Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica

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With a mere 682 ha. of land area, Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the smallest of Costa Rica's national parks, but probably the most visited park in Costa Rica. The park lies on the mid Pacific coast approximately 7 kms south of Quepos Harbour. White sandy beaches, cliffs, ravines, rivers, rainforest, mangrove swamps, lagoons, littoral woodland and island vegetation are the main components that make up this extraordinary park.

The forest habitat consists mostly of White-Faced Capuchin, howler and squirrel monkeys, pacas, grey squirrels, raccoons, white-nosed coatis, and two- and three- toed sloths. The laughing falcon, black-colored hawk, white ibis, white-bellied chachalaca, blue-crowned manakin, fiery-billed aracari, green kingfisher, toucans, scarlet macaws are just some of the bird species that reside in the park. The islands and islets of Manuel Antonio afford an ...continue READING.

michael alan's Blog- Do'in Costa Rica - Thursday, February 19, 2009

Manuel Antonio National Park is perhaps the #1 tourist destination in ALL Costa Rica, with places like La Fortuna, Tamarindo, Jacó and a few others- a couple steps behind. Manuel Antonio is like the Poster Boy for Costa Rica, the CREAM of the CROP, the successful SON, the CROWN JEWEL; but NOW it appears Manuel Antonio is about to be pushed off the pedestal- HARD! Why, because Costa Rica has shot itself in the FOOT (actually the FACE), yet again.

Here’s the Costa Rican NEWS today:

The Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio could be shut down the end of the month unless the Ministerio de Ambiente, Energía y Telecomunicaciones (Minaet) corrects a number of deficiencies signaled by the Área Rectora de Salud de Aguirre (local health department), following a visit to the park last week. Read FULL story here.

Read the story if you must, but it’s all about SHIT; shit in the ocean, shit in the lagoons all around Manuel Antonio National Park- nothing but shit, shit, shit. There’re also a few problems with ‘exceeding park capacity,’ and ‘junk vehicles found in some of the trails,’ but mostly SHIT, and ‘flowing’ from the RANGER STATION- are you fuck’in kidd’in ME.

This story disgusts me. There’s nothing to say, and I don’t want to even THINK about the implications- let’s just say if this is happening in Manuel Antonio, what about the Parks and places around the country that don’t get as much ‘PLAY,’ or have the resources Manuel Antonio has been privy to over the years. And don’t get me started about the Eco-friendly, GREEN, Self-Sustainable, ‘BULLSHIT moniker’s,' Costa Rica has been waving in the AIR the last 10 years or so in order to entice the eco-tourist, they’re obviously not SERIOUS about this SHIT. pun intended.

I DON’T GET IT. It’s not, “What are you thinking?” it’s “Are you thinking?”



I just want the SHIT to stay in Jacó where it belongs.

*IT SHOULD BE NOTED, THAT AS OF NOW, APRIL 14, 2009, this problem is supposedly fixed at Manuel Antonio. From what I've read, it sounds more like a 'band aid' approach, but time will tell.