Staying Near Manuel Antonio
The word "paradise" is often bandied about, but few other destinations on earth match the description more aptly than Manuel Antonio National Park. A protected area on Costa Rica's central Pacific coast, it is one of the most visited destinations in the country. It contains an ideal combination of rainforest and white-sand beaches that allow for wildlife spotting, snorkeling, river cruises, and lazing on the beach.
Travelers on their way to Manuel Antonio will no doubt arrive in the town of Quepos, the main hub and gateway to the park. While you can find many guesthouses and budget accommodations in town, we recommend staying at one of the eco-lodges and boutique hotels found closer to the park. We've narrowed down the list to feature those options with the best ambiance, accommodations, and comfort.
Once you've decided where you're going to stay, see our Ultimate Guide to Manuel Antonio for insider tips on how best to experience the park.
Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort
Almost all lodging options in and around Manuel Antonio refer to themselves as "resorts." And if any single option has earned that moniker, it's Arenas del Mar. Situated on its own private beach just a 13-minute walk to the park entrance, it features just 38 rooms, making this luxurious accommodation an intimate one as well. Most rooms contain sea views (and some offer both sea and rainforest views) and modern conveniences, including A/C. The suites sport outdoor jacuzzis and indoor tiled showers with rain shower heads. Their organic restaurant sources local ingredients like fresh fish, and it offers vegan and gluten-free options.
The hotel is a model of sustainability. Guests can partake in an "Easy Being Green" tour that showcases how the resort positively impacts its surroundings while supporting the local community. Yes, you're going to splurge here, but you're also going to be treated like royalty. Whether it's worth it is up to you.
Road to Arenas del Mar, Puntarenas Province, Manuel Antonio, 60601, Costa Rica
Gaia Hotel & Reserve
This metropolitan modernist dream looks like it would be more at home in Soho or Santa Monica—but Gaia works fine right where it is. Located in the forest on its own private nature reserve, it features 20 luxury suites and villas with stone showers and king beds covered with 500-thread count sheets. You can head to their La Luna restaurant for fine dining seafood like mahi-mahi and tuna, and they will accommodate dietary restrictions. There's also a terraced swimming pool that effortlessly merges romance, style, and functionality. Other features include a fitness center, spa, and swim-up bar. This hotel does not accommodate children.
Km. 2.7, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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La Mansion Inn
Intimate, luxurious, personal. These are the qualities that come to mind when considering a boutique hotel, and these are the qualities La Mansion Inn possesses. Situated on a hill overlooking jungle canopy and the Pacific, La Mansion may only have 24 rooms, but there is a bevy of room types on offer. The deluxe rooms feature king beds and minibars, the superior rooms have ocean views and jacuzzi tubs, the suites are spacious and have multiple rooms, and the presidential suite is fit not just for presidents but for royalty as well (the bathroom features 24-carat gold faucets). Their Improv Restaurant, with its bistro cuisine, might as well have been transplanted from the French Riviera, and there's even a Sky Lounge where guests can drink amid the stunning panorama of Manuel Antonio and the Pacific Ocean.
Quepos, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
La Mariposa Hotel
If 360° panoramic views are your thing, then La Mariposa is for you. It sits on the highest point in the region, so guests are treated to jaw-dropping vistas of rainforest jungle and the Pacific blue. Featuring 65 rooms, this is one of the larger hotels on our list—but they are indeed incredible rooms. Every class of accommodation here (save for the standard options) feature balconies looking out to the Pacific. There are even apartments with ocean views if you want to bring along the whole family. Guests can sip tropical cocktails by the pool or sample the fresh seafood at the open-air Le Papillon Restaurant. The hotel offers wedding and honeymoon packages, and to say the views would make for great matrimonial pictures would be an understatement.
Manuel Antonio beach, 60601, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Parador Resort and Spa
The Parador is another large hotel, but its location on a hill and its expansive grounds lend it an intimate feel. All of their 129 rooms feature modern amenities, like A/C and mini-fridges, and their premium rooms have private balconies with sea views. The suites have all of the above plus a private jacuzzi. The nice thing about Parador is that they offer a variety of package deals that make good use of their various services. You can choose a shorter romantic stay in a suite that includes a candlelit dinner, champagne and couples massage; there's the tropical adventure package that features a canopy tour, snorkeling, whitewater rafting, and more; then there's the eco-friendly package that includes nature tours, spa treatments, and a mangrove boating excursion.
Quepos, 6350, Costa Rica
Tulemar Bungalows and Villas
There might be no better place in Manuel Antonio in which to come and escape it all than Tulemar Bungalows and Villas. Not only do we love it, but in 2018 it earned a TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award as the number two best hotel in the world. That's right, the world. The hotel is set on 33 acres in the middle of the rainforest and is comprised of 34 luxurious bungalows and villas. Each accommodation is climate controlled, and many feature rain shower heads.
There are also 12 premium villas here, each with 320° views of the Pacific Ocean from their octagonal balconies. There's a millennium pool fronting the premium villas complete with waterfall and views overlooking the forest. Tulemar can arrange every adventure tour and excursion under the sun, from ATV rides to sport-fishing. They even rent an off-site beach villa on Playa Espadilla for those who want to stay closer to the waves.
Quepos, Costa Rica