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Manuel Antonio National Park Sightseeing and Wildlife Day Tour from San Jose

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Manuel Antonio National Park Sightseeing and Wildlife Day Tour from San Jose
  • 12 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

As one of the most popular parks in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio National Park is a must for visitors. This guided tour from San Jose makes visiting on a time crunch a cinch—your guide takes the guesswork out of deciding which trails are worth the effort, plus helps you spot wildlife along the way. This tour is specifically timed to avoid the crowds, too, helping you have the best possible experience exploring.
  • Manuel Antonio National Park tour from San Jose
  • Visit the park’s top attractions in just a day
  • Stop at attractions along the way, timing your hike for the afternoon
  • All transportation with hotel pickup and drop-off included

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (most San Jose area hotels)
  • Transport by air conditioned vehicle
  • National Park entrance fee
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Visits to Crocodile Bridge, scarlet macaw observation place, fruit stand & Jaco Beach look-out point
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Gratuities
  • Services not specified

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Quality Hotel Real San Jose
    Pozos, San José, Santa Ana, Costa Rica

    Centrally located San Jose hotels. Hotel pickups commence before 6:00 a.m.; the exact pickup time for your tour will be advised on a reconfirmation message.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

06:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Centrally located San Jose hotels. Hotel pickups commence before 6:00 a.m.; the exact pickup time for your tour will be advised on a reconfirmation message.

What To Expect

Orotina

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Puente Río Grande de Tárcoles

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Playa Tarcoles

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Mirador de Jaco

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Manuel Antonio National Park

4 hours Admission Ticket Included

San Bada

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Walking is involved
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Drop off with luggage is available in the centrally located Manuel Antonio area Hotels.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Rachel_W
What a fun-filled day! Manuel Antonio is such a beautiful place and such a contrast to San Jose - maybe my favorite beach I’ve ever been to! Although it’s a long day, it goes by really fast with all of the stops between the city and Manuel Antonio. Also, our guide Oscar was so much fun and extroverted that he helps the trip go by super quickly.

