Costa Rica offers a world of adventure for families from ziplining to rafting to hiking to hidden waterfalls. But a favorite outing is simply to hire a naturalist at Manuel Antonio National Park and see all the unusual critters up close. We arrived when the gates opened with our guide, from the Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort.
Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resortdenotes a World’s Best Awards debut. For those who want a bit of luxury without ecological guilt, the Arenas del Mar Beach and Nature Resort on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica promotes sustainable tourism in a high-quality, aesthetic environment.
The prestigious Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort has received the Costa Rica Tourist Ministry’s Five Sustainability Leaf Award along with its top Five Star Award for luxury and comfort. Within walking distance of the national park, the gorgeously landscaped property is an attraction in its own right.
The boutique property is as close to a tropical paradise as one can get in this Central American getaway. Spacious suites are nestled into the rugged cliffs overlooking the Pacific. Walk onto your outdoor deck in the morning and you can watch the waves crashing against the rocks and spewing its foamy spray on the beach.
The boutique hotel at Manuel Antonio was awarded five stars for luxury by the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism (ICT). Thus, the property becomes the first ever in Costa Rica to earn top marks for luxury as well as top marks for sustainability.
Here is a stunning combination of beaches and coral reefs, perfect for snorkeling and exploring the area’s famous tangle of mangroves. Rainforest jungles remain untouched habitats for Brown-throated Three-toed Sloths, iguanas, Central American squirrel monkeys and birds of extraordinary colors.
The hotel’s architectural designs wrap around the natural environment, such as dinning rooms that have trees rising through the roof. Most of the hotels use natural design materials and cleansers, and sell eco-friendly gifts made by local artisans, in their gift shops.
Finally, Manuel Antonio has a hotel that combines the best of all worlds—direct beach access, a rainforest setting, fabulous views, and luxurious accommodations.
The idyllic jungle-meets-beach location of this Pacific Coast resort means guests can spot two-foot iguanas, white-faced monkeys, and birds of myriad species without even leaving their poolside loungers.
The white-faced monkeys intelligent, curious faces are a delight—just one of the benefits of this 38-room resort’s secluded rain forest setting. Another is the view from the perched guest suites and pool deck; sunsets over the Pacific Ocean are a gaudy thrill.