Taste, Enjoy, Eat

Arenas Del Mar is known for a lot of things, and outstanding food is absolutely one of them. With

Sustainability
We strive to achieve sustainability in every part of our business practices, and that absolutely includes the way we provide food to our guests. Starting with sourcing as much of our food as possible from local and organic growers, we create delicious and fresh meals from the best ingredients. We also have a hydroponic garden which provides many of the greens found on our menus. The beef found on our menus is all grass-fed, and all the seafood is responsibly farmed or caught. We even serve only South American wines, with a special emphasis on those that are organic or biodynamic.

Chefs

Venues

El Mirador Restaurant

El Mirador Bar

Playitas Restaurant and Bar

Services

Room Service

Private Romantic Dinner

Events

At Arenas Del Mar we are committed to delivering innovative, nutritious, culturally inspired cuisine, and we have run a number of events highlighting

Our Backyard is a National Park

Yep, you read that right.

Arenas Del Mar is located at the foot of the rainforest and the shores of the pacific. With the 682 hectare Manuel Antonio National Park making up our backyard, guests experience unparalleled ecological tours, all at the convenience of having the site of exploration seconds from their jungle bungalow.

View of Arenas del Mar from the ocean

Looking back at Arenas del Mar from the ocean off the Manuel Antonio coastline.

Manuel Antonio National Park provides hundreds of species with a home. With the main habitats being primary forest, secondary forest, mangrove swamps, lagoons and beach vegetation, the variance in this national park is astounding. There are 12 small isles found just off the shores, which are also beautiful spots to explore.

Tiger heron at Arenas del Mar in Manuel Antonio, Costa RicaThe park officially opened in 1972, when the people of Costa Rica decided that this delicate and precious bio-diverse area needed to be protected for future generations to enjoy. And despite it being the nation’s smallest national park, it consistently is the subject of much study, tourism and interest.

Squirrel monkeys have lots to eat in green season.

Squirrel monkeys have lots to eat in green season.

Some of the wildlife in this park is incredibly rare, showcasing the need for this protected land. Patrons will see everything from iguanas and sloths to squirrel monkeys and crabs. In addition to the impressive fauna that populates the park, there is also some magnificent flora too. Enjoy a guided tour, and learn about how the greenery of the rainforest provides many animals with nourishment and all the animals with a home.

Fiery billed Aracari at Arenas del Mar in Manuel Antonio

Music and Dancing!

Costa Rica, like many Latin American countries, is known for dancing. Maybe there is something in the food, but people here definitely know how to shake it! Costa Rica has a rich traditional music scene, complemented by a fun-loving an welcoming population.

Guests take part in a song with a calypso bandSoca, salsa, merengue and cumbia are among the most popular dancing styles, each of which is distinct, with its own proper music accompaniment. Interestingly, there is evidence of significant African influence, especially in a percussion rhythm called sinkit.

When it comes to the traditional music of Costa Rica the marimba, like many other central American nations, is a key instrument. The folk music in Costa Rica isn’t the most popular (rock and pop seem to often win out), but it is respected and cherished by most.

Salsa dancing at Arenas del MarAt Arenas Del Mar we love to get our guests up dancing, and often bring in live music from the local community to play. This is a really fun and memorable way to learn about the culture of a new place.

Arenas del Mar celebrates Independence Day with Guests

We have a lot of fun here!

Ultimately, all the best music in the world shares something, and that is the ability to get people up on their feet and dancing to the music. We don’t mind how it comes, as long as it makes us want to dance!

 

Sustainable, Educational and Beautiful

Arenas Del Mar is a beach resort in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. But more than that, Arenas Del Mar is an innovative sustainable industry leader, a living classroom with rainforests and waters to explore, and of course, a gorgeous place to spend a vacation.

The beautiful beach of Manuel Antonio

The beautiful beach of Manuel Antonio

Sustainability at Arenas Del Mar
As one of the top eco-resorts in Costa Rica, we take a lot of pride in our eco-friendly and sustainable practices, adhering to rigorous standards in environmental stewardship and social responsibility. With environmental issues gathering concern worldwide it is integral that businesses take responsibility for their practices and impact, always aiming to improve and reduce, and at Arenas Del Mar we’re doing our part by being completely carbon neutral! With a water management and conservation system as well as waste management and biodiversity conservation programs, we are always excited to talk about how we manage our luxury hotel in a sustainable way.

