Manuel Antonio is considered as one of the renowned beach towns in Costa Rica. It is situated just two and a half hours away from the San Jose International airport. This town area is developed enough yet as natural touch everywhere. This town has several accommodation options to choose from and it includes luxurious hotels and resorts as well as budget friendly cozy hotels. This area attracts many tourists each year as it has soaring temperatures, pristine beaches, renowned national parks with abundance of wild animals, rich biodiversity, wonderful nightlife, fabulous diving and sportfishing sights. It is a perfect place for enjoying a memorable vacation both for the nature lovers and adventure seekers.
Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort:
This beachfront and nature resort is situated 1.1 km from the renowned Manuel Antonio National Park. Nestled in 11 acre of rainforest, this resort provides 38 room which are featured with air conditioner, king size bed, flat screen TV and DVD player, WiFi connection and also a coffee maker. In some suites there is also a seating area where you can spend relaxed time. Each room features a private bathroom including a bath, a hairdryer and free toiletries. This hotel also features two swimming pools, two restaurants and a small spa.
Call: +506 2777 2777
Hotel San Bada:
This hotel is located just within 2 minutes walking distance from the famous Manuel Antonio beach and at the entrance to the Manuel Antonio National Park. At this hotel all the rooms are featured with air conditioner, LCD TV, ceiling fan, hardwood floors, safe, and mini bar. From your room you can enjoy amazing views of the park or ocean. This hotel is also featured with three swimming pools-kids pool, family pool and magical pool on the terrace from where you can enjoy amazing view of the Manuel Antonio National Park and the beautiful beach. It has a restaurant serving International as well as local dishes and also delicious seafood and there are also three bars. This hotel also offers spa services. There is a modern conference room that is perfect place to arrange wedding ceremonies, customized events and meetings.
Call: (506) 2777-5333
The Preserve at Los Altos:
It is a open-air design luxury resort with natural touch. It offers all the facilities you expect from a five star hotel as well as it has direct access to the natural setting. It provides spacious three-bedroom residences each of which as private elevator access. Those rooms have balconies overlooking amazing views of the ocean. There is also state-of-the-art kitchens which is fully equipped. There is a living room featured with a big flat screen TV and lot of spaces. There are three terraces. You can enjoy delicious foods with an affordable price at its restaurant Karola’s that also offers amazing ocean view and superior service. Hotel facilities also include 24 hours front desk service, room service from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. You can also enjoy Spa services including skin treatments, massages, wraps and scrubs.
Call: (506) 2777-8888
Gaia Hotel & Reserve:
It is a four and half pearl property set within 9 minutes walking distance from the beach and 10 minute driving distance from the Manuel Antonio National Park. There are 22 rooms- villas, studios and suites and all of the accommodations are decorated with eco friendly products. From every corner of the hotel you will enjoy stunning ocean views and jungle views. This hotel also features an open-air restaurant, an infinity pool, a small gym and a spa with a steam bath, beauty salon and sauna.
Call: +(506) 2777-9797
More info: http://www.costaricajourneys.com/gaia-hotel-reserve/
La Mansion Inn:
This upper middle range boutique hotel is located in the suburbs of the Manuel Antonio. It is rustic style accommodations which are elegantly designed and decorated with wooden furniture. Those rooms are featured with cable Tv, mini bar, balcony, an outdoor dining area. There is bathroom including free toiletries. From the terraces besides the pool, you will enjoy watching amazing panoramic views. There are two restaurants where you can enjoy breakfast from 6:30 to 10:30. For enjoying International dishes you can go to the Jacques Cousteau restaurant. This hotel also has Cave Bar that remains open from 13:00 to 00:00.
Karahe Beach Hotel:
Karahe Beach Hotel is located just 1 minute walking distance from the beach. It has direct access to the Espadilla beach. It provides rooms in reasonable price, lobby on a steep hillside, spacious private bungalows as well as offers expensive rooms. Each of the room and bungalow includes a mini refrigerator, air conditioner and also a private bathroom including toilet and a shower. Some of those rooms also overlook amazing views. This hotel also features an on-site restaurant that serves buffet breakfast everyday and also International food for lunch and dinner.
