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How to get from Tamarindo to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

A visit to the Manuel Antonio national park is a must during your visit to Costa Rica. Check out our guide for the best options to travel from Tamarindo to Manuel Antonio.

The Manuel Antonio national park is one of the most biodiverse places on earth and a popular tourist destination in Costa Rica.

While you can explore the park on your own, we highly recommend joining a tour for the best experience. For our untrained eyes, it is really difficult to spot birds, sloths, toucans, and other wildlife.

Furthermore, your guide will tell you many interesting stories and facts about the national park.

Tip: You can make a reservation for the Manuel Antonio National Park Tour online in advance.

Check our guide for the best options to travel from Tamarindo to Manuel Antonio.

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How far is Manuel Antonio from Tamarindo?

The distance from Tamarindo to Manuel Antonio is 188 miles or 302 kilometres.

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The main transportation options to get from Tamarindo to Manuel Antonio are:

  • Private transfer from Tamarindo to Manuel Antonio
  • Public bus
  • Shared Shuttle
  • Rental Car
  • Taxi

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Tamarindo To Manuel Antonio

Getting to Manuel Antonio from Tamarindo

1. Private transfer from Tamarindo to Manuel Antonio

Journey Duration: 6 hours

The most convenient and fastest way to travel to Manuel Antonio from Tamarindo is by private transfer.

The driver will pick you up at your prefered time at your hotel and will drop you off right in front of your accommodation in Manuel Antonio.

We recommend this travel option, especially for families and groups.

A private transfer to Manuel Antonio for up to nine people costs USD 405. Depending on the size of your travel group, the costs per person are very similar to a shared shuttle.

The advantages of taking a private transfer are:

  • You are independant from fixed bus or shuttle departure times
  • You can take more luggage (as long as t fits in the car)
  • You can make stops along the way
  • More privacy!

2. Public Bus

Journey Duration: 10+ hours

There is no direct public bus from Tamarindo to Manuel Antonio. If you still want to travel by bus, you can choose between two routes.

One makes a stop in Terminal 7-10 in San Jose where you can change to the bus to Quepos. The second route stops in Liberia and Puntarenas.

As both options take more than ten hours, we recommend choosing one of the other travel options.

How To Get From Tamarindo To Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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3. Shared Van Shuttle

Tico Paradise offers a daily shared shuttle to Manuel Antonio. Their vehicles are equipped with air-conditioning and wifi on board.

The driver will pick you up at your hotel in Tamarindo and drop you off at your accommodation in Manuel Antonio.

The price for a one-way ticket starts at USD 10.

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How To Get To Manuel Antonio

4. Driving with Rental Car

Journey Duration: 6 hours

It is also possible to drive to Manuel Antonio with a rental car since the distance between Tamarindo and Manuel Antonio is only 188 miles or 302 kilometers.

You can stop for lunch, visit places along the way, and do not have to worry about luggage restrictions.

5. Uber or Taxi

Journey Duration: 6 hours

You can also take a taxi from Tamarindo to Manuel Antonio. Make sure; however, to agree on a fixed price before getting in the taxi.

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Manuel Antonio from Tamarindo?

The distance from Tamarindo to Manuel Antonio is 188 miles or 302 kilometres.

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