Recently listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the 12 “World’s Most Beautiful National Parks,” Manuel Antonio on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast is a combination of lush forests, warm water, gorgeous beaches and abundant wildlife. Tucked within forest-lined coves the broad cream-colored beaches are ideal for sunbathing or relaxing in the beach edge shade. Pleasant water temperatures allow one to comfortably enjoy swimming, wading and snorkeling. Friendly monkeys, sloths, iguanas and colorful birds live in the park assuring plenty to see while hiking the park’s easy trails. Whitewater rafting, boating, horseback riding tours and more can be arranged outside the park where there are also many excellent hotels and restaurants.