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Ways we Work with Community and Education 2018-02-17T16:36:25+00:00

At Arenas del Mar, we believe the concept of “local” is the key to sustainable hospitality. That’s why we hire local and buy local, and make sure that our community and natural surroundings are well taken care of.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

WAYS WE SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY
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LOCAL STAFF

Meet our Arenas del Mar family and connect with our local community.

We hire exclusively Costa Rican staff predominantly from the local area. In many cases, their educational level and skills are limited when they start with us, and we invest heavily in their training and professional development. Unlike many other hotels that lay off a high percentage of their staff during low season, we provide ours with year round employment and plenty of opportunities for growth.

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LOCAL PRODUCTS

From tasty ingredients to indulgent spa products, immerse yourself in everything Manuel Antonio.

At Arenas del Mar, we make a conscious effort to source as many products as we can from as close to home as possible. The fish we serve is caught by our local fishermen and much of our restaurant food comes from just around the corner. Our minibars are stocked with only local drinks and snacks, and our flavorsome organic coffee is roasted just up the road by a Manuel Antonio-based coffee company.

Guests can enjoy sumptuous, 100% Costa Rican spa products and bathroom amenities at the resort. Our gift shop also offers a variety of products handmade by local artisans including jewelry, woodwork and purses.

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LOCAL COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Our sense of community extends beyond the Arenas del Mar family.

We believe that the well-being of our local community is essential to achieving sustainable development. We strive to support even the most vulnerable and youngest members. Twice a month, volunteers from the hotel prepare and distribute meals for homeless people in the area. At Christmas time we also lend a helping hand to the local councils in organizing parties for children from less fortunate households.

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SABALO SCHOOL

Learn how the generous donations of our guests support the students of this remote school.

Schools in the area such as Sabalo are marginalized and have limited resources. We work with the non-profit organization Earth Equilibrium to support Sabalo School through two programs: “Building for the Future” and “Learning is Change”. The former works to improve basic infrastructure and provide essential classroom supplies such as pencils, paper, and even physical education equipment. The latter concentrates on education programs which teach the young students about the importance of environmental stewardship. Combining these two programs, a small recycling center has recently been built at Sabalo.

Both programs are fully funded by the generous donations of our guests.

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ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

Find out how guest donations are helping inspire the next generation to environmental stewards.

In addition to supporting Sabalo School, donations from our guests also aid the environmental education efforts of the Titi Conservation Alliance. This local organization works for the protection and conservation of the squirrel (titi) monkey which is commonly seen around Manuel Antonio. They regularly visit five other local schools to give environmental workshops. Some of the topics they focus on are conservation, protection of marine resources, reduction of fossil fuel consumption, and how to save water.

TRAVEL LOCALLY, TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY

“Arenas del Mar has everything you could possibly want in a luxurious vacation with your family or partner. Most of all, by booking a vacation here, you know you’re traveling sustainably and responsibly. The resort hires local people, serves fresh and local food, is committed to conserving the environment, and supports the local community.”

– Kelsey, California

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