Manuel Antonio National Park is arguably the best wildlife reserve in Costa Rica. Despite its small size, it boasts one of the largest and most diverse animal populations in Central America. Consisting of coastal rainforest and beaches, huge numbers of birds and monkeys make the park their home. Thanks to state of the art facilities and proximity to the capital, Manuel Antonio is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Costa Rica.
During the 1970s, Costa Rica, one of the most beautiful countries in the Americas, began to reinvent itself as an ecological and wildlife powerhouse. One of the chief projects was the establishment of the Manuel Antonio National Park in 1972. This well-planned out eco area was masterfully laid out with state-of-the-art facilities. There are few places in the world which match top protection for the animals with maximum viewing opportunities for visitors anywhere.
Manuel Antonio is one of the definitive wildlife reserves of Central America. Most of Coast Rica’s major species can be found here, including large numbers of Sloth and Iguana. Three species of monkeys, Mantled Howler, White-Headed Capuchin and Squirrel, roam the treetops, along with nearly 200 species of the most beautiful birds of paradise found anywhere.
Manuel Antonio National Park is located along the central west coast of Costa Rica, approximately fifty miles south of San Jose. It is open year round from 8:00am-4:00pm. As of this writing the cost of admission was not available. Web: www.costarica-nationalparks.com (official website).