Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort
What We Love
- The magical combination of beach and rain forest
- Popular with both honeymooners and families
- Ocean breeze–paired treatments at Las Brisas Wellness Center
- Sunset cocktails at El Mirador Bar—try the famous tico sours
- Long strolls along the white sand Espadilla and Playitas beaches
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- It’s a three-hour drive from San Jose
- Monkeys and raccoons regularly raid the decks
- The resort’s concrete buildings aren’t the most stylish
- Rainy season is from May to November, but showers typically happen at night
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Down-to-earth eco-chic comes standard at this 11-acre rain-forest-and-beach resort with a conscience. A go-to hideaway for adventure-seeking, luxury-loving travelers, Arenas del Mar harmoniously mixes creature comforts with authentic experience, without disturbing its pristine Pacific coast location. The setting is one of the resort’s greatest assets, and each of the 38 rooms and suites has a spectacular view of either the rain forest or one of two white sand beaches on the Pacific. Adding to the mix are perks such as high-speed Internet, flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers and organic toiletries in the spacious marble and mosaic bathrooms. The real showstoppers, however, are the inviting private decks. For the best views—and wraparound terraces with private hot tubs—choose the beautiful Ocean Breeze Suites. Foodwise, it’s a feast. Arenas del Mar showcases local specialties with a seasonal twist, as well as standard international fare—mango strudel with ice cream, perhaps? The Mirador restaurant fittingly features plenty of fresh fish and, with a lofty position above Espadilla Beach, provides a spectacular spot for watching the sunset. There’s a more casual café next to Playitas Beach that serves breakfast and lunch and organic, shade-grown coffee from Finca Rosa Blanca, Arena del Mar’s sister property. After a day of outdoor pursuits (take your pick from kayaking, ziplining, whitewater rafting and more), unwind with an algae and clay wrap or a cappuccino scrub at Las Brisas Wellness Center. Or, for a different sort of wellness, take the Easy Being Green tour with the resort’s sustainability coordinator, who will explain the resort’s environmental program and its commitment to the local community.
In the Area
Take in Manuel Antonio National Park’s sparkling white sand beaches, clear waters, coastal rain forest and mangrove swamp, all filled with abundant wildlife: 109 mammal species and 184 types of bird. With more than 856 species of bird, Costa Rica is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Head out early in the morning with a naturalist guide and spot tanagers, euphonias, flycatchers, robins, woodpeckers and myriad other exotic birds. Be gutsy and head out into the nature reserve surrounding Arenas del Mar at night. You might spot snakes, spiders, opossums and owls – a one-of-a-kind chance to experience the thrill of seeing nocturnal wildlife in its natural habitat. The resort offers one of Costa Rica’s coolest boat trips; marvel at islands with jagged rock formations, towering cliffs and nesting grounds that are home to 16 species of marine bird. The cruise is best at sunset, when the sky turns multihued. Fly through the very top of the rain forest canopy on a ziplining tour, filled with animal sightings. Don’t miss the Tarzan Swing!
How to Get There
This is one of the best hotels we have stayed in. The staff, food and room, if you can call it that was simply the best. Our ‘room’ comprised of a living/kitchen area, bedroom bathroom and an outside area with a jacuzzi bath. We were in block 7 overlooking the pool, beach and beach bar.....super, listening to the sea at night, very soothing. To get to breakfast or need to get anywhere on the hotel complex you just have to phone for a buggy which takes nano seconds to get to you! If we were to go back to Costa Rica, we would definitely stay at this hotel again.
We had a wonderful experience. The resort is beautiful and elegant. The staff could not be nicer or more helpful. Lots to do and see. We took the tour to the National Park in Manuel Antonio with Mauricio, and came back with fabulous photos of sloths, howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, basilisks, macaws.... Highly recommend this place.
Will be checking out tomorrow. Hotel exceeds all expectations. Service is spectacular, staff is amazing, room accommodations are beautiful, food is so good we stayed here all three days for meals. Has beach access, beach is beautiful. Did a tour of the park with the hotel staff Esteban who was amazingly knowledgeable, got us National Geographic style photos. He is the best tour guide and has an eye for finding anything. You won’t be disappointed.
This place pays attention to every detail. It is ultra luxurious at standard US prices. The beach is well kept and staffed, the restaurant served the best meals of our entire trip, and the rooms are appointed with top notch amenities. And it is the most environmentally friendly hotel you’ll find in the area.
From arrival to departure our every need was met with pleasant attentiveness. Cool wet towels and a refreshing cold drink greeted us at the front gate. We were driven everywhere by a team of golf cart drivers. So many of the staff seemed proud of the fact that they worked at this amazing place and this was reflected in their demeanor and service attitude.
Here’s a list of some perks:
* Suite-sized rooms with an expansive ocean view balcony with a jacuzzi on the balcony
* Free international phone calls
* Free mini bar
* Free breakfast
* Free fresh tropical fruit all over the hotel
* Free beach services - chair, towels, attendants (we rented our surf boards for a nominal fee)
We will absolutely stay here again and seek out the sister hotels of the Cayuga Group that stretch across Central America. This place is great for families, couples and groups.
We stayed 2 nights at this resort. Staff very friendly as always in Costa Rica. The service with the golf cart was very good. We had twice diner with them and for my wife it was the best of our 2 week holidays. In my opinion the rooms could be refreshed a little bit. The location on the top of the cliffs with the views are unbeatable!!!