Destination guide

Rainforests and reefs in Manuel Antonio

Set on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast, Manuel Antonio is a laid-back beach town, fringed by white sandy beaches, lush rainforests and colorful coral reefs. For most travelers, the town is all about rest, relaxation and reconnecting with nature. Manuel Antonio vacation rentals make it easy, with serene villas surrounded by swaying coconut palms, giant ferns and fiery heliconia flowers. Breakfast with a spot of wildlife watching? This is just another morning in Manuel Antonio.

Things to do

Go wild in Manuel Antonio National Park

Showcasing Costa Rica in all its glory, Manuel Antonio National Park is a wonderland of pristine beaches and emerald-green rainforests. It's laced with lush hiking trails, including a 3-hour circuit that winds past waterfalls, viewpoints and hidden coves. From toucans to three-toed sloths, it's a great place to tick off iconic Costa Rican wildlife. Set inside a glass atrium, the Butterfly Botanical Gardens offer a fascinating glimpse of Costa Rica's most-colorful inhabitants. Craving thrills? At El Santuario you can fly through the rainforest on a network of ziplines.


Have an adventure in Manuel Antonio

If you can drag yourself off the beach, Manuel Antonio offers an abundance of adventures. You can rappel down waterfalls, bounce through the jungle on a 4x4 safari, discover kaleidoscopic scuba-diving sites and more. Held every weekend, the local farmers' market is a fantastic place to stock up on fresh produce from nearby Quepos. From organic cacao and hand-harvested coffee to young coconuts and juicy tropical fruit, why not head back to your Manuel Antonio vacation rentals villa and whip up a tropical feast?


Tropical winters in Manuel Antonio

A sultry tropical climate means Manuel Antonio enjoys warm weather throughout the year. Crowds peak from December through April, which is classed as dry season. You'll enjoy clear skies and plenty of sunshine. Planning a winter escape? Manuel Antonio vacation rentals unlock access to luxury waterfront villas, complete with sparkling pools, sun-drenched terraces and sweeping sea views. With some properties sleeping over 20 guests, they're ideal for family reunions, group getaways and wedding parties alike. "Green season" spans from September through October. While you may experience the occasional downpour, it's a fantastic time to beat the crowds and see the rainforest in full bloom.

Natural features

A wonderland of biodiversity in Manuel Antonio

Set on the Pacific Coast, Manuel Antonio is an enchanting slice of Costa Rica. The country is famous for its rich ecosystems, with 6% of the planet's biodiversity found in its tiny footprint. There's no better place to discover the tropical wilderness than Manuel Antonio National Park. Look out for three-toed sloths and white-faced capuchin monkeys swinging in the trees. The 680-hectare park is also a mecca for birdwatchers, with 100s of species to spot. A well-maintained network of hiking trails makes it easy to explore the coast, the mountains, the rainforest and beyond.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Manuel Antonio

The nearest airport is in San Jose (SYQ-Tobias Bolanos Intl.), located 37.9 mi (61 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.), which is 40.8 mi (65.6 km) away.

Where to stay around Manuel Antonio?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 315 vacation rentals near Manuel Antonio. From 107 Houses to 117 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Manuel Antonio for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Manuel Antonio?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Manuel Antonio:

  • Dominicalito: 116 vacation rentals
  • Valle Pura Vida: 203 vacation rentals
  • El Cerro: 212 vacation rentals
  • Hatillo: 31 vacation rentals
  • Cascada Azul: 24 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Manuel Antonio?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Manuel Antonio. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Manuel Antonio Beach: 400 vacation rentals
  • Manuel Antonio National Park: 371 vacation rentals
  • Biesanz Beach: 447 vacation rentals
  • ADR Adventure Park: 454 vacation rentals
  • Playitas Beach: 451 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Manuel Antonio listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Manuel Antonio?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 107 Houses in Manuel Antonio. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Manuel Antonio include:

  • Villas: 117 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 49 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 4 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Manuel Antonio?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 264 vacation rentals with pool available in Manuel Antonio. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.