Things to do in Manuel Antonio


Things to do in Manuel Antonio


Things to do in Manuel Antonio




May 29, 2024


Manuel Antonio is a beautiful place that you can easily fall in love with.  This area has plenty of fun things to do to keep your days busy.

From adrenaline tours like white water rafting or parasailing to hike tours like Nauyaca waterfalls or the Manuel Antonio National Park.

Here are our top things to do in Manuel Antonio.

Manuel Antonio National Park

This is one of the most important tours if you visit Manuel Antonio. The national park offers a variety of flora and fauna of which you can delight in the beautiful trails ideal for hiking. You will have the perfect combination of jungle and beach and is absolutely teeming with wildlife.

Parasailing: Get a perfect view of the ocean & the beach.

If you want to get an spectacular view on the national park this tour is for you! On Playa Espadilla Norte, the beach outside the national park, you can go parasailing. You will get a view that you can’t get any other way!

White Water Rafting: Outdoor Adventure?

From Manuel Antonio, you can raft El Naranjo or Savegre. Both provide a trip of lush vegetation and gorgeous scenery. Class II to class IV whitewater rapids depending on river and the season, but Savegre is best for first timers or families. Go white water rafting!

Surf lessons: Fun & fully customized to your skill level and goals.

Espadilla Beach is the main beach of Manuel Antonio and a fantastic beach to learn to surf. Before getting into the water the instructor will give a safety talk and demonstrate the first steps of surfing. The instructors guarantee you will be up and riding the waves quickly!  

Nauyaca Waterfalls: ideal place for lovers of nature and adventure.

These waterfalls are deep in the jungles outside Dominical. Hike, take a 4×4 truck ride or horseback ride to these gorgeous waterfalls. About a 50 minute drive one way. One of the falls is 45 meters high in free fall and the other is 20 meters high in stepped fall, forming at the foot of it, a pool of a 1,000 square meters. Then there are other natural pools of smaller size which can be used for the enjoyment of the entire family.

Sportfishing: one of the world’s top places to fish.

Quepos is one of the best places in Costa Rica go in shore and off shore fishing. Expect Roosterfish, Dorado (Mahi-mahi), Jack Crevalle, Snapper and Mackerel. The offshore reefs will provide Amberjack, Snapper, Tuna, Black/Blue Marlin and SailFish.

Canyoning and rappelling: experience some of Costa Rica’s most magnificent landscapes.

Tour is approximately 4 hours. Oftentimes this descent is withing boundaries of a waterfall making it a memorable activity that even the most advanced thrill-seekers will enjoy. Professionally trained Canyoneers manage the tours so no experience is necessary.  If you want to add a bit of excitement to your vacation, this is one of the most fun things to do in Manuel Antonio.  

These are just some of the many activities that you will find in Manuel Antonio. You can find these and other (team-bonding) activities here. If you are interested in any of these tours or have something else that you would like to do please contact the Villa Concierge. You can also check our tours section of the most popular activities in the area.