Arenas Del Mar, on the edge of the Manuel Antonio National Park.
Arenas Del Mar, on the edge of the Manuel Antonio National Park.

Arenas del Mar Beach & Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio

It is rare in Costa Rica to find a hotel right by the beach, but this is one that is. Surrounded by rainforest, right at the edge of the Manuel Antonio National Park, Arenas del Mar provides 5* service in a stunning setting looking out on the ocean. A few steps and you are on the beach and wildlife is abundant, with guests often sighting sloths, monkeys, tucans and others from their balconies or around the resort. 

The team at the hotel are proud of their country and take pleasure in sharing it with their guests, whether that is in the delicious cuisine they serve in the restaurants or by their in-house naturalists introducing you to the amazing flora and fauna that is all around. They also take sustainability and conservation very seriously. They have turned their 11-acre grounds from a plantain farm into lush rainforest, creating a biological corridor for wildlife and connecting areas around the National Park. They buy local produce and employ local people as well as supporting local communities. There are no single-use plastics (in fact they have reused discarded farming plastic in their construction) and they have their own hydroponic vegetable garden.

This is a beautiful place to relax in but they also offer a range of family activities that will immerse you in this wonderful country - from surfing on the beach right by the hotel to taking a zipline through the rainforest, learning to make traditional food to taking a night walk in the rainforest - an amazing time to discover the wildlife of the rainforest as it 'wakes up'. 

This small hotel has only 37 rooms yet offers so much, it really is a fantastic choice for a family holiday in Costa Rica.

Location

There are direct flights to Costa Rica from London Gatwick and indirect flights from other UK airports. Direct flights are available to Liberia September-March or to San Jose December-March. Indirect flights are available year-round.

From Liberia, the transfer is 4 hours or from San Jose, 3 hours, or you can take a short internal flight from San Jose to Quepos Airstrip, from which it is a 15-minute drive to the hotel. 

Arenas del Mar Beach & Rainforest Resort

What to expect

Surf school
Rainforest
Wildlife
Family activities
Spa
Beside beach

Enquiries

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Childcare

At Arenas del Mar there is no formal childcare/kids' club but they offer a number of activities for children while their parents are nearby. These include things such as movie nights, tortilla making, bracelet making and more. 

Have fun learning some local craft skills.

Have fun learning some local craft skills.

Wildlife is abundant in the hotel's grounds - you never know who you will meet!

Wildlife is abundant in the hotel's grounds - you never know who you will meet!

Accommodation

All rooms are furnished in a simple style, creating an emphasis on the amazing rainforest and ocean views outside. The options for families include:

  • Interconnecting rooms - individual Ocean Breeze Superior and Garden Rooms sleep 2 with a kingsize bed and some can be interconnected.
  • 1-bedroom Ocean Breeze Suites  - sleeping 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children, these suites have a bedroom with kingsize bed plus a living room with daybed that can be a single bed or double children's bed. The suites also have a covered balcony with seating and hot tub.
  • 1-bedroom Premium Ocean View Suites - also sleeping 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children, these suites are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors, giving them the best views of the ocean and the rainforest.

All stays include breakfast. Half-board and full-board is also available.

Beach and pool towels are provided.

Total: 37 rooms and suites.

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Rooms and suites are located in low level buildings with amazing views.

Rooms and suites are located in low level buildings with amazing views.

Facilities

Facilities at Arenas del Mar include:

  • 2 pools, including an infinity pool
  • Access to Playitas and Espadille beaches
  • Hammocks, beach chairs and a circle swing by the pools or at the beach
  • Use of surfboards, boogie boards and beach toys
  • In-house naturalist guides
  • Spa
  • 2 restaurants 
  • 2 bars
  • Green-ride Service (electric transport around the resort)

Activities on offer at or from the hotel include (extra charge applies):

  • Surfing lessons
  • Yoga and exercise classes
  • Snorkelling
  • Paddleboarding
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing boat trip
  • Whalewatching
  • Rainforest tour (day or night)
  • Waterfall hike
  • Wildlife and birdwatching tours
  • Rainforest zipline and adventure park
  • Coasteering
  • River rafting
  • Mangrove and eco-farm tour
  • Farmers' market visit
  • Vanilla Spice Farm visit
Explore by foot, by zipline, by river raft - there is so much to discover.

Explore by foot, by zipline, by river raft - there is so much to discover.

Arenas del Mar is a wonderful place for a family holiday in Costa Rica.

Arenas del Mar is a wonderful place for a family holiday in Costa Rica.