Manuel Antonio

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Welcome to Manuel Antonio!

Welcome to paradise! Manuel Antonio has consistently been named one of the top spots in the Americas to travel and is a favorite location for eco, adventure, and luxury tourism in Costa Rica. The world-famous Manuel Antonio National Park is a national treasure and offers its visitors an endless variety of flora and fauna along with a stunning seascape.  

Manuel Antonio is located on the verdant South-Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica – free of Carribean hurricanes – and features some of the country’s most gorgeous beaches. In fact, Manuel Antonio’s priceless beaches have consistently been listed as one of the top 15 beaches in the world by Forbes magazine, among the top 12 Beaches in the world by Trip Advisor and has been profiled by countless other news outlets, as well. Here’s a glimpse.

Beyond the national park and the area’s exquisite beaches, Manuel Antonio offers restaurants, boating, sport fishing, shopping and cultural attractions as well.

What to expect!

Manuel Antonio can probably be best described as a quaint hill-side and beach-side enclave offering panoramic scenery, exotic wildlife, and endless tours and activities to enjoy year-round. The tree-studded town is teeming with monkeys, sloths, and tropical birds as well as some of the friendliest people on earth! The area is peppered with low-profile villas, hotels, and restaurants. It’s small scale and not even a little bit like Cancun or the Mexican Riviera though there are some fun and unique bars as well as nightlife – even a tiny casino thrown in for good measure!   

The nearby town of Quepos offers the area one of Latin America’s finest marinas, Marina Pez Vela, featuring world-class boating/sportfishing (The World Off-Shore Shortfishing Championships are held year annually), upscale and fine dining, shopping, and other amenities. 

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A Warm Welcome From Gloriela


My name is Gloriela Saborio and I am the Pre-Arrival Concierge.

This page is designed to introduce you to the villa and Manuel Antonio, and should answer most of your questions. Please feel free to use our On-site “Villa Stay App” (Link here) for any Bernal FAQ and more specific additional inquiries, with questions around arrangements for your stay. For transportation, you will be sent a link with where you will input your flight and arrival information and between the Group leader and Pre-arrival concierge coordinate transportation or any special needs items through the Client Login.

Your Villa Stay

Villa Punto de Vista is a 10-bedroom villa reserved exclusively for your group and fully staffed for the entirety of your stay.  We also recently completed construction on a second villa, Villa La Isla, which offers 8 stunning suites. The villas can be reserved separately or together as the Villa Punto de Vista estate. The villa manager/butler, Oliver, is your onsite concierge and will assist you with anything you need, from ordering in groceries, supplies and food, to recommending great local restaurants.

We recommend booking your tours and services (e.g. spa & massage, yoga, canopy tours, etc.) in advance. (This is something you can do through the group leader or with your  on-site concierge once you are at the villa.)

Our friendly staff consists of housekeepers, who will keep tidy both your room and the villa’s social areas, and our maintenance/security personnel, who keep the villa running smoothly.


A full, daily breakfast is included with your stay and serves up eggs-to-order, waffles, pancakes, and local dishes like sweet plantains and rice & beans. Breakfast’s coup de grâce is the villa’s signature passion fruit champagne mimosa – the perfect way to start your day! Our breakfast chefs, will see to it that you don’t leave the villa hungry before exploring beautiful Manuel Antonio.

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Weather in Manuel Antonio!

Manuel Antonio has some of the best weather in the world. Experience glorious sunshine, warm temperatures, and comfortable evenings in one of the world’s most breathtaking locations.

The average daytime temperature in Manuel Antonio hovers between 80º and 85º F (26.5º to 29.5º C) year-round, with refreshing sea breezes. At night, temperatures fall to a cool 70º to 75º F (18º to 24º C) — the perfect climate for dining al fresco. Enjoy the ocean’s incredibly comfy temperature of 78º/80º year-round!

During Costa Rica’s High Season, late November through May, we receive very little or no rainfall and sunshine all day long. In Costa Rica’s Northern Pacific coast, this makes for dry, brown, and dusty conditions. However, in Costa Rica’s lush central Pacific Coast, where our villa is located, it’s always green regardless of the season.

During Costa Rica’s transitional Green Season from May through August, you can expect beautiful sunny mornings and early afternoons allowing loads of time for activities, adventures, and beach time. It will sometimes rain a bit in the afternoons during these months, but remember — it’s the rainforest, and rainfall in the rainforest is a magical thing! An additional benefit to Green Season is that the price is a bit lower.

September and October is the Central Pacific’s Whale Watching Season, which also happens to be the rainforest’s rainiest most fertile months. This area is one of the world’s only breeding grounds for both Blue, Humpback and Pilot whales. You can see them breaching from the villa, or we can arrange a boat ride from our local marina to see them up close! These whales travel from both Alaska and Antarctica and meet in Costa Rica — 11,500 miles away — to mate and raise their young.

