Manuel Antonio Wildlife Encounters & Snorkeling Adventure

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Troy

Hi, I'm Troy. I'm a pretty chill guy and I love beach vacations! I also love being surrounded by nature and wildlife. I designed this trip specifically to check out the awesome coastal Manuel Antonio National Park — it's the best of both worlds: land and sea. Come along and explore this awesome part of Costa Rica with me.

Duration

5 days · 4 nights

Travel Date

Mar 17 – 21, 2022

Activity Level

Moderate

Group Size

6 – 16

Transportation

Van

Tour Price

USD 384
/ person

Your Fellow Explorers

Age range

19 – 25

Travel interest

Relaxing, water activities, beaches & islands, nature

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Coast to Coast Adventures

Established in 1994, Coast to Coast Adventures is made up of a team of dedicated travel experts based in Costa Rica. Specialized in designing, organizing, and running multi-activity trips that focus on connecting travelers with nature and the outdoors, they are well-equipped with valuable experience and training to help make each adventure as safe, smooth, and unforgettable as possible. Let the passionate guides of ​​Coast to Coast Adventures take care of all the nitty gritty details for you — all you need to do is enjoy your inspirational journey through the wilderness of Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica>Manuel Antonio Wildlife Encounters & Snorkeling Adventure

From the bustling capital city of San Jose to the spectacular white-sand beaches and lush forests of the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park, this is a truly special trip designed to excite beach lovers and wildlife enthusiasts! We start with a fun-filled Costa Rican cooking class in the city before heading to the Pacific coast to experience some epic seaside adventures. Get up close and personal with the monkeys and sloths of the protected park, embark on a sunset catamaran party tour, snorkel in protected waters where sea turtles and parrotfish gather, and discover a side of Costa Rica you’ll never forget!

Cancellation policy

Refunds for deposits
If you cancel your trip after placing a deposit but before your card on file is charged for the full payment, you can request a full refund of your deposit up to 30 days before the tour departure.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
If you cancel your trip after making full payment, you may change or cancel your trip up to 30 days before the tour departure for a credit towards a future trip. You will receive a credit equivalent to 100% of your trip payment to be used anytime within the next 2 years from the date the credit note is issued.

A full credit will also be issued if the tour is canceled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions (see our COVID-19 guarantee on the tour itinerary page). We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

Your TourHero

Troy

Hi, I'm Troy. I'm a pretty chill guy and I love beach vacations! I also love being surrounded by nature and wildlife. I designed this trip specifically to check out the awesome coastal Manuel Antonio National Park — it's the best of both worlds: land and sea. Come along and explore this awesome part of Costa Rica with me.

Duration

5 days · 4 nights

Travel Date

Mar 17 – 21, 2022

Activity Level

Moderate

Group Size

6 – 16

Transportation

Van

Costa Rica>Manuel Antonio Wildlife Encounters & Snorkeling Adventure

From the bustling capital city of San Jose to the spectacular white-sand beaches and lush forests of the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park, this is a truly special trip designed to excite beach lovers and wildlife enthusiasts! We start with a fun-filled Costa Rican cooking class in the city before heading to the Pacific coast to experience some epic seaside adventures. Get up close and personal with the monkeys and sloths of the protected park, embark on a sunset catamaran party tour, snorkel in protected waters where sea turtles and parrotfish gather, and discover a side of Costa Rica you’ll never forget!

Timeline

  • Day 1 · San Jose
  • Arrive in San Jose
  • Surviving Spanish and Cooking Lessons
  • Welcome dinner
  • Check-in at Casa Mu San Jose (or similar according to availability)
  • Day 2 · Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Breakfast (not included in price)
  • Check out of accommodation
  • Transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Check-in at Selina Manuel Antonio (or similar according to availability)
  • Free afternoon for optional activities
  • Lunch and dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 3 · Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Breakfast (not included in price)
  • Free morning to enjoy the beach
  • Lunch (not included in price)
  • Sunset catamaran party & snorkeling tour
  • Free evening (with dinner)
  • Day 4 · Manuel Antonio National Park and San Jose
  • Breakfast (not included in price)
  • Check out of accommodation
  • Free morning for optional activities
  • Transfer back to San Jose
  • Check-in at Casa Mu San Jose (or similar according to availability)
  • Free evening
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 5 · Departure
  • Breakfast (not included in price)
  • Check out of accommodation
  • Journey ends