Compost bins used at Arenas Del Mar

The compost bins at Arenas Del Mar

Education at Arenas Del Mar
Costa Rica is an ecological paradise! With more than 500,000 species on just over 50,000 km² of land, visitors feel like they’re in a open air zoo with all sorts of animals always playing nearby. With educational tours of our property, the surrounding wilderness and the larger region ranging from birdwatching and surfing to learning to make tortillas and going on nighttime nature walks, guests leave with an enriched understanding of our exotic ecosystems. We also love to teach any willing guests a little spanish during their stay!

Iguanas and people alike enjoy the great climate provided at Manuel Antonio

The weather in Manuel Antonio is perfect for taking in the sun

Beauty at Arenas Del Mar
The scenery, with rolling green hills, sandy warm beaches and rustic communities, is really stunning. But it isn’t just what you see that is beautiful in Costa Rica, it is what you feel. Life in this part of the world moves at a different pace, and that is reflected through the people you’ll meet and the places you’ll go. People take more time to appreciate their surrounding environment, and its role in their sustenance and way of life. We love welcoming guests to Costa Rica and teaching them all about Pura Vida!

Magic hour from the Balcony at Arenas Del Mar

Magic hour from the Balcony at Arenas Del Mar

Rooms fit for a King… or Queen!

Outstanding views of Manuel Antonio National Park and the pacific ocean from your private deck. Beautiful sounds of the vibrant rainforest and the mystifying pacific ocean. The smell of sweet tropical air perfumed by the gorgeous vegetation and immense biodiversity of the region. The views, sounds and smells of Costa Rica welcome you.

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 1.02.27 PMYes, the wilderness here is magical but, we think, our rooms are pretty awesome too. How does a king size bed with 400-thread count organic cotton linens sound? Add air conditioning, ceiling fans, spacious bathrooms, complimentary wifi, cable TV, coffee maker and local organic beans, mini bar and daily maid service, and now we’re talking!

Ocean Breeze SuiteThese are just a few of the things and services that will welcome you to each of our 38 rooms at Arenas Del Mar. That being said, we don’t rely on fancy amenities alone, we are committed to ensuring that you receive top class service during your stay, as well. With many employees at the ready to bring you anything you need we like to think we’re doing a good job meeting that aim.

AmentitiesSo enjoy the afternoon in your room on the patio, and if you start feeling a little peckish but you don’t want to leave your little sanctuary, just call down for a little room service!

ArenasDelMar-ViewsAll that to say, our rooms are amazing. However, we only put so much attention into our rooms because we want to ensure you have wonderful restful sleeps, so that you can spend the days exploring the beautiful Costa Rican wilderness with us! Check out our rates here.

5 Awesome Tours

At the shore of the pacific ocean and the foot of the tropical rainforest, Arenas Del Mar offers some magnificent tours for each guest to get an authentic, adventuresome and impressive sample of Costa Rica and her natural wonders.

With tours to cater to everyone, from the nature enthusiasts and aspiring chefs to the birders and environmentalists, we can’t emphasize enough how much there is to do here!

Fiery billed Aracari at Arenas del Mar in Manuel AntonioHere are a few of our favorite tours:

Our hydroponic garden where we grow some of our ingredients!

Our hydroponic garden where we grow some of our ingredients!

Easy Being Green
Location: On-Property
Duration: 1.5 Hours
This tour is great to squeeze into an afternoon of suntanning, reading, swimming and relaxing at the resort, taking you around the property and giving you the low down on how we run this awesome eco-friendly hotel. From our native plant nursery and hydroponic vegetable gardens to the water saving systems in place, we are working towards a greener world each day, being an industry leader in developing sustainable travel.

