We stayed for one week in Manuel Antonio, a beautiful, but touristy town on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Located at the top of jungle covered hills, the town overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The stunning blue water beckoned with gently crashing waves, as little white-faced Capuchin monkeys traversed the coconut trees shading the white sandy beach.
Those monkeys. I loved Manuel Antonio for its abundant wildlife.
One afternoon, as we finished eating lunch at Café Milagro, a family of squirrel monkeys bounded into the branches of a giant mango tree hanging over the restaurant’s back patio. Their yellow fur stood out amongst the green leaves, but closely resembled the mangoes that they let crash to the floor. We moved closer to the tree, mindful of the falling mangoes, but eager to see the monkeys.
We stayed at Hostel Vista Serena, a family owned hostel, situated at the very top of the hill with gorgeous views of the ocean. From our deck we heard little gray and yellow birds chirping in the papaya trees and watched colorful toucans as they looked for bits of fruit to eat. A snack shack at the hostel served fresh juices and homemade burritos, perfect for lunch. Some days we felt there was no need to leave our position on the deck, soaking in the peace and beauty of our surroundings.
Even though most our dinners were made in the kitchen of our rented apartment, we decided that one night we would splurge at a nice restaurant. Walking along the main road through town we considered our many options before settling on Kapi Kapi. Dining in the candle lit environment was a welcome treat as I enjoyed every last bite of a Costa Rican zucchini stuffed with coconut rice, mangoes, and peppers. We rounded out dinner with a deliciously rich molten chocolate cake.
Manuel Antonio was a real treat and a beautifully relaxing place to spend our first week in Costa Rica.