Things to do in Manuel Antonio

There are plenty of things to do in Manuel Antonio for everyone to have a good time. Whether you’re looking to relax at the beach with your spouse or are looking for a thrilling extreme sports getaway, Manuel Antonio has what you’re looking for. There’s action in every corner, whether it’s hiking through the jungle in Manuel Antonio National Park or exploring mangrove forests or zip-lining through the forest. You can also visit the magnificent beaches that offer all sorts of activities such as snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking. And don't forget about the night scene, there’s dining, dancing, and making new friends! These are just a few of the things that you can do during your trip. There are more than enough Manuel Antonio activities to make your vacation unforgettable!

Cala Spa

+506 2777 0777
Cala Spa is located inside the Hotel Sí Como No. It offers a relaxed and soothing atmosphere, and therapeutic treatments using a diverse array of natural products from their local gardens.

Raindrop Spa

+506 2777 2880
Raindrop Spa helps you find a balance between body and soul. It is located in the Manuel Antonio Estates and offers an array of treatments from different parts of the world

Orquidea Spa

+506 2777 8888
Orquídea Los Altos is a mystic spa that integrates the very rainforest around you into its treatments. Here you will be surrounded by the sounds of nature, which will help you feel energized and reinvigorated. Orquídea Spa also offers facials, manicures and pedicures.

ATV & Mountain Bike

ATV & Mountain Biking in Manuel Antonio is an unforgettable experience! This is perfect for people who enjoy adventure and adrenaline. You will zoom through unpaved mountain trails next to giant palm plantations, waterfalls, and cliffs. Here you will see all sorts of wildlife such as birds, lizards, and monkeys all nestled in the amazing tropical rainforest. Many tours also serve lunch. The guides are bilingual and very knowledgeable.

Sport Fishing

Manuel Antonio and Quepos are famous for their world class Sport Fishing, one of the best in the world. In fact, Manuel Antonio hosts many top International Fishing Tournaments. There are many different species of fish in the Manuel Antonio & Quepos area. There are many different companies that cater to both the seasoned angler and also the novice looking for a new adventure. Professionally licensed captains and experienced mates help you make this an unforgettable experience. You can choose from offshore and inshore fishing excursions. The offshore trips offer the best chance to catch Sailfish, Marlin and Dorado. Inshore fishing is best for Roosterfish, Mackerel, Grouper, Snapper, and Snook. The best time to practice Sport Fishing is during the Green Season.

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

The Manuel Antonio coastline is a wonderful place for diving, with its crystal blue waters and abundant sea life. Most spots are only 10 minutes from departure to suit up time. can There are many spots to choose from, depending on your level of experience. The experienced diver can schedule a night dives if climate conditions are favorable. While the less experienced diver can enjoy a dive in shallow waters and still get to see different species of fish. The average temperature of the water ranges between 70º degrees to 80º degrees all year round. The Manuel Antonio coastline has a variety of diving spots ranging from 10 feet to over 90 feet in depth. You will be able to see volcanic reefs, rock formations and underwater canyons. The marine life in the area includes Angel fish, Trumpet fish, Barracuda, White tip sharks, Stingray, Moray Eels, Octopus and many more. There are half a day to full day trips available. If you are a first time diver, then you must take a diving course before you embark on this exciting adventure (just 2 afternoons with a short classroom session and pool review).

Sailing

There are cruises that will take you on open waters where you will be able to spot dolphins, humpback whales, turtles and manta rays. As you sail down the coastline you can enjoy the gorgeous views of different sceneries. You might be able to stop and snorkel at Biesanz Bay, where you can find over 50 different tropical fish. Or just sail out and enjoy one of the amazing summer.

Canyoning, Canopy & Zip Line

This is an amazing experience that you won't want to miss while you’re in Costa Rica. You can go on walks over suspension bridges on treetops where you will see all of the fauna and flora in a way you never have before. You can also experience the thrill of flying from tree to tree on a zip line. Rappel down a cliff next to a waterfall and take swim at the bottom. . ADR Adventure Park is a magnificent property located in the heart of the forest of San Antonio de Damas, just 30 minutes from the Manuel Antonio National Park. They offer one of the most complete adventures making it an unforgettable vacation.

