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Feb 12, 2010 - Manuel Antonio

Today we went to Manuel Antonio National park hoping to see some animals. When you get to the park there are tons of guides you can pay to take you through the park and show you plants and animals. We decided to go without a guide as did many other people. The technique for seeing animals if you don't hire a guide is to watch where the guides stop and point and look in that direction, hoping to see what they were pointing out. Instead of looking for animals, our goal became looking for guides. As we passed other tour group members we would...

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Nov 21, 2009 - Tiere, Tiere, Tiere und Strand!

Am 21.11 ging es dann schon um 5.20 Uhr los. Denn fuer 6.00 Uhr war die Abholung fuer den Trip zum Nationalpark Manuel Antonio angesetzt. Nach langerer Fahrt mit Stop bei ein Krokodilen kamen wir am Nationalpark an. Dieser liegt direkt an der Pazifikkueste (an dieser Stelle Danke Anja fuer den Tip) und ist wirklich traumhaft. Schon auf dem Weg zum Strand haben wir ein Faultier gesehen, Einsiedlerkrebse sowie Totenkopfaeffchen. Dazu kamen spaeter noch Waschbaeren, eine Schlange, einen Basilisken, andere Echsen und eine Art Zwergreh, dessen...

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Feb 13, 2009 - Starting now

So my ´travel journal´ begins in Manuel Antonio, on the Pacific (west) coast of Costa Rica. It´s a beautiful spot with gorgeous beaches and lots of tiny rock islands less than 500m off shore. Maybe they´re not even called islands, maybe they´re just called big rocks that stick up out of the water. Either way it looks nice. It was here that I was meant to start my volunteer work. I organised it with the National Parks Association in Costa Rica, and was to be working in the park at Manuel Antonio. I met with the organisation at the start of...

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Sep 28, 2008 - Prostitutes and beer

COSTA RICA IS GREAT! i need to keep up on updating, I’m doing so much its hard to remember everything. I think the last time I updated it was my first day in the school. Now, after a week, I love every minute of it. The children are so receptive to me and what I'm doing here. They're so anxious to use the English that they know. The second I walk into class they all jump up with "hello! how are you!" "Bri-een Bri-een", they also call me gringo which in Costa Rica is a good thing, just an acknowledgement of my race. I met this boy at the...

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Aug 1, 2008 - Manuel Antonio National Park

We continued to drive south down to Manuel Antonio National Park, which is on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. We were quite surprised to see how much development had taken place down the coastline...resort after resort after resort. Though the development is not so appealing, the actual park is a gem. White sand beaches, warm water, beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean...an amazing relaxing way to spend a sunny afternoon.

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Jul 17, 2008 - Esterillo y Manuel Antonio

Jimmy had been to Playa Hermosa last August. He knew it was a great wave with a lot of little surf camps and hostels to stay in. However when we arrived at midday, we found that almost every place was packed to the brim. The ones that were not full were so expensive that we couldn’t have stayed even if we wanted to. One guy said we could stay in this shack that was on the second story of his place for ten bucks, but after getting a look at the place, we decided we’d rather sleep on the beach or in the car if need be. So before giving up we...

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Jul 8, 2008 - Pacific Beach

Up early and heavy rain that had started early in the morning continued. We ate breakfast and got on the bus and of to Manuel Antonio National Park. We made our way to a nice secluded beach with mild waves and a great view of the ocean. We did all sorts of beach stuff – swim, sand castles, buri3d each other… I took a loop walk through the jungle and the wildlife was small but amazing – red crabs on land, huge trees, ragged coastline and a long way down the cliff side. Other critters were a raccoon, hermit crabs, and other sea life. Saw a...

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Apr 4, 2008 - Quepos / Manuel Antonio

It´s been a great last few days. The trip to Quepos and Manuel Antonio was much more tame than to Samara. A couple of interesting bridge crossings and one crocodile bridge, and a few minutes on twisting canyon roads, but that´s it. We stayed at El Mono Azul (The Blue Monkey) with it´s two pools... which would become important later on because the water in the pool was cooler than the ocean. By remembering Jo´s last name, Karen and I got the deluxe room with a/c. Karen and I saw every inch of every trail in the park over the two days. We...

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Jan 2, 2008 - Costa Rica

Ankommer Costa Rica på kveldinga den 2 januar og skal da overnatte 1 natt i San Jose by. Videre har vi bestilt overnatting resten av turen på en plass som heter Manuel Antonio. Det er den mest populære nationalparken i Costa Rica og har det meste. Fine strender, Jungel, Canpoyturer, bra surfing +++ Det er også andre plasser vi har lyst å besøke, Arenal Volcano og Monteverde (Heftig jungel og en vulkan), men vi får se når vi kommer ned om vi er lei av strand etter oppholdet i Mexico, og om vi gidder å ta kjøreturen (5 timer hver...

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Dec 31, 2007 - Manual Antonio National Park

Manual Antonio National Park was our next stop where we stayed two days. It was roughly a two hour drive from Jaco. This is definitely a place to check out. The beaches are amazing and the wildlife is at your finger tips. We collected some great shells and coral at the beaches. It's a little expensive compared to other areas of Costa Rica but the beauty and the amenities are worth it. We stayed two nights at the Blue Monkey. Definitely a place we would stay at again. The owner Chip and his wife are good people. So far in our travels the...

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May 23, 2007 - Manuel Antonio: It's called Manuel but it aint no Fawlty Towers

(You've probably gotta be British or into British comedy to know what Fawlty Towers is. ) A huge beach national park, beautiful beaches with pricier price tags to match and a haven for proper 'gringo tourists' not looking to do things on the cheap like me sums up Manuel Antonio. Didn't think I was going to like it as its not really known for surfing, but one hell of a lovely beach break and excellent beginner waves meant I had so much fun here practicing catching and riding waves. As usual I loved the camaraderie amongst surfers especially...

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EZ Duz it!

Jul 11, 2006 - Manuel Antonio

After about 100 meters on the way towards Manuel Antonio, the road turned from paved to non-paved, pot-hole/giant puddle filled jungle trail...and we loved every minute of it. The three of us decided to rent a badass diesel pickup truck in Dominical, despite the fact that it was a bit more expensive then public transportation. Overall, it was worth every penny. As we became more comfortable with the road, we picked up speed and bounced our truck the 50+km to Manuel Antonio, with short stops to take pictures of us and our manly vehicle....

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