End of the green season, bring on the sea breeze!

Ocean Breeze

 

 

 

 

 

The green season in Costa Rica runs from May through November and this is when we expect most of the rains that keep our forests alive and green. However, in not more than two weeks, this season will be over and we will be entering our “Dry Season”. This period from November to May is when most of our guests arrive, wanting to escape the cold winters of North America and Europe, so it is good to make a reservation a few months in advance.

Costa Rica’s dry season is perfect for guests to book and stay at our Ocean Breeze suites which  face the Pacific Ocean, with views through the rain forest of our boutique resort in Costa Rica. Enjoy warm ocean breezes from your private deck with views. Our ten Ocean Breeze Suites are located on the first, second and third floors.

Our Ocean Breeze Suites have:

  • 330-square foot deck facing the Pacific Ocean with views through the rainforest
  • Private tiled hot tub and lounge chairs on the covered deck
  • 155-square foot bedroom
  • Spacious living area (some with full-sized pull out sofa bed for two small children or one adult)
  • Kitchenette with dining table and small refrigerator
  • Bathroom with tiled shower (some Ocean Breeze suites have two bathrooms)
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Accommodates up to three adults (most have a king-sized bed + full-sized pull out bed)
  • Recommended for those who want lots of time to relax in the comfort of your room facing the Pacific Ocean.

Arenas del Mar has something just perfect for every season and these suites are our recommendation for the upcoming months.

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More Wildlife at Arenas del Mar: Coatimundis

Continuing on with our wildlife profiles today we talk about a distinct inhabitant of Manuel Antonio and neighbor to Arenas del Mar: The Coatimundi.

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This cute mammal makes its home of the lowland rainforest that surrounds arenas del mar and is one of Costa Rica’s 200 mammal species. The Caotimundi,  is sometimes mistaken for a raccoon as it is similar in size and appearance. Coati fur is typically reddish-brown to dark brown in color. Their heads are long and slender with a pointed snout well-adapted to rooting in the ground for insects.

Coatimundis are diurnal, meaning they are usually most active during the day and seek the refuge of trees at night. You can find them during one of our Manuel Antonio National Park’s group tours.A wildlife guide from Arenas del Mar will help you spot them and avoid confusions. This tour is a daily activity at our resort, and on it our experienced tour guide will teach you not only about the Coati, but also about the park’s distinctive plant life and point out some of the resident fauna, which include 109 mammal species, including 3 species of monkeys, three-toed sloth, and more than 300 species of birds.

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Seabass Ceviche

One of the many pleasures at  Arenas del Mar is to enjoy the delicious food prepared and served at El Mirador Restaurant.

Chef prepares fish in Arena Del Mar kitchen

Preparing a ceviche

El Mirador is famous for creating beautiful dishes from local ingredients, here you will  start your day with our complimentary breakfast comprising fresh fruits, homemade granola, warm muffins and breads, eggs, pancakes and, of course, Costa Rican coffee roasted to perfection. Our dinner menu includes highlights such as locally caught fish and other delicacies at this authentic full-service Costa Rican restaurant. One of our most popular dishes is the Seabass Ceviche.

The ingredients to Gallo Pinto in small individual bowls

Fresh ingredients

 

Many guests leave wanting to take our Chef home.This is why, in the interest of your palate, we will give you a simple recipe to make your own Ceviche at home, just to hold you up until you come to Arenas del Mar.

Ingredients:
1 pound of raw corvina (white sea bass or other firm white fish), cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 cup fresh lime juice (enough juice to completely cover and “cook” the fish)
2 medium red bell peppers, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 large handful of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 cup of club soda
salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a large glass bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and allow the fish to “cook” in the marinade for at least 30 minutes. Tastes best after at least 6-8 hours; phenomenally good on the second day.

2. Serve with on a bed of lettuce with sliced avocado, bell pepper strips, cucumber slices, and, if you like to, a splash of Lizano Sauce.

 

 

The best activites to do while in Manuel Antonio

Some of the top attractions in Costa Rica are located right here in Manuel Antonio. Located just 132 km from San Jose, Manuel Antonio is easily accessible after an international flight.

There are many reasons why Manuel Antonio is a treasured area of Costa Rica. Here are some of the great things you can do while visiting us.

  1. Go on a tour of Manuel Antonio National Park.The park has a huge amount of land and marine biodiversity with beautiful coral reefs.

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    There’s so much to see in the national park!

  2. Hang out on the beach! The long Manuel Antonio beach makes the perfect spot to setup for the day and take in the sun.

    Sometimes you've got the whole beach to yourself!

    Sometimes you’ve got the whole beach to yourself!

  3. Go wildlife viewing or bird watching. With so much biodiversity there is a lot to see. Make sure you meet with one of our guides to get the most out of this experience.

    Nature viewing with the whole family in Costa Rica

    Some of the experts are young

  4. Go surfing! Just down the steps from Arenas Del Mar you can rent a surfboard and learn how to catch some waves! There’s also boogie boards available to rent or you can even body surf.

    Boogie boarding

    Boogie boarding

  5. Look at the forest from the top down… on a zipline! One of the most popular attractions is the amazing ziplining through the rainforest.

    Ziplining through the rainforest with Arenas Del Mar

    Ziplining through the rainforest with Arenas Del Mar

Arenas Del Mar WildLife: Sloths

Brown toed tree sloth chews on a leafCosta Rica’s rain forest is know for it’s biodiversity and beauty, with several species sharing a relatively small space. Among the animals that call Arenas Del Mar and the Manuel Antonio reserve in Costa Rica home are the two and three toed sloths.

