Manuel Antonio Pacific beach

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After an exhilarating holiday zipping around Costa Rica's scenic and wildlife highlights, why not settle back on a golden beach on the country's Pacific coast?  At the Falls Resort you have the choice of simply relaxing or taking part in more active water sports or other land-based pursuits.We suggest you stay for four days to make the most of this idyllic setting.

Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the smallest but best regarded nature parks in Costa Rica. Its setting is lovely - wild, tropical beaches and rocky outcrops backed by rainforest. It has a network of trails where you may see a variety of reptiles, as well as monkey, sloth, armadillo, racoon and over 350 species of birds. Close by, Manuel Antonio beach is also one of the most popular in the country. Over 30 years ago, when we first went there, its pristine white sands were visited only by monkeys and backpackers. Now you'll find tourists from all over the world, especially the USA, but it is still a gorgeous place graced with exquisite natural beauty.

The Falls Resort is situated just a ten minute walk from the coast on a leafy hilltop. You can take the shuttle bus which transports visitors to the beach, the national park and Quepos, the little port a short distance away.  They encourage you to get away from it all here: there is no 'phone in the rooms and wifi is only available in reception and a couple of the deluxe suites. But if you need any information or excursions to be organised, the accommodating staff are only too eager to please. The gardens, overlooked by the guest rooms, are especially lovely, and attract all sorts of wildlife, including monkeys, agoutis and bats. There's a small pool, and a restaurant with decent meals at European prices.

4 days from £335pp