Jungle in the City

Trip Start Aug 08, 2012
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Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, El Avion, Ronny's Place sunset

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Thursday, September 13, 2012

Luckily we made it to Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio during the low season, as it is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Costa Rica. If you've been to Costa, you've likely visited :) It's no wonder the tourism industry boomed with the looks of the beaches here, but thankfully someone decided to preserve a little land and form the National Park in 1972. 
We can see why expats and tourists flocked to Manuel Antonio to buy up real estate and invest in hotels and eateries all the way from the town of Quepos to the Park. They may have overdone it just a tad, BUT.....The beaches within the Park are spectacular; some of the best we have seen. We loved how easily we could weave through the trails from beach to beach. In about two hours time, we had seen numerous sloths, dinosaur-like lizards, three types of monkeys, a caiman and even an unexpected deer. 

After the torrential rains of the day before, we couldn't believe the picture perfect blue skies we were able to enjoy all day as we just did nothing other than enjoy our surroundings

We finished off the day with a margarita at the famous El Avion bar perched on the mountain overlooking the ocean under a pretty sweet sunset. 

We were leaving town just in time to attend the Quepos Independence Day parade.....all I know is we never would have been allowed to shake it like that in short skirts at Indiana High School...band in Central America is way cooler :) 

Feliz Dia de Su Independencia, Costa! 
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