Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio is a National Park in the Central Pacific Conservation Area, just about 2 hours north of Jaco. It’s known for it’s beautiful white sand beaches, hiking trails, and wildlife. We spent the day there, walking the trails and relaxing at the beach. You can pay for guided tours, but the trails are simple and there is wildlife everywhere so we decided to venture out on our own.

We got to spend some quality time with monkeys, running along the trails with us, and see sloths chilling high up in the trees. After a short hike, the trail opens up to one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen. The water was crystal clear, and the weather was perfect. We cooled off in the water, of course took some photos, and made the most of the beautiful scenery. 

We visited two beaches at Manuel Antonio, that are separated by a small land bridge so the walk from one beach to the other is a quick minute through the trees to cross the bridge. 

The water was stunningly teal, and the sand bright white. This was by far the most beautiful beach we saw in Costa Rica. We decided to hike the trail with the highest viewpoint and it was worth it. Once you make it to the top the view is breathtaking. 

If you’re on the pacific coast, this is definitely a spot to visit if you love beaches and wildlife! The one thing about Manuel Antonio is that there is no where to eat once you’re inside the park, so bring some snacks, but don’t share with the monkeys!

Kaitlyn Sydney