Arenas del Mar

Manuel Antonio National Park, Manuel Antonio & Uvita, Costa Rica

At a Glance

  • One of the most comfortable hotels for exploring the Manuel Antonio National Park

  • Strong emphasis on eco-tourism

  • Set in an 11 acre private forest reserve and the only hotel in the area with direct beach access

  • Two swimming pools, a small spa and an intimate restaurant

  • Its setting is lovely - wild, tropical beaches and rocky outcrops backed by lush forest

  • There are a network of trails where you may see a variety of flora and fauna

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The summer season (November to April), also called the 'dry' season, doesn't necessarily mean no rain - but there should be less of it. The 'green' season (May to November) can still be a good time to visit- you can avoid the tourist bustle and lodging is slightly cheaper. During this time, however, rivers start to swell and dirt roads get muddy, making travel more challenging.

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Insider's View

Take a walk along the beach from the resort to the entrance to the Manuel Antonio National Park and get a “snow cone” (Granizado in Spanish) from the local vendor at the beach.

Be sure to take your breakfast outside by the pool to take in the gorgeous views of Manuel Antonio Park.

Go Sloth spotting in the trees around the hotel, they are often seen hanging out.

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The secluded beachfront eco resort of Arenas del Mar is located close to Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio National Park, home to wild, tropical beaches, unusual flora and fauna and rocky outcrops backed by lush forest.

Arenas del Mar has been built in harmony with the natural surroundings and has been awarded for its sustainability. The National Park consists of tropical jungles, rainforest, paradise–like beaches, mangroves, an estuary and a lagoon.

There are 38 guest rooms and suites, a casual beachfront café and a restaurant with spectacular views of the park as well as two swimming pools, a small Spa and a gift shop. The rooms have been elegantly decorated and feature some fantastic Coast Rican paintings by local artists to give an authentic feel.

The hotel is set in 11 acres of tropical rainforest and has private nature trails, which include a hanging bridge and access to two sand beaches. The hotel is the perfect base to explore the area around Manuel Antonio and Quepos on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Tours and activities offered include white water rafting, mangrove kayaking and boat tours, guided rainforest hikes, ocean kayaking, catch and release sport fishing, Canopy Tours, surfing at the nearby Espadillas Beach and horseback riding excursions. Restaurants and bars are within easy reach.

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Arenas del Mar features 38 guest rooms and suites. Rooms have been elegantly decorated and feature some fantastic Coast Rican paintings by local artists to give an authentic feel. Room amenities include king size beds and spacious bathrooms, and the resort's own organic soaps, lotions and shampoos. Every room also offers high speed internet, cable television, mini-bar, safe deposit box and coffee maker.


Manuel Antonio is Costa Rica’s most famous National Park and a great destination for families looking to experience the rainforest. Arenas Del Mar Beach & Nature Resort is the perfect place to enjoy a few days of adventure and fun, offering board games and boogie boards, delicious children’s menu options in both restaurants and tours & activities suitable for the whole family.


Facilities at Arenas del Mar include a restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, spa treatment rooms and Jacuzzi.


Arenas del Mar offers a long list of activities including birdwatching, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, and tours of the nearby Manuel Antonio national park.



Cheska Goodwin (Staff)

The Arenas del Mar hotel benefits from a very privileged location, perched atop the cliffs above the Manuel Antonio National Park, the most popular park in Costa Rica. It served us well as a base from which to explore the park, and with its proximity to the beaches, it was really well located. I found the staff to be uber friendly, with a 'nothing is too much trouble' attitude, happy to answer all our questions, and make reservations in the restaurant. My top tip would be to arrive at the park as soon as it opens, before the crowds and heat comes in, and try the octopus in the hotel restaurant, it was very tasty!



At Costa Rica's first and smallest national park, Manuel Antonio, cute sloths climb trees in slow motion and capuchin monkeys frolic through the rainforest canopy before your eyes. There are tree frogs, snakes and gorgeous beaches - and hordes of tourists. But secluded in its own forest reserve, on a stretch of perfect beach, Arenas del Mar is a blissful antidote. Sophisticated rooms with ocean views in intriguing buildings are designed to blend with the vegetation. Cuisine is top-notch Costa Rican style and the charming staff greet you like old friends.


