Paradise found in Costa Rica: Destination Manuel Antonio

Paradise found in Costa Rica: Destination Manuel Antonio

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Costa Rica offers travelers plenty history, bio diversity, eco travel, architecture, mountains, volcanoes and more - and at surprisingly affordable rates - a bit of Paradise Found

Map: Google Maps Images: Jason Mueller

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, April 6, 2016 – Paradise is found in Costa Rica, despite the fact that this Central American destination is not often on the “go to” list for travelers.

Central America is home to seven countries, Caribbean travel destinations Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Costa Rica, which is located on a thin finger of land between Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south.
The area is is rugged, filled with rainforests and dry areas. It has coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital, is rich with history. To the south of San Jose are the Talamanca Mountains; to the north, majestic volcanoes.
The city is filled with historic Spanish colonial architecture, including the neoclassical National Theatre of Costa Rica and the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.
Image courtesy of (used of educational purposes to promote Costa Rica)
Image courtesy of (used for educational purposes to promote Costa Rica)
Like much of Central America, Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes and immense biodiversity, its protected jungles and wildlife, including spider monkeys and quetzal birds.
Golden Headed Quetzal bird - By Joao Quental - Flickr, CC BY 2.0,
Golden Headed Quetzal bird – By Joao Quental – Flickr, CC BY 2.0,

The friendly country of Costa Rica is ideal for all travelers — families, honeymooners, eco-travelers and the solo backpacker. From the rolling mountains to the long white or black sandy beaches you will encounter different climates, from moderately cool temperatures with dry air to hot and humid.

For most people coming to Costa Rica the hot and humid weather may be a little bit unbearable. Before you head off to the mountains or the jungles, a you may wish to spend a few nights to acclimatize in the city of San Jose or get off the beaten track and head to one of the beautiful towns in the mountains, such as Arenas, Grecia or San Pedro de Poas, where you can enjoy the spectacular sites of the Poas Volcano nearby.


KC Hotel – San Jose – Courtesy

As you make your way down the mountain you will feel the air get hotter and stickier as the temperature and humidity rise.

Manuel Antonio National Park on the central Pacific coast is perhaps one of the most beautiful places to visit in this exquisite country.

When you reach Jaco, a town well known for its night life and tourist attractions, you may wish to take a few hours or days to enjoy some of the great activities: canopy tour, 4×4 adventures, crocodile tour, fishing, surfing or the obstacle ropes course tour that Jaco has to offer. You will cross bridges, zip line, swing on tires, surf in the air and even swing like Tarzan or Jane.

For the more extreme try the rappel or the quickjump free fall adrenaline rush.

When you make your way to Manuel Antonio, about three hours from San Jose, and settle in at your hotel, condo or house, your first thought will be that you want to pack up all your belongings and move to this majestic paradise.

This dream can become reality as it has for over 20,000 expats living in Costa Rica. Why not ship our car, ATV and boat here? you may be pondering as you sip out of the fresh coconut and enjoy the amazing views.

Manuel Antonio National Park comprises approximately 690 hectares of pristine white sandy beaches and lush tropical rainforest connected by walking trails. You will definitely want binoculars to catch the actions of the squirrel monkey, white faced monkey, spider monkey and howler monkey.

One of the hardest animals to view is the two-toed sloth, even though there is an abundance of them in the park. In Spanish they are called perezosos, which translates to “lazy” in English. This explains why they are so hard to find; they barely move and when they do it is at a very slow pace.

There are over 180 bird species in the park, so if you’re a bird watcher this is the place for you. Capture toucans, parakeets and potoos, just to name a few. The list of species in the park can go on for pages.

Manuel Antonio beach on the central Pacific coast – Image by Jason Mueller

If you are lucky, you may see some dolphins or catch migrating whales from one of the several look-out points. Or look below the ocean surface by bringing your snorkeling gear to enjoy the fabulous reefs around the  parks filled with an array of marine life.

The town of Manuel Antonio offers many options for accommodations, from hostels to boutique hotels. If you are traveling with a group or family, finding a house or condo will be the best value.

Do a simple search on your favorite search engine for houses or condos for rent in Manuel Antonio, and you will find websites with many options and, most likely, be surprised by some of the many attractive rates available.

One of the best parts of living or vacationing to Costa Rica is enjoying the fresh fruits and vegetables. You can pick fresh mangos, starfruit, papaya, bananas or the exotic granadilla right from the tree – or street vendor.

Costa Rica has something to offer travelers of all shapes and sizes — from kids to grandparents — that want to explore below the water and above the clouds.

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