The next morning, Christina and her accommodating staff took us on a short drive to Manuel Antonio that is located on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Manuel Antonio is best known for the Manuel Antonio National Park where tourists come each year by the thousands to see howler monkeys, coatimundi, agouti, sloths, parrots and other jungle creatures that live in this dense, tropical paradise.
We were staying at Hotel Shana that is one of the premiere hotels in this area. This exclusive lifestyle boutique hotel embraces Costa Rican culture and showcases the local beauty in a natural environment.
With 27 rooms that all have garden and ocean views, you are guaranteed both a unique and exclusive travel experience.
And less than a mile from the National Park, it is also close to restaurants, shops and local artisans that display their wares in town. If you like home made jewelry such as necklaces, bracelets and earrings, the charming town of Manuel Antonio is for you. Also, painters and wood carvers display their works of art for purchase. These are wonderful, one-of-a-kind tokens to remind you of your trip to paradise.
Cristina told us We R Cr also offers Hotel Karahe which is located beachfront on Manuel Antonio.
Karahe Hotel is an ideal place to relax and experience a personal connection with nature because it is located less than 1 kilometer from the National Park. With a restaurant, swimming pool, lush gardens and 41 rooms, you can enjoy one of the top 10 most famous beaches in the world!
That evening, we went to a charming restaurant and had local fare that included home made mashed potatoes, freshly caught seafood and creamy flan! It poured rain while we watched from under the canopy.
With no walls in this restaurant, it was a sight to both see and hear and we loved truly experiencing a Costa Rican tropical thunderstorm.