Call: +506 2777-0170
Hotel Parador Resort and Spa:
Situated on the the outer parts of the Manuel Antonio National Park, Hotel Parador Resort and Spa is an upper middle range resort. It provides 121 guest rooms which are featured with well furnished balconies overlooking amazing view of jungle, garden or ocean. All the rooms are air conditioned and have free WiFi connection, mini bar, coffee maker and TV with cable connection. Set within 4 minutes walking distance from the beach, this resort has four ocean view restaurants which serve a variety of International cuisine and local dishes. There are also four bars where you can enjoy a variety of drinks. This hotel also features a spa and three pools.
Call: (+506) 2777-1411
More info: http://www.costaricajourneys.com/hotel-parador-resort-spa/
Tulemar Resort is set in a green rainforest, a 33 acre gated Tulemar Gardens property with an easy access to the beach. This resort provides rustic bungalows and self-contained villas which are set into the hillside. In some villas you will find full kitchens, You can enjoy rainfall shower in most units. In these villas and bungalows you will enjoy privacy and also can stay close to the nature. This resort is perfect for family getaway and also for romantic getaway. This resort has an on-site full service restaurant where you can enjoy delicious entrees, seafood, steak, pizza, pasta and many more.
Barba Roja Restaurant:
Since 1975 this restaurant is a well-known for local hangout. It serves different types of cuisine including Central American, Japanese as well as Costa Rican. You can choose from sushi, seafood, gluten free, vegan and vegetarian friendly dishes. From this restaurant you can enjoy amazing sunset view. You can enjoy lunch and dinner at this restaurant every day a week and it also offers happy hour each day from 4 to 6. This restaurant also serves live music on every Tuesday and Friday and Wednesday night is only for the ladies and karaoke. You can also enjoy your favorite sports on its 5 big screens every day.
Call: +506 2777 0331
Cafe Agua Azul:
This cafe serves local cuisine and it is ideal for visiting with your kids. This place is also ideal for arranging any special occasion and romantic getaway. From its second floor you can enjoy amazing views. During lunch, you can enjoy having sandwiches, salads and at night you can enjoy some of the best entrees in the town and a deliciously inventive selection of seafood. You can also try pasta specials, calamari sauteed with capers and olives, seared tuna over a tequila, coconut crusted mahimahi and lime cucumber salad. Fastfood lovers can try grilled burger with fries and also blackened fish sandwich.
You can visit this cafe for enjoying breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Situated 40 meter before the hotel Mariposa at the main road to the Manuel Antonio National Park, this cafe serves organic cuisine, sweeping views and also bohemian vibe. In your breakfast you can enjoy having waffles, French toast and also eggs Benedict. During lunch time, it serves falafel pita, homemade pesto or salsa picante, vegetable sandwiches and also sesame-crusted tuna. Sweet lovers can try peanut butter cake, passion fruit pie, frozen mint lemonade, frothy cappuccino r fresh fruit juice. It also serves various dishes for the vegetarians and gluten-free eaters. During high season, it also arranges live music on weekends.
Call: +506 2777 6807
El Patio de Café Milagro:
At this cafe you can enjoy most delightful cuisine of the town and also locally roasted coffees. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at this cafe and can also enjoy happy hour from 4 pm to 6 pm. Every night it also arranges live music from 7 pm to 9 pm. At this restaurant you can enjoy fish tacos, crisp and savory salads, grilled sandwiches, iced coffee and refreshing smoothies. After sunset you can also enjoy cocktails and craft beer.
Call: (+506) 2777-2272
Decorated with ocher walls, low lights, potted palms and dark hardwood, this restaurant offers pleasant atmosphere for enjoying fine dining. Its specialty is delicious food and outstanding service. It becomes favorite to the tourists and the locals for its Asian influenced seafood, original dessert menu and also succulent steaks. You can enjoy sugar cane skewered prawns with a tamarind,coconut, and rum glaze, Macadamia nut encrusted Mahi Mahi, seafood cigars and also chocolate souffle. This restaurant remains open from 4 pm to 10 pm.
