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Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip from San Jose

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San José, Costa Rica

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Discover one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica on this full-day trip from San Jose to Manuel Antonio National Park. After a scenic drive along the Pacific coast, arrive at this protected reserve that features lush tropical rain forest, unspoiled stretches of white sandy beach, and coral reefs teeming with marine life. Relax on the shore or explore the jungle with a guided nature hike, where you have a chance to spot birds, sloths, monkeys, and other resident wildlife.
  • Full-day visit to Manuel Antonio National Park from San Jose
  • Enjoy a scenic drive along the beautiful Pacific coastline
  • Relax on the beach or hike on the park’s many trails
  • Hike to Cathedral Point to soak in spectacular views of the Pacific
  • Hotel pickup and dropoff
Lunch
Breakfast
Local guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by private vehicle
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

Traveler pickup is offered
On the arrival at the hotel the tour guide is going to ask in the reception of the hotel for the client

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Accessible only by foot, Manuel Antonio National Park is a protected tropical reserve featuring white sandy beaches, lush rain forest, and crystal-clear turquoise water. Your full-day tour of this tropical paradise begins with early morning pickup from your San Jose hotel to maximize your time at the park. Stop for breakfast along the way, and enjoy the scenic drive past picturesque villages and the dramatic scenery of the Pacific coastline. 

Hop out of the air-conditioned vehicle at the park entrance near the port of Quepos. No vehicles are allowed inside Manuel Antonio to preserve the area’s natural beauty and delicate ecosystem. Enjoy an easy, flat hike through the rain forest to arrive at a gorgeous crescent-shaped beach. The afternoon is yours to spend as you wish. Drop a towel and soak up the sun along the beach’s pristine white sand, and cool off with a swim in the clear, warm waters of the Pacific.

Wander through jungle trails on your own, or join a guided nature hike to learn about the park’s incredible biodiversity. Be prepared to encounter many wild residents, including monkeys, sloths, tropical birds, and iguanas. Get your blood pumping with a hike to Cathedral Point, where you can soak in a breathtaking perspective of the ocean, shore, and forest.

Depart the park before dusk, and watch a memorable sunset over the Pacific on the return drive to your San Jose hotel.
Itinerary
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Gray Line Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio National Park is considered one of the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica. It features a beach of crystal-clear waters with coral reefs and is bordered by exuberant tropical vegetation and rainforests. Its beaches are considered among the best in the country, with great snorkeling and the surfing spots.
Stop At:  
Manuel Antonio National Park
On the way to Manuel Antonio National Park, you will travel along the coastline enjoying scenic views, including African palm plantations. You will also travel past small villages along the Pacific Coast, until you reach the port of Quepos and the ultimately the National Park. Since access to the park itself is closed to vehicles, you will hike to the preserve, crossing a creek. Once in the park, you can simply relax and enjoy the beach, sunbathe, or hike through the park’s trails, which will allow you to observe Manuel Antonio’s abundant flora and fauna. Several species of monkeys, iguanas, birds and possibly even the three-toed sloth can be seen. If you chose to hike the trail to Cathedral Point, do not forget your camera; the views of the park and the sea are simply spectacular!
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of two passengers are required for the tour to commence. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Tours Costa Rica

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip from San Jose?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip from San Jose.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip from San Jose?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip from San Jose.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip from San Jose?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip from San Jose.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip from San Jose?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip from San Jose.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Take this detail into account if you travel with small children." See review
  • "The Day Trip is a very long day, due to travel times between San Jose and Manuel Antonio, so be prepared for 12 hours or so, but only spend 3 hours at the park." See review
  • "I recommend bringing bug spray since you will be hiking in the park." See review

