San Jose

Day Trip from San Jose to Manuel Antonio National Park

Badge of ExcellenceSan Jose, Costa Rica

From USD 160.00

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 12 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore Manuel Antonio National Park on this all-day tour from San Jose. On the way to the park, stop for a traditional Costa Rican breakfast. Then, once you arrive, choose to relax on the scenic beaches or hike one of the many trails throughout the tropical rainforest. Be on the lookout for monkeys, iguanas, birds, and three-toed sloths during your visit.
  • Skip the long lines at this popular tourist attraction
  • Enjoy this easy day trip from San Jose without the hassle of driving
  • A traditional Costa Rican breakfast and lunch are provided
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off is included

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • National Park fees
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

06:00 am

Pickup details

We pick up all travellers at the Hotel lobby in (San jose downtown, Alajuela downtown and Heredia downtown )

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • We require to get complete name and passport number from every person going in this tour. This is necessary for registering every person to the park ticket's system, otherwise it wouldn't be possible to enter the park. Please add your names plus nationality and passport number. We highly appreciate you to send us this information as soon as possible to avoid eventual troubles like missing the chance to visit the park, as there are limited tickets available everyday
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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37 reviews
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Reviews by Viator travellers.
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AnnaMaria_L, Mar 2023
Very nice tour. Tour guide very professional and friendly. The park itself was nice except the fact to the park theres no food and youre not allowed to take food.
Manuel Antonio National Park
Luis_A, Feb 2023
Amazing trip! But it was about a 3 1/2 hour car ride each way. It was an extremely long day but it was the most affordable and easiest way for me to experience the gorgeous National Park and Beach. The food was great, they had vegan/vegetarian options for me. I felt safe and our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful with anything I needed. Once you arrive after breakfast, you first walk through the National Park then end up on the gorgeous beach. Once you're on the beach ask your guide about the 2nd beach that is toward the back. It was less busy and had plenty of space. I went on a weekday in February and it was not busy at all, plenty of space to relax. The water was great and had no rocks, just smooth sand when I went. Along the way, Just be sure to tell your driver to stop if you see a good photo spot. Be sure to bring plenty of towels as they do not provide any towels at the Park/Beach. Also, bring a refillable water bottle as they had a few water fill stations in the park. In the future, I'd stay overnight in a nearby hotel, but if you're like me and needed same day round trip accommodations from San Jose I'd higly recommend this experience.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank for your comments.. We are happy to know that the tour met your expectations and that you enjoyed our services. !!
Tour was excellent. Arturo was very through and has nice personality
RW_C, Feb 2023
Arturo the guide was very informative and friendly. The tour was a long day but rally worth it. Meals were good. Saw lots of animals and birds.
Stunning views, tons of animals, and fantastic guide, Arturo!
clare_s, Jan 2023
This was an amazing trip with a knowledgeable and funny guide, Arturo! We saw lots of animals (three types of monkeys, several sloths, warring iguana's and birds) and had a great hike with stunning outlooks. The Beaches were beautiful and pristine. The ride was scenic and the breakfast and lunch were quite good. The view from the canopy level lunch terrace was spectacular. I saw a toucan land on a nearby tree while sipping on a delightful pina colada! We even caught the sunset over the water in Jaco on the way home. 10 out 10 would recommend!
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Thanks for your comments. We are glad to know that the tour was to your liking. Thank you for allowing us to serve you.
enjoy the long trip
beautiful beaches, chance to see quite few animals. nice stop for lunch with incredible view. travel director, Fran, is excellent and very helpful. enjoy very much of the long trip.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Thanks for your comments. We are glad to know that the tour was to your liking. Thank you for allowing us to serve you.
Fabulous Tour
Margaret_D, Dec 2022
The Manuel Antonio park was closed, so the trip was replaced with the Tortuguero tour, & it was a fabulous & interesting tour with Arturo, who was an excellent & attentive guide. We saw interesting wildlife, & the rainforest & nature walk & boat ride were beautiful.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
It is good to know you had a great time in Tortuguero, unless it was not the first option you took. Thank you for sharing your experience !!
They told us pick up time...
Dhiren_G, Dec 2022
They told us pick up time 5:45am. But they were two hours late to pick up. Bus AC didn’t work. So we were so hot. After we have to wait more then one hours at Manuel Antonio national park. So feel like not enough time everywhere. Rushing every time.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you for your comments and we apologize for any inconvenience you had during the activity. We take very seriously any suggestion that helps us improve our services.
Great trip
Alysha_T, Dec 2022
This is a really nice tour. It doesn't have too many extra stops, so you get maximum time at the park. And the food was quite good - especially the lunch. You enjoy it overlooking a beautiful view. One of the best tours I've been on!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
thank you for your comments.. We are happy to know that you had a great day ... Pura vida
On 17/10/2022 my wife and...
Kizzia_L, Oct 2022
