Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort

Arenas del Mar is situated in eleven acres of private rainforest with magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean, direct access to the beach and within walking distance of Manuel National Park.

There are 38 rooms and suites ranging from garden rooms surrounded by vegetation, to Premium Suites located on the top floors with large Jacuzzi balconies and incredible views of the ocean and National Park. The hotel has access to both Playa Espadilla and to a very secluded small sandy bay called Playitas. The main restaurant has an excellent reputation and there is a smaller snack/lunch bar down on Playitas beach. There is a pool with a terrace which has spectacular views and a wellness centre. The hotel offers a good range of nature tours on-site, to Manuel Antonio National Park and beyond. Cultural tours are also available, as are activities ranging from boogie-boarding to zip-lining.

Why We Like Arenas del Mar

Arenas del Mar not only offers the highest standard accommodation in Manuel Antonio, it is the only hotel with direct access to the beach and with beachfront suites and services.


Arenas del Mar has the ideal location for rainforest exploration and beachside lounging. Within walking distance is the famous Manuel Antonio National Park, teeming with wildlife and fronted by a beautiful white sand beach and clear waters.  Walk the easy trails and spot up to 100 species of mammals and an even greater number of birds. Hike to nearby waterfalls, or speed through the canopy on ziplines, kayak mangroves or book a surf lesson.


  • Mirador infinity pool
  • Playitas beachside pool
  • Two kilometres of beachfront on Playa Espadilla
  • Access to Playitas beach
  • El Mirador restaurant
  • Playitas restaurant for casual beachfront dining
  • Wellness centre and spa
  • Full bar service
  • Boogie Boards
  • Surf boards for hire and lessons upon request


Arenal del Mar supports local communities through education initiatives, employment, and by supporting local suppliers. Only 25% of the 11-acre property is hotel, and the remainder is a protected nature reserve that acts as wildlife corridor with Manuel Antonio National Park. Over 7,000 trees have been planted in the last two decades. Electricity systems are underground so as not to disturb wildlife and discarded plastic bags from the banana plantations have been used in the roofing.   The hotel water is heated through solar energy and only fully biodegradable products are used that are 100% organic.  Similarly, waste water is purified onsite and used in the gardens.


On the Central Pacific coast within walking distance of Manuel Antonio National Park.


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