anuel Antonio occupies a relatively small corner of Costa Rica, however there’s a magic to Manuel Antonio that’s hard to explain. With its 1700 acres of land mass and 135,906 acres of marine reserve, it is the smallest of the 20 national parks in Costa Rica. Even so, it is the country’s second most visited conservation area, after the Poas Volcano. Last year alone, approximately 150,000 tourists visited the park. Located 100 miles south of San Jose on the Pacific coast, Manuel Antonio, is the natural habitat of
species such as the endangered squirrel monkey (endemic to the area), white faced capuchin monkey, raccoons, three and twotoed sloths, white-nosed coaties, brown pelicans, black-collared hawks and green kingfishers. They share the space with primary and secondary forests, bursting with cedars, bully trees, black locusts and silk cotton trees. A mangrove swamp covers about 44.5 acres, adding to the biodiversity of the region. Three different species: red mangrove, buttonwood mangrove and white mangrove - abound. This park has one of the most impressive landscapes in the
world and has several coves with many white sand beaches and lush foliage amidst great mountains and forests that reach the beaches. Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Costa Rica, with easy access, ease and variety of services including all meals, accommodations, activities and a wide range of flora and fauna in such a small place, the park is the most visited in the country. One thing we believe is absolutely certain: once you’ve made a visit here, you’ll definitely want to return!”
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Departments 1 | About Manuel Antonio 2 | A Scribbled Note 3 | 2012 Marks Manuel Antonio National Park 40th Anniversary 5 | We Are All Part of the Solution 6 | Manuel Antonio has a “Big” New Adventure! 10 | What to Do in Manuel Antonio 18 | Claro Que Sí. Opens Its Doors to Panoramic Dining
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ell someone you’re going to Costa Rica, and they’ll likely tell you to see the jungle canopy on a zipline, or bring your binoculars to see all the amazing birds and get a great tan. Great dining might never appear on that list, maybe because they’ve never had lunch or dinner at Claro Que Seafood Grill and Wine Bar Cava. Since 1998 a restaurant has been an integral part of Si Como No Resort Spa & Wildlife Refuge, but on July 12th of this year Claro Que Si reopened in a newly remodeled building located on the main road to Manuel Antonio. Its new location right next to the Regalame Gift Shop and Gallery make it far more visible and welcoming to the public. “The vision,”according to Jim Damalas, owner of Si Como No Resort Spa and Wildlife Refuge, “was to create a very open and casual atmosphere with upscale dining. When the space next to the Regalame Gift Shop and Gallery
became available, we decided to take the existing space and open it up as much as possible. Let the ocean breezes right through to the street-side patio.” The result is a warm, eclectic space filled with vibrant tropical fabrics, elegant and comfortable seating and locally fired terra cotta tiled floors, but it’s the view which takes center stage. The new expansive wooden deck terrace provides wonderful outside seating as well as panoramic views of the terraced tropical rain forest, botanical gardens and their adjacent Manuel Antonio Nature Park & Wildlife Refuge. Beyond that it’s just the Pacific coast all the way to Cathedral Point. With more than threequarters of all the wall enclosures removed, the dining room is open to all the natural sea breezes the Pacific can provide.
wants to convey from the moment a guest enters through the French doors from the streetside patio and is greeted by the welcoming dining room staff. The menu is designed to please with some old favorites from the original Claro Que Si menu, but with daily chef’s gourmet specials highlighting a fusion of tastes based on fresh Costa Rican fruits of the sea and land. The cuisine reflects a fusion of tastes: native Costa Rican, Caribbean and even Asian. “Try our signature Pollo Thai which is a sauté of chunks of range-free chicken, onion, red bell pepper and mushrooms tossed in honey, sesame oil and soy sauce” Luis Ledezma, restaurant manager since 2006 recommends, “we make it distinctly our own by serving it in a flour tortilla and accompanying it with sweet corn ($12.00).”
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Another marriage of Costa Rica and Asia is Pescado al Vapor Oriental, a fish filet steamed in a bamboo basket with cauliflower, broccoli, carrot, zucchini, seasoned with
From the Editor of Manuel Antonio Magazine Thomas Paul Editor-in-Chief From the moment I first visited Manuel Antonio, I always believed it to be a special place, perhaps even magical. I’ve been coming to Manuel Antonio for seven years and after travelling the world over a 30 year career, I still believe there is no other place quite like it. This vision has inspired Manuel Antonio Magazine. I wanted to produce something that would truly highlight this beautiful corner of the world. As a quarterly magazine, I wanted to be able to highlight in each issue one of Manuel Antonio’s spectacular houses and hotels; one of the town’s many great restaurants; one of the exciting adventures available to locals
and visitors alike; and of course highlight the jewel of the community, the National Park. This is our first issue: Volume 1; issue 1. We envision a quarterly publication and hopefully we will become a new fixture in our great community. As the editor, I am interested in your thoughts and suggestions for articles and improvements. Feel free to write to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments. I’d like to thank all of the local companies and individuals who placed their trust in us by agreeing to advertise in our first issue. You were willing to take a leap of faith and I hope you are pleased with the final product and that your ad brings inquiries from the myriad of guests we expect will read this new magazine and who will take it home and give it to friends who hopefully will decide to come and visit our little corner of paradise. Pura Vida!
The articles in this issue are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect the thinking or recommendations of Manuel Antonio Magazine, its Editorial Board, the Director or the Editorial Board or the Owners.