During Whale Watching Season, you can find some mornings to be clear for beach time and activities. Every month has a lot to offer here on Costa Rica’s central coast! As an all-weather paradise, tours and activities don’t stop for a shower in Costa Rica — in fact, they can even be more refreshing, memorable, and fun!

Manuel Antonio Beaches!

Manuel Antonio is a Costa Rican oceanside village located off the Pacific Coast, and it perfectly balances development and a lush, vibrant rainforest landscape. It’s no surprise that Manuel Antonio is host to many beautiful beaches, some more well-known than others. Below is our list of the five most beautiful and relaxing beaches in Manuel Antonio.

With sands that wind along Manuel Antonio’s coastline for more than a mile, Playa Espadilla is particularly popular with tourists and is the closest beach to the downtown area of Manuel Antonio. Also known as Playa Numero Uno or Playa Primera, this long, curving stretch of sand sits just outside of Manuel Antonio National Park. Taking a dip in the waters off this large public beach is a perfect way to end a day adventuring through the rainforest.

Located within Manuel Antonio National Park, Playa Espadilla Sur is the last beach you come to inside the park. The name Playa Espadilla Sur translates to “Playa Espadilla South,” and the beach is also called Playa Dos or Playa Segunda. On the north side of Punta Catedral — a former island topped with forested cliffs — Playa Espadilla Sur is connected to the mainland by a thin, natural land bridge aka a tombolo.

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So many beaches so little time…

Manuel Antonio is known for its pristine jungle kissed beaches, but Manuel Antonio hold the title as the #1 beach in year over year for it’s picturesque Emerald Water, Unique Rock and island outcroppings and Jungle studded coastline as well as not to mention the National Parks world famous jurassic park like Isthmus!  Voted by trip advisor as one of the top 12 beaches in the world several times as well as the top 20 beaches by forbes, we are extremely lucky to be just a short walk away to these rejuvenating  and awe inspiring locations to live a truly salt llife!

From the villa, we have 5 beaches within less than 10 minutes from the property. All within walking distance and all with their own unique experience and flavor. From hidden coves, White sand beaches of the national park, to the longer half mile  golden sand beach of the most well known espadilla beach, there is an experience for every day while you experience Costa Rica.  Then choose which is your favorite.

We happen to be the closest property to the golden sand beach of Espadilla norte on our road. A more secluded and less traveled road and part of the beach, we avoid the busier town like feel of Espadilla sur (Where the town like atmosphere and vendors are) where you can hang up your hammock and relax with the sound of the crashing warm waves and enjoy the pristine coastline.

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For the slightly more adventurous, there is just a 10-minute walk from the villa is the hidden cove of Playa biesanz and playa la macha. Playa bisanez has a small 10-minute hike to a sheltered bay on the north side of punto quepos. A totally different feel and experience from the other beaches. Great for snorkeling in the summer season as well as kayaking. For the more adventurous Playa la Macha is about a 10-minute hike beyond playa biesanz and is definitely totally hidden as it can only be accessed by a truly offroad hike. This hike is not for everyone but has an incredible surprise!

Lastly, the national park beaches are a special treat, Although the parks can have slightly more people depending on the season in which you visit, the 3 beaches are spectacularly beautiful and range from White Sand Turquoise water, Golden Sand South End of Espadilla, and a rockier beach with great snorkeling in the summer months!  A must visit any time of the year at least once!

Just a little further out from the villa, which a tour or a private transportation there are some amazing options within 30-45 minutes.,From world-class surfing, Snorkeling, and the whales tale of Ballena national Narp just 45 minutes south to name a few!

For more information and specific on each beach near the villa. See our detailed bog and video below:


Costa Rica’s and specifically Manuel Antonio’s wildlife is unrivaled! Venture into Costa Rica’s dense jungle and discover a diverse ecosystem unlike any other in the world. With more than 500,000 species of plants and animals throughout our country, Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse nations, accounting for more than 5% percent of all species worldwide.

Daily viewings of multiple types of monkeys, sloths, and 350 of the country’s almost 1000 species of exotic birds are something to expect and not just wish for!

Howler, squirrel, spider, and white-faced monkeys all inhabit the park. Two-toed and three-toed sloths are abundant as are raccoons, coatis, pacas, anteaters, and occasionally ocelots. Reptiles and over 350 bird species have been identified within the park including toucans, aracaris, various parrots and parakeets, hummingbirds, trogons, and more. In short, it’s a jungle out there! 🙂

To give you an idea: Here’s some home video shot from the villa of some of the Congo (Howler) Monkeys in the area.

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