Manuel Antonio the National Park is perhaps the most popular tourist destination in Costa Rica. It is also the most easily accessible. Just a short distance from the capital of San Jose by domestic plane or car, it is only 20 minutes north of Dominical after the completion of the Costenera Coastal road. This area is known for its beautiful beaches, touristy coastal resort towns and fantastic surfing opportunities. Offering visitors a wide selection of activities to enjoy, including sportfishing and sunbathing, undoubtedly, the biggest crowd puller of this area is the wonderful Manuel Antonio National Park.
With its lush dense forestation and stunning shoreline ideal for swimming or bird watching, the Manuel Antonio National Park attracts the highest number of tourists in the country. Manuel Antonio is surrounded by a huge number of hotels and restaurants offering fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean. The national park is home to many endemic species of plant and animal life that you can experience by easy footpath. Nearby sits the town of Manuel Antonio, a good place to use as a base while exploring the park.
When visiting the Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the best and more economical places to stay at is in Quepos, around 7 kilometers away. This rapidly booming tourist town is the sport fishing capital of Costa Rica, with its own small airport and boasting a number of cozy hotels, chic restaurants and an active nightlife.
Now with Quepos/ Manuel Antonio so easy to get to, the residents and tourist in the Ballena Coast area are enjoying the activities, tours, events and restaurants in addition to the multiple services that are already offered.