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Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Dazzling white sand beaches nestled between lush green rainforest, rocky headlands and shimmering tropical blue ocean, combined with exotic wildlife, give Manuel Antonio National Park its famous reputation as one of the best national parks in Costa Rica.

If you love nature, a visit to Manuel Antonio National Park is unforgettable. Manuel Antonio is alive with 184 species of birds and 109 different mammals, and is one of only two locations in Costa Rica where you can see all four kinds of monkeys: spider, howler, white-faced capuchin, and endangered squirrel monkeys. The area also is a top destination to spot sloths.

Playful dolphins and migrating whales swim offshore by 12 little islets.

The park’s roughly 682 hectares (1,685 acres) are crossed with hiking trails leading to primary and secondary forest, mangrove swamps, pristine beaches and calm turquoise coves. Manuel Antonio is a perfect day trip from Portasol

National Parks near Portasol Living

Manuel Antonio National Park is 33 kilometers (21 miles) northwest of Portasol Living.

Approximately 39 kilometers (25 miles) southwest is another popular national park in Costa Rica, the Ballena Marine National Park, renowned for the humpback whales that migrate here all year long from both hemispheres.

Whale-watching trips are celebrated and there is a Dolphins & Whales Festival held every September.

Possibly Costa Rica’s most famous national park is the Corcovado National Park, a little further south on the Osa Peninsula.

According to National Geographic, Corcovado is “one of the most biologically intense sites on Earth”.

Additionally, several wildlife refuges, the indigenous Boruca reserve, and sea turtle nesting beaches are all located close to Portasol Living.

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