The admission fee is $18.08, children from 2 to 11 years old pay $5.65. Tickets may be purchased at the park entrance by credit or debit card. You can also buy tickets online HERE.
Guided tours are available at $51 for adults, $35 for children, and $38 for locals or residents. Private tours are available at $71 for adults and $55 for children. All guided tours include round trip transportation from MA / Quepos hotels and vacation homes, entrance fee, bilingual certified guides with high tech telescopes, 2.5-3 hours of the guided tour including the time to spend at the beaches. You can choose to spend the rest of the day inside the park to enjoy the beaches but might need to take the bus or a taxi back to your hotel.
For those visiting the park during Christmas, New Year’s and Easter, make sure to arrive as early as possible (7-7.30 am) in order to get in.
If you are touring Manuel Antonio National Park on your own, please be aware that the road to the National Park will be crowded with people selling their own services as “guides” and for parking or entrance tickets. They will dress like official rangers or guides and may have tags identifying them as park staff, but they are impostors with no relation to the park whatsoever. They will try and sell you overpriced tickets, tours and parking kilometers away from the entrance.
Please do not get intimidated by them, you can keep going all the way down to the park entrance and park there for C2000 -C3000 (less than $4-$6) and buy your tickets at the ticket booth ($18.08 for adults and children 12 and up).
If you’d like to book a professional guided tour please click HERE. Taxis are a great alternative to get to the park from your hotel, they charge around $5-$10/ride (depending on where you are staying)
Food Restrictions: Sodas and waters are permitted, non alcoholic drinks, but at the moment, any type of food is not allowed. This is in order to keep the impact on the environment as low as possible.
Distance from San José: 165 km.
With the establishment of Manuel Antonio National Park in 1972, the people of Costa Rica decided to preserve, for future generations, one of the most beautiful and bio-diverse areas in the world. Although it is the country’s smallest national park, the stunning beauty and diversity of wildlife in its 683 hectares is unequaled.
Manuel Antonio contains a charming combination of the rain forest, beaches, and coral reefs. These beaches are the most beautiful in the country, lined with lush forest, and the snorkeling is excellent, too. The forest is home for sloths, iguanas, the rare and adorable squirrel monkeys, white-faced monkeys and millions of colorful little crabs. The trail that winds around Punta Catedral features some spectacular views. The park is easy to reach, south of the town of Quepos, and is near a good selection of hotels and restaurants.
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