Details

Day 1

Welcome to Costa Rica! Find your new favorite dish during a hands-on cooking class with a local

We’re so thrilled to have you here in San Jose, the bustling capital city of Costa Rica! First up, there’s no better way to discover a country than through its cuisine, so we hope you’re ready to cook up a storm. Take your culinary skills to the next level and discover delicious Costa Rican cuisine during a fun hands-on cooking lesson! Bound to be filled with mouthwatering moments and plenty of laughter with your host, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where you can take pointers from a true local. Learn about tasty ingredients used in Costa Rican dishes, discover unique household customs, use new cooking techniques, and prepare a delectable meal to savor alongside your new friends. Enjoy your wonderful welcome dinner before heading to your accommodation for a restful night.

Day 2

Travel to Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast and immerse yourself in the tropical paradise at Manuel Antonio National Park

Rise and shine! We’ll be leaving San Jose behind today for an adventure to the incredible Manuel Antonio National Park, located on the Pacific coast, where the scenery is gorgeous and the beaches must be seen to be believed! While Manuel Antonio is considered Costa Rica’s smallest national park, it packs its fair share of surprises — Forbes has ranked it among the 12 most beautiful national parks in the world! Expect impressive landscapes and coves, delightful hiking trails, and a lush tropical rainforest to be your playground for the next few days. We’ll arrive at your accommodation just in time to check in. Then, you are free to spend the afternoon however you please. There are plenty of optional activities to sign up for (see optional add-ons section below), from guided hikes to sea kayaking to surfing lessons, and plenty more! Note: National parks in Costa Rica are closed on Mondays.

Day 3

Enjoy Manuel Antonio’s beautiful beaches, embark on a sunset catamaran party, and get snorkeling

Time to get an epic tan! This morning, you are free to discover the stunning white-sand beaches that stretch along the coast of Manuel Antonio National Park. The delightful Manuel Antonio Beach and Espadilla Sur Beach are about a 30-minute hike from the main entrance of the park — both are exquisite spots for relaxing and experiencing pure tropical sunshine and bliss. As late afternoon arrives, it’s time for all of us to set sail out onto the sparkling waters of the Pacific for our epic sunset catamaran party and snorkeling tour! Make a splash with your friends, observe incredible marine life living amongst the coral gardens (from brightly-colored parrotfish to meandering eels), try to spot dolphins and sea turtles from the catamaran deck, and take a hundred selfies with the setting sun out in the ocean!

Day 4

Enjoy your last morning in Manuel Antonio — final chance to tick off some bucket list activities!

Today, it’s your last morning to work on that Manuel Antonio National Park bucket list! What will it be today? A ziplining tour that takes you high up above the canopy of the rainforest? Or perhaps a horseback ride through the jungle to a hidden waterfall? There are so many options — you decide! After all the excitement at Manuel Antonio, this afternoon is a chance to slow down. We’ll leave the Pacific Coast behind and return to San Jose. Back in the city, you’ll have the evening to rest, relax, and (if you’d like) explore the city at your own pace.

Day 5

Time to bid farewell to Costa Rica

How time flies! We hope you’ve enjoyed your time in Costa Rica. After checking out of your accommodation, make your way to the airport in time for your flight back home. Until next time — we hope to see you again soon!

Accommodation

  • Casa Mu San Jose (or similar according to availability)

    Casa Mu San Jose is a perfect choice for groups. Located in the capital city of San Jose, close to shopping centers and restaurants, this shared house provides simple and comfortable accommodation in the form of bunk bed-style rooms with a large living room for communal group activities and an efficient kitchen. Wi-Fi is available on the premises. Room type: Multiple occupancy.

  • Selina Manuel Antonio (or similar according to availability)

    Selina Manuel Antonio is the perfect base from which to explore the best that Manuel Antonio National Park has to offer. Perched on a hilltop surrounded lush gardens, this casual hostel boasts Pacific Ocean views and is a short distance away from the entrance of the national park and its stunning white-sand beaches. Wi-Fi is available on the premises and facilities include three outdoor swimming pools, a yoga deck, a hotel restaurant, a bar, and a shared kitchen. Dorm rooms feature multiple bunk beds and shared bathrooms. Room type: Multiple occupancy.

