Arenas Del Mar is located on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica about 2 miles from the nearest airstrip located in the town of Quepos (in the Manuel Antonio area). Quepos is a short 20 minute flight from Costa Rica’s capital of San Jose where international flights land at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Driving from SJO takes about 3 hours.
The property overlooks the spectacular Manuel Antonio National Park and is located within walking distance of Costa Rica’s most visited national park.
The resort is situated on a cliff with direct access to two pristine sand beaches: Espadilla Beach and Playitas Beach.
Manuel Antonio National Park—voted by Forbes as one of the World's Most Beautiful National Parks—is a must visit during your stay. The views from the hills overlooking Manuel Antonio are spectacular, the beaches are idyllic, and its jungles are inhabited by howler, white-faced, and squirrel monkeys, two and three toed sloths, vibrantly colored frogs and songbirds. In Manuel Antonio National Park, you’ll experience the tropical wet forest; giving the park a remarkable variety of species.
Due to this irregularity, the park also has a variety of different ecosystems, which include fresh water lagoons, mangroves, beaches, coral reefs, littoral islands, rocky cliffs, herbaceous swamps and more. Endemic to the area is a species of primate, the red-backed squirrel monkey, which is only found on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Walking trails in the nearby park offer you a chance to experience the natural world up close with extraordinary views.
Guest rooms at Arenas Del Mar offer magnificent views of Manuel Antonio National Park, the Pacific Ocean, the secluded beaches and surrounding rainforests. Enjoy breathtaking views from your private deck while listening to the sounds of the rainforest and rolling waves. Consider staying a minimum of four to five nights to enjoy all the resort has to offer and to take advantage of the many great activities in the Manuel Antonio area.
Ocean Breeze Suite with a fully air-conditioned bedroom and large living area with a/c and ceiling fans, a full size pull-out sofa, Tico- bar and a large bathroom. The private hot tub on the deck of the suite is the perfect spot to relax surrounded by the rainforest and sea breezes and listening to the ocean waves.
Also available is our Ocean View Superior Room
with an air conditioned bedroom with ceiling fans, a spacious bathroom
and the best ocean views along with the Premium View Suites. These rooms
offer a personalized Tico-bar, DVD player and iPod docking station. The
main feature of these rooms is the private decks with spectacular Ocean
Ocean Breeze Superior Room
with a compact size air conditioned bedroom, a complete bathroom and
all the standard amenities. Main feature of this room is the private
decks overlooking the rainforest and beaches and with direct contact to
the sea breezes. Recommend for active guests looking to spend most of
their time enjoying the beaches, pools and outdoor activities and tours.
a convenient family option we recommend booking our Connecting Rooms—a
Suite located next to a Superior Room (e.g. an Ocean View Premium Suite
located next to an Ocean View Superior Room). Offering more than 1650
square feet (150 square meters) of living space with spectacular ocean,
rainforest and beach views. By booking these two rooms, we can accommodate up to five people comfortably.
Children below 6 stay Free
The standard in-room amenities for all 38 of the deluxe accommodations include:
- King size bed with 400-thread count, 100% organic cotton linens
- Air conditioning + ceiling fans
- Spacious bathrooms with showers
- Locally made, organic soaps, lotions and shampoos
- Hair dryers
- Complimentary Wifi
- Free local & international calls
- 29” flat screen TV with complimentary cable
- Coffee maker and complimentary local, organic coffee
- Refrigerator with a complimentary Tico-bar, a mini bar with rotating menu of local snacks
- Laptop-sized safe
- Closet space
- Daily maid service
Surf & Other Activities
In Manuel Antonio you can find beaches that look like lakes with no waves. In other areas of the beaches, there are brilliant waves for surfing, body surfing as well as sea kayaking.
Before you get into the water, the bilingual instructors will give you a safety talk, some theory and demonstrate the first steps of surfing and after that you are ready to try out your first waves.
Taking 3 hours from pick up to drop off these surf tours include A/C vehicles, surf board, leash, lycra top, beverages, snacks and a surf instructor.
Boca Damas – Offers long, fast occasionally hollow lefts with shorter rights. This break is usually larger than those surrounding it. Works best with an incoming tide.
Quepos Bombie – Recently discovered, this slab is just south of the jetty and breaks away from the point.
Playa Espadilla – With 3km of often consistent beach breaks, head north to Playitas for the best held waves from mid to high tide.
Playa El Rey – A long stretch of beach with quality peaks. Try near the Rio Naranjo rivermouth.
Playa Matapalo – A short drive south of Arena Del Mar this beach provides endless quality peaks with fewer surfers than the surrounding beaches.
Playa Dominical – Even further south, Playa Dominical can offer bigger barrelling beach breaks.
Hanging Bridges and Waterfall Tours
If you enjoy nature and hiking, the Rainmaker Reserve is just the right tour. Hand rails and easy to follow footpaths connected by a breathtaking canopy bridge network connected with observation platforms in the treetops, allow you to observe waterfalls, discover the area’s rich biodiversity and explore the majesty of the forest from a bird’s eye view.
Night Walks in a Nature Reserve
At night, many animals go to sleep but others come out to explore the dark such as frogs, snakes, spiders, opossums and owls. This is your opportunity to see, hear and experience the excitement of the wild nocturnal life at a nearby nature reserve.
Whale Watching Tour
In the Whale Watching Tour you will experience one of natures greatest moments. This tour will bring you to some of the most beautiful spots along the pacific coast of Costa Rica, which includes the Marino Bahia Ballena National Park.
