Tour was great! Scenery beautiful. After I later learned about the telescopes to watch animals, wish our guide had done that for us. Overall, lots of fun and loved the day.
Food was great. No problem with transportation either. But, you may able to get a cheaper deal if you plan it yourself. I don't think a travel guide is required.
A lovely trip,enjoyed the hike to Cathedral point, enjoyed the beach and the walk in the forest. We were lucky to have Eugene as our guide.
The park itself gets a star is definitely worth visiting for anyone traveling to Costa Rica. Spent 8 days in Costa Rica and probably my favorite place I visited. Beautiful beaches w/ very abundant wildlife, guaranteed to see many monkeys up close. Tour guide was alright but not great which is why I gave 4 star. We got to park safely in a nice enough transport and had decent meals. Stop for crocodile viewing along the way was nice. I just wish the tour guide specialized more in nature. He did not know much about different types of animals and kind of just dropped us off at Manuel Antonio's and we were on our own for about 4 hours there. Would have been nice to have someone spotting animals and pointing them out as we had great guides on other tours w/in Costa Rica. Otherwise Manuel Antonio is a must see while here.
Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. The group on the bus was enjoyable. The park was very nice as was the breakfast, lunch, and snack. Amount of time in the park could be reduced from 3 1/2 hours to 2 hours to shorten the trip.
Our day trip was great and exceeded our expectations. Our tour director (Mario) was excellent and we felt safe with the driver. Manual Antonio National Park is very beautiful, an incredible place to visit, and arguably the most beautiful beach in Costa Rica. During our tour. we were provided a good breakfast, plenty of water and snacks, and a great fish late lunch. We also stopped at places to take pictures of birds, crocodiles, monkeys, etc., and were afforded opportunities to buy souvenirs. Our only concern and the reason we did not rate the tour as 5 stars, was the comfort of the van on that day. We were stuck in the rear seats of a 11 passenger Toyota van for nearly 7 hours. Our seats felt like they had no padding and with the rough roads combined for an uncomfortable ride. We would recommend this tour to anyone interested and just try to stay out of those back seats.
This tour is a very long one. Our tour guide is not of the best. We took several tours and he was the worst. we did not see many animals, but the beach was great. The water was warm and the beach was very clean. The lunch provided was good. On our way back, the bus broke and we had to wait for about an hour before another bus picked us up. When the bus came to get us, our guide was the first one to get on the other bus. He did now wait to make sure that everyone had departed from the broken bus. He was a lousy guide.
Wish there was a guide. Didn't know where to go for animals other than the monkeys. Bus and food was great.
It's a long trip but worth it. The beach is beautiful and to see a sloth, a howler monkey and see some racoons go after people's food was the icing on the cake.
Helen W United Kingdom
Absolutely brill trip.... a long travel but worth it, and of you only have 1 day to see the pacific coast then this is the best way to do it by far!
Only reason for not giving it 5 was that some of the people we took the trip with were really annoying - nothing that Viator could do but always worth remembering that you can't pay for the company you keep sometimes!
This tour was great. We had a very good time during our tour. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. I was worried about Breakfast and lunch as we we're vegetarian but they have provided us good vegetarian food !! We saw so many wild life during this tour and no words to explain how beautiful the beach was....
I highly recommend this tour to anyone !!
Lukas N Australia
A good way to see a lovely place from San Jose. One of the most lovely beaches I've ever seen. The tour guide was lovely and very bubbly and we were able to be dropped off in Manuel Antonio at the end of the trip rather than returning to San Jose which was handy. Unfortunantly a day trip leaving from San Jose only arrives at the park by mid morning so there are less animals and birds to see by that time of the day. I would recommend people visit the National Park by staying in Quepos or Manuel Antonio Town if they had the time, so that they could avoid the crowds later in the day.
The tour itself was really great, the place is EXTREMELY great, but be sure to check up on the weather before booking, it was raining hard when we took up on it and couldn't enjoy it properly.
Johan K Denmark
4 hours of driving each way. Too many hours in a bus and only 2 hours in the park.
I think the park must bee fantastick,but 2 hours is simply not enough
Guide and driver were great. Food was fine. However, it was a Saturday. Line to get into park was long in the hot sun. Park was packed with people. Drive back to hotel was endless. Too much time in the van and too little guided experience in the park itself. Don't go on a weekend.
I was ready to pay more and stay overnight but I tried without success. The good point: it was a good experience in see this part of the country. The park I haven't seen enough due to lack of information from the tour guide so I spent most of my time relaxing in the beach, by the way it was a very good beach.
I lost my time in the beach and not enough time on the trails so I could not enjoy more wild life.
My final impression is; the tour do not give enough time to see the Park and the guide did not gave info.
In short $100 dollars + staying in Hotel drive 200 Km to spend most of the time in the beach was too expensive. The case of the businesses outside the park is mostly for those who appreciate night life.
