MANUEL ANTONIO FACTS
Although one of the smallest parks in Costa Rica with only 687 hectares, Manuel Antonio National Park serves as a home to at least 364 species of mammals, reptiles, birds, insects, and marine life, both the common and the endangered, as well as numerous species of flora and fauna, placing Casa Panorama in the heart of the World´s richest eco-systems.
Decreed in 1972 by the Costa Rican government, Manuel Antonio National Park's beaches are some of the most beautiful in Costa Rica, lined with lush green rain forest, and offering excellent snorkeling opportunities. This jungle paradise is home to a host of exotic animals including 2 species of sloth, 3 species of monkeys, iguanas, birds, colorful little crabs, and an incredible list of interesting insects and reptiles, just to name a few of its natural wonders. The trail that winds around Cathedral Point affords some of Costa Rica's most spectacular views.
When exploring the park, visitors are treated to an abundant variety of eco-systems and exotic wildlife. Cathedral Point, with its forest topped cliffs, was once an island, but is now connected to the coastline by a thin strip of land. This natural land bridge forms the narrow stretch that separates the parks two most popular beaches, Playa Espadilla Sur and Playa Manuel Antonio. The varied environment also includes primary forest, secondary forest, mangrove swamp, lagoons and extensive beach vegetation, as well as featuring other popular points such as the blow hole at Puerto Escondido and the sea caves along Serrucho Point. There are also 12 islands off the coast, which provide excellent refuge for rare and endangered sea birds and represent an important nesting site for the Brown Booby and the Brown Pelican. To date, 346 species have been discovered in the park, including 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds, as well as an incredible variety of insects and reptiles, and rare possibilities to see the huge endangered Oliver Ridley and Green Marine Turtles.