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The Most Popular Attractions in Manuel Antonio and Their Low-Key Alternatives

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Manuel Antonio is a popular destination for a reason; the diverse wildlife, incredible beaches, and adrenaline-filled adventures are hard to beat. With so much on offer, during high season the hottest spots can get a little overcrowded. Luckily, there are still plenty of hidden gems left to discover here. We recommend some of our favorite off-the-beaten-track alternatives to the most popular attractions.

Rainmaker suspended bridge

Rainmaker suspended bridge

Manuel Antonio National Park vs. Rainmaker

White sandy beaches and the chance to catch sight of a sloth or capuchin monkey amongst the tropical foliage of the national park attract crowds of wildlife lovers every day. A lesser-known option is the Rainmaker Conservation Project located in Parrita. Take your time to enjoy spectacular views of the cloud forest from hanging bridges, and take a dip in the naturally formed pools and waterfalls. Early morning bird watching tours and night tours are available for the die-hard nature enthusiasts. After your hike, you can grab a beer from Perro Vida, the on-site microbrewery.

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