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The town of Quepos is located near the entrance to the famous Manuel Antonio national park, one of Costa Rica’s most visited (although one of the smallest) nature reserves. The park owes its popularity to the possibility of seeing many of Costa Rica’s wild animals within just two minutes walk from the park entrance! It also offers some of the nicest beaches in Costa Rica, much nicer than the beaches you’ll see outside of the reserve. Walking in the park without seeing at least one of the three monkey’s species is quite rare, and you can also see iguanas, sloths, snakes, agoutis, peccaries, armadillos, coatis, raccoons, and 350 species of birds. Keep in mind that it is usually crowded, so the best time to visit would be early in the morning, mid week and preferably during the rainy season.

The beaches inside the park are great for swimming but have no surf. There is a small break at the beach which is located to the north of the park, but the waves are way smaller than at Jaco and Playa Hermosa. The popularity of the park makes it a tough mission to find a hotel room at Manuel Antonio, especially if you are looking for cheap accommodation. It is highly recommended to reserve a room in advance during the dry season. The town of Quepos might offer more options to backpackers, but if you are visiting during the dry season and don’t want the hassle, you can just visit the park for a day and return to sleep anywhere between Quepos and Jaco, which is only a one hour drive to the north.

If the beach outside the park is too crowded, take a  walk along the beach to the north, in the direction of Quepos, and when the beach ends with rocks, climb over them, and after about 200 meters you'll find a beautiful hidden bay that is the unofficial nudist beach.



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Manuel Antonio and Quepos hotel rooms
The Banana Tree Hotel
Price range: $20-$60
Location: Manuel Antonio, about 500 meters from the park.
Description: Great budget option with Three species of Costa Rica Monkeys pass through the hotel.  Toucans, Iguanas, Hummingbirds and Butterflies can also be seen.
Phone/Fax (506) 777-1585
Hotel California, Manuel Antonio
Price range: $70-$125
Location: The hotel is located on a hillside, surrounded by the jungle and overlooking the ocean. It is perfectly situated just minutes from Manuel Antonio National Park, and walking distance from Quepos
Description: All rooms are equipped with one queen size bed, telephone, private bathroom with hot water, minibar, cable TV, safety box and air conditioning.
Tel : 506 777 1234
Quepos hotel
Hotel Las Tres Banderas 
Price range: $35-$95
Location: The hotel is in close proximity to Manuel Antonio National Park.
Description: The hotel is newly built, reasonably priced and offers eleven luxurious units and three beautifully decorated, spacious suites. All units have a private balcony and air conditioning
Tel: 777-1284
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