The beaches of Manuel Antonio aren't your typical beaches. They aren't full of sun bathers. volleyball courts, or snack vendors. They are natural looking, sometimes forest almost up to the water, and pristine.
Exploring these beaches give one the sense that they are discovering this place for the first time. The beaches almost seem a little wild. Although the wildness might might be attributed to the need to fend off noisy monkeys from curiously going through your pack. The beaches are the best for swimming as there is a hard break, but this makes it a good spot for surfing, just outside of the National Park.