This protected wilderness area is located on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, in the canton of Aguirre in the province of Puntarenas, seven kilometers south-east of the city of Quepos, is about 157 kilometers south of San Jose. It was created on November 15, 1972 by Law No.5100. It covers an area of 1,983 hectares in the land and 55,210 hectares in the marina. The topography of the area is rugged and mostly has a gradient of 20% or more. The altitude varies from 0 to 160 meters above sea level.
Flora and Fauna
Manuel Antonio National Park is rich in fauna and flora, which are recorded, 352 species of birds, 109 species of mammals, diverse marine fauna and 346 plant species. In the area often see birds like the toucan, pelican or hyacinth, the grouse, the osprey, kingfisher green and chirincoca. It is also possible to see iguanas, lizards and snakes. Among the mammals are the most raccoon, coati, agouti, the two-toed sloth, white-faced monkeys and titi monkeys. Importantly, during the rainy season, the abundance of food and water in the inside of the forest, allow animals to sustain themselves in better shape, unlike the dry season, where they seek support in the areas near the beach and that some animals are nocturnal, so rarely seen during the day.