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With dense cloud forests, soaring volcanoes, sloths dripping from the trees, endless beaches, waterfalls and even a great opportunity for kids to practice Spanish, Costa Rica is a classic bucket list adventure for active families.

The southern coastline of this beautiful country is home to lush jungle, prolific wildlife and beautiful beaches for which Costa Rica is famous.

An easy 3 hour drive from the airport in San Jose, the town of Quepos is the gateway to Manuel Antonio Costa Rica, named after the nearby national park.

And this is, in our opinion, the best part of the country.


Manuel Antonio Costa Rica is often considered one of the most biodiverse parks in the world, with a population of 109 types of mammal and 184 types of bird, among other species. Here you can spot the rare squirrel monkey, as well as capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys, sloths, coatis, raccoons, iguanas, toucans, dolphins and, sometimes, even migrating whales (in August and September).

The Manuel Antonio area is also home to several of Costa Rica’s most spectacular waterfalls. Nauyaca is probably the most famous, which can be reached on foot or horseback. But there are plenty of more hidden options as well.