I was expecting a lot more from Manuel Antonio National Park since it was highly ranked as one of the top. But after going to Monteverde and Arenal areas, this was a bit of a disappointment. The paths were very wide with a lot of tourists. The beach was magnificent - one of the most beautiful scenes I have seen. I enjoyed the monkeys on the beach. But this area was too crowded for me. I prefer the less traveled paths.
Very crowded, but our guide was good about keeping away from other groups. We saw all of the animals we expected and lots of lizards and birds too.
Great tour, but very crowded (not much anyone can do about that). Loved the tour guide - attentive to detail and patient with all of our picture-taking needs :)
This was our most crowded tour and event. At times it felt like we were on an assembly line, and although our guide tried hard to make sure we saw birds and animals in the park, it almost felt like they were trying too hard.
our guide was fantastic! We loved this tour!!!
Great tour! Loved having afternoon to explore manuel antonio on our own.
Tour guide Andry was amazing!
Very crowded, more people than animals, worth visit as early at the morning as possible
The guide was amazing and able to find so much wildlife that we could not see. He also helped us to take pictures through his telescope of small wildlife or animals that were further away. However, after the experience at the Arenal Hanging Bridges, we were a little spoiled. The large, wide path was full of tourists and did not give one the feel of being in the wildlife's natural habitat. It was a good experience and I did not regret going, especially since I enjoyed having time to hang out on the beach there, but it felt too touristy, if that makes sense. Definitely a LOT of people around us. (So much so that the wildlife is used to people and not really even afraid or timid around people.)
Unfirtunately very crowdy tour - honestly there is no value to go.
Excellent tour! The guide (Andrey) was very passionate about the Park and wildlife, extremely knowledgeable and eager to share that with us. And he was funny to boot! Total rave!
the park was very crowded I had expected to see more birds but mostly the tour was about the monkeys and beaches the tour guides were excellent and I think some of the group enjoyed the tour
It was kind of crowded at the Park and on the hike. It was still thrilling to see capuchin monkeys so close up!
The guides were amazing, and helped us see wildlife that we would have missed on our own.
If we didn't have the guide we would not have been able to see all the different animals. It was nice to have a local share all the knowledge! The park is beautiful.
Beautiful spot again.
Definitely worth the tour guide! We would've of missed so much on our own.
It was crowded and difficult to move through through the crowds to hear with tour guide and see where he was pointing at things.
Awesome guide who had great attention to detail
Saw lots of wildlife on this tour and enjoyed seeing the beaches in the park. Our tour guide Mauricio was fantastic.
wow I was not prepared for how many people would be there. it was a little unbearable. we did take some hikes later that were quieter. our guide did very well under the circumstances and was very knowledgeable
Andre with iguana tours was great.
We thought that we would see more animals. We saw a couple of spiders, some sloths very high in the trees and some monkeys around the beach. A long day without a lot of excitement. Could have skipped this one.
wow----difficult circumstances with thousands and thousands walking through at the same time. The system they set up is efficient and the experience with our guide was exceptional!!!!
We did not see much animals in this tour
We enjoyed this tour especially when we got down to the private beaches -so beautiful and blue!! We stayed at the beach after our tour and enjoyed the clear waters and sun. My husband loves hot weather so this was his cup of tea.
I was initially worried by the size of our group and by how busy the park was. However, the guides co-operated with one another to pass on information about where special animals/birds could be found - so it exceeded my initial expectations.
Our tour was quite large, so we didn't get as much time looking at things and the guide had to repeat himself a bit. The fruit and tea was a nice touch.
unfortunately we were caught in a rain storm. guide was very nice.
Very knowledgeable guide but at times, the area was too crowded. We were elbow to elbow with our groups all trying to get a look at the same thing. The park itself is beautiful but it would have been nice if we skipped seeing a few things just to have a little more space.
It was very crowded in the parc. Further a good guide and a nice walk.
Crowded and boring in comparison to the other tours we went on. The beach was beautiful. Our guide was very nice.
Saw sloths and loads of monkeys. Beach was beautiful but the whole place is packed with thousands of other people. It was a bit like disneyland with buggies and screaming kids. Guide was great and identified some unusual animals.
Manu was a terrific guide
Very experienced guide and very friendly with good knowledge of English language
Enjoyed wandering around hiking trails and swimming at beach after the tour.
