Hotel Mono Azul - Blue Monkey Hotel
Right on the road to Manuel Antonio National Park, Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Costa Ricahttp://www.hotelmonoazul.com1-800-381-3578 or (506) 2777-1548
National Park Entrance
No visit to Manuel Antonio is complete without exploring the National Park. There's an easy and wide trail from the entrance to the Park's famous beaches. Keep your eyes open as there's lots of opportunities for wildlife viewing. A guided walking tour of the National Park is highly recommended. Ask at the Hotel's reception and we'll connect you to the area's best and most-trusted guides.
Blue Banyan Inn
www.bluebanyaninn.comSurrounded by primary rainforest with mountain ranges looming in the distance, the Blue Banyan Inn is a charming bed and breakfast catering to the environmentally conscious. The Blue Banyan is part of a 75-acre ecologically sustainable community, encompassing private homes, the Kids Saving The Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary and Rescue Center, and an an organic demonstration garden.
This is the local airport where you can get flights to and from San Jose and other popular destinations. Book your flights via TACA's regional carrier Sansa or Nature Air. Ask the reception at the Hotel Mono Azul to book a flight or for more information.
KSTR Wildlife Sanctuary
www.Volunteer4KSTR.orgThe Kids Saving The Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary is located 20 minutes from Hotel Mono Azul and is home to five species of monkeys, parrots, and a wide-range of rainforest animals that have been injured or are preparing to be released back into the wild. The complex includes organic gardens, a vet facility, and demonstration areas. Kids Saving The Rainforest offers tours, hiking trails, 1/2 and full day volunteer opportunities, and lots of ways to learn about rainforests and contribute to their protection. If you are interesting in visiting the sanctuary ask at the Reception or email firstname.lastname@example.org
KSTR MONKEY TOUR
www.BlueBanyanInn.comThe KSTR Monkey Tour is a unique program to see and learn about monkeys from Costa Rica and beyond. On the tours, you will learn about the ecology and behavior of the different monkey species and get a unique inside-look on what it takes to care for the 40 or so monkeys at the santuary. We currently have Spider Monkeys, White-Faced Monkeys, Squirrel Monkeys, Geoffrey's Tamarinds, and Marmosets. Feeding of the Monkeys begins at 8:30 a.m. and lasts until 9:45. Please inquire at the reception if you are interested in a Monkey Tour. If you are not a guest at Blue Banyan Inn, but would like to visit the Sanctuary and see the monkeys, the cost is $25 per adult and $15 per child. Guests at the Blue Banyan Inn can visit for free.
Playa Rey - Manuel Antonio National Park
Playa El Rey is a hidden gem that is part of Manuel Antonio National Park. The pristine beach extends for miles in both directions. It's an adventure to get there with great opportunities along the way to spot crocodiles and marsh birds/ Please ask at the Reception for detailed directions.
Playitas Surf Spot
Playitas is the local name given to one of the best surf spots in the Manuel Antonio area. To get there, walk down the main Playa Espadilla Beach in Manuel Antonio in the opposite direction of the park. Just past the large boulder on the far side of the beach is where you will find the best waves. Don't hesitate to ask any of the local surfers that you come across - they all know "Playitas"
Beisanz Beach is a stunning and protected beach that can be access by a short hiking trail. The beach is located on the road to Hotel Mariposa and Hotel Parador. We recommend having your own transportation and the pull out area for parking will be on your right as you head toward the Hotel Parador. Depending on when you arrive, you may have to pay the parking attendant. The beach is about a 15-minute walk from the road and is a great opportunity to see monkeys, especially in the morning when White-faced and Titi monkeys are most active. At the beach, you can rental snorkel equipment and swim out into the bay toward the big rock where there is a excellent spot to see parrot fish. The water here is usually very calm. Ask at the reception if want more information or would like to arrange for a taxi to take you there.
Marina Pez Vela - Downtown Quepos
This world-class yachting and sport-fishing marina located by the wharf in Quepos is definitely worth visiting, even if you are not going out on a sunset or sport fishing charter. Still under construction, the Pez Vela Marina promises to be one of the best in Costa Rica.
Rainmaker Canopy Tours
This is one of the oldest and most popular of the seven Canopy Tours that are now offered in the nearby area. Night tours are also available. Ask at the reception for more information or to book a tour.
Groceries - Super Joseth
Super Joseth is located on the main road from the hotel to the beach and National Park and is a mainstay of the community. This clean and well-lit grocery store has been serving both locals and tourists for many years. They have a wide range of fresh and packaged groceries, beverages, and other important items.
Barba Roja Restaurant
This is one of Manuel Antonio's most established restaurants. The two outdoor terraces have amazing views of the Pacific and the restaurant specializes in fresh seafood.
Agua Azul is a small restaurant with an amazing view and great food. This American-owned establishment offers some of the best steaks and fine cuisine around. This is a good option for lunch or sunset.
El Avion is hard to miss. This one-of-a-kind restaurant has transformed the fuselage of a US Military Transport plane into restaurant and bar with a view. The plane, which was shot down in Nicaragua in the '80s, was actually involved in the Iran-Contra Scandal.
Byblos Sports Bar
Byblos is a great destination to catch your favorite game. They have a number of big screen TV's and also sport an excellent billiards hall. Limited gambling and slot machines are also available.
Cafe Milagro is the closest thing you will find around here to a Starbucks. Located on the left side of the road as you head to the beach from the Hotel, the cafe has great outdoor seating and plenty of coffee and pastry options. At Cafe Milagro you can also get international newspapers and magazines. There is also a Cafe Milagro in downtown Quepos.