Making tortillas

Making tortillas from scratch

Tortilla Making
Location: On-Property
Duration: 1.5 Hours
Returning home from your travels with a key chain that says “Costa Rica” or “Amanda” is fun, but very conventional… Instead, return home with a new understanding of traditional Costa Rican cuisine, and the know-how to make tortillas from scratch at home! We offer this tour because it is a beautiful way to teach visitors about our culture, our history and our food.

Sunrise at Arenas del Mar in Manuel AntonioNight Walk Nature Reserve
Location: Off-Property (10 Minutes Away)
Duration: 2.5 Hours
Walk through the jungle with a guided tour, under the cover of darkness, and bear witness to the exciting nocturnal life. You will see frogs, snakes, spiders, opossums and owls, among many more creatures, and your guide will be able to tell you about each of them and how they fit into the jungle ecosystem. So, this is your chance to see all those animals that make the rainforest a bustling spot, even in the wee hours of the night, while you’re asleep and cozy in your bed!

IMG_1267Surf Lessons
Location: Off-Property (15 Minutes Away)
Duration: 3 Hours
A trip to Costa Rica is definitely not complete without a little ride on the salty and refreshing waves! Not only is it an awesome way to get some exercise, but it allows you to see the country from a new perspective and uncovers the way of life that we so cherish here, Pura Vida. Plus, you can get a good, even tan while you’re at it. We encourage all skill levels and ages to try it, and with many beaches of varying intensity, there is a great spot for each surfer.

White Faced MonkeyDamas Island Mangrove
Location: Off-Property (30 Minutes Away)
Duration: Half Day
Kayak or boat through one of the most important ecosystems in the world, the Mangrove Forest. Learn about the extraordinary and complex means by which a habitat achieves balance, as well as the efforts by many to maintain that balance in this exceptional ecosystem. This protected inland waterway lives up to all the tales of adventure, with wildlife sightings all along the way.

 

Interested in seeing some more of the awesome tours you can do while here in Costa Rica? Check out the list on our website!

Five for Four

Stay five nights, pay for four!

With our summer green season promotion on from June 16-August 24, there is still time, and space, to book! The promotion allows guests to stay five nights, only paying for four, so we have put together a possible itinerary for these magnificent five days. With an outstanding number of things to do, this is only a sampling of all the possibilities at Arenas Del Mar and in Manuel Antonio!

Day 1

  • Surfing lessons – Head out first thing in the morning, and catch some serious waves all before lunchtime. Being one of the top countries in the America’s for surfing, a trip to Costa Rica is not complete without an attempt to ride the waves.
  • Play and relax poolside – With two chlorine-free pools on our property (one beside Playita’s beach and the other by El Mirador restaurant), dedicating some serious time for playing in, and lounging around, the pools, is very key!
  • Sunset horseback riding – Bring your first day to a close with a beautiful walk along the beach, on horseback. This is a lovely way to see the long, white sand beaches, while also enjoying the sensational Costa Rica sunset.
The beautiful beach of Manuel Antonio

The beautiful beach of Manuel Antonio

Day 2

  • Fresh local coffee – Get a fantastic start to the day with a hot cup of coffee. Grown and harvested in Costa Rica you can feel really really good about each sip.
  • Damas Island Magrove – Explore this beautiful island ecosystem by kayak or motor boat. See the stunning wildlife and greenery of the mangroves, while learning about the history of the area and the contemporary issues facing its inhabitants. White faced monkeys, herons, snakes, crocodiles and iguanas are just a few of the members of the animal kingdom you’ll see on this adventure!
  • Easy Being Green tour – Witness the eco-friendly inerds of our luxury lodge. Native plant nursery, hydroponic vegetable garden, compost area, energy saving processes, water and waste management and conservation are just a bunch of the things we do to reduce our impact on the precious environment that surrounds us.
Our hydroponic garden where we grow some of our ingredients!

Our hydroponic garden where we grow some of our ingredients!

