Manuel Antonio is one of the most popular yet private areas in the country.  It offers a wide variety of upscale accommodations that have the best ocean views in the country.  This area is also full of thrilling adventures and excellent sport fishing alongside the pristine Quepos coastline.  Below is a list of our top day tours in Manuel Antonio to help you sort through the options:

 

Manuel Antonio Park Tour

Established in 1972 as one Costa Rica’s twenty six national parks, this is now the most visited national park in the country.  Spanning 1,700 acres, the park offers it’s visitors well marked walking trails, bathroom facilities, and four gorgeous beaches.  You can also climb the iconic Cathedral Point, which at nearly 240 ft of elevation offers you a fantastic panoramic view of the surrounding rainforest and coastline.

See how many animals you can spot with the help of our naturalist expert guide while you walk through the different trails that wind through the lush rain forest.   There are literally hundreds of species of birds, mammals, and reptiles in the park, but the most common residents you’ll see are white-faced capuchin monkey, sloths, and iguanas. You’ll also learn about the history of the Quepoa Indian settlements in Costa Rica and can view the ancient turtle traps along the beach.  Enjoy the guided tour of the name sake national park and see why Forbes ranks it as one of the ‘top 12 national parks in the world.’

Includes:  Transportation, bilingual and certified naturalists guides, entrance fee, fruits and juice.

What to Bring: Water, walking shoes, camera, sunscreen, bug spray, binoculars while you hike in the park, and bring your bathing suit and towel for a relaxing beach time during the tour.

Perfect For: Everyone!

Manuel Antonio National ParkTwo toed sloth in Costa Rica

 

 

 

 

 

Sport Fishing  

The sport fishing in Manuel Antonio is some of the best in the world.  Long known as the ‘sport fishing capital of Costa Rica,’ Manuel Antonio is home to some of the best boats in the country as well as the brand new Marina Pez Vela.  Head just 20-30 miles offshore to enjoy world class sport fishing for black and blue marlin, sailfish, dorado, yellow-fin tuna, and wahoo.  A day with double digit sailfish releases is a common occurrence in the peak season from December through April.

The fishing here is so good that Manuel Antonio hosts it’s own fishing tournament each February, the Quepos Cup, as well as one of the largest sport fishing tournaments in the world for the past three years – the Offshore World Championship.  In April 2014, 64 of the best teams in the world released an incredible 2,711 billfish in the 4 day tournament.  The sport fishing here is so good they even host a fly fishing tournament for billfish for the past 15 years!

Includes:  transportation, all fishing gear & tackle, drinks (beer/water/soda), snacks, and lunch.

What to bring: shoes that can get wet/active sandals, sun lotion, sunglasses, hat, camera.

Perfect for: Anglers, families, groups, anyone who wants to catch their first billfish!

Costa Rica Sailfish Dorado Fishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canopy Zip-Line

Besides sport fishing, the canopy zip-line tour has to be the most iconic tour in Costa Rica.  Few experiences can combine the natural beauty and serenity of the rain forest with heart pumping adrenaline of zip-lining through the canopy of 100 ft tall trees.  El Santuario Canopy Adventure Tour features 11 adrenaline pumping zip-lines, including one of Central America’s longest zip-lines at over 3/4 of a mile!  Enjoy unique hanging bridges and ‘air-stairs’ as you move from platform to platform while keeping an eye out for monkeys and sloths.  If you are adventurous try zip-lining upside down!

Includes:  transportation, water, all equipment and lunch.

What to bring: hiking/active shoes, rain jacket, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen

Perfect for: Anyone!  Minimum age is 5.  Weight limit 75-275 lbs.

Manuel Antonio Tour canopy zip-line tour

 

 

 

 

Inshore Fishing

Manuel Antonio offers one of the best inshore fishing experiences in the entire country.  This adventure is perfect if you are looking to get out on the water but don’t want to spend long hours and/or big money to go on a full day deep sea fishing trip.  You’ll be fishing with one of the top inshore guides in the country and his 26′ super panga is perfectly designed to handle the waves and get close to the rocks.  You’ll troll the rocky islands and underwater reefs as you catch roosterfish, jacks, snapper and grouper or head into the mouth of the the fresh water rivers and try to land big snook.  Troll with live bait or cast poppers as you wait for the line to scream in this hands-on fishing experience.

Includes:  transportation, all fishing gear & tackle, drinks (beer/water/soda), and light lunch.

What to bring: shoes that can get wet/active sandals, sun lotion, sunglasses, hat, camera.

