The Best Things to Do Around Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

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What to do Around Manuel Antonio

Villa Punto de Vista may be a secluded and private luxury resort in the midst of a tropical paradise, but there’s also plenty to do nearby in and around Manuel Antonio that could keep you busy for days on end during your visit. On top of basic grocery shopping in the area, there are also other great things to do and see around town, such as:

  • Fine dining restaurants
  • Excursions and tours
  • Boutique shopping
  • Markets
  • A spa and wellness center
  • Unique activities and adventures

Whatever it is you want to get out of your luxury stay in Villa Punto de Vista, you’re sure to find it in Manuel Antonio, whether you want fun, relaxation, excitement, or to get to know the city.

Excursions, Activities, and Wellness in Manuel Antonio

ATVIf you’re in the market for adventure, talk to the concierge about bookings for zip lining, ATV rentals, whitewater rafting, canyon adventures and canopy tours, sailing, catamaran, and boat rentals, farm tours, guided tours through the national park, Jet Ski tours, and horseback riding excursions. Looking to stay active during your time in Manuel Antonio? Check out the number one spa and wellness center in the city, Hollis Wellness Center, where you can:

  • Take dance classes
  • Do yoga and Pilates
  • Take part in food courses
  • Get a massage
  • Have a manicure, pedicure, or facial
  • Get a full-body spa treatment

Shopping for Groceries in Manuel Antonio

Even when you’re on vacation, sometimes it’s nice to get out into the world, even if your only purpose is grabbing a few groceries to stock the fridge. And while the staff at Villa Punto de Vista can ensure your pantry’s always full of your favorite foods and staple ingredients, there are plenty of stores and markets in Manuel Antonio where you can go for groceries, wine and beer, spirits, and everyday items if you feel like venturing into town.

Super Joseth Super Market. This is the leading supermarket around town, and it’s only a five-minute drive from the villa! They have an excellent selection of fresh fruits and veggies, imported meats, and alcoholic beverages, plus they also carry toiletries, beach clothes, and toys for the beach. One of the best parts about Super Joseth is that they also deliver six days a week, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

MiniPrice Store Supermarket. The best and largest store in the district of Quepos, MiniPrice has an excellent selection of items, and is only a 10-minute drive from Villa Punto de Vista. If you’re looking for produce, meats, wine, coolers, toys, umbrellas, or beach gear, be sure to check this place out.

Plaza Vista Commercial Center. A newcomer among Manuel Antonio shopping options, the Plaza Vista is a small boutique mall that you can reach in just a few minutes by car or 10 to 12 minutes on foot. Because of its proximity, it’s a great choice if you’re looking for basic toiletries, soaps, and lotions, after-sun care products, or cold drinks, all of which are available from the in-mall convenience store, Super Pura Vida.

Where to Eat in Town

Chef PreparingWhether you’re taking care of your own meals at Villa Punto de Vista or have hired a private chef to prepare your lunches and dinners, you may still want to get out and find the restaurants in Manuel Antonio. Manuel Antonio has many offerings regarding restaurants and eating out, including:

  • Mediterranean fare from Emilios Café, a restaurant with incredible views of the ocean
  • Tapas at Lush Tapas & Lounge or Cantina Salsipuedes, both of which are located right in Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Wood-fired pizza from El Wagon, where you can dine in or request delivery right to the villa
  • Gourmet food from Karolas or Victoria’s Gourmet Italian Restaurante
  • Fish and seafood from Ronny’s Place, El Lagarto, or Agua Azul

If you still feel like getting out for a bite but don’t want a traditional sit-down restaurant, check out the open-air Quepos Farmers Market that takes place Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings near Pez Vela Marina (10 minutes from the villa). Here you’ll find vendors selling fresh vegetables, exotic fruits, local honey, and even natural medicines and hand-crafted souvenirs to take back for friends and family.

Boutiques, Cigars, Artisan Markets, and Souvenirs

Manuel Antonio is full of boutique shopping, artisan crafts, and farmers’ markets, and it’s a great place to stock up on souvenirs and cigars. Want to pick up a new bathing suit or trunks for your time at the beach? Pop into Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, where you can get swimming gear, shirts, and shoes, handcrafted jewelry, and hats and sun wear.

If you’re out walking around the city, look for one of the many open-air markets, because they’re great places to find souvenirs, arts and crafts, handmade artisan shawls, and pottery. These markets and outdoor shops are scattered all over the beaches just minutes from the villa, so you can spend an entire day by the ocean browsing through the local offerings and still make it home in time for dinner.

There aren’t many cigar aficionados who visit Manuel Antonio without paying a visit to House of Cigars. You can get Cuban cigars at places like Super Joseth, but House of Cigars has an unparalleled selection of Cuban, Panamanian, and Costa Rican cigars, plus their own in-house brand that they roll fresh every weekend.

One of the most impressive aspects of Villa Punto de Vista is that our trained and experienced staff are capable of making your stay hassle-free, meaning you don’t have to lift a finger because we’ll take care of all the cooking, cleaning, maintenance, and security while you’re with us.

For those who are more adventurous and want to experience everything the villa and area have to offer, Manuel Antonio is an excellent place to go shopping, try local cuisine, and to find souvenirs and handmade crafts. It also has a great deal to offer in terms of excursions, outings, thrilling activities, and land and water adventures.

To learn more about Manuel Antonio or to plan a vacation call 1-888-890-8687 or contact Villa Punto de Vista.