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Worth the long drive in good weather
Zoila, Mar 2024
It was great to be picked up from hotel and taken back at end of trip. The stops were not clear. The bus needed a speaker hard to listen to guide. The breakfast was good and hot. It is a long ride but worth it. The timing of park stop and events to follow a bit confusing. Great driver.
Great day at Manuel Antonio!
Steven_M, Mar 2024
Great experience, we definitely got our money's worth. The drive is long, but hey, it's Costa Rica, and there were enough stops and breaks along the way to make it comfortable.
Long day, but worth the drive
Carolyn_B, Feb 2024
Long, long trip from San Jose to the beach, but once there it was worth it. Great stop on the way to see macaws, and beautiful setting for a lovely lunch.
Bring your wetter bottles!!
Ritabelle_F, Feb 2024
Remember MA park does not allow food or plastics! The heat will kill you, crazy standing in line inside the park. Playa Sur is better wind, less crowds, cooler water temp to swim!
Wow! So many things to see
Heidi_K, Jan 2024
We had a great guide Harlem with Marvin our driver. We saw every animal On the trail to see thanks to Harlem’s friendly way with other guides and his keen eye for spotting birds and wildlife. Everyone on our tour would say it was an amazing experience. Everything was clearly explained and our group was on time and appreciated our guides thoughtfulness.
Manuel Antonio National Park
Patricia_N, Jan 2024
Harlem and our driver (sorry, forgot his name) worked hard to ensure we saw as much as possible. Harlem carried a scope so we could see the wildlife up close. At Manuel Antonio we saw wildlife including monkeys, sloths, a snake, etc. Harlem also made special stops so we could see macaws and crocodiles. If we had visited Manuel Antonio on our own, we wouldn’t have seen any of this. Definitely recommend booking this tour.
A exciting, memorable, trip
Farhana_A, Jan 2024
We had a wonderful, memorable tour today. Our excellent guide was Fernando , he was so knowledgeable. We learned a lot about Costa Rica from him. We were promptly picked up from our hotel and had a wonderful breakfast. We were than taken towards the manual Antonio park with stops for sightseeing of crocodiles and a fruit market to get some quick snacks. At the park we breezed through the lines and had a wonderful day enjoying the beach and tropical forest. We got to see the spider monkeys a rare sight. We were then given a delicious lunch in a restaurant with a great view of the ocean and the park. The drop off was promptly done.
Great trip and guide
LindaA_K, Dec 2023
We had a great trip to the national park and the dogs along the way. The driver was good and the guide was informative and fun. He shared interesting information, helped us make the most of our time and kept us on schedule. He had to work extra hard because a guide called in sick and he had to lead both English and Spanish groups at the same time! He made the most of a difficult situation. My only complaint was the vehicle. I had to spend hours with my legs bent over a wheel well because of limited seating. It's a looong drive with that set up.
Worth it even in the rain.
Tara_Y, Nov 2023
Such a unique tour through the rainforest to a beach at the end! Never experienced anything like that in my life. Saw some cool wildlife like the Halloween crab, white faced raccoon, howler monkeys and a stunning amount of plant and flowers. Even with the rain, it was 5/5. Recommend bringing some ponchos. Some walking but fairly easy-ish apart from the slightly steep hill down/from the beach. The beach itself was lovely too - nice sand for walking and beautiful green waters.
Long walk but pleasant.
Richard_R, Sep 2023
Probably the beach at MA park...it was beautiful...it was a long walk through the park but we didn't see any birds or animals. The weather was hot and sunny.
Great day out!
James_W, Aug 2023
Overall this tour is great. It was a well planned out day with an informative and interesting guide called Harlem. The day starts early with breakfast on route and crocodile watching on the way down to Manuel Antonio National Park. The next stop is at Jaco beach lookout point which provides incredible views. The main part of the day was spent in Manuel Antonio, with a short hike with our guide Harlem, who had an extensive knowledge of the wildlife present in the park, as well as a keen eye to spot them. The excursion took us into the middle of the national park, where we had approx 2 hours to do our own hikes along different (well sign pathed trails) or relax on either of the two main beaches in the park. Following these two hours we met back up with our guide before going to a nearby hotel for a rooftop lunch overlooking the beaches, which was lovely. As mentioned the excursion was great and our guide Harlem was incredibly kind and informative throughout the whole day. However I would caveat this tour that Manuel Antonio is one of the most notable national parks in Costa Rica and therefore the park feels a little less wildlife and more tourist driven, compared to other parks we visited. However we would certainly advise using a private excursion such as this one, if you want to visit the park as it enables you to visit the park with a interesting and informative guide with all park fees paid for, as opposed to being harassed by guides at the entrance of the park offering a range of prices. Also should note the park does not allow single use plastic water bottles or food into the park, for wildlife preservation and you will be checked upon entry.
Amazing!!
Staci_P, Jun 2023
Such a long drive, but totally worth it! Omar was great! He pointed out all kinds of animals to us, monkeys, sloths, scarlet macaws, and crabs. The walk through Manuel Antonio was great, and it was cool listening to all the howler monkeys howling around us. We got 2 hours of free beach time. The beach was gorgeous and the water was so warm! We watched a monkey get into someone’s bag and steal some bananas out of it. It was pretty funny, but make sure you secure your stuff on the beach just in case! Lunch was delicious, and the view was amazing. It really felt like 5 star service. 100% recommend!
Miscommunication
Marc_M, May 2023
No experience since Viator give us different time from when vendor showed up and we missed taking tour.
Great day tour full of excitement and relaxation!
Elena_M, May 2023
Wonderful trip! Fantastic nature and the beach. Very friendly and experienced guid. Thank you! Highly recommend!
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tasha_l, Apr 2023
We enjoyed our time with Harlen. He was very knowledgeable about the different animals and was able to find them quickly. He also quizzed us on some of the facts he shared. On a personal note I was not feeling well and he was concerned. My daughter left her cellphone on the van and he brought it back. It is always good to have a great tour but great tour guides make it much better. I recommend this trip.
Tour lasts an entire day but it's worth it.
Earnest_R, Apr 2023
Tour and tour guide was awesome. Food was great. The stops along the way help ease the 3.5 hour drive there. The return trip is a bit longer because of traffic but take advantage of it and take a nap. You should be back in San Jose by 830pm.
Manual Antonio Beach for Spring Break
Christie_G, Mar 2023
Drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio national park was very long. The trip is advertised at 12 hours but it is impossible to make that time with a group of 12 people. We were one and a half hours late returning back to San Jose. The two meals were very enjoyable. Fernando was a wonderful guide who gave us lots of information about Costa Rica The nature hike to the beach was not very informative. The two beaches were very nice and the water was warm to swim in. It was a great experience.
Way too many people there...
Caryl_B, Mar 2023
Way too many people there so wildlife is not as plentiful! Tour was good and enjoyed the park but could have also gone around the corner to the more beautiful beach that we didn’t know about until we were leaving.
A must see Tour!
Ivy_B, Mar 2023
Harlem was an EXCELLENT tour guide! Very informative throughout the duration of the trip, very friendly & helpful when our group asked questions! It was a pleasure to spend the day with him! Excellent Tour! Highly recommend!
Awesome trip
Charmaine_D, Mar 2023
Bathing at the beach was awesome and the tour guide and driver were great Didn’t see enough animals. I have no more to say
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