Included

  • 2 nights in Casa Mu San Jose (or similar)
  • 2 nights in Selina Manuel Antonio (or similar)
  • Shared occupancy in accommodation
  • All activities described in the itinerary
  • Bilingual guides during activities
  • Transportation between activities and accommodation (except day 1 and day 5)
  • Day 1 and 3 dinner
  • 24/7 guest support

Not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • All food not mentioned in inclusions
  • Optional add-ons
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities

COVID-19 guarantee

We know many of you are yearning to travel, but also want to do it in a safe and enjoyable way.

To ensure your wellbeing, we’re working with each of our partners to ensure that exhaustive precautionary health and safety measures are in place. This includes reducing group sizes, incorporating more outdoor adventures, and closely monitoring the spread on the ground.

At the same time, we also know that this is a holiday for you and that you want to experience the best of each location, with minimal inconvenience. We’re confident that each of our trips will be both safe and enjoyable, but if we cannot keep to either of those promises, we will defer or cancel the trip if necessary and gladly issue you credit for a future tour to be used towards any tour within 2 years.

Available add-on

Manuel Antonio National Park guided hike

If you really want to get into the heart of nature to see wildlife and learn more about the unique flora and fauna of Manuel Antonio, this guided hike presents the ultimate opportunity. Manuel Antonio National Park is one of Costa Rica’s best national parks for hiking, animal spotting, and beaches. An expert guide will take you through the beautifully preserved evergreen forest and introduce you to the incredible creatures found here — spot monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and an endless variety of bird species!

Price: USD 64

Jungle hiking

Sea kayaking tour with lunch included

Explore the pristine and protected shoreline and waters around the Manuel Antonio on a fun-filled sea kayaking adventure. Paddle past uninhabited islands and nesting grounds of turtles and sea birds, observe marine animals that call the coastal region home, and savor a delicious lunch at the end of your excursion.

Price: USD 73

Sea kayaking

Surfing lesson

Don’t waste your trip to Manuel Antonio by leaving without testing the surf! Don’t know how to ride the waves? No worries — beginners can jump on the bandwagon and sign up for a surfing lesson with an experienced instructor! During this crash course, you’ll be provided with all the gear you need and your instructor will thoroughly walk you through the lesson safely. Have tons of fun!

Price: USD 78

Surfing, Manuel Antonio

Ziplining tour with lunch included

Ready to conquer your fear of heights? Costa Rica’s jungles are legendary and there’s one absolutely thrilling way to see it: from high above, with 360-degree views! Take to the treetops of Manuel Antonio National Park and zip your way across the emerald forest on an epic ziplining tour. If you’re lucky, you may be able to spot some rare wildlife hidden in the dense foliage.

Price: USD 68

Ziplining in Costa Rica

Jungle waterfall horseback riding with lunch included

Why walk when you can ride horseback into the jungles of Manuel Antonio National Park? This is no ordinary horseback ride, though — the national park hides some incredible waterfalls and you will get the chance to discover these tucked-away gems on a truly unforgettable equine jungle tour into the lush wilderness!

Price: USD 78

Horse trek in jungle

ATV tour with lunch included

Rumble right into the heart of the jungle on powerful ATVs and discover Manuel Antonio National Park in the most exhilarating way possible. This way, you’ll get to explore the fascinating Costa Rican jungle without having to trek on foot! Safe, fun and easy to drive, these 4-wheelers are a blast to drive. Navigate the forest trails, enjoy the breathtaking natural scenery, and catch glimpses of native wildlife as you zip past.

Price: USD 112

ATV tour

Cancellation policy

Refunds for deposits
If you cancel your trip after placing a deposit but before your card on file is charged for the full payment, you can request a full refund of your deposit up to 30 days before the tour departure.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
If you cancel your trip after making full payment, you may change or cancel your trip up to 30 days before the tour departure for a credit towards a future trip. You will receive a credit equivalent to 100% of your trip payment to be used anytime within the next 2 years from the date the credit note is issued.

A full credit will also be issued if the tour is canceled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions (see our COVID-19 guarantee on the tour itinerary page). We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

USD 384
Per person