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Manual Antonio, Costa Rica

Where the rainforest meets the ocean

sunny 92 °F

Manual Antonio National Park may be the smallest National Park in Costa Rica, but it really packs in the beauty with jungle facades creeping all the way down to stunning beaches. We saw numerous sloths, monkeys, and birds all within easy viewing along the trails. On the main beach there are capuchin monkeys looking to rummage through tourist backpacks, so it was quite the site for people watching.
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For a real adventure, we rented Stand Up Paddleboards from a local and after telling him the route we planned, he was a bit worried about the epic scale of our paddle and decided to come out with us. Turns out, we paddled about 10km, down the coast through all sorts of waves and water terrains, yet the only monster wipe out was trying to ride these puppies through the waves to the beach!
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This was our first stop in Costa Rica and we learned two important things:
1. The refried black beans in a bag are perfect for picnic lunches!
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2. Everything in Costa Rica is open air and there are tons of butterflies (even in the grocery store)!
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Posted by Robin-and-Kevin 19:34 Archived in Costa Rica

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