Manuel Antonio sits on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast, literally midway between Nicaragua to the North and Panama to the south. Located just south of the town of Quepos, this National Park includes 643 hectares of land and 55,000 hectares of ocean, making it one of very few wildlife sanctuaries that include both octopus and lobster as well as sloths and iguanas!
Our top side trek through the many hiking trails brought us toucans, morpho butterflies, several species of monkeys and frogs, toe and three toed sloths and the ever present snakes!
Down under, we were treated to sea turtles, lobsters, anemones, star fish and a variety of smaller fish.
The beaches, accessible only on foot, were nearly deserted and had none of the vendors that so often ruin spoil the peacefulness. Bring your own beer and snacks, and keep an eye on them - the monkeys will gladly lift them off you!