Jet Ski

Experience the thrill of jet skiing across clear waters along the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio. Jet skiing is an adrenaline filled activity that can be easily handled by beginners. It's the perfect skill to master while you’re here!

River Rafting & Kayaking

The class III and IV rapids of the Savegre River offer quite an adventure. The Naranjo River is recommended only for more experienced rafters since it is more challenging. Wild and untamed, these amazing rivers plunge through spectacularly beautiful, largely unexplored Tropical Rain Forest. You’ll pass through the jungle and see toucans, parrots, and kingfishers as you make your way down the river. Ocean kayaking is also an exciting way to experience Manuel Antonio's marine and coastal areas, and much easier than river kayaking, making these trips open to experienced and inexperienced kayakers. You will have the opportunity to get a close look at marine life, from flying fish and sea turtles to birds and pelicans. Depending on your preference, you might also get to explore some protected offshore islands and maybe even swim and snorkel.

Golf

There are no golf courses in Manuel Antonio. However, you can find a couple of beaches that do offer World Class Golf Courses nearby. The 18-hole championship Golf Course at Los Sueños Resort in Herradura offers a par-72, Ted Robinson-designed layout and is situated alongside an exotic rain forest with gorgeous ocean views. The course at our Los Sueños resort also features a spectacular gallery featuring friendly monkeys and brightly hued macaws. It takes about an hour to get there. Other Golf Courses are available in Conchal Beach (which is a 4-hour drive) and also in Alajuela and San José).

Kids saving the rainforest wildlife sanctuary

+506 4070-0340
For those looking for things to do in Manuel Antonio that are educational, we recommend the KIDS SAVING THE RAINFOREST WILDLIFE SANCTUARY. It is a rescue shelter for animals that have been injured in the wild or by humans. Visitors can take part in the efforts to help take care of these animals and nurse them back to health. This is definitely a life changing experience. Be sure to book in advance and confirm your reservation.

Whale/Dolphin watching

People travel from all over the world to see Humpback Whales. Studies have shown that the Costa Rican shore is the place where these types of whales congregate while traveling from California to Chile. Winter is the time of the year when humpback whales travel from the Antarctic to the Tropics towards warm waters in order to raise their offspring. The best time to visit is during October and November as these are the months when whale sightings are highly likely.

Damas Island and Mangrove

The mangrove forest in Damas Island is one of the most astounding ecosystems in the world. Located just 10 minutes from the center of Manuel Antonio, Damas Island holds what is currently one of the most important mangroves in the country. Covering thousands of acres of protected forest, this amazing stretch of land is home to a large number of birds, reptiles, mammals and insects. You can kayak through the canals and experience all of wildlife on the island firsthand. If you’re lucky enough you just might see boas, caimans, exotic birds, anteaters, and much more!

Horseback riding

Horseback-riding is a greatway for you to travel through the beautiful landscapes of the Manuel Antonio. You’ll have the chance to take in waterfalls, beaches, jungles, and hills up close and personal while you ride. There are a few excursions throughout the day as well as evening trips. Finca Valmy and Rancho Típico Don Juanfor are family-run typical horse farms that offer excellent horseback riding adventures. You’ll ride through primary and secondary rainforest with a stop at a beautiful waterfall. If you are looking for a nature intense horseback ride in the area of Manuel Antonio you will definitely enjoy this.

