On land, Manuel Antonio is the second most visited national park in Costa Rica, the diversity of animals and vegetation in this volcanic jungle park is famous worldwide. Imagine how the lava was flowing thousands of years ago, from the land and into the ocean, creating reefs and hideouts for all the marine life too. Below the surface, the marine park continues its beauty and amazing thriving life.
The beauty of the reef here is not the corals growing in it, but the topography of the old lava flow. Big boulders, underwater mazes and dramatic walls are what you will be surrounded by. Take these incredible formations and add a healthy marine life to it such as most common reef fish, some funky octopus and a good variety of eels and crustaceans. For the larger pelagic, you might get lucky with anything from reef sharks, rays, sea turtles, dolphins and in season the majestic humpback whales and manta rays (Dec - April).
Surrounded by rainforest filled with monkeys and exotic birds, Puerto Quepos drapes itself across a tropical inlet surrounded by primary rainforest. The village center is a colorful six-block square of restaurants, bars, hotels, bakeries, and art galleries all fronted by the main beach and harbor. Even though Quepos is well visited and growing, it maintains many of its sleepy and humble beginnings.