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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Hotels: 29 Best Places to Stay 

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica is home to beautiful Pacific Coast beaches, epic sunset views, and the Manuel Antonio National Park (the most popular national park in the country). It is a great place to visit during your Costa Rica travels. But first, you need to find the perfect Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica hotels for your visit. 

We have visited Manuel Antonio several times in the many years we have lived in Costa Rica. We always try to stay at a different hotel to really get a feel for the area. This list of the 29 best places to stay contains all of the places we have loved or have come highly recommended to us by others. 

Manuel Antonio hotel options range from high-end luxury resorts to hostels, to villa rentals to condo rentals. Basically, there is something for all budgets and interests in this beach-front paradise town.

So, let’s get to finding the perfect place to stay for your vacation!

Layout of Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio is a beach town located on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Often people refer to Manuel Antonio and the town of Quepos somewhat interchangeably. In actuality, they are (kind of) two different places. 

Quepos is the name for the overall area here and the larger town located just off of the highway. You will pass through this town on your way to Manuel Antonio. Quepos has several grocery stores, a gas station, ATM’s, and the main marina in the area. 

After you pass through Quepos you will come to a hilly and slightly curvy road through the town of Manuel Antonio. Many hotels, vacation rentals, and restaurants are located on this road with lush jungles and Pacific Ocean views. 

As you continue on this road you will wind down to the beach and center of Manuel Antonio. At the very end of town you will find Manuel Antonio National Park. 

There is only one road in and out, so once you hit Manuel Antonio National Park you will have to turn around to head back out to the main highway. 

Here is a Google Maps link so you can get a better idea of the layout.

We suggest staying in Manuel Antonio instead of Quepos for the better vibes.

However, since Manuel Antonio and Quepos are used somewhat interchangeably as the name for this area, you will need to look at a map to see where a particular hotel or vacation rental is located.

Almost all of the places on this list are in what we would refer to as Manuel Antonio.

Manuel Antonio Hotels and Vacation Rentals at a Glance

For Families: Tulemar Resort

For a Destination Wedding: Tulemar Resort | Casa Fantastico 

For a Romantic Trip: Makanda by The Sea Hotel Adults Only

For a Group of Friends / Bachelor Party: Villa Preciosa 

For a Unique Experience: WORLD FAMOUS 727 Airplane | Glamping Tomaselli

Resorts in Manuel Antonio

Here are the best luxury hotels to stay at in Manuel Antonio with a variety of amenities. This list of top-rated hotels and resorts includes adult-only accommodations and family-friendly places as well. 

Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort

⭐️ RATING: 9.2/10 on Booking.com | 5/5 on TripAdvisor⭐️ Book Now

This has a luxury boutique hotel feel to it. All of the rooms are modern and simply decorated. The views of the Pacific Ocean are unparalleled here. 

The property features:

  • An amazing infinity pool with coastal views
  • A delicious fine dining restaurant
  • Room service
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Garden area
  • Easy access to the beach

We like Arenas del Mar for the vibe. The staff are all so nice, everything is just relaxing, and I always feel refreshed after staying here. Basically, it’s a nice oasis in an otherwise bustling town. 

⤷ Check Rates and Availability at Arenas del Mar

Tulemar Resort

⭐️ RATING: 9.3/10 on Booking.com | 5/5 on TripAdvisor⭐️ Book Now

Tulemar Resort offers a unique experience in Manuel Antonio. The property boasts an array of world-class facilities and luxurious accommodations. Every detail here is designed to provide the utmost comfort. 

The property features:

  • A private beach area, perfect for relaxation.
  • On-site water sports facilities for adventurous guests.
  • A delectable restaurant to satisfy culinary cravings.
  • Concierge services.
  • Family rooms, ensuring a comfortable stay for everyone.

We love Tulemar Resort for its versatility. They actually also have large villas available to rent on the property as well.

So, whether you’re planning a family holiday, a destination wedding, or a getaway with friends, this place is a great option. 

It’s no surprise this resort is often ranked among the best in the world!

⤷ Check Rates and Availability at Tulemar Resort

Gaia Hotel & Reserve – Adults Only

⭐️ RATING: 8.8/10 on Booking.com | 5/5 on TripAdvisor⭐️ Book Now

​​Nestled amidst stunning rainforest scenery, Gaia Hotel and Reserve provides an authentic escape near Manuel Antonio Beach. This adult-only hotel perfectly blends luxury with nature. 

