Location and Climate

Location and Weather in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

Manuel Antonio is perched among the hills of Costa Rica’s central pacific region, receiving coastal breezes year round.  Still, Manuel Antonio is considered sub-tropical, and one can expect temperatures well into the high 80s during the day and in the 70s at night.  When compared to the regions of Guanacaste and the Central Valley, the humidity level is higher in Manual Antonio, making the temperature feel warmer than the thermometer suggests. 

Like most parts of Costa Rica, Manual Antonio experiences a dry season and a wet season.  The driest part of the year is December through April, and the wettest months are September and October.  Even though there are two seasons, Manual Antonio’s sub-tropical  climate is such that the town receives at least light rains nearly every day of the year.  

Manuel Antonio is accessible via highway from the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose. Although the roads are good, the drive is about three hours.  To avoid 105-mile drive, one can fly domestically to the Quepos Airport (XQP), which is less than 3 miles from Manuel Antonio.


The first international expats to settle in Manuel Antonio were of French and French Canadian descent. (Coincidentally, Manuel Antonio is currently the second largest French community in the country, with Ojochal being the first). Other Europeans and North Americans quickly followed, in search of an area with a favorable climate, beaches, and expansive views. Today, Manual Antonio’s residents are a mix of wealthy locals, expats, and investors, all seeking to profit from Manuel Antonio’s growth and booming tourism industry.


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