I thought we would see a bit more wildlife than we did, and the park was packed with lots of other groups in our way. However, we enjoyed seeing the sloths, the guide was great and very knowledgeable, and we really enjoyed our time at the beach there. We stayed late and caught a hotel transfer back.
Beautiful park. Our guide Fabian was extremely knowledgeable and polite. Saw many amazing animals. Stopped halfway at gift shop and snack booth, Fabian served us all fruit and a drink. Beach was unbelievable.
Tour guide and the logistics was excellent. Put the park was very crowded and noise which made observation of the wildlife a challenge.
A bit crowded as expected but still very fun to see. We were able to see lots of animals as well as hang at the beach for awhile. Our guide was very informative and went out of his way to provide loads of information and history. Great trip.
Exceeded our expectations. All logistics were seamless, but what made the excursion was the expertise of our fantastic guide, Andrés. Extremely knowledgeable. Great command of English. Very good teacher.
This tourguide was the best we encountered. Mau had a good line in witty banter and was excellent at spotting wildlife. In spite of the business of the park, we managed to see a lot and enjoyed the tour. We opted to stay on and do an extra walk. The 'no non-biodegradable items' allowed in the park seemed at odds with the way food and drinks were served in plastic containers at the cafe. Also, there were clearly not enough facilities (changing rooms, toilets) to support the throughput of visitors. We did, overall, enjoy the park though which is beautiful and has lots of different habitats.
Andres from Iguana Tours taught us lots of things about the animals we saw. Loved his jokes! Excellent snack provided.
We saw a sloth crossing the road which everyone was so excited about since this doesn't happen often. Fabian was our guide and pointed our much wildlife we wouldn't have found on our own.
All the animals were beautiful. Macaws everywhere, birds and lizards and people, and the ocean and everything was wonderful. Transfers and guides all were too good to be true. Thank you to all of Costa Rica.
Beautiful park with AMAZING views and wildlife. Our guide Fabian was very knowledgeable about the wildlife and the history of Costa Rica. He was also kind enough to take amazing pictures and videos of the wildlife for us.
Wonderful easy walk with lots of wildlife and knowledgeable guide who was entertaining. The beach was beautiful.
Our guide Andres was extremely funny and knowledgeable. He also guided us to the hidden cove area which we would not have known of if he didn’t recommend it.
We loved our guide Andrey, he was informative and personable.
Once again the tour was very slow with the people asking too many questions and the guide stopping whenever he was talking. Very knowledgable but he should keep it moving as he answers some questions
great sightseeing, especially sloughs, monkeys, deer, etc. Andrey was very knowledgeable, passionate, and fun. Did the extra stuff to make it enjoyable. We stayed all day in the park-great. You should do a little better job in write-up of explaining what's available in park for future travelers=especially the snack shop and locker facilities. we found confusion even with local hotel staff about what rules and available services were in park.
Our guide was amazing. His knowledge of the ecosystem and his sense of humor, made the tour quite fun. He explained everything, and answered all questions with a smile. Although we know he makes his living giving tours, we agreed with his philosophy that using a guide to tour the park is worth more than the fees associated with paying that guide. He showed us things that were right before our eyes, but pretty much invisible due to our lack of knowledge.
The park was beautiful!!! Would definitely recommend getting a tour guide as you can’t spot all the animals without a scope.
The only downside was not having any extra time in the park and have a ride provided back to the hotel. All the other tours provided the ride back but this tour had the choice of staying at the park or riding back in just 30 min after the tour ended. ☹️
This excursion was great. A very knowledgeable guide with a lot of passion.
Tour guide was very professional
Another great day!! We had the best tour guide ( I tibk his name was Mo?) he was so knowledgeable on all the animals and had a great telescope that allowed us to see everything up close. And fruit and ice tea to top it all off - delicious!!
Fabulous Our tour guide was so excited about his "office" We had an awesome time.
Since I researched before hand I was prepared to comply with park food carry-in rules (strict) no-exit-and-re-entry rule, had wetbag & bike-lock to prevent monkey theft of stuff while we were swimming, and expected massive crowds. The main tour road does indeed have massive crowds but this park is so gorgeous and full of incredible and easy to view wildlife that everyone has to do it, of course : ). Our tour guide here was the absolute best!! He was the most knowledgeable of all the tour guides. I would do this again and again (yes, even with the crowds that will inevitably always be there).
Our guide was excellent and made the tour.
Guide was not very informative
Guide did an awesome job.
Andrey was our guide and we were so impressed by his knowledge of the animals.
