In this edition of A Walk on the Wild Side in Manuel Antonio, we are going to show you some of “secret” beaches near Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica. In our last post, we mentioned Esterillos Beach but for those who want to stay a bit closer to your Manuel Antonio vacation rental, here are 4 beaches that you can explore locally and are lesser known by the visiting tourists.
Manuel Antonio Beach was ranked as #1 Traveler’s Choice in 2013 in Central America by Tripadvisor. The most popular tourist destination in the Central Pacific region of the country is also the most easily accessible; just a short distance from the capital San Jose either by domestic airplane, shuttle or rental car. The National Park is just 15 minutes from the city of Quepos and only a few minutes from most of our Manuel Antonio beach rentals. Our local area is a coastal resort town known for its beautiful beaches and fantastic surfing opportunities. With its lush dense forest and stunning shoreline, it is ideal for swimming or bird watching and many other activities, including sport fishing and sunbathing.
There are many quiet and hidden beaches along the coast of Manuel Antonio. We are going to give some tips for both those seeking a calm beach as well as one with a bit more activity. These secret beaches near Manuel Antonio will offer you a true nature experience and could be explored as a continuity of existing beaches.
You have to be a bit creative to have fun in these remote areas. Personal or rented equipment is needed including vehicles (off road preferred), surfboards, small boats, fishing gear, beach paraphernalia, sun umbrellas etc. Your meals should be always with you. At these hidden beaches, the most enjoyable experience is nature’s landscape. Starting from virgin beaches, blue crystal Pacific Ocean waters, pure sandy beaches and in your background the dense tropical forest of Manuel Antonio National Park. Animals passing through trails and near the beaches can be observed. There are many lesser known beaches to explore!
This is situated north west facing and north of the Park and Playa Espadilla. At low tide, it is great for families and it is possible to rent kayaks or snorkel gear to enjoy the water and nature around you. There is no parking, but you can place your car on the main street and walk 200 meters to the beach. Consider taking supplies that will make your day comfortable. There are no shops at the beach.
Situated north of Espadilla Beach as a annex of it. To the left you can view the entire Espadilla shoreline and just at the end of it, you will see the end of Manuel Antonio National Park and the forest. To your right is more vegetation, palm trees and on occasion, white faced monkeys and sloths.
Escondido Beach and its pockets
This is the southernmost beach of Manuel Antonio National Park and next to the famous Manuel Antonio Beach. It’s bigger and continues with other smaller beaches in both directions around it. It can only be reached by foot through the Park or by sea. It is a truly remarkable, mostly untouched beach to visit, with the tropical forest of the Park at its back to the clear blue Pacific in front. The landscape is simply awesome. Having a high quality camera would be a wise choice to capture the unique combination. Animals in the forest can often be seen here. Having a boat will enrich your experience. For additional exploration, there are more small beaches continuing south of Playa Escondido.
South shore after the Park
As the coastline continues, you can explore more beaches to the south. Many of which you will find have no people at all. You may have to drive through African Palm Plantations but it is worth the rocky road to get there. These are remote, private and quiet areas. The only concern you should have is how would you like to enjoy yourself in these intact and well preserved parts of Costa Rica.
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