It is a pitty that I did not see it properly mostly due to lack of time. $100 was right for what was given but my main point is: I was ready pay much more and be satisfied with seeing much more from the park.
All the trip was overrated.
This trip had the potential to be excellent but for me it was just OK.
First of all: The trip we made to the breakfast was not worth it. The people who owned/worked there made me feel like we were imposing on them... when I asked for a second slice of pineapple they said no, I could only have one. On top of that they didn't serve coffee with breakfast-only "samples" because they wanted you to buy a package of it. On my other tours this was included with breakfast.
additionally, you get a snack at the hotel, but we didn't get lunch until about 3pm. I'm glad they gave us a snack or I wouldn't have been able to make the walk back from the beach to the hotel. It's about 45 minutes.
Lastly, we had to stand in line, in the hot sun, with no shade, for about 45 minutes. I'm pretty sure that there is a way to avoid this, although I'm not positive since it is Costa Rica. The tour should warn people to bring an umbrella to stand under if there is no way to avoid this line. Also, this would be a good time to recommend to apply bug spray. I got three bites from something and it itched for 3 days. We had bug spray with us, but didn't think to apply it. A reminder would have been helpful.
1. The breakfast should be skipped. Let people get to the beach sooner, this is what they are paying for. Then let them have lunch as soon as they get to the hotel.
2. Additionally, pay the extra money so that you don't have to stand in line for 30-45 minutes. That part was particularly obnoxious. If there is no way to avoid this, then warn the passengers to bring a light umbrella as shade during the line.
3. One more thing: Don't allow passengers on the bus who haven't paid yet. Dealing with a passenger's declined credit card also cost us at least an hour out of our day. We wound up dropping her off at a hostel on the way home. It could have been avoided by checking her in BEFORE we left.
On a high note we saw many animals, including TWO sloths!
I loved the destination. The beach is gorgeous. My issues were (1) the tour guides take your entrance ticket to the park. We accidentally walked out of the park on a trail (no sign at all to signal we had left) and when we turned around a few minutes later to go back a guard refused to let us in.
Let me preface that I use Viator all the time and would use them again. In addition, if you are visiting Costa Rica, a trip to Manual Antonio National Park is a must see. The 1-star rating is based on the tour.
If you want to visit MANP, my suggestion would be to use a rental car, a private transport or shuttle, or a taxi. This tour is basically a shuttle to the park except you are on other people's time.
Here is what the tour looks like: 3.5 hours of driving to the park a bad breakfast included, waiting 1.5 hour in line to get into the park, you get 3 hours to spend in the park/beach, then you meet the group for an OK lunch, and a 3.5 hour drive back and miss the sunset. One family arrived 45 minutes late to lunch which pushed everything back. This caused us to miss the sunset by 10 minutes because there was no pull off available. I have never been on a tour where they would accommodate a family who does not follow directions and meet the group on time. So not only did the families who followed direction miss out on 45 minutes of precious time in the park, we also missed the sunset. It is up to you to decide if this tour sounds like it is right for you.
My suggestion for this tour is to not stop for breakfast and waste 45 minutes. Instead provide black coffee, snacks, and fruit on the bus. Do not include a lunch and let the meet time be later so we can decide where we want to eat and to spend more time in Manual. A sunset should be included in Jaco or the town before it where there are multiple pull off spots. In addition, if a family does not follow directions on meeting time, the rest of the group should not punished by waiting for them and inflicting on their tour.
Let me preface that I use Viator all the time and will continue to do so. In addition, a trip to Manuel Antonio National Park is an absolutely must see if you are visiting Costa Rica. The 1-star is simply for the tour.
You are basically paying for a shuttle to Manuel and you are on other people's time. Therefore, it would be better just to pay for a private transport or taxi to get to the park from San Jose if you do not have a rental car.
The day looks like this: 3.5 hours of driving to MANP a bad breakfast included, standing for 1.5 in line to get into the park, you have 3 hours to go to the beach and the park, meet everyone for an OK lunch, drive 3.5 hours back and miss the sunset. We missed the sunset because a family was 45 minutes late to lunch. Instead of us eating while we arrived on time, it pushed everything back. We missed out on 45 minutes spending time in MA and we missed the sunset on the drive home because there was no look out available at the time we were driving. We were 10 minutes too late. I have never been on a tour that would hold up the rest of the group for one family. Its either you make it on time or we leave without you. So basically you spend 150/pp for 3 hours in the park. You decide if it worth it.
My suggestion is to eliminate breakfast and provide black coffee and snacks in the van so we do not waste 45 minutes to eat breakfast. This tour should include a sunset watch at Jaco or right before at the many pull offs and ensure we watch it. The tour should NOT wait for people who do not follow directions, and the tour should work out a deal with the National Park to see if tour buses can get in a a certain time. That should be the benefit of paying this amount of money for a tour.