Were Going to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica what is there to do?
were staying at the Si Como No Resort..were renting a car only because we need to drive from San Jose..is there anything else to do in Manuel Antonio besides the hiking and volcanoes and wildlife and waterfalls (provided by hotel)..does manuel antonio have a city that we could go in and shop and look??? were thinking of doing the shopping thing in San Jose on our way in and out of the country..do you have any tips?what to wear and bring (were going in August)?? is Manuel Antonio a city like restaurants and roads full of life or is it just trees and water?? help!!
No need to rent a car – actually I would recommend against it. The roads from the airport to Manual Antonio can be quite rough. Also, navigation is a little tough as there aren’t a great deal of road signs or street signs. It’s just as easy to take a shuttle or taxi – at least I find it easier to do that.
Manual Antonio is basically the National Park. There is quite a bit of activity beyond the walls though for tourism. There are hotels, eateries, a little shopping etc. But your best bet for the shopping is to head over to Quepos – it’s the closest full fledge city next to Manual Antonio. It cost us $6.00 to take a taxi from MA to Quepos.
Also, if you check out the websites you can find so much to do. We were there for 5 days and we did 2 guided hikes (I recommend doing at least 1 for the first one through MA – you need to know what you shouldn’t touch, poison fauna and such – and how to avoid eyelash vipers), white water rafting, waterfall reppeling, canapy tours, a spice farm tour and spent a lot of time just chilling with a foo foo drink by the pool. Not all of the tours are close – but everyone we took picked us up at the hotel. Other tours included horseback riding, ATV’s, kayaking, surf lessons – I could keep going on. Start with www.iquanatours.com – it’ll give you an idea of whats offered and what the prices look like.
San Jose is just a big city. I try not to spend to much time there when I go down. There are places to shop – the street shopping is more fun than the mall – but I enjoy shopping along the flea market type things by the beach instead. More fun.
Weather in august will be comfortable and rainey. Plan on it raining often, but it’s not a cold rain. You’ll want to bring at least one pair of long pants and a sweatshirt for early mornings and evenings. It does get a bit chilly.
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