Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the most biodiverse parks on the planet. Combine it with the idyllic beach of Uvita for a fabulous holiday.
Manuel Antonio National Park is internationally recognized as being one of the most biodiverse parks on the planet. Here lush tropical forests can be found with lagoons, mangroves and pristine white sandy beaches. There are 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds listed within the park and some of the most frequently viewed species include two and three toed sloths, iguanas plus white-faced and howler monkeys. The endangered squirrel monkey also calls the park home. Manuel Antonio National Park contains many well-marked trails and the four beaches in the park, Espadilla Sur, Manuel Antonio, Escondito and Playita, are some of the best in the country. The canopies of Manuel Antonio National Park are full of capuchin monkeys jumping between trees. Manuel Antonio National Park is also the last refuge for the endangered titi monkeys. Not too far south of Manuel Antonio National Park is the area of Uvita which is a tropical hamlet possessing great charm in an unspoiled environment. Playa Uvita is a great white sandy beach, perfect for swimming and surfing. Mangroves and estuaries surround Uvita, making it ideal for kayak tours. Between May and October, you may be lucky enough to see olive ridley and hawksbill sea turtles coming ashore to nest. A great place to watch this occur is inside the protected area of Marino Ballena National Park, located just to the south of Uvita. It is also possible to watch majestic Humpback whales migrate between the months of December and April off the coast here – the whaletail shape of the sand bar at Punta Uvita is a happy coincidence and wonderful sight. Uvita is also home to some of the best luxury hotels in Costa Rica so if you are looking for a short luxury break then combine Manuel Antonio National Park and Uvita for your luxury holiday to Costa Rica.