With access to some pretty incredible beaches, it’s no surprise that travelers come to Manuel Antonio to try and find a great surf spot. Beaches like Playa Manuel Antonio are great for surfers of all levels but don’t expect to find giant towering waves that require too much skill.
Remember that, because it is such a famous beach, you’ll have a crowd of spectators watching from the shore. Meanwhile, Playa Biesanz is a little more tucked away - it’s often referred to as the “secret beach” - and is great for beginner and intermediate surfers looking to hone their skills.
Playa Biesanz is also ideal for longboarding at low tide, so if you’re looking to try something new, this might be perfect for you. It’s worth noting that there are plenty of surf schools and hotels that offer private and group surf lessons open to all levels. Make sure to ask around to find one that best suits your needs. Or, if you’d prefer, you can also ask about board rentals and head out on your own.
Sitting on the outskirts of the National Park, stay in the thick of the lush rainforest, ecological wonders, and fascinating wildlife at Selina Manuel Antonio. With inspiring biodiversity just footsteps from our hotel, fill your days with action-packed activities, discover a range of incredible species, kayak down the Paquita River, or go surfing on paradise beaches.
If you are looking to get a flavor of the town, taste your way around Quepos and indulge in local delicacies, located less than 5km from Selina.
Along with accommodation to suit every travel budget, take advantage of on-site features, including three swimming pools, a jungle garden, a wellness deck, a restaurant and rooftop bar, a CoWork, and complimentary wifi.
Wake up to the sounds of chirping birds and howling monkeys before experiencing the magic of Manuel Antonio’s National Park with expert guides. Choose from a range of hiking trails, cross hanging bridges, and discover hidden waterfalls, or sail away on a catamaran tour (and if you’re lucky, you might even get a dolphin or whale sighting)! Back at Selina, kick back with a craft beer, hang out by the pool, and listen to local DJs and bands as you party late into the night with like-minded travelers.
If you’re looking for what to do in Manuel Antonio at Selina, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re in vacation mode or still putting in the hours, Selina Manuel Antonio has something for everyone. This tiny but bustling town has enough to keep you busy from sunrise to sunset. Try parasailing, whitewater rafting, and zip lining through the forest canopy. Book a session with the Selina Surf Club to find your balance for the first time, or enjoy a guided surf with one of our professional instructors. Day trips include an off-the-beaten-path expedition to nearby waterfalls, skydiving, whitewater rafting, and more! That doesn’t even begin to cover all the things to do in Manuel Antonio at night: jungle tours after dark, night-vision paddle board, eat-and-meet dinners with the Selina community, art & wine night, and more!
Serious about surfing? So are we. Ride waves and safely learn professional techniques with Selina Surf Club. Whether you’re looking to dip your toe in the water or perfect your roundhouse cutback, our specialist classes and state-of-the-art equipment will help you improve your skills fast. Pair our packages with yoga, coworkers or other authentic experiences and ensure that your trip is one to remember!
Visit our fully-equipped, state-of-the-art co-working space in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, designed to help you stay productive – even in paradise. When you need a break from day trips from Manuel Antonio or other activities, Selina Manuel Antonio is one of the few places where you can find a reliable wifi connection. But really, we’re so much more than just a quick stop to check your email. Our stylish workspace has everything you need to settle in and chase your dreams. Stop by to do a little networking, take a workshop, or settle into our version of a corner office. Selina CoWork is where you’ll find a new level of inspiration.
Getting around Manuel Antonio
Getting around Manuel Antonio is quite simple and most people agree you don’t even need your own car to explore some of the best spots in town. Taxis and public transportation are quite common and very affordable, and most drivers in the area know exactly where everything is located, so it won’t be an issue traveling to most tourist destinations. For example, there is a constant flow of buses between Manuel Antonio and Quepos that drops people off at the entrance of Manuel Antonio National Park and costs about 65 cents each way.
Make sure you speak to the staff at your hotel in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, about certain fees and distances before agreeing to a price with local drivers. While most taxis might have a meter, it’s definitely not guaranteed that they’ll use them during the ride. It’s always best to be informed beforehand to avoid getting overcharged!
Bicycles and scooters are also another popular way to get around Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. If you’re hoping to hire your own, speak to someone at reception about a reliable rental company. However, keep in mind that the roads can be quite steep and hilly, and they might be a challenge for even the most experienced riders.
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