Call: +506 2777 5049
La Luna Restaurant at Gaia Hotel & Reserve:
If you want to enjoy first class service and fine dining experience, you can go to the La Luna restaurant at the Gaia hotel and reserve. You can enjoy delicious food at its open-air restaurant on top of the hill and at the same time enjoy amazing view of the surroundings. In your starter you can enjoy honey-garlic calamari, tomato tarts and also Gorgonzola. This restaurant also serves plantain coconut mahimahi, Parmesan chicken, ginger and panko crusted tuna. You can enjoy happy hour from 4 to 6 and enjoy tapas and your favorite cocktail. At this restaurant you will enjoy relaxed environment and local gourmet cuisine with some International alternatives.
Call: +(506) 2777-9797
This restaurant serves Mexican inspired and Southwestern dishes which are prepared with fresh ingredients. You can choose from Gluten free and Vegetarian friendly dishes. You can visit this restaurant for enjoying lunch, dinner and drinks as well as enjoy fun time during late night. It has a full bar serving fresh margaritas and drinks which are prepared without any artificial sour mix.
Call: +506 2777 0340
Situated in the heart of the Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, Victoria’s is a gourmet Italian restaurant. You will experience Italian atmosphere in this restaurant. It has an open style seating arrangement. You will meet friendly and hospitable staff who will serve you delicious food, fantastic pizzas and great wines. It is a great place to enjoy special occasion with you family and friends and also for romantic dining experience.
Though the small town of Manuel Antonio doesn’t have a lot of places to enjoy amazing nightlife, yet there are some spots you might find to enjoy fun time with your friends or make some new friends and enjoy dancing as well as drinking.
It is a great place to enjoy sunset cocktail hour and also local beers. This restaurant and bar also arranges live music.
Call: +506 2777 0331
Bambu Jam Bar & Restaurant:
At this bar you can experience salsa dancing or Meringue music in a cool jungle environment. Situated on the road to Manuel Antonio, this bar arranges live music and dancing several nights during the week. At this place you will feel you are in tree house party.
Call: +506 2777 3369
This sportsbar is a great place to enjoy game nights, to watch your favorite sports on its large-screen TVS, billiards, delicious foods and local nightlife. On Monday and Friday, this bar is only for the ladies. and on Tuesday it offers Latin dance lessons. You can enjoy casino offered by its neighboring air conditioned casino at the Billfish Sportsbar.
Call: +506 7104 5226
This club remains open Tuesday to Sunday from 6 pm to midnight. Situated in the original gay bar building of Cockatoos, under the Victoria’s Restaurant, this club is ideal for enjoying live DJs and also dancing. This bar offers happy hour from 8 to 10. It is a great place to enjoy a fun night with a group.
Situated just a few hundred meters before the main beach in Manuel Antonio, Liquid Lounge is a great chic night club. It is ideal for enjoying special events, theme parties and live performances. It offers gay community a super hip hangout. You can also enjoy DJ’s and music. This nightclub remains closed in Mondays.
Call: +506 7104 5226
Attractions and Activities:
Manuel Antonio National Park:
Boosting amazing rainforest, coral reefs and wonderful beaches, Manuel Antonio National Park is considered as the second smallest nature reserve in Costa Rica. You can spot exotic birds, a variety of wild animals like monkeys, sloths , iguanas and many more. You can spend some tranquil time in its secluded beaches by the side of small waterfalls.
While you are in Manuel Antonio, you can go for a half day or full day sport fishing tour and can catch different species of fishes like tuna, marlin, sailfish and many more.
With 15 minutes distance from the Manuel Antonio, you can reach Damas Island that is a great place to enjoy a kayak tour and explore the mangroves as well as its different species of wild animals.