Manzanillo Costa Rica – A Relaxed Caribbean Village
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Manzanillo Costa Rica is located on the Caribbean Coast, south of Puerto Viejo and just north of the Panama border. This relaxed fishing village, with an Afro Caribbean culture, is home to a beautiful white sand beach and the Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. 

Why Visit Manzanillo?

The laid back beach village of Manzanillo is a great place to visit while traveling in Costa Rica for a peaceful atmosphere. Although this is a small village, there are plenty of fun Manzanillo attractions. Plus, the weather tends to be decent here almost all-year-round!

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Things to Do in Manzanillo

Enjoy a Beach Day

Playa Manzanillo is the perfect place to spend a day relaxing and swimming. Just keep in mind that this area is considered a national park and there are somewhat strict regulations. Try not to damage any nature or take any shells.


Go Diving or Snorkeling

This area is great for exploring coral reefs. This can be done on a diving or snorkel tour. 

Try Surfing

If you have always wanted to try surfing, Manzanillo is the perfect place for it. Manzanillo surf is great for beginners who want to take a lesson, but experienced surfers will enjoy this area as well.

For a variety of surf shops and lessons, head just north of Manzanillo to Punta Uva. 


Hike in the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge

The Manzanillo national park is the perfect place for a day hike on your own or with a guide. A guide is always a good idea for seeing lots of amazing wildlife that you probably would not spot on your own. We suggest hiking out to Punta Mona for the best views. 


For more fun activity ideas check out our most popular day tours in the area. We are happy to help you set up day tours that you will love. 

How to Get to Manzanillo

There are multiple options for getting to Manzanillo. The best mode of transportation depends on your travel style, budget, and where you are coming from.

Coming from San Jose

If coming from San Jose, we suggest flying to Limon and taking a private shuttle down to Manzanillo, or taking a shuttle all the way to Manzanillo.


The flight to Limon leaves from the domestic terminal next to the main airport (Juan Santamaria International Airport) in San Jose. Once arriving in Limon, the private shuttle will pick you up and drive you about 1.5 hours down to Manzanillo.


If you opt to take a shuttle from San Jose to Manzanillo, the shuttle can pick you up at your hotel or from the airport in San Jose. The shuttles are comfortable and although there may be traffic, at least you can relax during the drive. This drive usually takes about 5 hours.


Coming from Panama

The Panama border is just south of Manzanillo. If coming from Bocas del Toro Panama, it is possible to arrange transportation which includes the boat, border crossing, and shuttle ride to Playa Manzanillo, Costa Rica.


No matter which transportation you choose, we are happy to arrange it for you! Contact us at: 

Or give us a call at: (305) 846-8417 (US & Canada) or +506 2756-8118 (from in Costa Rica)


How to Get Around in Manzanillo

The beautiful beach village of Manzanillo is small and can easily be explored by foot or by bicycle. This area is generally safe to walk around during the day. 

Manzanillo Accommodations & Restaurants

Because this is a small village there are not many restaurants or hotels. However, we are very familiar with the area and are happy to recommend some great restaurants and to help you book your hotel. 

Just get in contact with us and we will help you out!

The Best Time to Visit Manzanillo

The best time to visit Manzanillo is between February and April as well as between September October. The typical weather during those months is dry and hot. 

However, it is difficult to predict the weather forecast for Manzanillo. This area typically does not get too much rainfall throughout the year, and fortunately, when it does rain it is typically in the evening. 

Hopefully, you will get lucky and the Playa Manzanillo, Costa Rica weather will be just perfect for your trip!


Manzanillo Travel Tips

-There are no banks or ATM’s in town. For an ATM, head to Puerto Viejo north of Manzanillo. Most places do accept credit cards, but it is always a good idea to have some cash as well.

-Manzanillo is a great spot to stay before heading down to Panama or on your way up from Panama. 

-Manzanillo is the perfect place to stay for a relaxed trip with plenty of things to still do nearby. If you would like to stay in a place with more restaurants, stores, and nightlife, we suggest staying north of Manzanillo in Puerto Viejo. 


Are you ready to pack your bags for Manzanillo beach in Costa Rica? Don’t hesitate to contact us here at Caribe Fun Tours. We are happy to assist you in planning the perfect trip! 

We can set up transportation, fun activities, amazing accommodations, and more!


Email us at:

Or give us a call at: (305) 846-8417 (US & Canada) or +506 2756-8118 (from in Costa Rica)

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