One of my favorite places to visit in Costa Rica is Manuel Antonio. This is the perfect base from which to explore the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Go white-water rafting, enjoy a mangrove kayak or boat tour, hike with a park guide through the rainforest, go horseback riding or explore the canopy of the rainforest on a zipline.
You can also just simply lay on one of the most spectacular beaches in the world and see an abundance of wild life. Four different types of monkey call this region home, including the extremely rare, Red Backed (Central American) Squirrel Monkey (Titi in Spanish). You may also see deer, coati-mundi, raccoons and lizards. Bird lovers will be amazed with the wide variety of species found here. You can go snorkeling or on a dolphin and whale watching tour. Manuel Antonio won first place in the 2013 Travelers Choice awards for the top beaches in Costa Rica.
While Manuel Antonio is known for adventure vacations, it also provides extreme luxury. There are fantastic vacations rentals for accommodating the full range of vacationer. The honeymoon couple, the large family and business executives arranging a retreat will find a place here. There are excellent restaurants to delight the foodies.
Here is my list of ten of the best places to stay when in Manuel Antonio.
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Discovery Beach House, Manuel Antonio
The luxurious Discovery Beach House sleeps six in three bedrooms and is next to Manuel Antonio National Park, restaurants and gift shops. It features an infinity swimming pool, hot tub, wireless internet and a 46 inch screen TV with SkyTV.
The owners’ intriguing experiences as a wildlife photographer are reflected in fantastic details throughout the house. This is without question one of the most desirable, convenient, intimate and secure vacation rentals in Manuel Antonio. http://costaricabedfinder.com/vacation-rental/608/manuel-antonio-nationa…
Casa Las Nubes, Manuel Antonio
Casa Las Nubes is a unique and beautiful luxury villa designed by an award-winning architect. This 3-bedroom 4500-square-foot villa offering Pacific Ocean views is nestled in a Costa Rican jungle hillside in a resort community just outside Manuel Antonio National Park. The home features large windows and an open air design. The pool extends throughout the main level. There is a gourmet kitchen. Catering services and a private chef are available for an additional fee.
Casa Las Nubes was awarded a 2010 Bloomberg’s Five Star Americas’ Property Award for Best Residential Property in Costa Rica. It was featured in the January 2010 issue of Costa Rica’s “architectural digest,” Su Casa Magazine, and in an Italian magazine, Dentro Casa, in 2010.
The Ocean Penthouse, Manuel Antonio
The Ocean Residences is a luxury condominium complex in a gorgeous corner of Manuel Antonio. They are comprised of a total of 8 condo residences in affiliation with the Pacific Souss hotel.
The Penthouse luxury rental boasts ocean views and most privacy in the entire complex. The Luxury Condo sleeps six in three bedrooms. Two of these bedrooms are master bedrooms with private balconies and baths. From the penthouse view, the primary rainforest of Punta Quepos, the private coves surrounding Playa Bisanz, the new Pez Vela marina near Quepos.
Casa Cappuchin, Manuel Antonio,
Casa Cappuchin sleeps up to ten in four bedrooms and offers an interesting fusion of modern architecture in the tropical jungle. This four level luxurious villa has state of the art design that maximizes the feeling and positive effects of living by the ocean, tall ceilings and “open walls” facing the sea. A variety of local wildlife such as monkeys, sloth, birds, and iguanas are easily seen right off the villa’s terraces.
This luxurious villa is fully equipped with the necessary amenities to secure your comfort and enjoyment.
Casa Elsa, Manuel Antonio
Casa Elsa is situated on a beach road between Manuel Antonio National Park and the town of Quepos, on the Costa Rican Pacific coast. It sleeps up to ten in four bedrooms. This home boasts over 7,500 square feet of of tropical paradise featuring an open design. With the vast, modern, open spaces, you will be treated to the refreshing steady breeze from the Pacific ocean and possibly visits from birds, monkeys, sloths and other local wildlife. Casa Elsa is not just located in the Costa Rican Jungle – the jungle is Casa Elsa and Casa Elsa a part of it.
Parador Resort & Spa, Manuel Antonio
Perched high above the sweeping Central Pacific coastline on twelve acres of tropical rainforest is a secluded luxury beach hotel adjacent to the sheltered cove of Playa Biezanz and just minutes from Manuel Antonio National Park.
A multiple World Travel Awards recipient, Parador Resort and Spa is distinguished by its commitment to sustainability, world-class amenities, European-inspired ambience and Costa Rican “Pura Vida” hospitality in an unparalleled natural setting teeming with wildlife.
Arenas Del Mar Beach And Nature Resort, Manuel Antonio
This extraordinary beachfront resort located adjacent to the beaches of Manuel Antonio boasts an ambitious design which combines deluxe accommodations with the highest level of certified sustainability.
Guest rooms and suites offer spectacular rainforest, ocean and National Park views. The hotel offers two upscale restaurants with a focus on fresh local produce.
Hotel Makanda, Manuel Antonio,
Offering the kind of personal service, tranquility, and romantic atmosphere not generally expected in jungle environs, Hotel Makanda by the Sea is designed to enjoy the wonders of the rainforest and breathtaking panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, all at the level of luxury and personal service you deserve. The 6 Villas and 5 Studios are intricately designed with a mix of Japanese architecture, a dash of Caribbean flare, and a unique Latin flavor. This hotel has an adults only policy.
Villa Pelicano, Manuel Antonio,
VP Private Resort, previously named Villa Pelicano, is a 5-acre private mini resort with chef service included. With 8 luxuriously furnished bedrooms, this estate home accommodates up to 24 guests, with 6 bedrooms in the main villa and 2 bedrooms in a detached casita. This resort is perfect for hosting small group events for 80 or more people. The estate has been used for movie settings and hosted celebrity guests over the years. VP Private Resort can also be rented as a 4, 5, or 6-bedroom villa. http://costaricabedfinder.com/vacation-rental/680/all-inclusive-luxury-v…
Villa Vigia, Manuel Antonio,
Villa Vigia features Mediterranean old-world magnificence in a tropical rainforest paradise. The exclusive location on Punta Quepos gives it a fantastic view of Manuel Antonio beach and national park
The villa boasts an electric gate and long, private drive. The entrance is lined with sculpted gardens, blossoming bougainvillea, and exotic palms. A wrought-iron gate leads into the great room, with a 40-foot cupola, curving staircase and beautiful decor. Villa Vigia can accommodate twelve guests in four bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms.
Villa Vigia is the perfect combination of old world elegance and new world beauty–luxury in the rainforest!