Perfect for: Anglers, families with young anglers, beginner-anglers that would like to catch a fish without spending big money

Costa Rica Roosterfish Inshore fishing, Costa Rica

 

 

 

 

 

 

Damas Island Mangrove Adventure

Costa Rica is famous for its rainforests and lush vegetation, which include the oft-overlooked wetlands and mangroves systems that cover the pristine coastline.  You will be picked up from your hotel and will be taken down to the beach where your covered boat will be waiting for you.  Enjoy a twenty minute boat ride along the pristine Central Pacific Coastline until you reach Damas Island.  The Damas Island Mangroves is a complex maze of estuaries and mangroves and it’s one of the best places to see wildlife such as crocodiles, caiman, monkeys, snakes and numerous species of birds. Explore a hidden Costa Rican gem that combines mangroves and marshes full of scenic landscapes on a tranquil boat ride while your bilingual nature guide educates you on the local flora and fauna.

Includes: Round trip transportation, bilingual and naturalists guides, delicious lunch, fruits and juice.

Requirements:  Comfortable clothes and shoes for tropical weather, hat, camera and bug spray.

Perfect For: Travelers looking for a relaxing experience, birders, nature lovers and families of all kinds.

Manuel Antonio monkeys Damas Island Mangrove Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catamaran Sunset Cruise & Snorkeling Tour

The perfect ending to a perfect vacation would be snorkeling the calm waters off Manuel Antonio and enjoying your last hours of tropical sunshine having drinks and watching the sun set aboard a catamaran.  You will have the opportunity to enjoy the views of the Manuel Antonio bay and snorkel some of the top spots in the country.  If you are more into a relaxing experience you can lounge at the boat and enjoy a nice cold beer or tropical cocktail.   We advise to bring your camera as it quite common to see dolphins, sea turtles, and even humpback whales while out on the water.

What to bring:  Comfortable clothes, sandals, camera,  towel, sunscreen and bathing suit

Includes: Round trip transportation certified naturalist guide, snorkeling equipment, water slide, mini show of live music, lunch on board and cocktails with Costa Rican liquor

Perfect for: Families of all kinds, honeymoon, singles, groups

Sunset Cruise, Costa Rica Snorkeling Tour Costa Rica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horseback Riding and Tocori Waterfall

This exciting adventure combines a relaxing horseback ride with a refreshing dip in a tropical waterfall.  A gentle one hour ride through the lush rain forest will give you the opportunity to see local residents such as howler monkey, white-faced capuchin monkeys, iguanas, raccoons, armadillos, pizotes, iguanas and countless birds.  After the horseback ride put on your bathing suit and take a dip on the relaxing waterfalls at the Tocori Ecological Reserve.  Relax at the while you enjoy fresh fruit followed by a delicious Costa Rican lunch served by the local Gilberto family.

What to Bring: Comfortable clothes and possibly long pants for the horse back ride, bathing suit, bug spray, sun lotion, camera, hat, towel, and maybe an extra change of clothes to wear after swimming in the Tocori Waterfalls.

Includes:  Round trip transportation, bilingual guides, a delicious lunch, fresh fruit and tropical juice.

Perfect for: Animal lovers, nature lovers,  families

Horseback riding, Manuel Antonio Tocori Waterfalls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Water Rafting – Rio Naranjo Class III–IV

If you are seeking a day full of thrilling adventure and adrenaline Class III-IV river rafting is definitely a must do in Costa Rica!  Costa Rica is one of the best countries in the world for white water rafting due to the number of raging jungle rivers, elevation changes, and thrilling falls.  This high-octane adventure begins when the Naranjo River drops steeply from the Talamanca Mountains and winds through numerous turns and steep gorges on your way back to sea level.  This demanding river is best for physically fit participants and/or those who have rafting experience.  Prepare to get wet in this amazing adventure!

Includes: Transportation, trained bilingual raft guides, all equipment, tropical fruit break, snacks and refreshments.

What to Bring: Clothes to get wet in, secure shoes, change of clothes for after the tour, a little extra spending money in case you want to buy some beers or the Photo CD from your trip.

Perfect for: Thrill seekers, adrenaline junkies, nature lovers, all adult families. Kids must be 12 and over.

Costa Rica white water rafting Rio Naranjo Rafting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fly Fishing Float Trip

Enjoy a day of fly fishing in one of the most exotic settings imaginable – floating down a river in the middle of the Costa Rican jungle.  You’ll set out on a two-person raft while our professional fly guide maneuvers through the small rapids down the Savegre River. For beginners and experts alike, all fly rods, flies, and equipment will be provided and tutorials can be given at the start of the trip for anyone who needs some pointers on their form.  Whether you are fly fishing or using light tackle, we refer to this as the “float of 1,000 casts” as you’ll have plenty of chances to catch up to eight different species of fish in these fresh water rivers & mangroves. Besides a great day of fishing you’ll enjoy a relaxing river float, pristine rainforest, and amazing wildlife in a spot most visitors never see!

Includes:  transportation, all fly fishing & spinning gear, flies, tackle, drinks (beer/water/soda), and light lunch.

What to bring: shoes that can get wet/active sandals, sun lotion, sunglasses, hat, camera.

Perfect for: Experienced fly anglers, beginner fly anglers,  young anglers, non-anglers that would like to enjoy the float trip

Fresh water fly fishing Fresh water float trip