Rainmaker Conservation Project

+506 2777 3565
This Carbon Neutral effort dedicates its 1500 acre property 100% to conservation purposes and environmental studies. It is located 27 kilometers from the center of Manuel Antonio. They offer educational tours, with an emphasis in demonstrating the rich biodiversity found within Manuel Antonio. You will have the opportunity to see, hear, feel and even smell a wide variety of flora and fauna; from flowering exotic plants, to butterflies, bats, birds, monkeys and even different types of frogs and snakes. Rainmaker Conservation Project aims protect one of world's most bio-diverse ecosystems in the world and educate as many people as possible on why this is important. You can take walks along the river or canopy across the trees, while watching amphibians and reptiles at night or birds and mammals during the day.
VIEW ON MAP

Zoos

Zoos have been outlawed by the Costa Rican government. A few small ones still remain, but their leases will not be renewed once they expire. Fortunately for you the Manuel Antonio National Park and Wildelife refuge let’s you see animals in the best possible way: IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT! Monkeys, sloths, frogs, and many species of birds call Manuel Antonio National Park their home; so make sure to bring your camera so you can record your sightings. You will also have the opportunity to discover hundreds of species of tropical flora, including 200 years old hardwood trees.

Spanish

Manuel Antonio offers many different Spanish Programs. They are well known for offering personalized attention to students of all levels. Since many of the students are tourists, these programs are designed to help you learn as much Spanish as possible in short periods of time.
  1. Think Abroad - Spanish Por Favor www.thinkabroad.net People of all ages and backgrounds can study and learn Spanish at the beach in Manuel Antonio. This is one of the many Spanish immersion programs offered by Spanish Por Favor, the Spanish division of Think Abroad. Fill out the preliminary application to get started.
  2. El Paraiso School www.elparaisoschool.com Here you can improve your Spanish skills and experience Costa Rican culture at the same time. The teachers are knowledgeable and have many years of experience. You can take advantage of other classes to complement your experience. Learn to surf, become a volunteer, and much more. Check out their website where you can enroll easily online. Phone 2777-4681.
  3. ACADEMIA DE ESPAÑOL D’AMORE www.academiadamore.com ACADEMIA DE ESPAÑOL D’AMORE is another Spanish school at Manuel Antonio. They offer a comprehensive program to ensure a well-rounded learning experience. Phone 2777-0233.
  4. Costa Rica Spanish Institute www.cosi.co.cr The Costa Rica Spanish Institute offers intensive Spanish classes. They offer mini group programs or private tutoring. They can even help you arrange your room and board. The enrollment process is simple; you can do it on-line or by calling their office. Phone 2234-1001.
  5. Manuel Antonio Spanish School www.spanishabroad.com This school was founded in the1990’s. Their programs are designed for students of all levels of proficiency. They offer group classes as well as private lessons. Students who wish to have a well-rounded experience can participate in cultural activities.

Surf

Almost all Surf Schools teach surf theory and practice as well as basic guidelines for understanding the ocean to all their students. The instructors are highly qualified and very passionate about surfing. Some camps offer guests the opportunity to engage with Manuel Antonio's local community. There are group and private lessons, which offer the necessary equipment. From beginners to more advanced surfers, you can find a class that is right for you.
  • Manuel Antonio Surf School (MASS) 2777-4842
  • Outward Bound 2278-6062
  • Blue Horizon 8994-1424
  • Tropical Surf School 2774-0020
  • Barraba's Surf 8719-4954
  • Dante's 2777-4000
  • Amara's Surf Camp 2777-3300
  • Surf Paradise 2777-3339
  • El Paraíso 2777-4681
  • Byblos 2777-0411

Yoga

Practicing Yoga in Manuel Antonio is a life changing experience. Whether you are practicing yoga for the first time or an experienced yogi, you can find classes that cater to your specific needs. Yoga's deep breathing and meditation practices help relieve stress, improve flexibility, strength and posture and achieve a balance of mind body and soul. Yoga instructors strive to create the perfect ambience by combing illumination and sound to evoke a natural setting. Most studios are nestled inside the rainforest, which creates a magical union of nature and humanity when it comes to doing yoga.
  • Holis Spa & Wellness Center 2777-0939
  • Spa Uno 2777-2607
  • Holis Spa & Wellness Center 2777-0939
  • Playa Yoga 8388-6960
  • Raindrop Spa 2777-2880
  • Yoga con Cyn 8771-7777
  • Manu Yoga Retreats www.manuyogaretreats.com
  • Costa Verde Hotel 2777-0584

Manuel Antonio Beaches are a series of small beaches and bays surrounded by luscious rainforest all of them safe for swimming and great for diving and exploring coral reefs, surfing and much more. More Info …

In Manuel Antonio there are lots places where you can relax and recharge your batteries. Whether you want a Holistic Retreat Experience, More Info …

Cala Spa

+506 2777 0777
Cala Spa is located inside the Hotel Sí Como No. It offers a relaxed and soothing atmosphere, and therapeutic treatments using a diverse array of natural products from their local gardens.

