Manuel Antonio National Park
Early in the morning, enjoy the charms of Manuel Antonio National Park, with its striking white-sand beaches, clear tranquil waters and abundant wildlife. Though the highlights of this park are its two white sand beaches where you’ll have time to swim - Espadilla Sur and Manuel Antonio - it also protects coastal rain forest, a mangrove swamp, coral formations and 12 islands that serve as seabird sanctuaries. Our guide will teach you about the park's distinctive plant life and point out some of the resident fauna, which include 109 mammal species, such as 3 species of monkeys, agouti, three-toed sloth and 184 species of birds.
Sail high above the rainforest canopy and experience the jungle from its richest perspective: the top of the rainforest canopy. With a short drive to the ranch house, snugly set beside a freshwater stream at the base of a mountain, you’ll be served a delicious typical breakfast or lunch (depending on tour time). Get an incredible adrenaline rush while flying between platforms in the canopy of the rainforest from a perspective that few experience. You will be led through magical trails that gently wind through the forest, where you can see poison dart frogs, toucans, squirrel monkeys and more tropical plants than you can believe!
Damas Island Mangrove by Kayak
This is a great opportunity to have a close view into the real nature. Kayaking through this unique and protected inland waterway is truly a great combination of adventure with education, which is easy since the Damas Island is the perfect place to learn about one of the most important ecosystems in the world, the Mangrove Forest. Enjoy the enchanting, primordial mangrove estuary and observe fascinating wildlife such as the whiteface capuchin monkeys and a vast array of birds. Board your kayak for a relaxing enjoyable trip.
Morning or Sunset Sailing
Discover the wonders of our imposing Manuel Antonio coastline and climb aboard one of Costa Rica’s greatest sailing experiences by morning or sunset. Marvel at mysterious islands with jagged rock formations, towering cliffs and nesting grounds to sixteen species of marine pelagic birds. It is not rare during certain times of the year to listen to the song of the whales, whistling with each surge of the waves. Submerge with us and visit a fascinating undersea domain, playground to more than 60 species of colorful tropical fish.
White Water Rafting
Famous are the rivers in Costa Rica for white water rafting activity, and Manuel Antonio is one of the most visited towns for such activity after Turrialba. This white water rafting is an authentic full day adventure: relaxation and pure action while enjoying the fantastic landscapes.
Due to its diversity, the Savegre River Valley is currently a scientific research center. Along the way you will be astounded by the awesome canyons, waterfalls, and primary rainforest of Costa Rica. The Savegre River is a magnificent stretch of white-water that begins its course by winding out of a sparsely inhabited valley in the mountains. At the lower Savegre the white-water rapids are exciting, but not so demanding that you won't have time to enjoy the spectacular tropical scenery.
This is one of the most pristine rivers in the country, and is surrounded by impressive views of the primary rainforest. Lurking just behind the shroud of lush foliage, you will find a number of truly magnificent waterfalls of the Savegre's tributaries. Here you will have the opportunity to visit a waterfall and get to explore the natural swimming pools in the area surrounded by blooming heliconias.
Experience this picturesque ride through the jungles and hills to nearby waterfalls; giving you the opportunity to approach an exuberant natural world of tropical plants and wildlife in an organic non-intrusive manner. Discover the secrets of the forest, learn about medicinal and curative plants, find toucans, take a time for a swim in a relaxing stay at the waterfalls and natural pristine pools, or walk the rainforest trails.
Early Bird Watching Tour
Costa Rica is a birders paradise. With over 856 different species, you just need to go for a little walk to see a lot of different colorful birds. Here, in Arenas Del Mar, the trees planted just outside your room, were chosen because they attract different species of tanager, euphonies, flycatchers, robins, woodpeckers, etc. Just out here it is possible to see around 180 different species of birds.
During the early hike we usually see monkeys, sloths and agoutis as well. Come and join us on a wonderful experience.
Hike to Biesanz Beach
This beach is one of the best-kept-secrets of the area. Only the locals and the guests of a few near-by hotels enjoy its quiet waters and coral reefs. Like Manuel Antonio Beach, (inside the park) this is the only other cove in the area were the crystal clear waters with no waves or rip-tides make it perfect for snorkeling. You start hiking with our guide through the forest on the backside of the hotel for about 1 hour till you get to the beach.
There are lots of chances of finding wild life on the way. When you arrive to this beautiful beach you decide how long are you staying, if 2 or 3 hours and later our guide will pick you up to hike back through the woods. Biesanz beach is perfect for relaxing and swimming and if you wish to snorkel the equipment is available for you to rent right there. This is a tour we recommend for all ages but kids specially love it.
Exploring Quepos Point
(The Backyard of Arenas Del Mar)
Quepos Point posses 300 acre of tropical wet forest that remains almost unexplored. Barry Biesanz is a world famous wood-crafter that owns a 150 acres farm on the point. This farm is dedicated to conservation and only a few of its rosewood trees are selected and end-up like beautiful bowls. In association with him the hotel is the only one offering hikes through an area were humans barely walk. On this land monkeys, sloths and other mammal species are common. Also this hike offers the most stunning views of the National Park's Catedral Point and a view of the Quepos shore with its dock and mangrove areas. This is a tough hike that will make you feel like exploring the untamed Pacific coast's jungles like if it was the first time anyone does.
Night Walk on Arenas Del Mar Nature Reserve
At night, many animals go to sleep but many others come out, such as snakes, spiders, opossums and owls. It is a really good opportunity to see different types of insects. Come and join us in this great experience!
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