Traveling gluten free, whether it be to a new city or a new country, can be unpredictable. Thankfully, increased awareness of celiac disease has made it so gluten-free individuals don’t go hungry—but that doesn’t always mean travelers have the gluten-free options they desire.


The staff at Arenas del Mar knows how frustrating it can be to have to “settle” when it comes to your food options—especially if you’re in an unfamiliar location. In fact, one of the hotel’s owners has a family member with celiac disease! This personal connection to the gluten-free community has led Arenas del Mar to not only offer safe, gluten-free options for our guests, but to offer a culinary experience that is no way restricted by their dietary needs!

The Staff


While many restaurants have separate gluten-free menus, Arenas del Mar’s are a bit different. Many of our gluten-free guests are accustomed to ordering off a menu that ends up being one sheet of paper with minimal options—but not at our hotel! The Arenas del Mar gluten-free menu is almost the same as the regular menu at our restaurants!

The Menu


One of the reasons we are able to include a majority of our dishes on the gluten-free menu is because much of the food we serve is local Costa Rican cuisine, which is naturally gluten free! On top of that, our entire staff was trained by Beyond Celiac, learning about cross-contamination and the need for separate preparation spaces. This knowledge allowed us to implement preparation processes in our kitchen that ensure food safety for guests with celiac or gluten intolerance. And we’ve found substitute ingredients when necessary so these guests can enjoy the same exotic dishes as their travel mates.


As we mentioned previously, the options are in no way limited for our gluten-free guests. We find this very important to mention because so often gluten-free travelers stay at hotels or resorts that promote gluten-free options, but they then find themselves eating the same meal every day due to the limited availability. That’s not exciting at all!

This is NOT something that occurs at Arenas del Mar (unless our guests REALLY love a certain dish). All you have to do is a read a few reviews from past gluten-free travelers and you’ll know what we are talking about!

The Options


Staying at Arenas del Mar is more than a hotel with gluten-free options, it’s a hotel with a gluten-free culinary experience. We believe everyone should enjoy the same food options, which is why we place so much emphasis on this area.

If you’re interested in learning more about our hotel accommodations and details regarding our gluten-free options, contact our guest services department. We also encourage you to read additional blog posts highlighting our gluten-free options and hotel’s commitment to the gluten-free community.