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Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park, is a small Park in the Central Pacific Conservation Area, located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, just south of the city of Quepos, Puntarenas, it is 132 km (82 mi) from the capital, San José. The park was established in 1972 with an area of around 4,014 acres (16.24 km2) (it is the smallest of all Costa Rican parks. Usually it is the destination of as many as 250,000 visitors per year and also very well-known for its white beaches and hiking trails.
Trails pass through secondary and primary forest, dominated by bastard cedar, balsa and mangrove swamps. The beaches are covered with coconut palms, a truly unique tropical paradise.

 

There are four beaches within the limits of the park: Manuel Antonio, Espadilla Sur, Teldoro, and Playita. The first beach is separated from the second by a "tombolo", or natural land bridge formed by sand accumulations. Visitors may enjoy a roughly hour-long hike from Espadilla to the top of Punta Catedral (100 m). Both Manuel Antonio and Espadilla Sur contain tidal pools and offer the possibility of snorkeling.
 

 


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