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Manuel Antonio

With perfect white sand beaches backed by vibrant rainforest, and thriving coral reefs beneath turquoise seas, Manuel Antonio National Park really does it have all. It’s a picture-perfect destination, but leave off taking your holiday snaps until later and spend some time appreciating the sheer beauty of your surroundings.Manuel Antonio may be the country’s smallest national park, but that hasn’t placed any constraints on its off-the-charts biodiversity. Where else can you spend the morning watching sloths, lovable squirrel monkeys and even anteaters in the trees, and then go on a dolphin-spotting cruise, or snorkel over gorgeous reefs, in the afternoon?Manuel Antonio’s half-mile long sweeps of white sand are as much part of the park’s appeal as its abundant wildlife – just watch out for the thousands of harmless, colorful crabs as you stroll along, watching the waves wash away your footprints.Spanish explorers first came to Manuel Antonio in search of the Fountain of Youth, and perhaps they were right after all – spending time here is wonderfully rejuvenating.

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