Raindrop Spa

+506 2777 2880
Raindrop Spa helps you find a balance between body and soul. It is located in the Manuel Antonio Estates and offers an array of treatments from different parts of the world

Orquidea Spa

+506 2777 8888
Orquídea Los Altos is a mystic spa that integrates the very rainforest around you into its treatments. Here you will be surrounded by the sounds of nature, which will help you feel energized and reinvigorated. Orquídea Spa also offers facials, manicures and pedicures.

It’s hard to choose the best Manuel Antonio activities – they’re all amazing! There are a wide variety of adventures to choose from, here are some of our favorite ones.

ATV & Mountain Bike

ATV & Mountain Biking in Manuel Antonio is an unforgettable experience! This is perfect for people who enjoy adventure and adrenaline. You will zoom through unpaved mountain trails next to giant palm plantations, waterfalls, and cliffs. Here you will see all sorts of wildlife such as birds, lizards, and monkeys all nestled in the amazing tropical rainforest. Many tours also serve lunch. The guides are bilingual and very knowledgeable.

Sport Fishing

Manuel Antonio and Quepos are famous for their world class Sport Fishing, one of the best in the world. In fact, Manuel Antonio hosts many top International Fishing Tournaments. There are many different species of fish in the Manuel Antonio & Quepos area. There are many different companies that cater to both the seasoned angler and also the novice looking for a new adventure. Professionally licensed captains and experienced mates help you make this an unforgettable experience. You can choose from offshore and inshore fishing excursions. The offshore trips offer the best chance to catch Sailfish, Marlin and Dorado. Inshore fishing is best for Roosterfish, Mackerel, Grouper, Snapper, and Snook. The best time to practice Sport Fishing is during the Green Season.

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

The Manuel Antonio coastline is a wonderful place for diving, with its crystal blue waters and abundant sea life. Most spots are only 10 minutes from departure to suit up time. can There are many spots to choose from, depending on your level of experience. The experienced diver can schedule a night dives if climate conditions are favorable. While the less experienced diver can enjoy a dive in shallow waters and still get to see different species of fish. The average temperature of the water ranges between 70º degrees to 80º degrees all year round. The Manuel Antonio coastline has a variety of diving spots ranging from 10 feet to over 90 feet in depth. You will be able to see volcanic reefs, rock formations and underwater canyons. The marine life in the area includes Angel fish, Trumpet fish, Barracuda, White tip sharks, Stingray, Moray Eels, Octopus and many more. There are half a day to full day trips available. If you are a first time diver, then you must take a diving course before you embark on this exciting adventure (just 2 afternoons with a short classroom session and pool review).

Sailing

There are cruises that will take you on open waters where you will be able to spot dolphins, humpback whales, turtles and manta rays. As you sail down the coastline you can enjoy the gorgeous views of different sceneries. You might be able to stop and snorkel at Biesanz Bay, where you can find over 50 different tropical fish. Or just sail out and enjoy one of the amazing summer.

Canyoning, Canopy & Zip Line

This is an amazing experience that you won't want to miss while you’re in Costa Rica. You can go on walks over suspension bridges on treetops where you will see all of the fauna and flora in a way you never have before. You can also experience the thrill of flying from tree to tree on a zip line. Rappel down a cliff next to a waterfall and take swim at the bottom. . ADR Adventure Park is a magnificent property located in the heart of the forest of San Antonio de Damas, just 30 minutes from the Manuel Antonio National Park. They offer one of the most complete adventures making it an unforgettable vacation.

Jet Ski

Experience the thrill of jet skiing across clear waters along the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio. Jet skiing is an adrenaline filled activity that can be easily handled by beginners. It's the perfect skill to master while you’re here!

