Arenas del Mar Beach And Nature Resort

Last Inspected: November 2011

Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort is a unique hotel located within a short walking distance to the Manuel Antonio National ParkArenas del Mar is not your typical luxury resort but rather a diamond in the rough with comfortable suites with amazing views nestled in a very ecologically conscious resort setting.

If you love interaction with nature in a very comfortable, warm and cozy hotel setting, this is a great choice.

Arenas del Mar is the winner of numerous awards from Conde Naste Traveler, Forbes Traveler, Frommers, Fodor's, Traveler's Choice and more!

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Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort Information:

Arenas del Mar is located on the Central Pacific Coast region near Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park.  This is an award-winning world-class eco resort set on 11 acres with private trails and access to two beaches.  This hotel is a great choice for anyone wanting very good quality along with an intimate stay with Costa Rican nature.  As you walk the property you are surrounded by the sights and sounds of Costa Rica – the lush tropical vegetation, birds, animals, butterflies and the friendly resident iguanas.  From the pool, you’ll enjoy a short walk to the beach which leads to a great view of the Pacific.

Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort is located four hours from San Jose International Airport and five hours from Liberia, Guanacaste.

Arenas del Mar is dedicated to a sustainable future.  They are the first 100% sustainable project in Costa Rica with energy-efficient solar heating panels and water heaters.  The resort utilizes recycled building materials.  Rooms and the resort features natural linens and guests are shuttled around the resort in electric golf carts.  Of the 11 acres of property, the resort itself covers only a quarter of the land with the rest remaining a dedicated private nature reserve. In 2008, Arenas del Mar received 3 stars under the Ecological Blue Flag program – the highest ranking possible.

Arenas del Mar was chosen as 2010 Fodor’s Choice as the Best of the Best hotel experience in it’s price range in Costa Rica!

Arenas del Mar Hotel Information:

·      Breakfast plan included

·      Easy beach access

·      38 rooms

·      3 floors

·      7 buildings with 6 rooms

·      2 restaurants

·      2 bars

·      2 pools

·      Room service available

·      Spa

·      Gift Shop

·      Tour desk

·      Money exchange

·      Laundry/dry cleaning


La Brisas Spa

·      Open from 10 am to 6 pm daily

·      Massages include:

o   Swedish

o   Deep Tissue

o   Lymphatic Drainage

o   Basaltic Hot Stone

o   Nemo Massage (for kids)

o   Four Hand Massage

·      Wraps and Scrubs include:

o   Healing Aloe Wrap

o   Detoxifying Algae and Mud Wrap

o   Chocolate Wrap

o   Dead Sea Salt and Green Tea Scrub

o   Coconut Scrub Polish

o   Citrus Salt Scrub

o   Ylang Ylang Sugar Scrub

·      Facials include:

o   Basic Cleaning Facial

o   Caviar Facial

o   Collagen Veil Facial

o   Mini-Facial

·      Salon Services available:

o   Spa Manicure and Regular Manicure

o   Spa Pedicure and Regular Pedicure

o   Dipilatory Services


Arenas del Mar is situated on two beaches – Playa Espadillas and Playitas Beach. 

At Playa Espadillas which is on the south side of the property the jungle runs right down to the beach.  You will enjoy the sand beach with rocky outcroppings and warm tide pools.  This beach is over  a mile long and connects to Manuel Antonio National Park.  The resort offers transportation to the beach area by the National Park and resort guests can use the washrooms at the Welcome Pavilion which is close to the entrance.

Playitas Beach is a cozy beach on the north side of the grounds which ends at Punta Quepos.  This beach area is often an area for clothing-optional sunbathing.  It is not in accordance with Costa Rican law to be nude or topless but this area of the beach is often where people go for privacy or to be “au natural”. 

You will find a number of activities including white-water rafting, mangrove kayak and boat tours, guided rainforest hikes, ocean kayaking, sport fishing, canopy tours and horseback riding.  The resort activity desk can help with any arrangements you need. 

On-Site Guided Tours: (some fees may apply)

Manuel Antonio National Park Tour – enjoy white sand beaches, clear blue water and an abundance of birds and wildlife. A guide points out the park’s distinctive plant and animal life including 109 mammal species (including 3 types of monkeys) and 184 species of birds.

Private Manuel Antonio National Park Tour – enjoy a hike and guided private tour at your own pace and with the one-to-one attention of your guide.

Bird Watching Tour – with over 865 species of birds you just need to step into the rainforest to begin sighting them. You’ll see other wildlife as well making this a great short trek to get to know the nature around you.

Rainforest Hawk’s Trail – this tour was designed for families with children of all ages to enjoy the grounds of Arenas del Mar and at a pace set by the members of the hike.  Enjoy learning about the rainforest all around you!

Tortillas at Petatillo – a tour which gives you an authentic Tico experience.  The walk takes you around the property behind the scenes to Petatillo, the home of many of the staff members.  You’ll learn about Cost Rican Customs as you see your hosts making tortillas the old fashioned way!

Easy Being Green Tour – Learn about history, nature and green practices with a behind the scenes trip .  You will see a native plant nursery and butterfly farm, you’ll see how organic wastes are utilized in the vermiculture and compost area.  You’ll learn recycling programs used at the hotel.  It’s a unique behind the scenes experience you’ll experience nowhere else!

Hanging Bridges and Waterfalls – this tour is a hike with nature in the Rainmaker Reserve. Follow handrails and footpaths along the observation platform and you’ll see and experience waterfalls and see the rainforest close up. Walk the Canopy Bridge which is an impressive combination of 6 suspension bridges and enjoy a dip in a waterfall!