2012 Marks National Park
Manuel Antonio 40th Anniversary
o trip to Manuel Antonio would be complete without a visit to its signature nature refuge, Manuel Antonio National Park and 2012, when the park will celebrate its 40th birthday, is the perfect time to come. Manuel Antonioâ€™s actual birthday is November 15, 1972 when the people of Costa Rica decided to preserve, for future generations, one of the most beautiful and bio-diverse areas in the world. There is no other country in the world who is a more careful guardian of its land, flora and fauna than Costa Rica. More than a quarter of the entire country has been designated as national park, biological reserve, wildlife refuge or some other category of protected area. Although Manuel Antonio is the countryâ€™s smallest national park, the stunning beauty and diversity of wildlife in its 1700 land acres and 135,905 marine acres are
unequaled. The park encompasses primary forest, secondary forest, mangrove swamps, lagoons, seashore and even coral reefs. Manuel Antonio is situated squarely in the rain forest, an eco-region of such importance that 50% of all known animals and plants live or grow in it, yet this rain forest is not isolated nor hard-to-reach. Located south of the town of Quepos, it is on the local bus line and there is ample public parking for a small cost. High season in Manuel Antonio from November to April means that the graceful Nance tree is covered in its jewel-tone blossoms and fruits and that mother coati mundi are merging with their trailing entourage of young. Views from the two most popular beaches might reward viewers with the sight of a pod of migrating humpbacked whales or, in early morning, the unique opportunity
to see strand feeding dolphins in the inlets. While there is a Park Station within the park providing toilets, there are no food vendors. So, remember to bring water, snacks, perhaps, a picnic lunch and beach towels for a days outing in unspoiled Costa Rica. An extensive trail system winds through the Manuel Antonio Park and it provides the perfect opportunity to catch a glimpse of at least a few of the 109 species of mammals and 184 varieties of birds. Take your pick from five short trails that meander through the park, passing scenic overlooks and pristine beaches. All trails have good signs and are well-maintained and marked. The 1.3 mile main trail is a flat, sandy path that links several beaches. It is an easy trail and the most popular with visitors. Most of the guided hikes slowly make their way along this trail which 3
passes by mangrove swamps on its way to the beaches. It is an excellent opportunity to cross paths with the hundreds of colorful tiny crabs called Tajaline which scurry across the paths. A glance in the forest’s understory might reveal a white-breasted brown winged Laughing Falcon or a crimson fronted parakeet. The most popular trail is the small loop that circles around Punta Cathedral and ends with a wonderful view of the Pacific. The Punta Cathedral trail branches off to the right of the main trail and circumnavigates Cathedral Point with several lookout points. Once an island, with its forest topped cliffs the point is now connected to the coast by a thin strip of land. This land bridge now forms the spine separating the parks two most popular beaches, Playa Espadilla Sur and Playa Manuel Antonio. The trail is steep in some sections and can be muddy and slippery in the rainy season. Despite its popularity this trail might be just the place to catch sight a troop of White faced Capuchin monkeys. These 3 – 9 lb. primates can leap up to 9 feet even with babies in tow so listen for a disturbance in the understory. Of course, the darling of the rain forest is the tiny and endangered Central American squirrel monkey. Weighing in at only 2 lbs. it can travel in very large troops. It is easier to hear the third species of Costa Rican primate - the Mantled Howler monkey. Their calls can be heard for almost two miles and have an eerie sound like a strong wind blowing through a tunnel. They are not so easy 4
to see, however, despite their considerable size. Male howlers are black and the females brown and both can be from 22 to 36 inches in height with a prehensile tail equally long. The Trampa trail is a short path that links the beginning and end of the Punta Catedral trail, making a loop and it might be just the place to see one of Costa Rica’s native reptiles: the Black Spinytailed Iguana, Green Iguana or the Common Basilisk. The one-mile Playa Gemelas / Punto Escondido trail leads to two other beaches of the same name. The low hanging vegetation provides an opportunity to catch a glimpse of one or both of the two species of sloths which inhabit the park. The brown-throated Threetoed sloths live in the upper canopy and are active during the day. The males are more recognizable because of the black stripe which bisects a unique pattern of yellow hair on its back. Three toed sloths are almost exclusively arboreal except for a once weekly trip to the forest floor where it digs a small hole with its stubby tail for toileting purposes and then covers it with leaves using its hind legs. Since the ordeal takes 30 minutes you might be able to catch a glimpse on one of the quieter trails. The nocturnal Hoffman’s Two-toed sloths have no tail, only two toes on their front legs, a more prominent snout, longer fur and are more active, but since they are almost exclusively nocturnal, early morning might be the only chance to see one hanging from a branch by its hind feet.
The Mirador trail is a more difficult 85 mile climb to a beautiful lookout point. The longer Sendero Serrucho bisects the park and offers a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. In early morning it is possible to see Central America’s largest native mammal, Baird’s tapir. Although pig-like in appearance, tapirs are actually related to horses. They are endangered throughout their terrain and travel along tunnel-like paths called biological corridors. The park is also home to exotic flora including the pilón, native orchids and the infamous manzanillo trees which is clearly marked because every part of it is poison. There is so much to see in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio that it is really good idea to enlist the help of a guide. Years of experience and a practiced eye will reveal sights that even the most careful first time visitor could easily miss. Most hotels can arrange this service for you. A good place to end a day in the park is the half mile long southern facing beach, Playa Manuel Antonio, a picturesque white sand crescent bisecting deep green foliage to one side and a private, secluded cove to the other. The swimming is wonderful and it’s a great place and time to see the hermit crabs scurrying out of their hiding places. Please note that the park is *Closed on Mondays * Normal operating hours are from 7 am – 4 pm
We Are All Part of the Solution The present 2012 has come along with great environmental news and more challenges to the Aguirre community. The Naranjo River Biological Corridor with its 22.400 hectares of land has been officially recognized by the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC- MINAE) thanks to the great efforts of Titi Conservation Alliance. The corridor has been created to protect the endangered titi monkey (S.o. citrinellus) and other wildlife species, while increasing the viability of a beautiful natural jewel we hold in our area, the Manuel Antonio National Park. Younger than some of the trees that inhabit it, Manuel Antonio National Park is currently commemorating its 40th Anniversary. Since 1972, this precious reserve has opened its many trails and beaches for everyone to enjoy and protect, as part of the natural heritage that we all share. We have two major reasons to celebrate this year, and one major truth to remember. Real conservation of protected zones and areas lies behind the happiness of aging together with their nearby communities.