The property features:

  • A lavish spa complete with steam bath, sauna, and beauty salon.
  • The hotel is intimate with only 18 suites  
  • The 3-level infinity pool is awesome!
  • A great restaurant that serves delicious high quality meals.
  • 24-hour room service for added convenience.

We appreciate Gaia Hotel and Reserve for its genuine charm. The rooms are not as modern as some others on this list. However, the hotel’s location within its own nature reserve more than compensates. 

Plus, as people who don’t have kids we sometimes really appreciate an adults-only resort. 

⤷ Check Rates and Availability at Gaia Hotel & Reserve

Makanda by The Sea Hotel Adults Only

⭐️ RATING: 9.1/10 on Booking.com | 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor⭐️ Book Now

Makanda by The Sea Hotel, exclusively for adults, is a design-forward retreat in Manuel Antonio. It’s an oasis where luxury meets the pristine beauty of Manuel Antonio. 

Every corner of the property feels thoughtfully curated. It’s insanely beautiful.

The property features:

  • A private beach area a short walk away
  • Two inviting swimming pools for a refreshing swim.
  • Spa facilities for total relaxation.
  • A garden and terrace, providing serene spots to unwind.
  • An on-site restaurant and bar to cater to culinary desires.

I think that the stylish design combined with the range of accommodations (some rooms have private plunge pools), is awesome. 

The attention to detail in architecture and interiors really sets it apart. 

 Check Rates and Availability at Makanda by The Sea Hotel Adults Only

Mid-Range Hotels in Manuel Antonio

If you are looking for a mid-price range Manuel Antonio hotel we suggest the following places. There are a lot of places available, so we had to be very selective. 

We created this list based on a few qualifications.

  1. Is it a hotel?
  2. Is it actually in Manuel Antonio and near the beach?
  3. Are the property and rooms nice? 
  4. Does it have overall positive reviews?

We gave preference to places we have stayed in that have a pool, good cancellation policies, and in-room AC units (because, trust us, you’ll want AC). 

And this is the list of the best hotels in Manuel Antonio at a mid-range budget that we came up with….

Glamping Tomaselli

⭐️ RATING: 9.2/10 on Booking.com ⭐️ Book Now

Have you ever gone glamping before? If not, this is the perfect place to try it out! This hotel is located in the hills above Manuel Antonio.

They offer unique accommodations including geometric dome tents without private bathrooms.

⤷ Check Rates and Book Glamping Tomaselli

La Vela Boutique Hotel 

⭐️ RATING: 8.9/10 on Booking.com | 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor⭐️ Book Now

La Vela Boutique Hotel is a modern sanctuary situated only 900 feet from Manuel Antonio National Park.

This place has a serene environment where the beauty of nature complements the hotel’s contemporary design. 

The property features:

  • An outdoor swimming pool.
  • A garden surrounded by a tropical forest. You might see (or at least hear) howler monkeys and exotic birds.
  • 24-hour security ensuring a safe and worry-free stay.
  • An on-site restaurant and bar.
  • A helpful tour desk with bilingual staff ready to assist 

We like the modern design here that is paired perfectly with cozy balconies in most rooms.

The proximity to the national park and the jungle vibes definitely add to the overall experience.

⤷ Check Rates and Book La Vela Boutique Hotel 

Hotel Villas Nicolas – Adult Only

⭐️ RATING: 9.0/10 on Booking.com | 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor⭐️ Book Now

Hotel Villas Nicolas, exclusively for adults, is a serene getaway in Manuel Antonio. Even though this place has a really peaceful ambiance, it is conveniently located next to the main road.

The property features:

  • An outdoor pool set amidst a tropical garden.
  • Self-catering apartments equipped with air conditioning and balconies.
  • A restaurant that serves a typical breakfast.

We like Hotel Villas Nicolas because it’s an adults-only hotel. The contrast of a peaceful atmosphere with its proximity to the main road makes it a great choice if you want both relaxation and easy access to nearby restaurants.

Just be careful walking on the road here, especially at night. It is somewhat curvy and sometimes people drive faster than they should here. 

⤷ Check Rates and Book Hotel Villas Nicolas

​​Tico Tico Villas – Adult Only

⭐️ RATING: 9.2/10 on Booking.com | 5/5 on TripAdvisor⭐️ Book Now

Another adult only property. Manuel Antonio has a lot of them! 

Tico Tico Villas’ property showcases a mix of simplicity and functionality. It is perfect for travelers who want a relaxed stay. 

