How to get to Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

You can`t say you´ve visited Costa Rica unless you visit Manuel Antonio National Park. So it`s no wonder the smallest national in the country is also one of the most visited – and there would be even more people within the park grounds if the Park Service hand´t enforced a limit of approximately 600 people per day. Its a big attraction are well-marked trails through rainforest, some incredibly idyllic beaches and abundant wildlife – specially monkeys – including 350 types of birds, plus agoutis, sloths and large iguanas.

Manuel Antonio is located in the Central Pacific Coast. From SJO Airport or San Jose City, the most popular road is the 27 Road, the newest highway connecting the central valley and the Central Pacific. This is a toll road so be prepare with cash and small bills. They accept USD$ but lower price than normal.

Another great way of getting here while you are exploring the country is through Atenas town and taking the Monte del Aguacate (Avocado Hills). The views are stunning and there is a nice Coffee Place to try your first local food experience. It’s a a narrow and winding old highway, which turns off the Interamerican Highway just west of Alajuela near the town of Atenas and joins the Costanera Highway near Orotina village.

  • Main Bus Terminal is located in San Jose downtown at La Coca-Cola Bus Station. Buses depart at 6am, 12pm, 6pm and 7pm every day. Best way to get hee is catching a taxi 
  • Domestic Flights. Sansa Airlines is the main domestic arline operating this route. 
  • Daily Shared Shuttles from San Jose downtown or SJO Airport twice a day at 7-8 AM and the price is $59.30 per person. The driving time is 3.5 hours approx.
  • Private Transportation: If you prefer a personalized service then you may want to think about having your own car & driver. This service includes: Bilingual Driver, Stops along the way to explore the country and a knowledgeable driver who will introduce you in to the local culture.You can hire a car service to pick you up at the airport, to take you back to the airport, or to tour you around the countryside. If you don't feel comfortable driving, let someone else do the driving for you.