Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park History
The creation of Manuel Antonio was a triumph for the local conservation, because the area had been in private's hands for a long time, although the public has always been allowed to use the beaches. In 1968, the land was bought by a north American, who put up fences and gates to keep the public out. After vandalism by locals, the local council ruled that the road must remain open and access to the beach should not be restricted. The land was then bought by a French man, who planned to develop the land as a resort. In October 23rd, 1972, the land was expropriated by the government and declared a national park, with additional land added in 1980. Today, the park protects a beautiful remand piece of the tropical forest that once covered a wide variety of life.
Manuel Antonio National Park Today
Manuel Antonio National Park is the most popular National Park in Costa Rica. A combination of rain forests, sandy beaches and coral reefs create the perfect haven for wild life, including sloths, iguanas, squirrel monkeys, white face monkeys and thousands of small, colourful crabs. The beaches are ideal for swimming and excellent for snorkelling. There are many walking and hiking trails within Manuel Antonio National Park that lead to secluded beaches and spectacular views, such as those at Punta Catedral.
Manuel Antonio National Park is easy to access. South of the town of Quepos, it is located near a good selection of hotels and restaurants. Guided tours are available. The park is closed on Mondays.
Manuel Antonio & Quepos Location Map
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