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Travel Blogs from Manuel Antonio National Park
Today we got up a little late, said hello to our friendly neighborhood monkeys, and decided to take the bus down to the beach. We rented some chairs and a canopy cover and enjoyed the beautiful beach of Manuel Antonio all day. The beautiful pictures are from Jerry. We played in the surf, had some beers, and relaxed. I haven't been this relaxed in a long while and it feels great!! I parasailed for the first time and loved ...
... usually don't stop for lunch so we can keep on the move. An ice cream or pastry is usually more than enough for us. We didn't get back on the bus for almost two hours. This is one of the main reasons we don't like to be on an escorted tour. It feels as if you're going from one meal to the next. There is just too much wasted time.
We arrived at the Hotel San Bada around 3 pm. We were planning on meeting Mario for a quick ...
... how he manages to spot the animals he did as the forest is so dense and the animals are well camouflaged. He found monkeys, a sloth, grasshoppers, racoons, spiders, iguanas, birds and crabs and all I found on our 2 hour walk was a small crab! It was cool though as with the telescope you see those that are higher up in the trees. He knew soooooo much about the plants and animals so it was an interesting walk. Some plants can make themselves look sick to protect themselves. If you ...
... other side.
Back in the car we continued by many plantations of Palm trees, raised for palm oil, a major export for Costa Rica. The trees were huge, and placed on a grid pattern to allow machinery to move between the rows and columns. When we were right next to the seaside, the cliffs and views were spectacular. Costa Rica is very green and lush.
We traveled through Quepos, the ...
... The city had ALOT going on at once. The stint team showed us around the city and we prayed as a team in the center of the city. We then walked to a restaurant downtown and enjoyed some quality tiko food! After lunch, we walked through the downtown market that was full of fun things and lots of Tikos trying to get our money haha. Took the bus back to the hostel and had a very relaxing ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsVilla Prats Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
Reviewed May 3, 2012 NEW
I was really skeptical about staying at this hotel because a lot of glowing reviews came from people that have only reviewed this one property. I know some hotels get their friends to write them good reviews to bump their stats so I was a little on the fence. I dedided to try it anyway and I'm glad that I did because the price was right, the room was comfortable and the distance to the park entrance & the beach were wonderful. The service wasn't spectacular, not bad, just low key. Sometimes we'd stand at the front desk looking for some help and there would be no one around, then another guest told us that they lived upstairs and we needed to ring a bell by their door to get their help. It would have been nice to know this when we checked in. Sometimes we found that the language barrier was an issue, but that's partly our fault for not practicing our Espanol before going on our trip. At some point in our trip I lost my bank card and they let me into their house to use their phone to call my bank, which I found very helpful. The property was safe, some reviewer commented that it's down a sketchy back alley, but I would disagree about the sketchy part. Yes, it's just off the road, down an alley, but we didn't feel unsafe for one second. It was lit and you needed a key card to access the building. Manuel Antonio was probably our least favorite destination because the prices are so high and it's really touristy, but if you are coming here and you're on a budget, Villa Prats is a good option. Just don't expect a 5 star hotel.
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