It was terrific, the way the guides work together to spot wildlife in the park. Liked that they were able to use the high tech camera on tripods to get pics on our cellphone cameras...nice touch!
Tour and guide were great! Just would have liked to see more birds!
Lots of animals - loved the tour
It was very busy and touristy so not ideal; certainly no issue with your company though. It is just the nature of the place.
Everything turned out great in the end, but was made to feel a little nervous standing in line, wondering if we were going to get in.
Excellent guide. We appreciate the opportunity to minimize the long lines and wait time that others were experiencing. We got lucky and saw several sloths. Really enjoyed the beaches at the end of the hike. Perfect ending excursion.
Excellent once in the park. Wait of 2 hours in heat too long. Guide tried to advocate for us getting in sooner. Seemed a mistake was made and others were wrongfully let in before our group.
The lines were huge. Had to wait over an hour. Tour was fine. Didn’t know about staying at the beach so we went back.
very long wait to get into park. otherwise fantastic
Great guide - excellent knowledge and interaction with us
The park was very crowded and the entry to the park was hectic. The guides did a great job getting us in. The park could logistically do things differently for prearranged tours to get them in without being in line with general public trying to get in. They should know how many tickets have been pre-sold and get those people in before other tickets are sold.
Another great tour! Only issue was getting into the park with the restrictions, but we got in because the tour folks had people waint in line early for us! Guide was fantastic as always finding us lots of great animals and birds.
What a beautiful National Park!! The guided tour was most interesting and informative.
Guide was great, transit was fine. Park was so crowded, and there were few animals / wildlife / birds / butterflies. Then guide
Wonderful adventure and the ocean was great.
It was great to see the animals and having the guides to point things out but my gosh this was so slow!
Guide (maricio) was excellent, very enthusiastic and tried to get us to see as much as was there. Not as much wildlife as I thought would be there, except lots of Monkeys. VERY hot and humid day, which was uncomfortable for us, especially walking on the trails in the hot sun. Staying at the beach was great after the tour except for Monkeys and Raccoons trying to get your food. Thank you Maricio...We appreciate you..
Very good tour. Knowledgeable guides who was able to spot lots of wild life on the tour. We really liked the tour company, so we booked an additional catamaran tour with them as well. (Iguana Tours)
We did not enjoy this park at all. It’s crowded with tourists and very touristy. We saw more animals at our hotel, Los Altos. We thought we would be hiking, not walking on a crowded path,
Little on expensive side but we knew that
Andre was the best guide of our trip.
Great tour, Andre was an excellent (and funny) guide. Hotel was close to the park so that was a plus logistically
This park was more crowded than New York City on New Years Eve. This was a terrible experience. The crowds detracted from any park like setting, and the guides mission was to control the traffic. Never again!!
Our guide was fantastic. He was knowledgaeable and able to spot many creatures that we would not have been able to find, and then he took photos for us. He also was very friendly and personable.
If you were unaware that the cafeteria at the top of the trail is open and operational, please add this to your hiking tour suggested things to bring. A snack was included (evidently), but we did not have that info and brought our own which is not allowed because of the animals.
Absolutely incredible!!! Guide was Andre. He was so awesome, made the entire experience excellent.
Lots of visitors. Walked on gravel walkways. Crowded vs. Hanging Bridges. Guide was very interested in selling a trip into the mangroves.
Wonderfully knowledgeable and informative guide - he was a wealth of information and we saw so many animals, birds and reptiles! Pretty crowded, but we still had a wonderful experience.
the information for the tour should be specific about what food can be taken to the park...NO NUTS!?!
Transportation was well organized and punctual. The guides were superb...enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The park itself is very crowded which does detract from the overall experience but we 7nderstand that this is the reality and we didn’t let it bother us unduly. The park is beautiful and the beach is the epitome of a tropical paradise.
We had the best guide ever-Andre!
The guide was amazing, he was funny, informative and very excited to be doing the tour. However, all of the wildlife we saw was basically through his scope. The park gets super crowded and there are people literally everywhere! ALso, the tour ends at the beach, but if you choose to stay and enjoy the beach, you must find your own ride home, which was a little annoying but we made it work. I just wish we had known that before booking the tour. ALso, it says you can bring a snack but the park rules are only fruit or sandwiches so we were told to leave our granola bars behind...that also was annoying since the guidelines mentioned we should bring a snack. The beach at the end of the tour was beautiful though and worth the other tiny annoyances.