challenge of solving major environmental problems: waste water treatment, solid waste treatment, river pollution, burnings, deforestation and fauna extraction. Maybe the hardest one to resolve, hasn’t been mentioned yet, indifference. If we want our county to change, we should become part of the solution. Improve ourselves, start recycling, questioning authorities, supporting local NGOs, saying it out loud when witnessing a burning, checking your home practices, etc. Conservation of our natural heritage requires action. Attributing government and others for the environmental crisis is a strike against our creativity and courage. Let´s respect solutions beyond problems. Let´s be protagonists and not observers. Let´s become part of the solution, ultimately we´re mean for it! Tey Arce, Director Titi Conservation Alliance. email@example.com
Along with such great news, Aguirre faces a huge
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here is something new in Manuel Antonio. It’s big and luxurious and it may be the best way to see the coastline from Quepos to Manuel Antonio National Park. Launched in June of 2012 at 100 feet long, the Ocean King is the largest catamaran in all of Central America. Inspired by the ocean-going vessels of the Polynesians, Catamarans are faster and more stable than monohulls. Although inspired by crafts of the Indian Ocean and Polynesia, the Ocean King was constructed in its totality on Isla Damas near Quepos. The Ocean King is truly a seaworthy vessel. The main deck can accommodate more than 100 people and is outfitted with two luxurious Jacuzzis, each with a 8-person capacity, two giant trampolines, and a fully stocked bar. The upper deck can accommodate up to another 150 people and is devoted to lounging with ample space for catching a few rays on the very comfortable beach loungers scattered all around the upper deck. There’s room for excitement, too, because entry to the two bisecting 15’ waterslides are from this level. “This is my family’s third cruise on the Ocean King,” Daniel Hendricks of Laurel, Maryland says, “and I can’t keep my kids off the waterslides. I have to say I’m pretty addicted myself.” The Ocean King experience is not limited to its top two decks, however, below deck are four private rooms, four bathrooms and a complete kitchen for food preparation. These extra guest accommodations make the Ocean King the perfect option for rental for any number of activities: anniversaries, birthdays, private parties and celebrations for business groups. It might also be the perfect venue for that destination wedding. Sailing on the blue Pacific on your own private yacht with your beloved, up to 250 of your closest friends and the dramatic coastline of Manuel Antonio as your backdrop, could there be a more romantic way to begin married life?
mahi mahi, barbeque chicken, freshly steamed local vegetables and fresh green and pasta salads, as well as the chef’s specialty of the day. Save room for a sweet taste of broiled pineapple or tres leches for dessert. The Ocean King docks at Marinepez Vela in Quepos where guests are met by return transportation to their hotels or other destinations, all complementary as part of the tour. Whether on a regularly scheduled cruise or a private charter, once the Ocean King is underway, the crew of 8 is charged with the safety, comfort and entertainment of their guests. A tour on the Ocean King actually begins at each passenger’s hotel or resort from where they are transported to the marina in Quepos. Two tours leave every day, the morning cruise at 9 AM and the afternoon cruise at 2 PM. After leaving the marina the Ocean King heads south toward Manuel Antonio National Park. Of course, the bar is open offering beer, wine and tropical alcoholic and nonalcoholic cocktails. Fresh fruit and snacks are also provided. Cruising south along Manuel Antonio’s coast is a good opportunity to look for dolphins. Bottle-nosed, spinner and spotted dolphins inhabit the waters off of Manuel Antonio. Bottlenosed dolphins, in particular, live in groups called pods so it’s not unusual to see seven or more animals at one time. They frequently ride on the stern wake and can leap as high as 16 feet.
The Quepos/Manuel Antonio area has so much to see and do that a cruise on the Ocean King might be the perfect way to grab a bird’s eye view of the whole coast to pinpoint sights which need further exploration. Or it might be the perfect way to bid farewell to an area to which you must return again and again. Manuel Antonio Catamaran Tours Telephone: 2777-7428 / 2777-7429 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Manuel Antonio Catamaran Adventures on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/ catamaranadventuresoceanking
The Ocean King stops just offshore from the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park at Playa Biesanz Rock, a perfect place to snorkel. For some, the best part may be plunging into the Pacific on one of the 15’ waterslides, but look for clownfish, butterfly fish and angel fish, which are plentiful at this spot. Ask a crew member for a package of crackers and when in the water, crumble them to invite even more fish to your snorkeling mask. All of the snorkeling equipment is included in the cost of the tour and is available in various sizes. The afternoon cruise also affords the perfect opportunity to view one of Manuel Antonio’s spectacular sunsets. Bartender, David Caballaro says, “My Caipiriña may be the best in Manuel Antonio, but they taste even better as you watch the sun set over the western Pacific.” Both the morning and afternoon cruises provide a sumptuous buffet on the return to Quepos: 7
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Canyoning Canyoning or canyoneering in the Quepos / Manuel Antonio area is a unique experience. An 85 foot waterfall located about a 30 minute drive from downtown Quepos, in the lush rain forested mountains, provides an ideal location for this extreme adventure. Experienced guides lead you up the face of the waterfall and then rappel you down the same way. The surrounding jungle provides a panorama of exotic flora and fauna. Looking for adventure?