Arenas del Mar, Costa Rica - Complimentary Nights

Book your stay at Arenas del Mar in 2021 and receive complimentary nights.

Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. Blackout dates apply. Please speak to one of our specialists for more information.

Book from 22 January 2021 to 20 December 2021
Travel from 22 January 2021 to 20 December 2021
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  • Coastal Kayaking & Snorkelling Manuel Antonio

    Experience one of Costa Rica’s most striking coastlines by open-seat ocean kayak. Paddle to Biezans Bay for a refreshing swim and snorkel or just relax and enjoy the tranquillity of a private white sand beach.

  • Damas Island & Mangrove Kayaking

    Explore the Damas mangrove ecosystem by kayak. Spend a few hours paddling as your highly trained, bilingual naturalist guides reveal the protected inland waterways of the Damas Estuary home to an array of flora and fauna.

  • Half Day Dive from Manuel Antonio

    Enjoy a half day dive along the Manuel Antonio coastline exploring the rich wildlife with a PADI professional. Please bring along your PADI certificates.

  • Manuel Antonio Catamaran Island Adventure

    Enjoy a sunset sail around the Manuel Antonio Marine Preserve and offshore islands. Look out for dolphins, whales, sea turtles and tropical birds. Stop for a leisurely swim at one of the white sand beaches, snorkel and savour a tasty lunch.

  • Manuel Antonio National Park

    Take a leisurely hike with an expert naturalist guide through one of Costa Rica's most stunning National Parks, Manuel Antonio, where tropical jungle meets picturesque white sand beaches.

    See how many different species of flora and fauna you can spot.

  • Quepos Private Bird watching Tour

    Surrounded by pristine forested mountains, the town of Villa Nueva is a haven for wildlife and is home to a wide variety of bird species. Explore the rainforest nearby on this nature walk and observe toucans, hummingbirds and a range of other birdlife.

  • Whale Watching in Marino Ballena

    Witness firsthand the astonishing abundance of marine life including humpback whales as you explore one of the most beautiful national parks in Costa Rica, Marino Ballena National Park, located near the village of Uvita on the Pacific Coast.

Holiday Ideas

  • Imagine Panama & Costa Rica

    Panama City, Boquete, Osa Peninsula, Manuel Antonio National Park

    from £5500 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights

    • Immerse yourself in the best of what these two contrasting but beautifully complementary countries have to offer.
    • Discover the vibrant metropolis of Panama City, a fascinating blend of colonial history and modern skyscrapers, best known for the great canal linking the Pacific and Caribbean, one of the great engineering feats of the 20th century.
    • Stay at secluded and comfortable lodges, whilst exploring some of the most biologically diverse places on earth with an abundance of wildlife, unique vegetation and stunning vistas. 
  • Ultimate Costa Rica

    Central Valley, Arenal, Osa Peninsula & Manuel Antonio

    from £7000 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights

    • Spot howler monkeys, sloths and brilliantly coloured birds in the jungles of the Golfo Dulce
    • Visit a secluded hideaway in Costa Rica’s lush Central Valley
    • Stay in effortly chic lodges that make for a memorable trip
  • Wild Costa Rica

    Central Valley, Tortuguero, Osa Peninsula & Manuel Antonio

    from £4700 pp inc flights & transfers for 10 nights

    • Get away from the crowds and off the beaten track on the wildlife-rich Osa Peninsula
    • Go looking for turtles, sloths, monkeys and frogs in the Tortuguero National Park
    • Offers a chance to nature-watch while at a beach retreat in the Manuel Antonio National Park

Location & directions

Manuel Antonio National Park, Manuel Antonio & Uvita, Costa Rica

Arenas del Mar is located on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica about 2 km. from the port of Quepos, in Manuel Antonio. The resort is situated on a cliff above Espadilla Beach and overlooks the Manuel Antonio National Park.

How to get there

12-hour international flight to San Jose International Airport. From San Jose it's a 40-minute light aircraft flight to Quepos and short car transfer to the hotel.

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