Day 3

  • Check out the Tiendita – In spanish this means little shop, and this on-site little shop is dedicated to promoting and showcasing the works of local designers. Often utilizing recycled materials, these creations are one-of-a-kind and beautifully crafted.
  • Manuel Antonio National Park – This tour is a must. The park is one of the best in Costa Rica and all of the Americas, and with numerous trails taking you through the rainforest and onto pristine white sand beaches, what you see will be unforgettable. Tropical butterflies, birds, monkeys, snakes, iguanas, sloths, orchids and more bring the park to life. Take the tour privately or in a group, and tailor it to suit your abilities and interests.
  • Tortilla making class – Tortillas are a staple in the Costa Rican diet, and learning to make these simple and versatile breads is a wonderful way to learn about the local culture, and bring something home with you that is lasting and intangible.
Squirrel monkeys have lots to eat in green season.

Squirrel monkeys have lots to eat in green season.

Day 4

  • Hanging bridges and waterfalls tour – Anyone interested in nature or hiking must do this tour. It is a beautiful and unique way to see the flora and fawna of the lively rainforest. With a plethora of species, observing the wildlife is a highlight, but so is the dip you get to take in one of the waterfalls at the end!
  • Treatment at Las Brisas Spa – Massages, facials, wraps, scrubs, pedicures and manicures all available at our onsite spa. This is the perfect way to end a day, and with our final booking available for 7:00 you can wind-down from an adventuresome day with this luxury.
  • Eat at El Mirador Restaurant – Our onsite restaurant is a fabulous and convenient option. With a full menu, always being added to and revamped, you won’t get bored! Open air and fitted with a few to astonish any guest, enjoy complementary breakfasts here, as well as freshly caught fish for dinner!
A massage on the beach!

A massage on the beach!

Day 5

  • Spices, garden and flavors tour – Experience the sights, tastes and aromas of tropical spices, essential oil plants, sustainable farming practices, spice drying and packaging. From vanilla, cinnamon and cocoa to black pepper, allspice and a variety of exotic fruits, essential oils and medicinal plants, you will seriously expand your knowledge and understanding of spices.
  • Cocktail at El Mirador – On your last day, if you haven’t done this already, this is a must. Our onsite bar El Mirador throws together any tropical cocktail you desire, all with fresh and local ingredients.
  • Night walk – this is an awesome way to complete your five day trip at Arenas Del Mar. Explore the rainforest at night with the help of our experienced tour guides. While we’re sleeping the rainforest astoundingly active with all types of nocturnal creatures, and this is the perfect way to witness that!
Monkey business drink at Arenas del Mar

Monkey business drink at El Mirador

Well, we hope that got you excited for the trip to Arenas Del Mar you’re going to book!

Mini Dinosaur or Iguana?

You decide! These reptiles appear to have many characteristics of those huge reptiles that roamed the earth some 250 million years ago… and yes, we’re talking dinosaurs. The iguana is a reptile native to Mexico, Central America, several islands in Polynesia and the Caribbean, but can be found in the wild in California, Florida and Hawaii (primarily because they have escaped captivity or have been purposely released by an owner).

This exotic reptile has made cameos in popular culture on a number of occasions, with Godzilla being inspired by iguanas and there even being a villain named Iguana (who surprisingly looked like a giant iguana…) in a Spider Man cartoon! However, much more importantly, the iguana is fascinating and beautiful creature to observe and learn about!

Three black spiny-tailed iguanas in the wild

Three black spiney-tailed iguanas

Being diurnal, these guys are active during the day, and sleep during the night, just like humans. When Iguanas wake in the morning, they search for a sunny spot to lay in for a while, to warm up, and then begin foraging for food. Being strict herbivores their diet consists of leaves, flowers, soft fruits and young plant shoots. Once they have eaten they will once again find a ray of sun and lay down, allowing their food to digest. Later into the evening, they find a nice spot to go to sleep, and by sundown, they’re zonked out. Sounds pretty good, huh?

Iguanas have great vision, capable of see shapes, shadows, colors and things far away. Young iguanas are the victim of many prey in the environment, but once reaching adulthood, iguanas can live for 10-15+ years!

Green iguana baby at Arenas del Mar, Manuel Antonio

Green iguana baby

The Iguana Iguana, or the green iguana is well known for its calm disposition and bright coloring. This iguana is also the most common species found as a pet.