River Rafting & Kayaking

The class III and IV rapids of the Savegre River offer quite an adventure. The Naranjo River is recommended only for more experienced rafters since it is more challenging. Wild and untamed, these amazing rivers plunge through spectacularly beautiful, largely unexplored Tropical Rain Forest. You’ll pass through the jungle and see toucans, parrots, and kingfishers as you make your way down the river. Ocean kayaking is also an exciting way to experience Manuel Antonio's marine and coastal areas, and much easier than river kayaking, making these trips open to experienced and inexperienced kayakers. You will have the opportunity to get a close look at marine life, from flying fish and sea turtles to birds and pelicans. Depending on your preference, you might also get to explore some protected offshore islands and maybe even swim and snorkel.

Golf

There are no golf courses in Manuel Antonio. However, you can find a couple of beaches that do offer World Class Golf Courses nearby. The 18-hole championship Golf Course at Los Sueños Resort in Herradura offers a par-72, Ted Robinson-designed layout and is situated alongside an exotic rain forest with gorgeous ocean views. The course at our Los Sueños resort also features a spectacular gallery featuring friendly monkeys and brightly hued macaws. It takes about an hour to get there. Other Golf Courses are available in Conchal Beach (which is a 4-hour drive) and also in Alajuela and San José).

The Manuel Antonio National Park is a great place to explore new landscapes, observe wildlife, and discover new ecosystems. Remember to bring comfortable shoes, a camera and binoculars. Mosquito repellent is highly recommended. This is one of those things that you just can’t miss while you’re here.

Kids saving the rainforest wildlife sanctuary

+506 4070-0340
For those looking for things to do in Manuel Antonio that are educational, we recommend the KIDS SAVING THE RAINFOREST WILDLIFE SANCTUARY. It is a rescue shelter for animals that have been injured in the wild or by humans. Visitors can take part in the efforts to help take care of these animals and nurse them back to health. This is definitely a life changing experience. Be sure to book in advance and confirm your reservation.

Whale/Dolphin watching

People travel from all over the world to see Humpback Whales. Studies have shown that the Costa Rican shore is the place where these types of whales congregate while traveling from California to Chile. Winter is the time of the year when humpback whales travel from the Antarctic to the Tropics towards warm waters in order to raise their offspring. The best time to visit is during October and November as these are the months when whale sightings are highly likely.

Damas Island and Mangrove

The mangrove forest in Damas Island is one of the most astounding ecosystems in the world. Located just 10 minutes from the center of Manuel Antonio, Damas Island holds what is currently one of the most important mangroves in the country. Covering thousands of acres of protected forest, this amazing stretch of land is home to a large number of birds, reptiles, mammals and insects. You can kayak through the canals and experience all of wildlife on the island firsthand. If you’re lucky enough you just might see boas, caimans, exotic birds, anteaters, and much more!

Horseback riding

Horseback-riding is a greatway for you to travel through the beautiful landscapes of the Manuel Antonio. You’ll have the chance to take in waterfalls, beaches, jungles, and hills up close and personal while you ride. There are a few excursions throughout the day as well as evening trips. Finca Valmy and Rancho Típico Don Juanfor are family-run typical horse farms that offer excellent horseback riding adventures. You’ll ride through primary and secondary rainforest with a stop at a beautiful waterfall. If you are looking for a nature intense horseback ride in the area of Manuel Antonio you will definitely enjoy this.

