Where to stay when visiting award-winning Manuel Antonio Beach in Costa Rica.
Our preferred 6 luxury hotels, plus 7 travel tips.
Manuel Antonio National Park is known for its lush vegetation and diverse wildlife. The Trip Advisor’s award-winner beach itself features stunning golden-white sands and clear blue waters, surrounded by the exuberant rainforest, which is home to a variety of flora and fauna. White-faced monkeys, sloths, toucans, iguanas, and macaws are easy to spot throughout the park, making it a popular destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.
WHERE TO STAY
There are many great hotels in Manuel Antonio, depending on what type of experience you are looking for. Here are 6 of our preferred hotels in the area.
1. Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort
This fascinating barefoot luxury resort is located within an 11-acre private rainforest reserve, on a secluded beach, and surrounded by lush vegetation. Its 37 spacious and comfortably decorated rooms and suites, each with a private balcony or terrace, offer stunning views of the ocean and the jungle, where wildlife can be easily spotted. Two infinity pools, one beachfront and one hilltop, invite guests to quietly unwind and enjoy the sounds of nature. Local and international farm-to-table cuisine will delight the most discerning foodies at both its restaurants. One of the highlights of Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort is its commitment to sustainability and environmental conservation. The hotel has received several awards for its eco-friendly practices, including its use of solar power, rainwater harvesting systems, and composting. Family-friendly hotel.
2. Hotel Makanda by the Sea
This bohemian-chic and sophisticated hotel is perched on a hilltop, offering panoramic views of the ocean and the surrounding rainforest. Its 32 unique, stylish, and eclectic villas are all elegantly appointed for an unparalleled experience, each with a private balcony or terrace, and some of them with a private plunge pool. Either enjoying a deluxe tray floating breakfast at the infinity pool, or dining at its international restaurant, Makanda by the Sea will absolutely satisfy every gastronomic expectation. Besides the beautiful décor, one of the highlights of Makanda by the Sea is its secluded and peaceful location, which provides guests with a quiet and relaxing retreat away from the crowds of Manuel Antonio. The hotel's small and hidden beach offers guests a chance to enjoy the sun and the sea in a more private setting. Adults-only hotel.
3. Tulemar Resort
This lovely resort is nestled in a gated 33-acre private nature reserve property, overlooking the Manuel Antonio coastline. The hotel offers a wide variety of accommodations for every taste, including bungalows and lavish stand-alone villas. Its guests can enjoy the luxury and privacy of their very own villa along with the amenities of a high-end resort, including four swimming pools, two restaurants, a beach bar & grill, as well as a range of non-motorized activities, such as kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking. Since 2015, Tulemar Resort has partnered with The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica to protect sloths through research and education, reintroducing orphaned and hand-raised animals back to their habitat. One of the highlights of Tulemar Resort is its location surrounded by nature, beautiful tropical gardens, walking paths, bustling wildlife, the marvelous sloth conservation project, and its exclusive beach. Family-friendly hotel.
4. Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge
This charming hotel was designed with a distinct Costa Rican theme, featuring bright colors, lush tropical gardens, and unique local art and decor. Its 58 spacious and stylishly decorated rooms and suites have private balconies or terraces with magnificent views. Si Como No Resort offers a unique wildlife experience, with its own private refuge and protected animal sanctuary. Led by certified guides, guests will venture into the tropical rainforest for daylight or night-time wildlife sightings, including the spectacular Blue Morpho butterfly and its four stages of metamorphosis. Among the highlights of Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge is its commitment to sustainable tourism and environmental conservation. The hotel has implemented several eco-friendly practices, including solar power, water conservation, and recycling. Family-friendly hotel with an additional adults-only pool.
5. Los Altos Resort
Los Altos Resort is a luxury complex featuring 26 spacious suites, each with a state-of-the-art kitchen, a large living room, and a private balcony. The three-bedroom residences include their very own private elevator access. The resort offers a range of facilities for guests to enjoy, including a large infinity pool, two restaurants serving local and Thai cuisine, a poolside bar, a spa, and meeting space suitable for corporate events or reunions. One of the highlights of Los Altos Resort is that it offers the best of both worlds: a balance between the comfort and amenities of a resort, and the space and privacy of a vacation rental. Family-friendly hotel.
6. Parador Nature Resort and Spa
This splendid resort offers beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and is surrounded by lush tropical forests. The property has 130 elegantly decorated rooms, including suites, deluxe and premium rooms. It features three restaurants and bars, including a fine-dining restaurant, a poolside bar, and a sports bar. There are also two swimming pools, a fitness center, and a spa offering an array of treatments. The Ocean Vista pool & jacuzzi is exclusive for guests 18 and over staying at the Ocean Vista building. One of the highlights of Parador Nature Resort and Spa is that is a full-service resort affording a range of accommodation options to suit all needs, plus conference venues and private dining rooms suited for corporate retreats or incentive programs. Family-friendly hotel with an additional adults-only pool.
Plan ahead: Before traveling to Manuel Antonio, make sure to research the area and plan your itinerary. The national park can get crowded, so consider arriving early to avoid the crowds. Book accommodations and activities in advance, especially during peak season.
Pack accordingly: Costa Rica has a tropical climate, so pack light clothing and comfortable shoes suitable for hiking and walking on the beach. Don't forget to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and a hat.
Exchange currency: The official currency of Costa Rica is the colón, but US dollars are widely accepted in Manuel Antonio. It's a good idea to exchange some currency before traveling, or withdraw money from ATMs once you arrive.
Learn some Spanish: While many people in Manuel Antonio speak English, it's always helpful to know some Spanish phrases, especially if you plan to venture off the beaten path.
Embrace the local culture: Costa Rica is known for its laid-back and friendly culture. Be open to trying local cuisine, interacting with locals, and immersing yourself in the local culture.
Be mindful of the environment: Manuel Antonio is known for its pristine beaches and rich biodiversity. Respect the environment by not leaving trash behind, avoiding single-use plastics, and following park regulations.
Stay safe: Like any travel destination, it's important to stay aware of your surroundings and take necessary precautions. Avoid walking alone at night, secure your belongings, and be cautious of wildlife in the national park.
By following these tips, you can make the most of your trip to Manuel Antonio and have an enjoyable and memorable experience in Costa Rica.
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