Horseback riding tours alongside a trained bilingual guide are an amazing way to familiarize yourself with the surrounding area.
Manuel Antonio Park Tours
Tour one of Costa Rica’s most stunning national parks on the Manuel Antonio National Park hike. An experienced guide, while taking you through this natural world of wonder that is bursting with biodiversity, will point out several species of monkeys, sloths, coatimundis and much more.
Catamaran Tour Snorkeling The Manuel Antonio Catamaran Tour is available in both Morning and Afternoon-Sunset tour full of beautiful views and marine exploration along the stunning pacific waters of Manuel Antonio.
Sport Fishing The Pacific coast of Costa Rica offers world class sport fishing for all ranges of fishermen, including novices and avid fisherman. The beauty and excitement of a day on the Pacific is hard to beat.
Kayaking Mangrove Tours
The Damas Island estuary is just fifteen minutes outside of Manuel Antonio. Mangroves are born where ocean waters meet fresh water rivers, creating an underwater rooting system amongst the trees.
Centrally located on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, Manuel Antonio is a premier destination for experiencing all of the country’s charms in just one place. Flaunting first rate beaches, Costa Rica’s most visited national park, a diverse array of wildlife and lush tropical forests, there is little that Manuel Antonio doesn’t offer. The crystalline waters of the Pacific, bustling with marine wildlife, are no exception.
Claro Que Sí Opens Its Doors to Panoramic Dining
ell someone you’re going to Costa Rica, and they’ll likely tell you to see the jungle canopy on a zip-line, or bring your binoculars to see all the amazing birds and get a great tan. Great dining might never appear on that list, maybe because they’ve never had lunch or dinner at Claro Que Seafood Grill and Wine Bar Cava. Since 1998 a restaurant has been an integral part of Si Como No Resort Spa & Wildlife Refuge, but on July 12th of this year Claro Que Si reopened in a newly remodeled building located on the main road to Manuel Antonio. Its new location right next to the Regalame Gift Shop and Gallery make it far more visible and welcoming to the public. “The vision,”according to Jim Damalas, owner of Si Como No Resort Spa and Wildlife Refuge, “was to create a very open and casual atmosphere with upscale dining. When the space next to the Regalame Gift Shop and Gallery became available, we decided to take the existing space and open it up as much as possible. Let the
ocean breezes right through to the street-side patio.” The result is a warm, eclectic space filled with vibrant tropical fabrics, elegant and comfortable seating and locally fired terra cotta tiled floors, but it’s the view which takes center stage. The new expansive wooden deck terrace provides wonderful outside seating as well as panoramic views of the terraced tropical rain forest, botanical gardens and their adjacent Manuel Antonio Nature Park & Wildlife Refuge. Beyond that it’s just the Pacific coast all the way to Cathedral Point. With more than threequarters of all the wall enclosures removed, the dining room is open to all the natural sea breezes the Pacific can provide. Claro Que Si means “of course,” or “Yes, indeed.” And that’s just the message owner, Jim Damalas, wants to convey from the moment a guest enters through the French doors from the streetside patio and is greeted by the welcoming dining room staff. The menu is designed to please with some old favorites from the original Claro Que Si menu, but
with daily chef’s gourmet specials highlighting a fusion of tastes based on fresh Costa Rican fruits of the sea and land. The cuisine reflects a fusion of tastes: native Costa Rican, Caribbean and even Asian. “Try our signature Pollo Thai which is a sauté of chunks of range-free chicken, onion, red bell pepper and mushrooms tossed in honey, sesame oil and soy sauce” Luis Ledezma, restaurant manager since 2006 recommends, “we make it distinctly our own by serving it in a flour tortilla and accompanying it with sweet corn ($12.00).” Another marriage of Costa Rica and Asia is Pescado al Vapor Oriental, a fish filet steamed in a bamboo basket with cauliflower, broccoli, carrot, zucchini, seasoned with rice wine, chopped leeks and sesame peanut oil. ($18.00). When Claro Que Si moved into its new space, it created a new executive lunch menu as well. Cristian Irwin who has been Food and Beverage Manager of Hotel Si Como No since 1996, says, “The menu can change daily based on what’s in season at the local markets, what the
fisherman are bringing in on their boats. Everything is of the freshest.” “One thing which differentiates Claro Que Si from other Manuel Antonio restaurants,” Chef Irwin says, “are our signature dishes. We offer three varieties of ceviche, but Ceviche de Pescado served with yucca and sweet potato chips ($15.00), Cerviche de Mariscos which uses squid, shrimp and mussels in place of the traditional fish ($16.50) and Ceviche Caribeño which is very Caribbean with avocado and jalapeños ($16.00).” Another unique starter choice is the Antipasto Claro Que Si, a unique blend of grilled eggplant, zucchini, red bell pepper, red onion, mushrooms in olive oil and balsamic vinegar accompanied by gorgonzola cheese and toasted bread ($6.00). Claro Que Si’s signature salads also feature local produce and seafood. The Avocado and Baby Shrimp Salad uses shrimp blanched to tenderness in the chef’s vegetable broth and then served on lettuce leaves and avocado. The dressing is a creation of sesame oil, balsamic vinegar and lemon ($12.00). Or for another Costa Rican Asian meld try the Claro Que Si Salad: Warm seafood sautéed with garlic and white wine on top of lettuce leafs, tomatoes, cucumber, sliced onions, sweet bell peppers and fried yucca. $16.00. For a main dish there are everchanging pasta and rice selections and, of course, seafood and meat.