These cute, peaceful, and slow moving animals make their home all over the rainforest of Costa Rica, they are arboreal, medium sized mammals and they eat buds, tender leaves and shoots.

Sloths are not aggressive animals and they also serve as hosts for other species like beetles, moths, cockroaches and ciliates.

Back in prehistoric times there used to be  Ground sloths the size of elephants! However, today they are all extinct and only arboreal sloths survive in Central and South America.

In the past Sloths have been endangered due to habitat destruction. However, Costa Rica makes a great and sustained effort in protecting this species and thanks to the measures taken by the Costa Rica government and private reserves like the Arenas Del Mar their numbers have climbed over the last few years.

You can spot this funny and peaceful animals during your stay at Arenas Del Mar or in our Manuel Antonio National Park Group or Private Tours.3 toed Sloth at Arenas del Mar, Manuel Antonio

Arenas Del Mar an “Intelligent Resort”

Arenas Del Mar is privileged because of its location and elegant facilities but mostly because of our staff.

Staff members at Arenas Del Mar showing their Costa Rica pride.

Staff members at Arenas Del Mar showing their Costa Rica pride.

Arenas Del Mar focuses on making every one of our guest’s experience unique and to do this we are committed to understanding every single guest’s preferences and vacation goals. To be able to achieve this goal we depend on our staff. Arenas Del Mar is an intelligent hotel because it uses the most powerful computer on the face of the earth: The human brain.

From our front desk staff to our managers, cleaning and maintenance crews you will find a special interest in finding out what makes you comfortable at the hotel and what engages you while outside our walls. There are several experiences available in Manuel Antonio and we will make sure we fit you with the right one for you and your party.

This approach also applies to our chefs and dining staff. We will make sure we know what you love to eat and what you don’t like so much or if you have any food allergies and, of course, provide you with options. We are here for you, and this simple idea is what makes Arenas Del Mar an “Intelligent Resort”

Chef prepares fish in Arena Del Mar kitchen

Preparing a ceviche

Arenas Del Mar Youtube

One of the most popular ways for future guests to research our property is through Youtube. It used to be Google and TripAdvisor were the only places but video just makes so much sense! Getting to see a video of the property you are visiting takes any guess work out of your trip planning and lets you put yourself right into the action.

We’ve got a channel on Youtube and we will be updating it with videos that we make of our guests, staff and activities and we will also be sharing and commenting on some of our guest’s’ videos as well.

Touring Around the Rain Forest

Howler monkey at Arenas del Mar Reserve, Manuel Antonio

As we know, Arenas del Mar is located in the Manuel Antonio region of Costa Rica home to some of the most spectacular rainforests in the world. Touring around in the rainforest in the Manuel Antonio ecological reserve with the most experienced guides you can find in Costa Rica is certainly an adventure to treasure forever and not something everyone gets to do.

Now imagine doing it in a kayak. Yes, Imagine going through the Manuel Antonio reserve with its 109 different mammal species and over 300 species of birds in your own kayak following an experienced guide through a calm river that will take you to and through the Damas Island Mangrove.

The Mangrove Forest is a singular ecosystem that only exists in a few places around the world, and Costa Rica has gone through great efforts to conserve it. The trip will take you right through the heart of the jungle to spots you cannot normally reach by foot.

White Faced Capuchin monkeys are common in this area so expect to see this fun primates quite a bit while you are paddling.

This is only one more of the many exciting tours available at Arenas del Mar, but quite an exciting one at that.

DOLPHINS!!

A tour among the most intelligent mammals in the seas.

We have all heard about and seen Dolphins live or on a screen and we can all agree on how beautiful and intriguing these sea mammals are. It is said their cognitive capacities are comparable to those of humans and some biologists think that they might even have a higher social intelligence.

Bottlenose Dolphin jumping through the water

The interest that Dolphins generates in us and their social and amicable personalities unite to create the perfect tourist attraction. There are several places in the world where you can enter a pool and swim among them while they perform and entertain you.

You will not find this pool at Arenas del Mar. We take a different approach towards nature and its beauty. Instead, during our Whale and Sight Seeing Tour along the Pacific Coast.Sunset in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

We will take you to the dolphins and whales that make these coasts their home. Our goal with this tours is to and let you appreciate these creatures in full splendor in their natural habitat. Whales (Humpbacks and Pilot Whales) can be seen here from November to march and from July to September, while the dolphins are around all year.

 

This is a unique experience that will bring you and your family as close to these animals as you can get in their natural habitat.

 

 

Arts and Crafts at Arenas del Mar

At Arenas del Mar it is very important to give back to a community that has done so much to preserve the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio while also creating a sustainable source of income for Costa Rica.

This is why at Arenas del Mar not only do we hire the best talent you can find locally but  we also try to preserve the culture of this particular region by shedding light on its cuisine, art and traditions.

You can find different crafts made in Manuel Antonio by local artists all throughout the hotel and if you wonder into our gift shop. Ocean Breeze Suite

This outlet provides an extra source of income for those residents in the area that are not directly involved with guest services in the Arenas del Mar and make a living exploiting their creative abilities and expert hands.

Costa Rica’s crafts are colorful and made with care. Among the crafts you can expect to find in Manuel Antonio are: pottery, woodwork adorned with different types of local seeds, bead necklaces, decorative pieces made from sea shells and other sea materials.

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Make sure to check these out and take a few back home, they will brighten any room and it helps the local communities.