Rainmaker Conservation Project

+506 2777 3565
This Carbon Neutral effort dedicates its 1500 acre property 100% to conservation purposes and environmental studies. It is located 27 kilometers from the center of Manuel Antonio. They offer educational tours, with an emphasis in demonstrating the rich biodiversity found within Manuel Antonio. You will have the opportunity to see, hear, feel and even smell a wide variety of flora and fauna; from flowering exotic plants, to butterflies, bats, birds, monkeys and even different types of frogs and snakes. Rainmaker Conservation Project aims protect one of world's most bio-diverse ecosystems in the world and educate as many people as possible on why this is important. You can take walks along the river or canopy across the trees, while watching amphibians and reptiles at night or birds and mammals during the day.
VIEW ON MAP

Zoos

Zoos have been outlawed by the Costa Rican government. A few small ones still remain, but their leases will not be renewed once they expire. Fortunately for you the Manuel Antonio National Park and Wildelife refuge let’s you see animals in the best possible way: IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT! Monkeys, sloths, frogs, and many species of birds call Manuel Antonio National Park their home; so make sure to bring your camera so you can record your sightings. You will also have the opportunity to discover hundreds of species of tropical flora, including 200 years old hardwood trees.

There are many different classes available in Manuel Antonio available to those looking to enrich their vacation experience with a little education.

Spanish

Manuel Antonio offers many different Spanish Programs. They are well known for offering personalized attention to students of all levels. Since many of the students are tourists, these programs are designed to help you learn as much Spanish as possible in short periods of time.
  1. Think Abroad - Spanish Por Favor www.thinkabroad.net People of all ages and backgrounds can study and learn Spanish at the beach in Manuel Antonio. This is one of the many Spanish immersion programs offered by Spanish Por Favor, the Spanish division of Think Abroad. Fill out the preliminary application to get started.
  2. El Paraiso School www.elparaisoschool.com Here you can improve your Spanish skills and experience Costa Rican culture at the same time. The teachers are knowledgeable and have many years of experience. You can take advantage of other classes to complement your experience. Learn to surf, become a volunteer, and much more. Check out their website where you can enroll easily online. Phone 2777-4681.
  3. ACADEMIA DE ESPAÑOL D’AMORE www.academiadamore.com ACADEMIA DE ESPAÑOL D’AMORE is another Spanish school at Manuel Antonio. They offer a comprehensive program to ensure a well-rounded learning experience. Phone 2777-0233.
  4. Costa Rica Spanish Institute www.cosi.co.cr The Costa Rica Spanish Institute offers intensive Spanish classes. They offer mini group programs or private tutoring. They can even help you arrange your room and board. The enrollment process is simple; you can do it on-line or by calling their office. Phone 2234-1001.
  5. Manuel Antonio Spanish School www.spanishabroad.com This school was founded in the1990’s. Their programs are designed for students of all levels of proficiency. They offer group classes as well as private lessons. Students who wish to have a well-rounded experience can participate in cultural activities.

Surf

Almost all Surf Schools teach surf theory and practice as well as basic guidelines for understanding the ocean to all their students. The instructors are highly qualified and very passionate about surfing. Some camps offer guests the opportunity to engage with Manuel Antonio's local community. There are group and private lessons, which offer the necessary equipment. From beginners to more advanced surfers, you can find a class that is right for you.
  • Manuel Antonio Surf School (MASS) 2777-4842
  • Outward Bound 2278-6062
  • Blue Horizon 8994-1424
  • Tropical Surf School 2774-0020
  • Barraba's Surf 8719-4954
  • Dante's 2777-4000
  • Amara's Surf Camp 2777-3300
  • Surf Paradise 2777-3339
  • El Paraíso 2777-4681
  • Byblos 2777-0411

Yoga

Practicing Yoga in Manuel Antonio is a life changing experience. Whether you are practicing yoga for the first time or an experienced yogi, you can find classes that cater to your specific needs. Yoga's deep breathing and meditation practices help relieve stress, improve flexibility, strength and posture and achieve a balance of mind body and soul. Yoga instructors strive to create the perfect ambience by combing illumination and sound to evoke a natural setting. Most studios are nestled inside the rainforest, which creates a magical union of nature and humanity when it comes to doing yoga.
  • Holis Spa & Wellness Center 2777-0939
  • Spa Uno 2777-2607
  • Holis Spa & Wellness Center 2777-0939
  • Playa Yoga 8388-6960
  • Raindrop Spa 2777-2880
  • Yoga con Cyn 8771-7777
  • Manu Yoga Retreats www.manuyogaretreats.com
  • Costa Verde Hotel 2777-0584

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