Manuel Antonio National Park
With the creation of ManuelAntonio National Park in 1972, the people of Costa Rica decided to preserve for future generations, one of the most beautiful and the most biodiversity areas in the world. Although it is the country’s smallest national park, the stunning beauty and diversity of wildlife in its 683 hectares it is unequaled.
Manuel Antonio contains a charming combination of rain forest, beaches and coral reefs. The beaches are the most beautiful in the country, full of lush forest, and diving is excellent too. The forest is home to sloths, iguanas, the rare and adorable squirrel monkeys and millions of colorful little crabs. And the road that winds around Punta Catedral offers spectacular views. The park is easily accessible, just south of the city of Quepos, and is close to a good selection of hotels and restaurants.
Visiting the park, one is treated to a rich diversity of wildlife. Punta Catedral, with its forest covered cliffs was once an island but is now connected to the coast by a narrow strip of the island. This land bridge now forms the spine separating the parks two most popular beaches of Playa Espadilla Sur and Playa Manuel Antonio. South beach front, Playa Manuel Antonio, is a picturesque half mile long, white sand crescent bisecting deep green foliage to one side and a private cove to the other.