While the green and black iguana species’ are safe, some of their relatives are not. That is why coming to a place like Arenas Del Mar is such an invaluable experience. Not only will you see incredible wildlife, but you will do it in an eco-friendly way. You will learn about each animal, how they fit into the animal kingdom, and if they are plentiful or few and far between.

These reptiles can be seen on our Manuel Antonio National Park Group/Private Tours, the Night Walk Nature Reserve, or the Hanging Bridges and Waterfall Tour! And of course, they sometimes make an appearance on the property!

We Go Wild for Wildlife at Arenas Del Mar

Situated on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, overlooking Manuel Antonio National Park, our property is the best place to go if you’re looking for wildlife!

With Costa Rica occupying 0.3% of the worlds surface, but holding 5% of its biodiversity, the quantity and variety of creatures to see here is astonishing. Here are some commonly sighted animals!

Sloth
These mammals often get a bad wrap for their slow pace of life… but we’re here to tell you there’s a lot more to them than just being slow! Firstly, sloths tongues can extend as long as 12 inches, making them very useful for gathering the staples in their diet (leaves and insects). They also have evolved incredibly well to suit their environment, developing long limbs and sharp claws to facilitate hanging from trees, which is how they spend most of their time. Beyond that, they spend much of the day sleeping and being super cute!

Brown toed tree sloth chews on a leaf

Owl Butterfly
The owl butterfly gets its name for the beautiful spots on its wings. These spots emulate the eyes of a much larger creature, possibly an owl. The spots confuse predators, and thus protect this beautiful insect from being eaten! The main predators of this butterfly are lizards and frogs, of which there are plenty in our rainforests.

Owl butterfly in Costa RicaBottle Nose Dolphin
This is the most common and well-known member of the dolphin family. Found typically in pods of anywhere from 10-30 animals, they are highly social animals. Dolphins find their prey using echolocation, which is similar to sonar! Bottle nose dolphins have been examined extensively for their intelligence, and have been found to be highly advanced in many areas. This unfortunately often makes them often the object of captivity, as they can learn to do many entertaining feats and tricks.

Bottlenose Dolphin jumping through the water

 

With so much to offer for flora and fauna, this is just a tiny sampling! Come to Costa Rica to see the rest.

FIFA World Cup Costa Rica! 

Today, employees and guests alike gathered around the projector in our Playitas restaurant to watch Costa Rica’s final soccer game, this time against England, before we advance into the octavo de finales, or the next round of 16 teams competing for their spots in the quarterfinals.

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

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

The guaranteed opportunity to move up to the next round combined with a final score of 0-0 demonstrates unparalleled achievement in Costa Rican history. Costa Rica hasn’t been in the octavo de finales since playing Italy in 1990, and so of course, the whole hotel – and the whole country – has been buzzing for weeks now about Costa Rica’s performance in the World Cup so far.

For the guests, this means celebrating like a Tico for a day: Guests enjoy painting their faces with the Costa Rican flag, and spend their days relaxing by the beach enjoying lunch while cheering their current “home” team to victory. These past weeks have served as wonderful opportunities to learn – many guests from the United States, where soccer is not as popular, converse with their waiters to better understand the game and learn key fútbol terminology. (Want to brush up on your World Cup terms? Check out this cheeky but helpful article from the Washington Post!)

A couple of our guests getting into the tico spirit.

A couple of our guests getting into the tico spirit.

And for those employed here at Arenas del Mar, the World Cup serves as a joyous and exciting opportunity to celebrate our country and pass that enthusiasm along to our guests. While many government organizations cease to function during game days (Tico’s are serious about their soccer!), here at Arenas del Mar we prefer to share the experience with everyone staying here on property. From our Playitas restaurant to the Reception area bar, you won’t find a single television on site that isn’t tuned in to the game (even when Costa Rica isn’t playing).

Getting painted up for the game!

Getting painted up for the game!

It has just been announced that Costa Rica will be playing against Greece for the next round this upcoming Sunday. Stay tuned, and cheer along with us here at Arenas del Mar as we prepare to celebrate our next victory.

 

“Olé, olé olé olé, Tico’s, Tico’s!”