White Water Rafting
If you are looking for more action and higher adrenaline then it is only 30 minutes drive from the Manuel Antonio / Quepos area where the Naranjo River forms the natural southern border of Manuel Antonio National Park. The Naranjo River descends steeply from the coastal mountain range above Quepos through a gorgeous jungle gorge, and takes you on a wild ride to sea level passing nearby farmlands and palm plantations.
Sail high above the rainforest canopy and experience the jungle from its best perspective.
Tennis - Transportation to a nearby tennis court located at Tennis Club Queposcan be easily arranged, offering a practice wall and 2 regular sized tennis courts.
Golf - Located at Los Suenos the closest golf course is the Marriott Golf & Marina Resort, about an hour’s drive from Arenas del Mar: Nestled alongside an exotic rainforest with breathtaking sea views, the 18-hole, par-72 championship La Iguana golf course offers a challenging Ted Robinson-designed Layout. Arena Del Mar Resort staff would be happy to assist you with tee times, reservations and private transportation.
Nature Walks - Manuel Antonio is a remarkable National Park that comprises of tropical jungles, rainforest, paradise–like beaches, mangroves and an estuary. Guided tours by our excellent community guides often yield many sightings of monkeys, sloth, toucans, crocodiles, armadillos, and many other mammals. Manuel Antonio is famous for its high concentration of fauna and varied environment.
Fishing - The waters off Quepos on the Costa Rican central Pacific coastline are famous for bill fishing. Arenas Del Mar only supports certified sport fishing operations that follow catch and release practices. They will recommend companies and captains upon request.
|7 nights||Ocean View Premium Suite (Based on 2pax)||Package||NZ$6,060||Per person||06 Jan-01 May, 20 Jun-21 Aug|
|7 nights||Ocean View Premium Suite (Based on 2pax)||Package||NZ$4,593||Per person||01 May-20 Jun, 21 Aug-01 Nov|
|7 nights||Ocean Breeze Suite (Based on 2pax)||Package||NZ$4,848||Per person||06 Jan-01 May, 20 Jun-21 Aug|
|7 nights||Ocean Breeze Suite (Based on 2pax)||Package||NZ$3,445||Per person||01 May-20 Jun, 21 Aug-01 Nov|
|7 nights||Ocean View Superior Room (Based on 2pax)||Package||NZ$4,210||Per person||06 Jan-01 May, 20 Jun-21 Aug|
|7 nights||Ocean View Superior Room (Based on 2pax)||Package||NZ$3,126||Per person||01 May-20 Jun, 21 Aug-01 Nov|
- Prices above are per person prices, and are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations until paid in full.
- These are example packages and most packages can be adjusted to cater for your requirements. Please contact us for a tailored package to meet your needs.
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- Full a la carte breakfast
- Two complimentary on-property tours: Tortilla making with our staff and Easy Being Green Tour
- Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property
- Free local and international calls from your room
- All government taxes
Disclaimer - This surf trip is an independent surf operator and is not part of or in partnership with The Perfect Wave Travel Co. The Perfect Wave acts as an agent only. We sell various travel related products on behalf of numerous transport, accommodation and other service providers, such as airlines, land based accommodation and boat charter operators. The Perfect Waves obligation is to make travel bookings on your behalf and to arrange relevant contracts between you and travel service providers. The Perfect Wave has no responsibility for these services nor do we make or give any warranty of representation regarding their standards. All bookings are made subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by these service providers.
Other Surf Experiences
Faisal (February 2015)
Perfect Wave organised a fantastic memorable holiday for us in the most beautiful location imaginable in Costa Rica. Everything went smoothly, we surfed every day and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Now looking at our next surfing holiday with Perfect Wave!!
Sarah (March 2011)
March was my second time to the camp. I also went in Sept. 2010. Gita is a great guide and full of energy. There is a lot to do at the camp, perfect for very active to wanting to do something new. I went both times by myself for a getaway from the U.S. There is a great balance of self time and time with the instructor and guides so you don't get too lonely. Everyone is SUPER friendly. Del Mar is constantly adding new things to the camp. I tried SUP and Brazilian martial arts for my first time while I was there. There were both great. My days were full of activities, never getting bored! I surfed everyday along with yoga, hiking, beach boot camp and boxing. I think there will be a running camp next year and a 10k race. I cant wait for it to return for my third time!
Kerrie (March 2011)
What an experience!! Lauren and I took surf lessons with Angie and Oscar while staying at the Harmony!! As beginners they had us go out around 4 p.m. while it was low tide. Never having surfed before, it was nice to get a brief, but helpful lesson on shore from Oscar about tides, winds, and some basic safety tips!! Oscar and Angie were out in the water with us helping us and Lauren and I were both successful getting up on the board and even riding into shore on a few occasions!! Angie and Oscar's style really complemented each other. Both were encouraging and Oscar was fierce and determined for us to succeed. Angie was encouraging and constantly providing excellent instructions and tips for success!! By the end of our lesson, the sun was setting over the blue green pacific with colors and warmth like I've never experienced at sunset before. Living in So Cal, that is saying a lot - this was amazing. I even lost a pair of sunglasses in Angie's van on the ride back to her shop, and she was so sweet to look for them and drop them off at the Harmony the same day we called! If you've surfed before or it's your first time, I highly recommend the Del Mar Surf Camp!!