It can be tricky travelling with a family. One person might want to see local plants and animals, another might prefer hiking, and yet another would choose the beach. The great thing about Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica is that you get the best of all these activities in one destination.
|The elusive sloth, via telescope|
|Sloth, just outside of the park|
The nature-watching in Manuel Antonio was incredible. We hired a guide, which was a good decision because he pointed out so many things we would have missed if we were on our own. We saw sloths through his telescope, we listened to howler monkeys calling to each other, we saw tree frogs, iguanas, geckos, capuchin monkeys, and insects of every kind. And if you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ll be interested in knowing that we kept our eyes open for (but did not see) a Basilisk.
The hike was lovely, and we enjoyed seeing many kinds of beautiful and exotic plant life. Since it’s a rain forest, we came prepared for rain, but it stayed dry as we walked through this biologically diverse national park. My youngest daughter loved the palm leaf cricket the guide made for her!
And there’s little I can say about the beaches that these photos haven’t already shown. Except to say that the water was warm, the breeze was gentle, and two of the three beaches in the park were nearly deserted. Manuel Antonio was a great destination, and the perfect place to make everyone happy!