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
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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.
To start planning your vacation to Arenas del Mar
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.
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.
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.
Highlights of Costa Rica
Central Valley, Arenal, Osa Peninsula & Manuel Antonio
from $6000 pp 11 nights
- Combine rainforest, volcanoes and beaches as you explore the highlights of this diverse country
- Go sloth searching in Manuel Antonio National Park
- Enjoy adrenaline-fuelled adventures in the shadow of the Arenal volcano
Panama & Costa Rica Wildlife Adventure
Panama City, Boquete, Golfo Dulce, Manuel Antonio
from $6200 pp 12 nights
- Discover the engineering feat that is the Panama Canal
- Enjoy great walks in the Panamanian highlands, filled with coffee estates, volcanoes and rainforest
- Sample sancocho or ceviche in one of Panama's many up-and-coming gourmet restaurants
Wild Costa Rica
Central Valley, Tortuguero, Corcovado & Manuel Antonio
from $5200 pp 10 nights
- Get away from the crowds and off the beaten track in wildlife-rich Corcovado
- 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.