On 17/10/2022 my wife and I were excited to visit Manuel Antonio National Park. Unfortunately while we were on the beach the weather took an ugly turn after only a short stay. After a wonderful meal we decided to leave early as the weather continued to worsen. Our journey turned into quite an adventure on our drive back to our hotel. We encountered washed out roads and landslide after landslide. Luckily our driver Daniel has nerves of steel and could fit our tour bus in the smallest of spaces. Threading the needle over and over again to get us back safely. Our guide Arturo did an incredible job relaying information to us in a calm and professional manner as it became available to him. Which was no small feat while one of the other members of the tour group was on the verge of having a panic attack. I would recommend either of these individuals to anyone wanting to take a tour to one of Costa Rica’s finest National parks. Brad and Kizzia Lawrence.
Great day out of SJO
Robert_M, Oct 2022
Beautiful ride to the coast. Enjoyed getting out of San Jose. The beach in the park is lovely. The wildlife viewing was limited. Catch sight of a group of monkeys and a few sloths very high in the trees.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
We are pleased to know that you wereable to enjoy the day on this tour to Manuel Antonio, as well as that you could see some animals in the national park. Thank you for your positive comments
An amazing day
Sonya_B, Sept 2022
Every day has been fun but this was our favorite part. The breakfast, lunch, national park, beach and our guide Arturo made this a great trip.
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Hello Sonya, we are happy to know you had such a great time during this excursion and that Arturo did a great job. Thank you for sharing your experience. Pura vida
A great beach trip.
Valerie_C, July 2022
My college aged son and I wanted to enjoy the Manuel Antonio nation park and hopefully “hug a monkey.” Arlin was our guide. She was pleasant informative and spoke good English. The monkeys appeared like clockwork. The meals were very tasty. The beach was perfect; the waves were big and powerful. Drinks were cold. People friendly. A great day. We slept most of the return trip with smiles on our faces. Highly recommend.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
it is good to know you enjoyed the trip to the fullest .. Arlin is an incredible guide that loves her job. Thank you very much for sharing your experience with others . Pura vida
Great day
Christina_P, June 2022
Had a great day with Arlin who took me - solo, I was the only one on the tour that day - for a wonderful, informative trip. She knew so much about Costa Rica and had answers to all of my questions, the beach was gorgeous and we saw some monkeys up close! Food was delicious and there was nice amount of free time to sunbathe, wander, shop, too
Response from Host, June 2022
Hello Christina, we are happy to know you had a great day during the Manuel Antonio ONe day tour. Also it is good to know Arlene took very good care of you and did a great job.. Thank you for sharing your comments. Pura vida
Ammara_E, June 2022
Edgar was an excellent guide and driver. The tour was really well organized and convenient. The lunch was excellent too. My friend and I had a great time!
Response from Host, June 2022
We are happy to know you and your friend enjoyed the excursion and that Edgar did a good job. thank you for sharing your comments.. Pura vida !!
Amazing Day Tour!
Herminia_T, May 2022
We had so much fun. The food was amazing! Our tour guide Ronny and driver Roger were amazing. And the experience all together in the Manuel Antonio park was beautiful.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you for sharing your experience. We are pleased to know that everything was the best. Pura vida
Amzing Beaches and Nature!
Radostina_S, Apr 2022
The day trip itself was very good, but we had some mishaps. The pick-up was a problem since they did not come to the correct hotel and we had to take a taxi to catch up with our group that left without us. Of course, on the way back they left us in the right place. The meals were great and the National Park was really beautiful. Although weighing all the services included, we are not entirely satisfied with the quality-price ratio.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you for sharing your opinion about the tour, the service and everything in general. We are very sorry for the inconvenience at the beginning of the tour and after reviewing the case carefully, we found that there are 2 hotels with the same name and our system assigned you to be picked up at one of these 2 hotels, which was definitely not the one you were staying at. Fortunately, we were able to coordinate and rectify the error in a timely manner so that you could take the tour. We have taken your comment very positively to always improve as our main goal is customer satisfaction. Best regards
Day trip from San Jose
Quentin_B, Mar 2022
Nice forest and easy walking. Easy to see some of the species of wildlife. Beach was nice, sea temperature was very pleasant.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Hi Quentin.. We are glad to know you enjoyed the tour.. thank you for the feedback ..
Great trip to relax at the beach!
Tevita_S, Mar 2022
This was a great tour to end our trip. After all the intensive tour, we were able to just relax on the beach on this tour.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Hi Tevita, we are happy to know you had a good day during the excursion. Thank you for your feedback .. Pura vida
Luis_C, Apr 2019
It was a great experience. We saw animals in their natural environment. Beach was excellent. Waves were really good on our trip. Be prepared to wait long lines for showers. When we were there the showers were closed. We were only able to hose off our feet.
Response from Host, May 2019
Thank you for sharing your experience. We are happy to know that the tour and service provided met your expectations. I am sorry to read about the long lines for showers. I understand by the time you joined the tour , the park was experiencing some inconveniences with this matter, but it has been solved already. Thank you again for giving us the opportunity to show you our country. !!
Excelente experiencia, súper recomendable
GIOVANA_C, Mar 2023
Fue una gran experiencia. Nuestro guía, el señor Arturo, hizo realmente muy ameno y divertido el viaje. Estamos muy agradecidos. Pura vida!