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.


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.



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

Taste, Enjoy, Eat

Arenas Del Mar is known for a lot of things, and outstanding food is absolutely one of them. With an immense amount of work and attention going into the food that our guests enjoy, we are proud to boast about our delicious culinary offerings.

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.



El Mirador Restaurant

El Mirador Bar

Playitas Restaurant and Bar


Room Service

Private Romantic Dinner


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!