Why buy real estate in Manuel Antonio?
Manuel Antonio is a special place in many ways. In terms of real estate it behaves like an island: To the north it is bounded by Quepos and the Pez Vela marina, to the east by a sprawling flood plain covered in African palm plantations, to the south by Manuel Antonio national park, and to the west by the Pacific ocean. There's one way in and one way out--through Quepos, and all roads lead to Costa Rica's most visited national park. There is a limited amount of land in Manuel Antonio, and much of it is protected.
Furthermore--search the coast at your leisure. There are many beach towns on the Pacific, and none has the perfect combination of elements that gives Manuel Antonio its unique appeal:
- Several gorgeous public beaches (for every taste...)
- A world-reknowned national park (more beaches!)
- A healthy rainforest rife with wildlife (three species of monkeys!)
- A new high-end marina (bringing in lots of investment to the area).
- A domestic airport (puddle jumpers only).
- Restaurants & Bars (Manuel Antonio is known for its gastronomy!)
- Quepos (convenient for supermarkets, banks, farmer's market, etc.)
- Access to activities in the Talamanca Mountains (rivers, waterfalls, etc.)
- Activities galore (everything from surfing to paddle boarding in the mangroves...).
Even within the unofficial borders of Manuel Antonio there is a wealth of activities and amenities, from some of the country's best restaurants to a handful of diverse beaches. The area thrives with tourism from December through April, and slows down for the 'green season', from May through November. For the locals, the best months to live here are during the green season.
Much has changed to make Manuel Antonio an attractive place for investment, also. Since 2000 the government created a new coastal highway and replaced several major bridges leading to the area. It also paved the road south of Manuel Antonio, creating a major thoroughfare for the coast. The Pez Vela Marina was built and began attracting more boats and investors to the area. Several major projects have been made to improve Quepos and Manuel Antonio, including replacing the bridge at the north entrance, creating a gorgeous waterfront boardwalk and parks, a new farmer's market, etc.
In short--Manuel Antonio, already a beacon of natural beauty, has become the Riviera of the Costa Rican Pacific coast. It has a promising future for real estate and investment--but is also simply a great place to live!