park entrance person and yet there were people picnicking at the beach. We were parched and hungry at the end. We made our way back easily to the restaurant on the corner and by bus to the hotel. We enjoyed the flexibility at the end, not complaining.
08/01/2015: It would have been nice to be able to leave the park, get the refreshment etc and then go back.
07/30/2015: It was interesting but really crowded.
07/23/2015: Unbelievable. It was beyond expectations. Loved seeing things through the scopes. Information given made it all come alive.
07/19/2015: A great guided tour through the National Forest onwards to a beautiful beach. Strange thing, we thought we would enjoy the beach the most, but we actually enjoyed Monte Verde and La Fortuna more. Especially, La Fortuna. For us, I think there was just more things to do and explore.
07/18/2015: Thought i would have seen colorful birds, saw plenty of monkeys!!
07/16/2015: We recommended this specific tour, with Iguana Tours, to everyone we could. Our experience would have been so different without our fun, knowledgeable guide. We were so grateful to have him!
07/14/2015: Miguel was wonderful & spotted SO many things that we never would have seen if we didn't have a guide. He was great at getting thing spotted in his telescope & taking pictures of the zoomed in image. Amazing!
07/09/2015: Andres with Iguana Tours was AWESOME! I felt so lucky he was our guide. He showed us animals we would have never seen or even though was living in the park. He paid special attention to each of us and helped take photos for our memories. He was very informative and funny. We did not stay at the beach and walked back with him. He suggested we take the Iguana Night Damas Island tour even though we were doing the day trip the following day. We did and it was GREAT! Glad it was perfect timing as it was the last night they could do it based on the tides.
07/09/2015: Our tour guide Andre was AMAZING!!!!! I cant say enough great things about him. I would recommend anyone to get on one of his tours. He has a sharp eye and is full of interesting knowledge.
06/30/2015: Our guide was good!!! Funny and informative. We stayed at the beach for awhile so we arranged for our transportation back to the hotel.
06/26/2015: Had hoped to see more animals, but our guide was terrific, and very informative.
06/25/2015: This was a beautiful park. It's hard to explain. It is definitely worth getting a tour guide, at least the first time to see things you would never see on your own and with a scope that makes things so much more accessible. The beach clean, safe and absolutely gorgeous. Plan to bring food, water, towels, suits etc if you plan to stay a while. You have to watch your things carefully. Most people had one person in their group watching all the time while the others were in the water because the local monkeys and racoons will definitely take things if you don't keep someone on watch.
06/24/2015: The guide was great- he even took pics with my phone using his telescope!
06/21/2015: Awesome beach with iguanas a few feet away. Super informed guide. He got so exited when he spotted a rare bat.
06/09/2015: Beautiful park with monkeys! What more could you want?
06/07/2015: I LOVED the park! Our guide, Andreas, was phenomenal and you could tell how much he loved the park and animals. It wouldn’t have been the same without him since we would have missed so much and he was a wealth of knowledge with any questions we had.
06/07/2015: Andres from Iguana Tours was superlative as a guide. He was able to spot things and show them to us through his scope before most people registered there was even anything there. I could not imagine trying to walk through the park without a guide - HIGHLY recommend.
06/02/2015: Should make it explicit that we can go to the beach after the tour.
05/28/2015: The guides using their digital scopes was very cool. That made seeing the animals very easy and safe. The trip is nice and easy for a leisurely stroll through the park. The snack was good and overall it was a very pleasant day. It seemed a little short compared to the excursions of the previous location though.
05/20/2015: This was spectacular. I was so glad we had a guide. I know we would have missed so much on our own. We saw so many animals and birds, and then we stayed at the beach for a couple of hours. Probably my favorite beach ever!
05/10/2015: Very long tour - saw a lot of birds and lizards, very few monkeys and other mammals unfortunately. Beach was lovely.
05/06/2015: Great guide - we were very tired by now and he was very thoughtful and concerned.
05/05/2015: Hubby did not like that they segregated Americans and not Americans. Even though the non Americans were also English speakers.
05/05/2015: Andre was an excellent guide! He was very knowledgable. We saw a large amount of wildlife that we would never have seen without him.
05/04/2015: Try to go on a guided tour if possible - guides are very knowledgeable and their spotting scopes make it easy to see the animals. Guide can take a picture with a cell phone thru the scope and can yield a very nice photo. Pace of tour was leisurely and never felt rushed. Pick up was on time and stop for refreshment after tour was very refreshing.
05/03/2015: Tour guide made this such a great experience. The tour was cut a bit short due to high tides (not sure if that's really why?) because we were allowed to stay at the beach and explore on our own, which we did. Overall a great experience.
04/23/2015: Our tour guide Antonio gets an A+ !!
04/20/2015: Andres was a fantastic guide! We saw so many cool things, and learned so much!
04/19/2015: Our guide was amazing!! So knowledgable, really was a great learning experience.
04/15/2015: Loved every bit of it. Our guide was Mau and he was very knowledgeable and spotted a lot of wildlife. After being on that tour we went on the mangrove swamp tour with the same company - very worthwhile.
04/12/2015: Very cool place to bring the kids to see wildlife.
04/10/2015: unforgettable beaches at the end of a nice walk seeing a lot of animals including of course the monkeys. Putting aside the sunburns, we could have stayed longer in this paradise.
04/10/2015: Andres was an awesome guide. We saw so much more than other larger groups saw.
04/02/2015: Our tour was great - we saw many amazing animals including several sloths. The only drawback was all the crowds of people, both walking on the tour and especially at the beach. Based on the reviews, I was expecting the beach to be less crowded than the public beach, but it was actually more so! We were thrilled to see the monkeys up close at the beach. We wish we would have better understood (before we left our hotel) that if we wanted to stay at the beach, we would have to find our own way home. Overall, we loved it!
