There is good reason that one of the most visited places in exotic Costa Rica is Manuel Antonio town. This famous touristic zone has a great variety of hotels and resorts located close to great swimming beaches renown for their beauty and for being within the zone’s tropical rain forest. There is always something to do and see in Manuel Antonio because the weather is great all year, even in the green season. No matter what your budget is, you are sure to find one Manuel Antonio resort or hotel that will fit your budget, you’ll love the dozens of small resorts and boutique hotels that dot the hilly landscape of Manuel Antonio. In this article we are going to talk about our handpicked Manuel Antonio hotels and resorts that are guaranteed to make your vacation an unforgettable one.

Panoramic Views and Fine Dining in Manuel Antonio


Most hotels and resort in Manuel Antonio are strategically located allowing you to admire and take photos of the green nature of the lush green tropical forest, and depending on the hotel you choose to stay at, you can enjoy outstanding panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Regarding the dinning options, Manuel Antonio offers a lot of different outstanding restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious meal, there is fine dining, world class amenities, and spectacular panoramic views at some secluded luxury beach resorts such as The Preserve At Los Altos Resort & Luxury Condos, Parador Hotel, Buena Vista Villas and Arenas del Mar.

The Perfect Destination For Families & Couples


Although there are some non family friendly hotels in Manuel Antonio, there are a great selection of family friendly accommodation options that suits families and couples as well. Boutique hotels are ideal for couples or solo travelers and resorts that offers villas and condos are ideal for families and groups. No matter where you stay, you will most likely have a chance to see exotic wildlife such as basilisk lizards, squirrel monkeys, and hummingbirds as most hotels in Manuel Antonio are surrounded by lively and gorgeous tropical gardens and forest. You and your family will have all the privacy and comfort when staying at any of the luxury resort we recommend such as The Preserve at Los Altos or Buena Vista Villas, while enjoying top notch food and great service.

Jungle Experience in Manuel Antonio


If you like the idea of an ultimate jungle experience, there are many options in the area. The Rafiki Safari Lodge is away from the busyness of the coastal towns with its inland location. It offers a unique experience that couples and families enjoy. Guests get the opportunity to come into direct contact with the natural jungle as they stay in secure and comfortable safari tents. It is situated close to the lush Los Quetzales National Park overlooking an emerald green pond.

Here are out top 10 Manuel Antonio hotel & resort picks:

1- The Preserve at Los Altos Beach Resort & Condos


Located in Manual Antonio’s lush green forest, the Preserve At Los Altos Beach Resort is a luxury hotel considered one of the top luxury beach hotels in Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast. The forest in the area teem with wildlife and the beautiful beaches creating an amazing setting for the enjoyment of its guests. Los Altos is one of the most stunning family friendly resorts in this exotic destination. It is the perfect tropical paradise. Of all of our favorite Manuel Antonio hotels and resorts The Preserve At Los Altos is our top pick.

2- La Mansion Inn


Also located in Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, Manuel Antonio’s La Mansion Inn is nestled at the top of a mountain overlooking the famous Manuel Antonio National Park as well as the Pacific Ocean from its mountainside location.

3- Gaia Hotel


Located just four hours from the Liberia International Airport and three hours from San Jose, the Gaia Hotel and Reserve is a luxurious five star adult only hotel. Expect to find pristine beaches, rich tropical rain forest that bustle with wild life in the Central Pacific region. The Manuel Antonio area is famous for its water activities like kayaking and rafting as well as its national park.

4- Arenas Del Mar


On Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, you will find the Arenas Del Mar, a breathtaking beachfront hotelĀ  surrounded by the Manuel Antonio rain forest. Close to the hotel is the Manuel Antonio National Park, famous for its exotic wild life and the exuberant jungle vegetation. At Arenas Del Mar, visitors will find soothing ocean breezes and warm sun to bathe in.

5- San Bada


Another standout hotel in the Manuel Antonio area in the Central Pacific Region of Costa Rica is the Hotel San Bada. This accommodation simply has it all. You will find abundant wildlife, lush forests in the nearby mountains, and white sandy beaches.

6- Shana Hotel


One of Costa Rica’s most renown natural playgrounds is Manuel Antonio. That’s where you will find the Shana Hotel and Residence. There is plenty to do along the Central Pacific coast. Visitors have the opportunity for fine dining, swimming at the beach, lounging, snorkeling, biking, and hiking during their stay at Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

7- Hotel Parador


Located between Manuel Antonio and Quepos, you will find the Hotel Parador Resort and Spa. Tourists looking for their dream vacation getaway will find this hotel to be a treasure of biodiversity that nature lovers and eco-travelers will want to visit again and again. In Manuel Antonio, you will find turquoise waters, golden sunsets, and swaying palm trees along long sections of white sand beaches.

8- Si Como No


Si Como No is a boutique hotel located close to Manuel Antonio stunning beaches and nearby tropical rain forests. Nearby this hotel you will have easy access to shops, bars and restaurants. Travel just seven kilometers north and you will find another small and bustling town, Quepos. This area also features quaint shops, sodas, live music, and many dining opportunities unique to its history as a fishing village.

9- Makanda By The Sea


On the glorious Pacific coast of Costa Rica, you will find the Hotel Makanda located between Manuel Antonio and Quepos. The natural splendor of Costa Rica is on view in this region. Prepare yourself to see white sand beaches, spectacular sunsets, rich flora and fauna, and grand rain forests in the area. You will find lovely shops, restaurants, and bars in the nearby town of Quepos, if you are looking for some night life.

10- Buena Vista Villas


The Buena Vista Villas is another lodging option for tourists traveling with families or groups. Surrounded by exquisite fauna and flora and close to the Manuel Antonio’s famous national park, this hotel features a diverse rain forest and a stunning coast line. You can enjoy lively night life, plenty of shops, and many restaurant options in the nearby town of Quepos.