Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
The Manuel Antonio Vibe
Manuel Antonio Costa Rica is home to Manuel Antonio National Park. This is the most visited national park in Costa Rica.
This town has pretty much every outdoor adventure you could possibly want.
There are also many upscale hotels and restaurants.
However, it is definitely possible to find decent places for budget travelers as well.
We find Manuel Antonio Costa Rica to be a bit crowded (especially during the dry season), but despite that, it is a beautiful destination that is convenient to get to from the San Jose airport.
Map Of Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio is located in the Puntarenas Province on the Central Pacific coast of the country.
It is easy to get to from the San Jose Internation Airport.
Manuel Antonio at a Glance
Nearest International Airport
Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose
Popular Things to Do
explore the national park, relax on the beaches, take a catamaran tour
Best Way to Get Around
Rental car, walking in the downtown area
Best Time of Year to Visit
Dry season is from late December until mid-April
Need to Know
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Getting to Manuel Antonio
Flights to Costa Rica
The easiest way of getting to Manuel Antonio is by flying into the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose.
For flight booking we suggest Skyscanner. They are our go-to flight booking site for great rates.
OUR FAVORITE OPTION
We suggest renting a car and drive yourself. The highway from San Jose to Manuel Antonio is a well-maintained highway.
You should have no issues if you are a somewhat experienced driver.
Keep in mind that the first highway is a toll road. You need to pay with cash, but they do accept dollars if you don’t have colones.
We usually pay with a $10 bill and the change (in colones) is enough to pay for the rest of the tolls.
About an hour into your drive you will cross over a river called Rio Tarcoles which is usually lined with people. Pull your car over and walk back onto the bridge to check it out. You’ll see huge crocodiles below waiting for a tasty meal.
You do not need to rent a 4×4 for this route. The roads are all paved.
We partner with a local Costa Rican rental car company called Adobe for all our rental car needs.
We have a 10% discount plus other great perks for you if you would like to rent with them. Just click here!
If you are only going to Manuel Antonio and not planning on traveling to other places, the bus from San Jose to Manuel Antonio is your cheapest option.
The public bus will only cost you about $10 dollars and runs several times a day. It’s not the most comfortable and i