A short 15-minute drive from the Quepos Airport in Costa Rica, the luxury eco-friendly Arenas Del Mar sits nestled between the beachfront and the rainforest. This luxury boutique hotel sits with views of the Pacific Ocean, with access to two gorgeous beaches, Espadilla and Playitas beach. Featuring 38 rooms, the structures take up just 25% of the property, saving 11 acres of land to serve as a biological corridor. This was important to the hotel, to connect the area to the surrounding Manuel Antonio National Park.

A family-friendly place to stay if you are hoping to see wildlife. Here you can expect sloths, monkeys, birds, lizards, macaws, and a lot more flora and fauna. They have four staff members on-site who act as naturalist guides, there to join you along your adventures to help you learn about the ecosystem and have extra eyes to help you spot wildlife. 

Did you know the local diet is naturally gluten-free? That’s what inspired Arenas Del Mar to become the first Gluten-Free Luxury Resort in Costa Rica, and in 2014 initiated the fully certified gluten-free program. This is a certification granted by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA). To ensure only the tastiest foods, they partnered with Monica Glass, a top-rated US pastry chef, and welcomed celiac bloggers to share their feedback on the offerings. Say goodbye to menu scanning for something you can enjoy and indulge in anything on the menu while on vacation here.

Their story

Sustainability runs through the DNA of Arenas Del Mar, as it is one of the most sustainable eco-lodges in Costa Rica. Even in the beginning, they found a way to reduce the number of approved trees cut, from the initial 40, to just 36. It was important to design a hotel that worked with the land, reducing space taken from the forest. Internationally built to be in harmony with nature and allow guests to become immersed in the jungle. The design of the space is very open, from a barrier-free reception area built to resemble an indigenous palm ranch, to the on-site restaurants without walls to enjoy full views of the outdoors.

The staff members on-site will make you feel like family. Visitors even say they hardly feel like they are staying in a hotel, but rather that they feel like they are part of the conservation efforts. An inclusive resort, they have 60 employees that they hire locally and have a 40% women staff. The local community is supported and valued, through sustainable chats with schools to educate the younger generation on the importance of protecting the environment. Read more about them here.

Sustainability actions

Lowest impact construction and operation

High level of energy efficiency

Pioneer in waste management

Using organic and chemical-free products

Actively protects nature and community

Most Popular Activities near Arenas Del Mar

  • Nature walks and wildlife tours
  • Sustainability walks
  • Bird-watching walks to see many of the 20 Costa Rican birds.
  • Explore nearby Manuel Antonio National Park.
  • Nauyaca Waterfalls is one of 25 beautiful waterfalls in Costa Rica.
  • Go zip-lining or on canopy tours.
  • Mountain biking

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Best time to visit Arenas Del Mar

  • To avoid the rainy season, plan your visit outside May-June and September-October. 
  • If you want to enjoy this place the sunniest it can be, visit in March or December.
  • The humidity in Costa Rica is high all year around. 
  • Smaller showers or thunderstorms can be expected all year around, so please be prepared.

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Arenas Del Mar is 13 km away from Quepos airport . The eco hotel offers airport pickup and transfer.
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