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Manuel Antonio National Park is a national park in the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica in the municipality of Manuel Antonio, 7 km south of Quepos. 

The park is one of the most visited parks in Costa Rica as it is easily accessible from San José. Each year the park is visited by more than 150,000 people. With an area of only 16.24 km2 it is the smallest park in Costa Rica. It has an exceptional beauty and in 2011 the American magazine Forbes named it one of the 12 most beautiful parks in the world.

However, others people say the park is overrated, overcrowded and overpriced. The visible bio-diversity is limited due to the many tourist strolling along the trails. Furthermore, the monkeys are so used to getting fed by the tourists that they become aggressive and do attack people with bags and backpacks. If instead you feel US$15 might just be a little too much, you are better off visiting Cahuita National Park instead, which is also more affordable and versatile to the naked eye.

- Wikivoyage

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