Chef Ledezma’s signature Dorado Macadamia uses locally caught mahi mahi which he crusts with crumbled macadamia nuts and serves with his own chutney of mango and pineapple topped with a blackberry sauce. Steamed vegetable and crisp yucca chips complete the dish. ($18.50). If like everyone else, you can’t decide, try one of prix fixe selections. Claro Que Si offers a seafood platter, or a surf and turf platter or a smaller tasting platter, all of which are sharable. Food so delicious deserves the accompaniment of just the right wine. Allow Sr. Irwin to make a recommendation or make your own choice from the restaurant’s own newly-designed wine “cava”, especially designed by their wine distributor, PAMPA, features a custom menu from selected vineyards to meet your taste and your pocket book. The only thing that could improve the dining experience is live music and Claro Que Si provides just that almost every evening. Claro Que Si is also a great choice for family dining because there’s an entirely separate children’s menu. Children can select Nachito para los niños. Nachos, lightly spiced with refried black beans, cheese with tortilla chips and sour cream on the side, of course. ($8.00). There’s Spaghetti “Rico Tico,” too, traditional spaghetti served with cheese and fresh tomato sauce ($7.00). And, of course, Nuggets
de Pollo, Chuncks of lightly fried chicken served with Tico fries ($7.00). Tico fries are always available as a stand-alone ($5.00). What dinner would be complete without dessert? The menu offers homemade ice cream, some even with low calories, and uniquely constructed tropical desserts featuring scrumptious Costa Rican fruits. The restaurant’s espresso drinks are also quite popular, especially the “Doble Cortado”. The Claro Que Seafood Grill is wheelchairs accesible, can seat up to 50 guests, and is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The original restaurant location is now “Las Terrazas Con Mucho Gusto” venue for up to 120 guests on the multiterrace adult pool area for outdoor events and that special destination wedding overlooking the panoramic coastline of Manuel Antonio. So, when your planning your next trip to Manuel Antonio, be sure that the Claro Que Seafood Grill is on your “must-do” eating list. It’s upscale dining in a casual, relaxed setting and just what your taste buds are hoping for. Toll Free 1-888-742-6667 Telephone: +(506) 2777-0777 ext 310 http://www.sicomono.com/facilities/dining-bars/ Restaurant hours are from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm daily. Wheelchairs accessible. 19
We are all unique and as we know, tastes are tastes and Manuel Antonio has the best flavors for every pallet. For a small geographic area, there are a wide range of tastes. There are creations from local chefs, some trained internationally and some self trained, and some from Europe and the United States. Quite a unique fusion! However, overall a visitor will be surprised and delighted by the freshness of the fruits, vegetables, fish, chicken and beef. All the foods that arrive on your plate are locally grown or caught, with fish dishes probably only hours from the catch to your table. We invite you to sample the tastes found at the various restaurants we have uncovered, we don’t think you will be disappointed!
Cafe Milagro Cafe Milagro began as a small, specialty coffee roaster in 1994 and over the years it has evolved into a local culinary institution. From coffee to cuisine, they offer the best of Costa Rica’s fresh local ingredients. In Manuel Antonio, be sure to check out El Patio de Cafe Milagro, their cafe, bar and restaurant featuring the area’s most innovative Costa Rican kitchen. With its casual, tropical ambience, great food, local micro brews, ample wine list, fabulous cocktails and their very own fresh roasted coffee, this is bound to become your home away from home in Manuel Antonio. Breakfast, lunch & dinner served daily 7am10pm. In Quepos, watch them roast Costa Rica’s finest coffees and bag some beans to go at Cafe Milagro - Coffee Roasters. Open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Address: Manuel Antonio Telephone: +506 2777-0794 www.cafemilagro.com
The restaurant is located poolside and surrounded by the lush nature of the area. They offer a variety of tropical and international dishes. They are particularly noted for their fresh beef and steaks.
Since 1975 Barba Roja has been a Manuel Antonio tradition. Perched high on a hill with stunning views over jungle and ocean, Barba Roja’s ambience cannot be beat. Linger on the outdoor patio with its unobstructed view of the stars or relax in the open-air dining room fitted with local hardwoods and bamboo. The fusion cuisine ranges from spicy to sweet and there’s always room at the bar. Daily fresh sushi!
