Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

A nice beach destination and home to Costa Rica's most popular national park

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.

manuel antonio map

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

Main Language

Spanish. Most people in tourism speak English


Costa Rica Colones, but USD is widely accepted


110v/60 (the same as the US)

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.



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