The park is amazing but it was rushed due to the long lines at the entrance and the hordes gathering around guides to see the wildlife. We had no time at the beach with the planned return to the hotel. There were several groups that bypassed the line, possibly with a park guide.
Very good tour of the natural habitat. Beaches at the end were the highlight, along with the monkeys. Would recommend this tour.
With the help of our knowledgeable guide we were able to see and photograph many animals as we had hoped. It was an extremely crowded park, which should not have surprised me during the high season but I wasn’t expecting that. PTW voucher advised that we pack a snack but we had to dispose of it (crackers a granola bars) because it is against park rules to take certain foods into the park.
Beautiful grounds and beach but very crowded. Guide was good but not as personable as others
The tour was packed. This should be expected around Christmas. In general I would not encourage those with a focus on nature from visiting this location in peak season.
The guide was particularly great. His name was Andrei and he clearly loved what he was doing. We saw sloths, monkeys, birds. We had a great time at the beach and interacted with the monkeys there.
The guide use his camera and share with us for the picture even we can take a picture from this camera. Nothing found wild animals without a guide.
This trip was great. We saw lots of animals, but by this time in our time in Costa Rica we had seen pretty much all the animals already, many on hotel grounds, so it was a bit anticlimactic. No fault of the guide or the Park, I would recommend the experience. The beaches here were beautiful, unfortunately, I had a leg injury which prevented me from enjoying the beaches here.
Mauriso was great and nature was very good to us that day.
Broke us into two smaller groups which was helpful. Tour was quite short and stayed on main trail but it was nice to have the option to stay. Felt like a little waste of money as we decided to stay in the park and not take the transport back to our hotel but we asked about the local bus and that was easy.
Andre was extremely entertaining as a guide!
It was most worthwhile the only drawback was the heat and crowdedness at the beginning; however there is no control over these factors. It is truly a lovely protected area very popular with tourists and uncomfortably hot at times.
Great tour. Guide was not seeing as many animals as his partner, but it did not matter since they communicated well and together they pointed out many many animals. The time after the tour was equally great, since we stayed and wandered around the trails and saw even more animals after we were no longer with the guide. No one on our tour left after the guide was finished, so although they offer a post-tour snack, it is outside the park, so was not eaten by anyone in the tour. It would be best to just skip that part entirely.
Amazing guide!! Saw so much wildlife!!
Another fantastic guide, so good at spotting the wildlife and telling us lots of information, so friendly and knowledgeable.
Simply amazing we had the best time and best guide
Our guide Man, was awesome, and the spotting scope he used was so cool!
We loved this experience, we did see a handful of wildlife. Our guide Andres was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable and his eyes for wildlife was incredible. We loved the beach. We ended up staying for a couple of hours which was worth it.
Maybe because it was a Sunday, the park was super crowded and some visitors were not very nice. Again wondered, what is it like during the busy season then? Park itself was nice and clean. Our guide, Mauricio, was great.
This was an excellent tour; interesting park and lots of sightings. Again, no prior information about the length of the tour.
Once again we had a fantastic guide who was very informative and helpful. The group was a little larger than we had with our previous excursions but that did not greatly impact the overall experience.
Not anyones fault, but there were too many people on tours in the park. Not as I remembered it from 17 years ago
Loved it, loved seeing all the wildlife in one place
Our tour guide was super knowledgeable and he took amazing pictures for us using his scope! The private Beach where the tour ended was incredible and breathtaking!!
VERY knowledgable guide, passionate about what he does -- and entertaining while educational!! Beautiful forest, beautiful beach!!
This one was a bit rushed. We ran out of time and had to hurry.
Beautiful park! Saw tons of animals!!!
Great guide and a really fun afternoon on the beach
I had a lot of fun and hanging out at the beach afterwards was perfect.
Our guide was amazing at finding animals for us to see - and so much fun! We only wish we had known to bring a lunch so we could stay and enjoy the beach there. What a beautiful place.
Wonderful place, a bit crowded. The guide was essential as he pointed out a myriad small and large animals that we would otherwise have missed. We learned a lot from him, and ended up using the same company (Iguana Tours) for a kayak trip in the Mangroves the following day.
We had a wonderful guide Andrés, very knowledgeable
The Iguana Tours people were great! Got to see lots of animals through the spotting telescope. The beach was beautiful too.
