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
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- 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
What a place, the hotel is in such a beautiful position, on one of the most perfect beaches we have been to and within walking distance of Manuel Antonio NP. We saw some great wildlife in the grounds of the hotel, including a sloth in a tree above our heads as we were sunbathing. The main restaurant was unfortunately closed while we were there for repairs, but the beach side restaurant was fantastic and it was great to have breakfast on the beach. Our room was large, with a huge on suite and we had a nice Jacuzzi on the terrace. All the staff were very friendly and helpful, as were all the Costa Rican people we met!
The entire resort is like something from a movie! It’s gorgeous. The view from the reception area is crazy. We stayed in the ocean view superior suite 702-B. Amazing views, monkeys, birds, ocean breeze, free mini bar/fridge. The food was nothing to write home about but the service made up for that. Everyone treated us with the upmost care and respect. Pricey but worth it.
We finished a 3 week tour of Costa Rica with 4 nights in this hotel with the intention of relaxing and unwinding after a fairly hectic schedule going around the country
We couldn’t have been more pleased we had an ocean view room with balcony
The hotels private beach was a short walk away and the food in he restaurant was excellent
Our stay nicely rounded off an excellent holiday
Stayed at the Arenas Del Mar Beachfront hotel in August 2018 with wife and two children in tow.
The hotel is located approximately 3.5 hours from San Jose.
This is a truly exceptional hotel, located along windy roads which lead into the rainforest and has lots of wildlife to see.
There are two small(ish) pools one which is located near the reception and one further away. That said, the sea water was cool and refreshing although the waves and currents were stronger than you would have hoped for. Kids should not venture too far in. If you walk along the beach there are some good rock formations which are fun exploring.
Restaurant food was fresh and always served with a smile, hotel drinks were a bit expensive although free beers are included as part of the minibar.
Kids had a great time and the National Park is within walking distance albeit 30 minutes or so of walking will be needed.
Would definitely stay at this hotel again!
I’ve just spent one night with my wife and daughter, it was hard to leave. Ocean front suite with jacuzzi is just as good as it gets. Food is great, location is great, beach is great, ocean view is great, but nothing like the vibe and aura of the staff, they make you feel better than home, their hospitality is just superb!