The big attractions to Manuel Antonio are its idyllic beaches, park, and scenery. Manuel Antonio's beaches have been rated among the best in the world. The Pacific Ocean water is very warm, clear and clean. Surf is usually very moderate, although as with all ocean beaches one must beware of rip currents.
The main beach is Playa Espadilla and it is the largest, several kilometers long. Playa Playita is at the far north end of the main beach. Other smaller more secluded beaches include Playa Beisant, Playa La Macha, Playa Vacas, and Playa Doctor's. In the National Park you will find Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Escondido.
During day trips from Manuel Antonio you can encounter many isolated beaches at Playa Matapalo, from Baru national Reserve to Dominical, and Playa Ballena near Uvita.