Amazing, beautiful park with guides that were very knowledgable and enthusiastic about the park. No other place on earth like Manuel Antonio! Loved it!
We loved the National Park, it was very beautiful and wished we could have spent more time there. We were led to believe we we would have time swim during tour, but found out if we wanted to swim we would have to find alternate transportation back to hotel. It was a rainy day, guide was in a rush and did not wait for the slower individuals in the group. I would like to go back to the Park in the future to explore more and enjoy their beaches!
Lots of things to see!
The tour company that provided this tour provided that best experience that we had on our trip. All of the staff that we interacted with were professional and polite. Our guide, Andres, was knowledgeable about the wildlife and the ecosystem. I would highly recommend this tour to others coming to this area.
The guide was amazing. He showed us all kinds of animals we would have missed without him.
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!
I found the park somewhat ordinary but the guide was awesome
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.
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!
This was great- the guides are very dedicated to making sure we see animals and have a good time. They helped us all get great photos and were very knowledgeable. We saw many delightful animals.
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.
Beach was beautiful. Hoped to see squirrel monkeys but didn't, but that's no one's fault. Hoped to see more birds.
There were huge crowds of people. Harder to find the animals, but it was still a wonderful experience.
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.
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.
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.
Another one of our favorite tours! Andres was a great guide--knew all about sloths.
Fun time, we opted to stay in the park after the tour so we missed out on the snack afterwards which was fine.
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.
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.
Being on Sunday, many tours were happening at the same time making hearing the guide difficult.
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.
Saw many animals, guides have incredible ability to spot creatures that are invisible to the untrained eye!
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.
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.
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...
Great info from the guide and he helped everyone find the animals and take pictures.
We enjoyed our stay on the beach and our own hikes much more. There were too many competing groups on the main road
Our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic we were thankful that he brought Monoscope and he even took pictures with it on our cell phones. We were excited to see three lost two of which were moving which is amazing and made our day!
Wish we could have seen more animals, but that can't be controlled. The guide was great with what we could see.
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.
Lots of people and guides, was hoping for more. The beach was lovely.
Tour was quite short. Could not see that many animals.
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.
sort of short time to see all that was available,, would have liked to stay on the beach longer, limited to 20 minutes by the guide
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.
Love this national park. Stayed all day and hiked every trail. It's a must see on any trip to Costa Rica.
We enjoyed the tour so much we even booked an evening tour with the guides through the mangroves.
You really don't get any closer to the wildlife here. a don't miss for sure.
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!
This was our favorite; our guide once again knew so much and we loved hearing and seeing all about the ecosystem. The park needs more bathrooms, but aside from that it's quite amazing.
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!
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
Great tour. Guide was excellent. Park was quite crowded, but that is to be expected.
What an awesome place!
Great Guide again. Very passionate and knowledgeable about the park and made it a great tour.
Would be nice to have the option to stay longer at the beach and still have transportation back to the hotel.
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.
Our tour guide was amazing. We learned a great deal of information.
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
Beautiful park and beach which was not too busy at that time of year.
Disappointing tour, very slow, long and drawn out. The guide was well-informed but slow overall.
Good tour but a lot of waiting around and the trip back to the hotel was not provided.
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.
Our guide demonstrated remarkable skills at locating wildlife and he was knowledgeable.
Loved this a lot. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we wouldn't have seen a lot with out him.
Our guide was great, funny and informative. I can't remember his name, helped us with some local info too.
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.
Very amazing place. Great knowledgeable guide. Worthwhile.
Closeness to park was great/tour was amazing/Guide (Andrey) was fabulous!
This was one of the top experiences of the trip!
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.
Rooster was our tour guide and he made sure we all had a great experience and that we saw lots of wildlife
the guide was very helpful we would have never seen the animals he was able to point out
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.
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?
our guide was amazing. he was able to spot so many animals, and was well worth having along to point out the amazing wildlife.
Lots of animals but boring for kids
way to crowded and from what we understand we were there at the best time. although we did enjoy the walk and wildlife viewing.
Great guide and tour, but overcrowded park
Wonderful part of the trip - our guide was great! Amazing to see such great animals in nature.
Saw lots of wildlife, and enjoyed the beach. The monkeys at the beach were cool.
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.
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.
Guide was great and spotting wildlife and taking pictures. Very beautiful park
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.
Very knowledgeable tour guide; saw lots of animals including three different types of monkeys and a sloth so I was super happy!
