Arenas del Mar
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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.
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
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.Cheska Lowe
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.
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.
Location & Directions
Manuel Antonio, 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.
When to go
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.