The property features:

  • An inviting outdoor swimming pool.
  • Cozy accommodations with balconies or terraces, offering outdoor relaxation.
  • Well-equipped kitchenettes, including a microwave, toaster, fridge, and coffee machine.
  • BBQ facilities, perfect for grilling up a tasty meal.

We like this place for its simple charm, combined with thoughtful amenities. 

The kitchenettes in the rooms is a winning feature. I love a place that makes it so we don’t have to go out to a restaurant every night. 

⤷ Check Rates and Availability at Tico Tico

Hotel Playa Espadilla & Gardens

⭐️ RATING: 9.0/10 on Booking.com | 4/5 on TripAdvisor⭐️ Book Now

Hotel Playa Espadilla is a good escape situated just a stone’s throw from Playa Espadilla Beach and the national park. 

The property features:

  • An outdoor swimming pool, perfect for cooling off after a day at the beach.
  • Lush gardens, offering a tranquil setting.
  • Air-conditioned rooms equipped with cable TV and essential amenities.
  • 24-hour security, ensuring peace of mind.

We are fond of Hotel Playa Espadilla for its straightforward charm. While the rooms are simple, they cater to all basic comforts. 

The real allure is undoubtedly its unbeatable location. You basically have direct beach access here.  

Being within walking distance to the Manuel Antonio National Park entrance and several fantastic restaurants are great added bonuses.

 Check Rates and Availability at Hotel Playa Espadilla

Buena Vista Plus

⭐️ RATING: 9.4/10 on Booking.com | 5/5 on TripAdvisor⭐️ Book Now


Buena Vista Plus is a beachfront gem, nestled just a few steps from the pristine Espadilla Beach. This 3-star hotel perfectly blends convenience with modern rustic aesthetics. The property features:

  • Air-conditioned units equipped with flat-screen TVs, satellite channels, fridges, and coffee machines.
  • Private bathrooms in every room, with complimentary toiletries.
  • Spacious rooms boasting sea views.
  • A restaurant and bar.
  • Free WiFi, room service, and a concierge service to attend to guests’ needs.

We like Buena Vista Plus for its beachfront location. Plus, the rooms exude a modern rustic charm complemented by a private outdoor seating area in each room.

⤷ Check Rates and Availability at Buena Vista Plus

The Falls at Manuel Antonio

⭐️ RATING: 9.1/10 on Booking.com | 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor⭐️ Book Now

The Falls at Manuel Antonio is a tranquil retreat with jungle views.

The property features:

  • An outdoor swimming pool surrounded by nature.
  • Air-conditioned rooms, each equipped with a desk, safety deposit box, flat-screen TV, and a patio.
  • Private bathrooms
  • Certain rooms boast kitchens, fitted with amenities like a dishwasher, microwave, minibar, and fridge.
  • A restaurant and bar on-site.

While the rooms here are somewhat basic (but nice) the property is awesome. It has a lush rainforest feel to it and feels like a mini oasis.

Yet, it’s just a short drive away from the bustling attractions of Manuel Antonio.

⤷ Check Rates and Availability at The Falls at Manuel Antonio

Budget-Friendly Hotels and Hostels

These hotels and hostels are perfect for those of you who are trying to stick to a tight budget during your trip to Manuel Antonio.

Most of these cheap hotels have private rooms as well as shared dorms. 

Unfortunately, because this area is so popular, there are only a couple of budget-friendly places to stay.

Planet B Hostel 

⭐️ RATING: 9.2/10 on Booking.com ⭐️ Book Now

Planet B Hostel offers a blend of comfort and camaraderie. The hostel is located off of the main road between Quepos and downtown Manuel Antonio. 

The property features:

  • A variety of room options: 8 bed mixed dorms, 4 bed mixed dorms, private rooms, and 4 bed female dorms.
  • Complimentary WiFi and private parking for guests’ convenience.
  • A delightful continental breakfast is included in the room rate.
  • A communal picnic area, perfect for socializing.
  • A serene garden and sun terrace, offering relaxation amidst nature.

We appreciate Planet B Hostel for its inclusive environment and thoughtfully designed spaces. 

Whether you’re traveling solo or with a group, its range of room options caters to all. 

The bonus of a delicious breakfast is also always great!

⤷ Check Rates and Availability at Planet B Hostel 

Hostel Plinio

⭐️ RATING: 8.2/10 on Booking.com | 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor⭐️ Book Now

Hostel Plinio is a haven if you are seeking both relaxation and adventure. With its blend of communal spaces and private retreats, this hostel caters to a diverse range of guests. 