Seeing a baby sloth moving in the trees made my day. Great beach too. But too many tourists.
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.
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!
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
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.
Our guide was amazing at spotting the monkeys, sloths and lizards
We got some great pictures of the animals on this tour.
The guide was excellent. Very knowledgeable! He made the experience great.
Very crowded, very few animals and birds without spotting scope would have seen nothing. Very overated
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
Very nice park, nice beaches, great guides who are very interested in showing you the sights.
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!
Mauricio our guide was super knowledgable and very respectful of the mission to preserve the ecology
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
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.
Excellent...... Great to experience the park and then spend the rest of the day on a delightful beach.
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!
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!
I rate this a little lower only because the park was so very crowded.
Wonderful tour. Thoroughly enjoyed this experience and our guide took amazing pictures with our cameras. Very professional.
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.
The guide was great and the chance to see all the monkeys was definitely a memory maker.
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.
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
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.
Very interesting sights. Just got in a group of stick in the muds!
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.
Way too crowded !!
Outstanding guide and amazing scenery at the beach.
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.
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!
The park and your guide were great. It was very crowded and slow moving though.
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.
Loved the park and being able to take pictures thru the guide's telephoto lens. Very informative.
Perhaps to have been able to spend more time at the beach with a way to return to the hotel.
Tour guide she was awesome and knowledgeable but the park didn't have the wildlife I excepted.
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!
Incredible sightings of sloths, monkeys, and lizards
also wish we could have seen more animals, but the guides were well organized and great with questions and information
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.
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.
Very good tour, although I would have liked it to last longer and to see more.
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.
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.
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.
Way too crowded. The guide was excellent, but the park was wall to wall people.
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!
Good experience and learned quite a bit of wildlife and culture.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Super guide Mauricio...very instructive.had a great day....but HOT and HUMID...
Loved the monkeys!
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.
Just too hot that day to finish with a little child. But, the guide was very good .
It was amazing how the Guides would locate tiny lizards, Grass Hopper and various species of Monkeys, and helped us take close up pictures.
pleasantly surprised we saw so many animals in such a crowded park - beach was wonderful!
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.
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.
It would have been nice to be able to leave the park, get the refreshment etc and then go back.
It was interesting but really crowded.
Unbelievable. It was beyond expectations. Loved seeing things through the scopes. Information given made it all come alive.
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.
Thought i would have seen colorful birds, saw plenty of monkeys!!
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!
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!
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.
Our guide was good!!! Funny and informative. We stayed at the beach for awhile so we arranged for our transportation back to the hotel.
Had hoped to see more animals, but our guide was terrific, and very informative.
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.
The guide was great- he even took pics with my phone using his telescope!
Awesome beach with iguanas a few feet away. Super informed guide. He got so exited when he spotted a rare bat.
Beautiful park with monkeys! What more could you want?
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.
Should make it explicit that we can go to the beach after the tour.
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.
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!
Very long tour - saw a lot of birds and lizards, very few monkeys and other mammals unfortunately. Beach was lovely.
Great guide - we were very tired by now and he was very thoughtful and concerned.
Andre was an excellent guide! He was very knowledgable. We saw a large amount of wildlife that we would never have seen without him.
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.
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.
Our tour guide Antonio gets an A+ !!
Andres was a fantastic guide! We saw so many cool things, and learned so much!
Our guide was amazing!! So knowledgable, really was a great learning experience.
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.
Very cool place to bring the kids to see wildlife.
Andres was an awesome guide. We saw so much more than other larger groups saw.
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!
Amazing! The beach was beautiful
the tour was so-so but the beauty of the beach and all of the wildlife made up for it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our tour group was too big. We found this particular tour guide a bit "showy". Again, I would have preferred a longer walk.
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.
If it wasn't for our amazing guide, we would not have seen the animals we did! Awesome experience!
the guide was extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and fauna. Was very good at spotting a variety of animals.
great tour guide....Without him you would not have seen anything....Beaches were beautiful....
Great tour - saw lots.
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.
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.
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.
Guide was extremely enthusiastic! Spotted very well camouflaged wildlife. His years of experience really showed.
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.
Another way to learn about wildlife.
Guides were amazing
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.
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.
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
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!
expected more given the other guided tours but likely not possible due to the number of people in the group.
Great tour and the beach afterward was very nice
Way too crowded. This was the only part of the trip that I would not do again.
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
The beach was nice and we saw a lot of animals.
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.
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.
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.