Manuel Antonio was established as a national park on November 15, 1972, its territory covers 1,983 on land and 55,000 hectares in the water. Its main objective is conservation, research and ecotourism.
It is located 157 km south of the city of San José or 7 km south of the city of Quepos, depending on where you are. The access roads are quite comfortable because the road conditions are good, and getting there by car or public transportation is pretty easy. There is also a landing strip in Quepos, only 7 km away.
There are several sandy beaches surrounded by lush flora nearby, where you can enjoy various activities such as swimming, hiking trails in the park itself, surfing, or watching the beautiful sunset.
Manuel Antonio has a large land and marine biodiversity with beautiful coral reefs where you can see species such as manta rays, angelfish or sea urchins. It is also one of the places in Costa Rica where you can see the four types of monkeys; spider, howler, white-faced and squirrel monkey. Other species that can be seen are white nosed coatis, raccoons and sloths, both inside and outside the national park.