The property features:

  • A variety of accommodations: 8 bed mixed dorms, private rooms with shared bathrooms, and family rooms with a private bathroom.
  • An inviting outdoor pool, perfect for a refreshing dip.
  • Shared kitchen and lounge areas.
  • A game room for entertainment and a restaurant for delectable meals.
  • Balconies attached to rooms, offering captivating ocean views.

The combination of the ocean views from the balconies and the free breakfast makes for a delightful stay here. 

Just keep in mind that they only accept cash for room payments.

⤷ Check Rates and Book Hostel Plinio

Apartments and Condo Vacation Rentals

If you would like more privacy and want a kitchen for cooking your own meals, an a apartment or condo is a good way to go.

Most of these places are great because they offer the features of a hotel (such as a shared pool) as well as the amenities of having a private space. 

One Bedroom Places

If you are traveling solo or as a couple, these places are for you.

Sublime Ocean View 1 Bdrm Condo – #10 Up

⭐️ RATING: 4.6/5 Stars on VRBO | ✅ Book it!

The property features:

  • A large, art-adorned bedroom with a king-size bed, capable of accommodating up to 4 guests.
  • A fully-equipped kitchen
  • A dedicated dining area
  • Modern amenities like WIFI and air-conditioning.
  • A generous balcony space, that is great for wildlife watching.
  • A shared pool on the property

⤷ Check Rates and Availability at Sublime Ocean View Condo

El Titi: 1BR Apartment

⭐️ RATING: 4.8/5 Stars on VRBO | ✅ Book it!

The property features:

  • A luxurious king-size bed in a spacious bedroom with remote-controlled air conditioning.
  • A comfortable queen-size sofa bed in the indoor living area
  • A kitchen stocked with all the essentials for cooking.
  • A daily housekeeping service (excluding Sundays).
  • Access to the Lookout Lounge beside a large, inviting swimming pool.

⤷ Check Rates and Availability at El Titi

Two Bedroom Places

these places are great if you are traveling as two couples or a small family with children.

Shana Residences #310

⭐️ RATING: 4.9/5 Stars on VRBO | ✅ Book it!

This place is located within the Shana Resort (so you get access to most of the resort amenities).

The condo has 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths.

On the property, and included in your booking you can enjoy a huge family pool and Jacuzzi, an adult pool & bar, sunning terraces with day beds, a contemporary lounge area, restaurant, and 24 hour security.

⤷ Check Rates and Availability at Shana Residence

The Elephant Castle: Beachfront Penthouse

⭐️ RATING: 4.9/5 Stars on VRBO | ✅ Book it!

A beachfront penthouse with amazing views. This 2 bedroom/ 2 bathroom condo also has a nice balcony where you can soak up the tropical vibes.

Sometimes you’ll even have visitors on the balcony such as toucans or monkeys.

⤷ Check Rates and Availability at the Elephant Castle

Monkey Sea Condo

⭐️ RATING: 4.7/5 Stars on VRBO | ✅ Book it!

This thoughtfully decorated 2 bedroom/ 1 bath condo can sleep up to 6 guests.

There is a shared pool on the property and you will love the ocean views!

⤷ Check Rates and Availability at Monkey Sea

Three Bedroom + Places

For those of you who would like the amenities of a condo, but need a bit more space. Here are our top places:

3 bedroom Luxury Home Rainforest

⭐️ RATING: 4.7/5 Stars on VRBO | ✅ Book it!

This beautiful condo is located within Los Altos resort. The condo is modern, bright and clean.

The resort property features a beautiful infinity pool, 2 jacuzzis, a fitness center, and a game room.

⤷ Check Rates and Availability at 3 bedroom Luxury Home Rainforest

Pacifico Colonial Condominiums

⭐️ RATING: 9.8/10 Stars on Booking.com | ✅ Book it!

A really nice property with a three bedroom apartment. There is also a shared pool on-site. The large balcony is amazing!

⤷ Check Rates and Availability at Pacifico Colonial Condominiums

Villa Vacation Rentals

Staying at a villa is perfect for large families, groups of friends, or for a destination wedding. We included places of all different sizes on this list. 

High End Villas

These high end places mostly sleep over 10 guests and have the amenities of a luxury resort. 

Casa Fantastico 

⭐️ RATING: 5/5on VRBO ⭐️



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