Their commitment to the quality of food and customer service has won the restaurant several local awards, including third in the Manuel Antonio Cook-Off competition for creativity and originality with the dish Chicken Sunday. They also obtained four forks by renowned restaurant critic of the Nation (national press) Escargot. Hours: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm Address: Manuel Antonio Telephone: +506 2777-2113 www.espadilla.com
Victoria’s Gourmet Italian Restaurant Since opening in December of 2010, Victoria’s is already the number-one Italian restaurant in Manuel Antonio. They feature fabulous seafood combinations including specialities like Penne pasta with chirozo sausage and lobster or jumbo shrimp and Grilled Tuna Chipotle. Besides a mouthwatering menu of entrees, they offer approximately 9 gourmet pizzas. They also deliver if you’re too tired to go out. Hours: Nightly from 4:00 pm -11:00 pm Address: Manuel Antonio Telephone: +506 2777-5143 www.victoriasgourmet.com
A gallery attached to the restaurant features original art by local artists. Hours: 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm Address: Manuel Antonio Telephone: +506 2777-0331 www.barbarojarestaurant.com
Claro que Sí Claro Que Si Restaurant offers fresh Costa Rican seafood in a spectacular setting overlooking the tropical forest and Pacific coastline. Think upscale dining in a casual setting, incorporating fresh tropical ingredients from local Caribbean recipes to create a unique culinary experience. Hours: 6:30 am - 9:30 am Address: Manuel Antonio Telephone: +506 2777-0777 www.sicomono.com
Salsipuedes Salsipuedes is a “tapas style” restaurant, meaning they serve small sixe portions of everything from nachos to sashimi, at great prices. They also offer larger portions of their tapas if you want to make a meal out of them. Hours: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm, closed tuesdays. Address: Manuel Antonio Telephone: +506 2777-5019
The Gato Negro Restaurant is one of the most popular and well known in the area. Specialized in Mediterranean cuisine, the various platters can be enjoyed with a broad international selection of wines
This relaxing poolside restaurant is perfect for casual dining in an elegant setting. Surrounded by the rainforest, the Bistro is frequently visited by animals and birds that live on the Byblos grounds. This venue is a favorite for guests who want to dine in an intimate jungle setting.
Hours: 6:30 am - 10:00 pm Address: Manuel Antonio Telephone: +506 2777-1728
Hours: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm Address: Manuel Antonio Telephone: +506 2777-0411
Pizza Pata Order your pizza by the meter and be assured of the freshest cheese and meats and local veggies. Great prices. Traditional and Uruguyan-style with a Costa Rican flare. Take out, too! Hours: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Address: Manuel Antonio Telephone: +506 2777-0555
Raphael Terrazas Nothing is more disappointing than going to an ocean view restaurant, only to discover that the bland fish you’re eating was frozen between being caught and being served to you. The best seafood is fresh, and we prepared in such a way as to accent the natural flavors of the sea without overwhelming them. We guarantee fresh seafood, happy hour at sunset time and dinners with live music!
Salt SALT is a true oasis in the jungle. On the way to the National Park, look for the bright black and orange sign on the left hand side - step in and be transported into the rain forest! One of Manuel Antonio’s only true “gringo” style restaurants with seafood and Italian specialties inspired by the owner’s Brooklyn heritage, where he grew up eating and working in some of NYC’s finest restaurants. Check us out between 3 and 6 PM every day for Happy Hour where a Jimmy Buffet vibe takes over the airwaves or come in for a candle lit dinner where a new age vibe makes the jungle come alive! Hours: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Address: Manuel Antonio Telephone: +506 2777-6948
Hours: 11:30 am - 10:30 pm Happy hour: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Address: Manuel Antonio Telephone: +506 2777-6310 email@example.com
Situated next to Arenas del Mar’s secluded white sand Playitas beach, guests can choose their favorite drink or cocktail of the day and enjoy the sound of the waves and the sea breezes. We offer light but elegant foods just steps away from one of the world’s most spectacular beaches, surrounded by rain forests with white faced monkeys chattering. Howler monkeys bellowing and above, and sloths lazing in the trees.
The chef at Parador Resort & Spa’s Sushi Fune takes the finest catch of the day and local, organically grown produce and transforms it all into a work of art on the plate and a pleasure on the palate. A savory menu of Japanese dishes including sashimi, nigiri and sushi await guests, plus the delightful Tico Roll, made with tender bits of sirloin beef, avocado, cucumber, sautéed onions, cream cheese enfolded in sticky rice and Nori, then covered in slivers of sweet ripe plantain. Enjoy these immaculate gourmet dishes served with a spectacular side of ocean and rainforest views.