Reviews

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National Park and Beach
Suzanne_H
, Apr 2020
This was an amazing day trip. Our tour guide was extremely helpful and knowledgeable in all the areas we visited. We stopped at various places whilst on route to the National Park including the Alligator Bridge, and other lovely scenic views. After a tour around the National Park, we was also able to spend several hours on the beach which was beautiful. A long day but I would highly recommend it.
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Beautiful beach
Sue
, Mar 2020
Beach was beautiful, able to see animals In abundance the restaurants were good. I only wish we could have had more time on the beach
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Sue, We're happy you had a fantastic time with us! We hope you visit us again soon!
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Excellent beach but long and boring bus ride
Perez
, Feb 2020
I enjoyed the beautiful beach at the national park but the tour was 12 hours long and we were at the beach for only 3 of those hours and the rest of the time was spent mainly on the bus. There was not much education on Costa Rica or about the national park during the tour. The breakfast was good but the lunch was not.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear Perez, thank you for letting us know about this. Your honest feedback helps us get better.
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star-5
Try this tour....it’s great!
Monica_D
, Feb 2020
Great tour and very fun! The tour guide Arlene was very friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. Breakfast and lunch was excellent. I recommend bringing bug spray since you will be hiking in the park. The hike is an easy walk. I did the hiking walk with Arlene and other tourists and she helped to point out monkeys and sloths. I got some great photos of the monkeys. I also saw deer on the hike. Bottled water, a sandwich, and apple was provided to us when we arrived at the park. You will need the extra food for energy because it is hot during the hike before lunch. Great scenery along the route to the park. I highly recommend this tour.
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Skip Manuel Antonio Natl Park from San Jose
Mary_J
, Feb 2020
Over 10 hours in the tour bus to enjoy 4 hours at the park, I would not recommend this activity if leaving from San Jose. The meals included were average, the tour guide was not pleasant, she refused to respond to very basic questions, she treated the group like preschoolers.
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A day Trip which packs in A LOT
gordonmcmillan90
, Feb 2020
We had a SUPER day trip with our guide Alex. It is a very long day ...7am till close to 9pm but packs in so much. The tour starts and finishes with hotel pick up/drop off in San Jose. A straight drive to Arnel Volcano would be 3 to 4 hours but we did a variety of things on the way to break up the journey and make it very interesting. We visited a coffee plantation, stopped for a mid morning snack and to see birds close up, saw a variety of waterfalls and a nice lunch. We choose to do zipp lining which lasted 1.5 hours and had 9 lines through the rain forest..... our first time doing this and not to be missed. We finished with about 1.5 hours at a hot spring. Then it was the long drive back to San Jose with a stop for dinner on the way.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hi gordonmcmillan90, We’re so glad you had a good experience!!
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star-5
National park feeling combined with an amazing swim in the Pacific ocean
norbertsauer
, Jan 2020
Great tour. Jose is a wonderful guide. Tells a lot about country, history and the people. And …. he loves all the animals.
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Try it!
patriciamarieolsen
, Jan 2020
Manuel Antonio Day Trip is a great experience if you have never been. It has lovely beaches and short trails in which to experience the tranquility of this lovely region. Although there are many people, you can still find a comfortable place to set your towel. When I was walking the trails, El Catedral especially, I encountered very few people. The Viator Tour is very good, as well, especially the quality of the food. I would recommend.
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Great experience! Recommended!
moiraciardi
, Jan 2020
The trip was amazing! I really enjoyed it and I was very lucky to meet friendly people in the van and a great tour guide! He planned a lot of extra activities and offered a small cake during lunch knowing that my birthday was coming (with other two other guys born around that date)! We stopped for the sunset and got many tips from him! He really made the difference on the trip! Personally, I would have stopped less time in the morning in the souvenir shop and have stayed one additional hour - not so much more - at the beach! It is the pearl of the trip and we did not have enough time to enjoy! Food (breakfast, lunch and small sandwich) were incredibly good!
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Amazing Day Trip to Manuel Antonio
cjfeeny
, Dec 2019
Our tour guide and our driver were so nice and informative. The sights were beautiful and we saw so many sloths and monkeys! Overall an awesome time. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Dear cjfeeny, We're happy you had a fantastic time with us!
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