The Manuel Antonio National Park is located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, in the province of Puntarenas. Manuel Antonio has been selected by Forbes magazine in 2011 among the 12 most beautiful parks in the world.
The park is located 157 kilometers south of the city of San José, capital of Costa Rica, and 7 kilometers south of the city of Quepos, between Damascus and Matapalo. It was established on 15 November 1972 and has an area of 1983 hectares and the land part of 55,000 hectares for the marine part, dedicated to the preservation, study and eco-tourism oriented environmental education.
The region of Manuel Antonio National Park was inhabited by the indigenous community Quepoa, namesake of the town of Quepos. Under the leadership of the settlers, the land was converted to cropland and acquired by the United Fruit Company, until 1972, when pressure on the Costa Rican people acquire the state. The park is currently managed by the Central Pacific Conservation Area, which is part of the National System of Conservation Areas under the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications
The park protects a plot of primary forest, secondary forest, mangrove, beach vegetation, marine, islands and a bay of 14 hectares. The species found most characteristic of primary forest are tree rain, Ceiba, etc..
Mangrove covers approximately 18 hectares and is composed of three species, red mangrove, white mangrove and black mangrove. The beach is lined with almond trees and coconut palms.
The most represented fauna wolverines, coatis, the two-toed sloths, Capuchin, felines and saimiri monkey, endemic in the park in danger of extinction due to habitat destruction and use as a pet.
Birds as is often observed in the park of the species toucancillo, pelican, guaco, hawk-sinner, green kingfisher and Shirin coke. It is possible to observe iguanas, Garrobos, snakes and many insects.
It is easy to observe the race of monkeys called Capuchin white foam head that the beaches in search of food.
There is also an exuberant marine life such moray, manta rays, angelfish, ourssins and starfish