Hours: 11 am - 7 pm Address: Arenas del Mar, Manuel Antonio Telephone: +506 2777-2777 www.arenasdelmar.com/ chighlights.html
Hours: 12:00 md - 10:00 pm Address: Hotel Parador Resort & Spa, Manuel Antonio, Punta Quepos. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: +506 2777-14 14 . Ext. 622. www.hotelparador.com
Marlin Restaurant The Marlin Restaurant in Manuel Antonio held happy hour during the one of the areas worst rainstorms thus becoming a favorite place for food, drinks, and socializing with the many people who embrace the phrase “Pura vida”. They feature an selection of fresh fish, steaks, chicken and pasta. Hours: 11:00 am - 05:00 pm Address: Manuel Antonio Telephone: +506 2777-1134 E-mail: email@example.com
Tipico Restaurants Local favorites in a casual atmosphere. The menu changes daily with everything made in house using only fresh, local food. A favorite of locals and visitors alike. Great service at a reasonable price. Great for a Costa Rican lunch. Hours: 6:00 am - 10:00 pm Address: Manuel Antonio Telephone: +506 2777 0933 http://www.facebook.com/ pages/Restaurante-Tipico-ManuelAntonio/203610513007497 24
Karolas Restaurant Karolas, the Los Altos restaurant and bar, is on the right side of the mountain. And by right, we clearly mean the most gorgeous and relaxing. Situated so as to capture a resplendent, commanding ocean view, our simple, yet stylish design offers patrons a full five sense dining experience. Open on all sides to the soothing presence of exotic flora and the lilting sounds of tropical wildlife, this is no ordinary restaurant. Our child-friendly, adult-sophisticated menu presents a flavorful combination of comidas tipicas (local meals) and an eclectic range of tropical inspired dishes and drinks. Hours: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm Address: Manuel Antonio Telephone: +506 2777-1557
Is Bali Calling You
ithin the gates of Tulemar Gardens lies a little piece of the South Pacific. Tucked among the native palms and arching papayas and perched on a hillside with panoramic ocean views of the Pacific Ocean is Casa de Frutas. While its bones are the native Costa Rican woods of teak, cedar, almond, and pochote, the finished product is pure Bali and every inch of its 4000 square feet is designed for outdoor living and entertaining. Dave Houck, the owner of Casa de Frutas, first came to Costa Rica in 1996 after selling a family business. “It was my first big adventure and I toured all through Costa Rica ending up in Manuel Antonio. I came back the next year and each time I returned I stayed longer and longer. Finally, it just made sense to have a permanent residence.” Originally, Casa de
to Manuel Antonio? Frutas was supposed to be a small beach house. Tulemar, a 33 acre gated and secure resort, was just converting from a hotel operation to a residential development, and Mr. Houck had the opportunity to be among the first to buy a lot there. “It was the perfect choice in Manuel Antonio.” He remembers, “amazing ocean views, dense jungle, lots of wildlife, hiking trails and a beautiful, tropical beach! Bali Modern architecture is perfectly adapted to Costa Rica because the climate of both countries is so similar. Large roofs shelter from the tropical sun and rain forest deluges and the open-air design invites cooling breezes. Entering Casa de Frutas is not so much like going inside as stepping into a tree house. Local woods provide warmth to walls, windows, cabinets and furnishings, all made right in Tulemar in a small
workshop by local craftsmen. The floors, although a custom concrete tile made in San Jose, look like slabs of a coral reef. It would be forgivable to overlook the living room located on the main level because of the breathtaking view of the canopy in the foreground and Tulemar beach in the foreground, but it is worth a second and even a third look for its unique art treasures and antiques brought back from several trips to Bali. “I went to Bali twice to experience the architecture, design and ambiance first hand,” Mr. Houck reminisces, “and returned with furniture, art, light fixtures and stone carvings plus hundreds of photos.” The Dining Room has equally spectacular ocean and jungle views and the large, handmade, teak dining room table, overhung with a Balinese chandelier, seats up to
10 guests. Burnt bamboo roll-up blinds can be lowered across the entire western exposure, but why would anyone want to? The chef’s kitchen at Casa de Frutas is fitted for multiple cooks or the services of a private chef. Anchored by a center island which seats 5 it is cooled by two ceiling fans and equipped with stainless steel appliances including a range of Italian manufacture. The private master suite completes the main level and like the other two bedroom suites is air conditioned. Flanked by its own terrace, the master bedroom has dramatic ocean views best seen from the vantage point of its King-sized bed. The master bath features a waterfall shower with an open view to the ocean. The view over the double vessel basins which rest on a granite-topped vanity is of the private patio and infinity-edged plunge pool. Although Casa de Frutas would make the ultimate retreat for a couple looking for luxury and privacy, it actually sleeps as many as 10 people, perfect for up to three couples or a large family. The garden level has two additional very private bedroom suites which include their own living and dining areas, kitchenettes, en suite baths with large dressing areas. Both guest suites are fully air conditioned and equipped with ceiling fans, two queen-sized beds and flat screen televisions. Each has a private patio with unobstructed views of the jungle and Pacific and outfitted with comfortable teak furniture.
support jungle-green cushionedtopped teak chaise lounges with ocean views and a large, Bali style pavilion. There is an outdoor waterfall shower and the entire patio is lit with Bali inspired basket lighting. Although Casa de Frutas is a world onto itself, Tulemar Gardens has its own private beach a short walk or van ride from the villa. While the van is available walking to the beach is almost as fun as being there. A stroll down the winding roads of Tulemar Gardens might be the opportunity to see a mother and her entourage of baby coatimundis passing right in front of you, a threetoed sloth slowly moving across a
tree branch or a troop of one of the three varieties of monkeys that call Tulemar home! And don’t overlook the many varieties of croton, hibiscus and cattleya orchids growing wild in Tulemar. “Casa de Frutas was supposed to be a vacation home,” Mr. Houck says, “but after ‘commuting’ for a year, I moved to Manuel Antonio full time. Then I would rent it for a week or so each year. It became such a popular destination that eventually I moved next door and made the villa as well as other larger, private villas in Tulemar available year round through my business, Tulemar Vacation Home Rentals and Sales – www.4tulemar.com
Casa de Frutas, a little piece of Bali in Manuel Antonio.
No walls obstruct the panoramic view of the Pacific across the entire western elevation of Casa de Frutas.
On the villa’s north side is the perfect tropic retreat, a shady, patio complete with an infinity edged plunge pool, a Bali-style pavilion perfect for reading, napping or watching the sunset. The cool creamy locally-made floor tiles Sunsets are better from the a Bali-style pavilion 33 complete with an infinity edged plunge pool.
