Manuel Antonio & Quepos are located on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica and, is the number one most visited area in the country.
This is due to it's stunning coastline, white sand beaches, ideal climate, and that it has a wide variety of 5 star hotels and international restaurants with every imaginable activity to keep you busy.
Land in Manuel Antonio is limited by geography. Real Estate with a view and near the beaches and Beach front property is finite. Land prices have fallen due to the world wide financial crises making for a wide range of opportunities, and there is every reason to expect prices to rise in the future. Now is the best time to buy beachfront and ocean view properties in Costa Rica.
Manuel Antonio is a unique jewel. The location, climate, infrastructure, views, topography, wildlife, forests, beaches, and the park, all work together to provide the best lifestyle available anywhere in Costa Rica.
MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK
No other destination in Costa Rica has received more international attention than Manuel Antonio. Landing within top 10 destinations awards from the likes of TripAdvisor, Conde Nast and Forbes. Many first-time visitors to Costa Rica plan their vacation around seeing it, and it's no surprise why: The views from the hills overlooking Manuel Antonio are spectacular, the beaches (particularly those inside the national park) are idyllic, and its jungles are crawling with howler, white-faced, and squirrel monkeys, among other forms of exotic wildlife.
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Manuel Antonio is also one of the smallest, covering fewer than 680 hectares (1,680 acres). Its several nearly perfect small beaches are connected by trails that meander through the rainforest. The mountains surrounding the beaches quickly rise as you head inland from the water; however, the park was created to preserve not its beautiful beaches but its forests, home to endangered squirrel monkeys, three-toed sloths, purple-and-orange crabs, and hundreds of other species of birds, mammals, and plants.
ACCESS TO QUEPOS / MANUEL ANTONIO
The airport is located just out side of town, and is served by multiple daily flights from two commercial airlines. Charter plane and helicopter service is also readily available. Rental cars and 4X4s are available in Quepos when you get here. It is best to reserve a car in advance of your trip.
It is 75 miles of paved road to Quepos/Manuel Antonio from the San Jose international airport (approx. 2.5 hours drive).
Health / Medical facilities:
According to the World Health Organization, Costa Rica ranks 36th in the world's health systems. The United States ranks 37th!
There are a number of doctors in the Manuel Antonio area who speak English.
A modern, regional hospital is located just outside of town, near the Quepos airport; and there is a private, 24 hour emergency facility available in Quepos.
Municipal water and electricity are provided throughout Manuel Antonio. Phone lines are available, as well as ISDN, DSL and Fiber Optic lines for Internet use. Digital cell phones and lines can be purchased in Quepos. Cable TV is available to most properties within the Quepos/Manuel Antonio area. Channels available in English include: CNN, ESPN, Sony, Discovery, HBO, HBO Ole', ShowTime, and Cinemax, as well as approximately 20 more channels in Spanish. Direct TV and Satellite TV are available throughout the country.
AREA ACTIVITIES & TOURS
- World Class Sport Fishing: inshore and offshore, for Marlin, Sailfish, tuna, wahoo, snook, snapper and more.
- Manuel Antonio National Park.
- Waterfall tours.
- Rainforest canopy bridge tours.
- White water rafting.
- Scuba diving and snorkeling.
- Motorcycle and 4-wheeler rentals and tours.
- Horseback riding on the beach, or through the jungle.
- Sea Rafting
- Stand-up Paddleboard
- Kayaking: ocean, river, or estuary.
- Sunset sailboat cruises on several boats.
- Jet Sky Tours
- Segway Tours
- Dolphin and whale watching tours.
- Damas island estuary tour.
- THX, air conditioned, Movie Theater.
- Live music, sports' events and other activities at Marina Pez Vela
- Fine dining at international restaurants.
- Various Spa & Relaxation Centers