The popular tourist beach of Playa Espadilla has soft sands that stretch for a mile along the coast of the Manuel Antonio National Park. It is the closest beach to Manuel Antonio village, and you will find many people relaxing under umbrellas next to the emerald green waters.
There are quite often waves at Playa Espadilla, but as it is a little more sheltered than neigboring beaches these are usually smaller. This makes it a great place to learn to surf and you can rent surfboards on the beach. In the daytime, there are lifeguards at this beach, but if you swim it is important to pay attention to the strong currents.
Playa Espadilla is situated next to the entrance to the Manuel Antonio National Park, and this is a fantastic place for hiking and exploring nature. There are plenty of other land-based activities on and around the beach here too; You can also go horseback riding nearby, or go on a fishing boat. You can tour the town of Miguel Antonio on an ATV or try whitewater rafting nearby.
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