Don’t worry about missing the game while on vacation, the Billfish Sportsbar provides satellite TV, tropical cocktails, good music and complimentary billiards tables. Monday night is Ladies’ Night with tantalizing grilled food and pool tournaments. This open-air venue is a favorite among fishermen because the chef is happy to grill whatever the “Catch of the Day” might be. Address: Manuel Antonio Telephone: (506) 2777-0411 Toll Free: 1-888-929-2567
Located just a few meters from the main beach at Manuel Antonio, the chic and super hip Liquid Lounge offers live performances, special events and theme parties. Live DJ spinning rock, pop, Top 40, and electronic. Address: Manuel Antonio Telephone: (506) 2777-5158 Tue. – Sun 4 pm – 2 am (closed Monday)
Perched at the top of the hill Casino Byblos offers everything from a friendly game of poker to Costa Rica’s own favorite card game “Tuti” as well as a selection of standard, digital slot and poker machines. Address: Manuel Antonio Telephone: (506) 2777-0411 Toll Free: 1-888-929-2567
Latino Bar Check out what’s going on in Manuel Antonio! From super fun daytime activities to crazy nightlife, check it all out in Manuel Antonio vacation living!
Located in the Hotel Casitas Eclipse on Gato Negro restaurant’s terrace with panoramic views of both the National Park’s forest and ocean, the Latino Bar is the perfect place to toast the sunset. At sunset enjoy two beverages for the price of one and a variety of music for all audiences. Address: Manuel Antonio Telephone: (506) 2777-1728 Open daily 4 pm – 7 pm
FOR SALE • FOR RENT
an ue l Antonio, located on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, is what most people are hoping to find when they think about purchasing a vacation home or a retirement home in Costa Rica. It has unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean and islands, gorgeous beaches, safe swimming, verdant rainforest alive with monkeys, sloths, and other fauna, a variety of
restaurants and shopping, and a host of activities, including world-class sportfishing, sailing, scuba diving, surfing, canopy tours, waterfalls, horseback riding, ATVs, parasailing. What more could someone desire. Perhaps the greatest attraction is Manuel Antonio is the national park, home is the famous ‘postcard image’ of Cathedral Point, where sheltered bays and idyllic beaches greet visitors daily. Manuel Antonio magazine is
pleased to highlight in each issue the area’s magnificent real estate opportunities. Each edition will feature one of Manuel Antonio’s best homes along with numerous “casas” currently available for sale or rent. Enjoy the view, and remember, it could be yours too. What better way to enjoy life than in your very own beach “villa”. Pura Vida.
Contact information RE/MAX Vida Realty Located second floor Barba Roja Restaurant www.vidarealtycr.com Pbx: (506) 2774-0287 (506) 8830-7477 (506) 8825-0434 (506) 8997-4129
Casa Montana • Manuel Antonio
Size: 4000 sq ft Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 4 Size of lot: 1.38 acres
Size of lot: 1633 m2
Price: $839,000 Architectural gem, perched on a mountaintop overlooking valley and mountains.
Villa Titi • Manuel Antonio
Price: $95,000 Great building lot is small gated community.
Size: 1000 sq ft Bedrooms: 2 Baths: 2 Condominium
Parrita Paradise • Parrita
Price: $579,000 Stylish and sexy, loft bedroom, expansive views.
Size: 3550 sq ft, plus 1325 sq ft guest house. Bedrooms: 5 plus 2 bedroom guest house. Baths: 4 plus 1 in guest house Size of lot: 10 acres
Turnkey organic farm, 2 beautiful homes. Amazing property.
One of a Kind • Manuel Antonio
Pura Paz • Manuel Antonio Size: 5000 sq ft Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 4 Size of lot: 1260 m2
Price: $2,195,000 Walk to 2 secluded beaches, unbelievable ocean views.
Vista Lago • Naranjito
Size: 1000 sq ft Bedrooms: 2 Baths: 2 Size of lot: 2000 m2
Size: 1614 sq ft Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2 Size of lot: 2 acres
Walk to secluded beach, small home plus room to build more.
Casa Fresca • Manuel Antonio Size: 3000 zsq ft Bedrooms: 2 Baths: 3 Size of lot: 2.65 acres
Price: $249,000 Jewel in the jungle, mediterranean style villa within resort property.
Canyon Verde #2 • Manuel Antonio
Comfortable family home, stocked lake, gated community, horses.
QUEPOS TO... Quepos to San Isidro
San Isidro to Quepos
Uvita to San José
San José to Uvita
Quepos to Uvita
Uvita to Quepos
Naranjito to Londres, Villa Nueva & Quepos
Quepos to Villa Nueva, Londres & Naranjito
Quepos to Puntarenas
Puntarenas to Quepos
Quepos to San José
San José to Quepos
C= colectivo 5 hrs D= directo 3.5 hrs
5:40 AM 6:40 AM
2:30 PM 4:00 PM
6:00 PM 10:15 PM
Not on Sunday To Sábalo & Londres, not Villa Nueva
Not on Sunday
SAN JOSE – QUEPOS
QUEPOS – SAN JOSE
PALMAR SUR – QUEPOS 131
QUEPOS – PALMAR SUR 130
PUERTO JIMENEZ – QUEPOS
QUEPOS – PUERTO JIMENEZ
ARENAL – QUEPOS 147
QUEPOS – ARENAL
DRAKE BAY – QUEPOS 128
TAMARINDO – QUEPOS 132
QUEPOS – LIBERIA 10:45
QUEPOS – TAMARINDO 132
NOSARA – QUEPOS 317
QUEPOS – GOLFITO
LIBERIA – QUEPOS 312
QUEPOS – DRAKE BAY
GOLFITO – QUEPOS NA
QUEPOS – NOSARA NA
BOCAS DEL TORO – QUEPOS
QUEPOS – BOCAS DEL TORO
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Policía de tránsito Transit accidents INS
Cruz roja/emergencia 2777-0116
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Manuel Antonio experience“Pura Vida”!
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