Hotel at a Glance: The Ocean Club of Manuel Antonio
Dense jungle foliage and the bright-blue waters of the Pacific Ocean form a 360-degree backdrop to The Ocean Club of Manuel Antonio, which sits on a scenic bluff in western Costa Rica. Guests can enjoy jaw-dropping views of the ocean from an infinity pool and hot tub surrounded by a wooden sun deck and crisp-white cabanas. The hotel is also just a 10-minute walk from the secluded sands of Biesanz Beach.
- Rent kayaks and snorkels to explore the beach’s volcanic coral formations.
- A room with a view: All two-bedroom condos have private, furnished balconies facing the Pacific Ocean; you might even spot parrots, toucans, and other native birds in the jungle canopy.
- Luxurious finishings: granite countertops, custom travertine flooring, and handcrafted Italian furniture
- Dining options: Guests can prepare meals in the gourmet kitchens in their rooms, or dine on regional specialties at the onsite restaurant.
- Spot local wildlife at nearby Manuel Antonio National Park, home to howler monkeys, poison dart frogs, and sloths.<p>
Puntarenas, Costa Rica: Scarlet Macaws and Surfing in Popular Ecotourism Getaway
Located along the Pacific coastline, Puntarenas is Costa Rica’s largest province, extending more than 500 miles from the Panama-Costa Rica border up to the Gulf of Nicoya. In Puntarenas, you’re never far from beaches, national parks, and nature reserves, making the area a popular ecotourism spot. The beachside town of Jacó attracts surfers from all over the globe with consistently big waves and good breaks. Just a few miles inland, Carara National Park, an 11,600-acre nature reserve, is home to crocodiles, two-toed sloths, and hundreds of scarlet macaws—a rare sight in most parts of the country.
About 60 miles northeast of Jacó lies the Costa Rican capital of San José, a bustling cultural hub filled with open-air artisan markets and street vendors selling tamales and pupusas (stuffed flatbread). Wandering the streets here you’ll see a confluence of architecture styles—part Spanish, part Moorish—and some of the older neighborhoods still have homes made out of wood and adobe.<p>