Costa Rica is a very popular travel destination for vacationers seeking adventure. Some come for the steamy tropical rainforests that cover this small Central American country. Others prefer the languid lifestyle along the county’s many scenic beaches.
Almost 2 million tourists visit Costa Rica every year with the majority coming from North America. If you plan to join these adventurers, you need to know what to do in one of the countries most popular cities, Manual Antonio.
Check out this list of fun things to do in Manual Antonio at night and start planning your trip to the golden coast of Central America.
The Top 9 Things to Do in Manual Antonio at Night
With the many fantastic day trips and other fun activities in Manuel Antonio, it’s hard to believe there’s so much to do at night as well. Here we highlight 9 of the best nighttime activities to help narrow down your choices.
Manuel Antonio’s Jungle Night Walk Tour
Looking for a once in a lifetime experience? Then you cannot miss taking a night walk through the jungle in Manuel Antonio at El Seibo Wildlife Refuge. A certified guide leads you through the tropical jungle introducing you to the inhabitants of the complex ecosystem.
Listen to the chorus of native frogs and birds while you meander through the creaking of trees and vines. The two and a half hour hiking tour is not physically challenging, so you can bring kids. Expect to pay about $50 for adults and $35 for children under 8 years old.
Night Boat Tour in the Mangroves
Another nighttime adventure you don’t want to miss is the night boat tour through the mangroves. Almost three-quarters of the wildlife in Costa Rica is nocturnal, meaning the animals become active at night instead of during the day.
When you explore this vital ecosystem at night you get to see many more animals than you would with the sun up. The tour lets you see bats, lizards, turtles, boa constrictors, crocodiles, anteaters, and more from the ultra-quiet boat. The night boat tour lasts 3 hours and costs about $70 per person.
Splurge on Dinner at Karolas Restaurant
Looking for a fine dining experience in the middle of Manuel Antonio? Be sure you call at least a day ahead to book a table at Karolas, our gourmet restaurant.
Karolas Restaurant sits atop our Los Altos Resort with open-air, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and rainforest surrounding the restaurant. The diverse menu includes a variety of local and international dishes along with vegetarian options.
Check Out Sunset from Balu’s Beach Bar
Costa Rica boasts nearly 1,000 miles of coastline with the majority on the Pacific side. So finding a comfortable place to watch the sunset does not take a lot of effort. However, if you prefer the bustle of a beach bar to a secluded hilltop spot, you can’t beat Balu’s Beach Bar.
The only restaurant on Espadilla Beach, Balu’s is an excellent choice for fresh, local seafood and a cocktail while you take in the dreamy sunset. Be sure you take advantage of their daily 2-4-1 drink offers.
Live Music and Local Flavor at El Patio de Café Milagro
Another hotspot featuring delicious local fare, El Patio de Café Milagro has more than earned its popularity. The café/bistro serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week with a focus on fresh flavors and seasonal produce.
Coffee lovers can try beans grown all over Costa Rica. Foodies will indulge in locally sourced proteins like beef steak and red snapper. Tourists can also enjoy live music from local artists every evening Monday through Saturday from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Get Your Sports Fix at Billfish
Do you miss cheering on your favorite sports team while you’re traveling?
Head over to Billfish Sports Bar and Lounge to watch games on their many televisions and get your sports fix. You can play pool, foosball, or with their life-sized Jenga set.
This open-air sports bar also has a dance hall where you can burn off those beers. Every night features a different special like Ladies Night on Monday and Friday and Karaoke on Tuesday and Saturday.
Bump Elbows with Local Expats in Dos Locos
Wonder what it would be like to pick up everything and move to Manuel Antonio? Many previous tourists have done just that. Dos Locos is the best place to bump elbows with local expats from all over the world.
Located in the center of Quepos, Dos Locos is a Mexican restaurant serving up a delicious all-day breakfast and cheap Imperial beers. Head over on Wednesday at 7:00 pm or Saturday at noon for live music or Thursday night for trivia.
Have a Drink at El Avion
Considered by many as one the most unique restaurants in Manual Antonio, El Avion centers around a 1954 Fairchild C-123 plane that runs through its middle. Supposedly, the U.S. government purchased the plane during the 1980s to give to the Nicaraguan Contras, but abandoned it there.
The sunset from El Avion and its many drink specials make up for the less than stellar food. Check out El Avion for a fun excursion before going somewhere else for dinner.
Go Dancing at Cuban Republik Disco Lounge
Finally, no trip to Manuel Antonio would be complete without at least one night spent dancing. Head on over to the very popular Cuban Republik Disco Lounge located in Quepos, adjacent to Manuel Antonio.
This prestigious discotheque has both bottle service and a special VIP section for those seeking an elevated night out. Expect to shake your hips to some electronic dance music as well as reggaeton.
Book an Unforgettable Getaway in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Does the thought of any of these fun things to do in Manuel Antonio at night have your adventure juices flowing? This lively city offers a little something for everyone whether you’re alone or with your family.
The most important thing is booking a great hotel for an unforgettable getaway in Manuel Antonio.
Look no further than the luxury, beachfront Los Altos Resort & Spa! The resort features a stunning private beach, sparkling infinity pool, and a connected network of hiking trails. Book a panoramic ocean view suite or a penthouse villa with a private rooftop jacuzzi to experience the best of Costa Rica on your trip!