Manuel Antonio is internationally recognized for its lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and abundant wildlife. I visited for the first time in 2012 and immediately fell in love with the town. To help you plan the perfect getaway, we’ve curated a list of the best hotels in Manuel Antonio. Each offers stellar experiences and amenities catering to various travel preferences.
Anna at “El Escondite” in Tulemar
The Tulemar Resort is nestled within 33 acres of lush rainforest. It’s a luxurious retreat that combines the best of both worlds, offering a mix of hotel rooms and privately owned vacation rental units. The resort’s bungalows, casitas, and villas are designed to blend seamlessly with their surroundings while providing guests with modern amenities and the utmost comfort.
We recently stayed in the new El Escondite villa with other family, and it was surreal how beautiful it was. When it’s just me and Anna, we love our little Mini Suite because we don’t need much space.
One of the standout features of Tulemar Resort is its on-site sloth sanctuary. Guests can observe these captivating creatures up close and learn about the resort’s commitment to conservation. Costa Rica has no private beaches, but Tulemar has private access to a remote beach. There are three swimming pools and an on-site restaurant that cater to various tastes.
With a dedicated concierge (thanks Chris!) to help plan activities and excursions, guests at Tulemar Resort can experience the best that Manuel Antonio offers. Enjoy guided tours of the national park, thrilling zipline, and river rafting adventures. We recommend Amigos Del Rio for an awesome river rafting tour. Check availability for Tulemar here.
Tulemar’s resident sloths!
Arenas Del Mar Resort
Arenas Del Mar is a luxurious eco-resort that embodies sustainable tourism without sacrificing comfort and elegance. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the resort features spacious, well-appointed rooms and suites, many of which offer stunning ocean views. It’s the most expensive option looking at the per-person cost. We stayed here in the pandemic using our Chase credit card points, but normally it would be out of our budget.
One of the highlights of Arenas Del Mar is its private beach access, allowing guests to enjoy the pristine sands and warm waters without the crowds. The resort also offers a variety of spa services, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring Manuel Antonio National Park.
Food lovers will delight in the resort’s exceptional restaurant, which showcases locally-sourced ingredients and Costa Rican flavors. Sustainability is at the heart of Arenas Del Mar, and the resort has been awarded the highest rating for sustainable tourism by the Costa Rican Tourism Board. Check availability for Arenas Del Mar here.
It’s hard to beat this view
Hotel Si Como No
Hotel Si Como No is a stunning eco-lodge that seamlessly blends environmentalism, exceptional design, and barefoot elegance. Set amid the verdant rainforest, the hotel offers a range of accommodation options, from comfortable standard rooms to luxurious suites with private balconies and ocean views.
At Hotel Si Como No, guests can immerse themselves in the beauty of the surrounding rainforest while enjoying a range of on-site amenities, including two restaurants, a spa, and two swimming pools, one of which is adults-only. The hotel’s commitment to sustainability is evident in its solar-heated water, energy-efficient design, and support of local conservation efforts.
For those looking to explore Manuel Antonio and beyond, the hotel’s knowledgeable staff can help arrange a variety of tours and excursions, ensuring a memorable and adventure-filled stay. Check availability for Hotel Si Como No here.
Hoping to see some monkeys at lunch
Travel tips for Manuel Antonio
Purchase your national park tickets in advance
Tickets are available ONLINE ONLY, and you’ll have to use the computers at the park entrance if you don’t get them before. Take a look at our guide to Manuel Antonio National Park.
Don’t miss Nauyaca Falls
Nauyaca Falls is an amazing half-day trip if you’re staying in Manuel Antonio. Check out out guide to Nauyaca Falls here.
Book with Amigos Del Rio Tours
Thinking of river rafting? Definitely go with Amigos Del Rio for a fun and professional whitewater experience. Take a look at their tours here.
Don’t miss the river rafting
Whether you’re seeking luxurious accommodations, eco-conscious experiences, or a blend of both, these three are some of the best hotels in Manuel Antonio. Whichever you choose, you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, unforgettable wildlife encounters, and a taste of the Pura Vida lifestyle.