03/31/2015: Amazing! The beach was beautiful
03/28/2015: the tour was so-so but the beauty of the beach and all of the wildlife made up for it.
03/27/2015: This tour was very wildlife oriented with not much else in the way of flora and fauna. We did not do much walking and the trail was very flat with nothing much to see but the wildlife. It was not for me.
03/19/2015: There was nothing interesting in this park. Compared to Negro river boat ride this park had nothing to offer. We should have been given another option in place of this park.
03/18/2015: Very competent tour guides. We stayed at the park after the tour and swam. I would recommend others do the same. It was a hike back to the Babaloo, and we considered hailing a cab, but glad we did not as we enjoyed examining all the plants along the way.
03/12/2015: The park was much busier than we anticipated but still very beautiful and we saw lots of plants and animal life. The beach was incredible. We stayed for the afternoon and caught the public bus back to the hotel - great suggestion from our guide.
03/12/2015: EXPERT GUIDE AND ENJOYABLE TIME.
03/12/2015: It's so important to go with a guide who has a viewing lens. We would have passed by so much wildlife without his scope and expert commentary. The beach is stunning. We stayed on after our tour and took the local bus back to our resort. Very easy and our kids got to navigate public transportation in Spanish.
03/10/2015: I am a stickler for being on time. We ended up waiting quite a long time at the entrance for guides to figure out logistics and to get going. That should not have been necessary. As a result, even though we were there before the main crowds, we ended up finally getting going in a MASS of people. We saw a lot, the guide was good and knowledgable. Great trip all around.
03/07/2015: Our tour group was too big. We found this particular tour guide a bit "showy". Again, I would have preferred a longer walk.
03/02/2015: Tour guide knowledgeable. Tour very interesting. I thought there would be water and a snack, but it wasn't offered. I would have brought food with me.
03/01/2015: If it wasn't for our amazing guide, we would not have seen the animals we did! Awesome experience!
02/24/2015: the guide was extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and fauna. Was very good at spotting a variety of animals.
02/23/2015: great tour guide....Without him you would not have seen anything....Beaches were beautiful....
02/18/2015: Great tour - saw lots.
02/17/2015: The park is not very big and would it have been worth $16 USD to get in if you weren't on a tour?? I'm thinking not. Although now I can say been there, done that! Without a guide you probably wouldn't see very much for wildlife in the park.
02/12/2015: We expected hiking, not a 2 hour, 1.4 mile stroll through the rainforest. We enjoyed the wildlife, but would have preferred something a big more rugged.
02/11/2015: We saw a lot of animals, which we expected, but the atmosphere of the park is lacking and there were so many people pushing, running and shoving from one animal to the next with their individual parties, it all felt totally claustrophobic and we almost had to leave, but ultimately were glad we didn't because the crowds eventually thinned a little. The guide was excellent.
02/08/2015: The guide was fantastic, amazing how much wildlife he spotted and appreciated how the guides were worked together to ensure that the tourists saw as much as possible.
02/08/2015: Guide was extremely enthusiastic! Spotted very well camouflaged wildlife. His years of experience really showed.
02/05/2015: This was extremely crowded and slow. It was nice to see the animals, but it was our last full day and seemed to drag on a bit. Our guide was very knowledgable.
02/04/2015: Another way to learn about wildlife.
01/28/2015: Guides were amazing
01/26/2015: Disappointed there were so many people in the park at the same time. If there was wildlife, they had headed for the hills by the time we got around to looking at them. I would like to be first in line the next time I do this.
01/24/2015: Our guide got us into the park early before the holiday crowds. So we were able to get a fresh look at the animals, without waiting behind other groups. Again I was impressed by his knowledge of and enthusiasm for the plants and animals.
01/21/2015: too bad there was a crocodile in the first beach area..didn't see it but we did go to the other one...no big deal....guide was great...monkeys were the best...scenery was fantastic ..unfortunately again my daughter was sting a couple of times by jellyfish and the next couple of days for her was not altogether pleasant
01/20/2015: We loved this tour. The guide was knowledgeable and did his part to protect the park from people outside our group who were not following park rules. The beach is beautiful!
01/17/2015: expected more given the other guided tours but likely not possible due to the number of people in the group.
01/04/2015: Great tour and the beach afterward was very nice
12/31/2014: Way too crowded. This was the only part of the trip that I would not do again.
12/30/2014: park is overated. Too many people at one time made it difficult to see the wildlife .It was similar to standing in line at Disney . We saw more wildlife at Cano Negro
12/28/2014: The beach was nice and we saw a lot of animals.
12/27/2014: Definitely a must see. The tour guide was fantastic - it was unbelievable how much wildlife we saw in a short stroll down a busy path. Beaches were beautiful. Only downside was that we had to choose between the snack and remaining in the park. We noticed other groups were served a snack at the beach area.
12/26/2014: The guide was great I loved seeing the monkeys. The best ones were probably outside of the park though. It was fun and the guide was really engaged and good at finding animals for us--it just wasn't my favorite part of the trip. We stayed and swam--enjoyed the beach but I had expected a bit more somehow than the park delivered.
12/25/2014: This guide was the most skilled at finding animals, and very animated. All of the guides love their jobs, and this was the best of the best. He led us around the park for a few hours, then let us explore for a couple of hours on our own. Without him we never found a single animal, and they were definitely all around us. Beautiful setting!
12/25/2014: This was a very expensive tour for the experience. It was incredibly beautiful there, but too slow going for my three sons (ages 15, 23, 25 and even too slow for me). The minute we left the actual tour and walked on our own to the beach, we saw far more monkeys than were sighted in the park and had I known that, I would have skipped the tour and just spent the day at the beach.
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