Manuel Antonio National Park, often called the “jewel” in Costa Rica’s extensive national parks system, is the second most visited national park in Costa Rica and the number one income generating attraction for the country.
“We get visitors from all over the world who come here to explore the natural beauty and biodiversity of Manuel Antonio,” says Dave Houck of Tulemar Vacation Homes. “With our proximity to the park, our concierges are happy to help our guests set up a guided tour of the national park to experience the Costa Rican rainforest and learn more about the jungle flora and fauna found there.”
Since its creation in 1972, the national park has been closed to visitors on Mondays. The announcement that the park will now open to the public seven days a week from December 1st to June 30th each year is one of the first major decisions made by the park’s new administration. Having the park open on Mondays will allow more visitors the opportunity to go in and also help by making the park less crowded during the peak tourist season.
The days of operation is not the only change the new board has initiated. Expansion and improvement of many of the park’s trails is currently underway. With the goals of offering a better experience and improving visitor safety, five kilometers of trails are being amplified to a width of 1.5 meters, and surfaced in permeable concrete, which will allow better filtration during the seasonal tropical rains. In addition to the new and widened trails, the project will also include the the installation of several booths where snacks and drinks will be offered, as well as the construction of storage lockers where visitors will be able to securely keep their belongings while they explore the park.
Houck comments, “Making the park’s facilities even more accessible will help our guests have a more enjoyable experience exploring the park. It’s great to see the department that manages the park respond to the growing demand.”
Also, effective August 1, 2014, the entrance fee for international visitors will be raised to $16 USD. This is the first increase in the entrance fee since 2003.
Travel writer Patricia Schultz includes Manuel Antonio National Park in her best-selling 2011 guide, “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” and the park also appears on Forbes list of “The World’s Most Beautiful National Parks.”
Tulemar Resort recently received the 2014 TripAdvisor award for “Best Hotel for Families” in Costa Rica and Central America and provides accommodations to travelers seeking to stay near the park facilities.