Luksea Travel Diaries #1
In February 2020, just before the Covid-19 lockdowns in Australia, this Luksea adventurer was lucky enough to travel to Costa Rica’s most visited beach, Manuel Antonio. The six-month post-travel itch has well and truly set in and, as all signs point to continuing travel restrictions, we wanted to share why you should definitely have this gorgeous location on your bucket-list!
Manuel Antonio Beach is one of the most visited beaches in Costa Rica. Don’t believe me? Just search the location on Instagram and see the tagged photos for yourself. Fair warning, the images of the sparkling Pacific Ocean waters, immaculate white sandy beaches, hidden waterfalls, tropical plants, wildlife, and tourists drinking out of coconuts may be a bit much for some viewers! (Especially Victorians in lock down, right now – we are thinking of you. Stay strong!) Not too rub salt in open wounds but, the average water temperature in February was 29.2°C/84.6°F- absolutely heavenly!
The beach is located inside the Manuel Antonio National Park, on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast. The small, but nevertheless extremely popular, park has strict wildlife preservation policies. Your bags are searched upon entry, as all type of packaged foods are banned. There are even quotas for the amount of visitors allowed inside each day, in order to keep the impact on the environment as low as possible. This gets a big thumbs up from Luksea!
The park’s roughly 680 hectares with hiking trails, which take you from the coastline up into the mountains. After hours searching for sloths, we only saw the faint outline of one high up in the top canopy, and the closest we came to them was at the hotel gift shop. Next time, I will definitely take binoculars.