Arguably the most beautiful national park in Costa Rica (Forbes magazine ranked it as one of the 10 loveliest in the world) is Manuel Antonio. It is a slender peninsula that reaches out into the Pacific toward a string of beckoning islands. It has a rocky spine that is lushly carpeted in rainforest, rising to a massive cliff formation called “Cathedral Point.” A handful of perfect, pristine beaches lie on either side, waiting for wandering travelers to take a break from watching wildlife and relax by the sea instead.
Though the national park itself is small—just 683 hectares (2.6 square miles)—the surrounding jungles have been carefully conserved, and today are home to so many monkeys, sloths and tropical birds that you will likely see the menagerie promised in your Costa Rica travel brochures before even leaving your hotel.Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Costa Rica Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Costa Rica.