Top 6 Reasons to Honeymoon at Arenas del Mar Resort, Costa Rica

Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort is a stunning beachfront resort tucked into the rainforest just a stone’s throw from central Costa Rica’s famous Manuel Antonio National Park. With the perfect balance of luxury and nature, it’s an exceptional place for a honeymoon.

Below, we’ve listed six of our favorite reasons for newlyweds to take their ultimate vacation there.

A Commitment to Nature

Upon arriving at Arenas del Mar you’ll be immediately greeted by a friendly staff and lush tropical canopy, plus the resort’s refreshing welcome drink named after the country’s famous motto “Pura Vida.”

You’ll notice right away the resort team’s commitment to protect the rainforest and the result is breathtaking. You’ll experience the sounds, sights, and sensations of being oceanside while surrounded by flora, fauna, and wildlife.

Be on the lookout for sloths, iguanas, monkeys, and a variety of birds and butterflies. These are just some of the wildlife you can catch sight of within minutes of stepping foot on the property!

Sun, Surf, and Play

The resort’s unique access to both the public Espadilla Beach and the secluded Playitas Beach give couples plenty of opportunity to lay, swim, or surf in the ocean air. For a more active beach experience, Espadilla Beach is perfect for your morning run and afternoon surf lesson (complete with a post-surf siesta under the shade of palm tree).

Meanwhile, Playitas Beach is designed for complete relaxation. Favorite activities include taking a dip in the ocean, ordering lunch (the mahi mahi tacos come highly recommended!) and enjoying fresh juices or cocktails from the bar while spending the day lounging on a daybed. If you find yourself needing a break from the sand and surf, grab a spot at one of resort’s two incredible swimming pools, the infinity pool overlooking Espadilla Beach or the Playitas pool.

(Sensational) Rooms with a View

The rooms and amenities at Arenas del Mar leave nothing to be desired. Whether you choose a room with an ocean view and an outdoor private Jacuzzi or a garden room surrounded by nature, you’ll feel like all your needs have been considered.

One particular highlight is the in-room Tico Bar. It’s stocked daily with local coffee and snacks including kombucha, beer, chocolate covered dried pineapple, and plantain chips to enjoy while taking the view.

Activities & Amenities

Whether your interest is lounging during your visit, exploration, or both, the front desk team at Arenas del Mar will help you make the most of your stay. Take advantage of the on-site activities where you can learn about sustainable tourism, make tortillas, explore the nightlife, experience a treatment at the spa, or practice yoga.

Excursions to nearby sites are well organized and a guided tour of the Manuel Antonio National Park is a must for nature lovers. Get there early in the day to avoid the crowds and make sure to bring a suit and towel to enjoy the pristine beach. If you’re looking or more action, zip-lining through the rainforest, parasailing, and horseback riding are just a few of the options.

Dining and Sunsets

One thing you don’t want to miss is the glorious sunset marking the end of each day. Enjoy sunset at the El Mirador Restaurant and Bar with a cocktail crafted with local ingredients and small bites. Perched on a cliff above the ocean, this is an ideal spot to watch the sun go down.

The restaurant’s dinner menu is impressive with locally sourced seafood, along with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. The care and curation of this menu will not disappoint. On many nights, you can even make your way down to Playitas Beach for themed dinners served right on the beach.

Ultimate Convenience

Honeymooners will find arrival to be simple and stress-free. From Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Juan (SJO), you can take a quick 30-minute flight or three-hour shuttle to the resort. If you choose to take the shuttle, you’ll be greeted by one of the resort’s experienced drivers in an air-conditioned van stocked with local snacks and bottled water.

Tip: Don’t pass up the chance along the way to stop at the bridge to Jaco over the Río Tarcole for your first pipa frío (cold coconut) and a view of the famous American Crocodiles.

 

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With Perfect Mix of Amenities, Arenas Del Mar Resort Beckons Honeymoon Couples

With the Perfect Mix of Amenities, Arenas Del Mar Resort Beckons Honeymoon Couples

Have you been dreaming of a special honeymoon destination that perfectly blends luxury, relaxation, sustainability and adventure?

Look no further than Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort in Costa Rica.

Highlighted by an extraordinary coastal rainforest location, sensational on-site amenities (including a pair of restaurants, two swimming pools, and a top-notch spa) and unwavering commitment to the environment, the 38-room boutique hotel is one of our top overall recommendations for a honeymoon getaway.

Newlyweds will be in heaven thanks to cozy, eco-luxurious accommodations. In addition to premium views of the Pacific Ocean and stunning rainforest, all guest rooms and suites are equipped with a king-sized bed, complimentary mini-bar, free Wi-Fi, and spacious bathrooms with overhead showers.

The “Ocean Breeze Suites” particularly stand out with 330 square feet of terrace space overlooking Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast, plus a bathroom with tiled shower, and a private outdoor hot tub. Your spacious deck also provides fabulous opportunities to view the local wildlife.

With the ocean, rainforest and national parks all in close proximity, active honeymooners can surely expect an unforgettable stay. Notable experiences include surfing, horseback riding on the beach, sailing, sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, and zip lining through the canopy of the rainforest.

One of the most impressive aspects of the resort is its dedication to sustainability. The hotel is completely carbon-neutral thanks to the usage of solar panels, electric golf carts, energy-efficient lighting, and much more.

Meanwhile, eight acres of the resort has been transformed into a private nature reserve with nature trails. In fact, this area acts as an ecological corridor to help expand the area surrounding Manuel Antonio National Park (which happens to be one of Costa Rica’s most popular national parks and home to sloths, four types of monkeys, rare birds and many other creatures of the rainforest).

After several days exploring Manuel Antonio National Park, couples will find it extremely easy to relax and rejuvenate. The 11-acre property features two saltwater swimming pools, a sandy beach, and a first-rate spa facility.

Don’t miss a spa treatment at Las Brisas Wellness Center, which offers everything from traditional massages to energizing coffee scrubs. The “Honeymoon Bliss Package” is a must for newlyweds. The experience includes a 50-minute massage for two, couples yoga class, and romantic dinner served with wine.

Honeymooners in search of healthy, local food will certainly be in for a treat. Featuring a beautiful open air setting, El Mirador Restaurant and Bar will serve as your go-to option for breakfast and dinner. The impressive dinner menu focuses on locally caught seafood plus local Costa Rican dishes (don’t miss the Sopa Negra, a traditional culinary in Costa Rica). Couples can also arrange a private candlelit dinner on their terrace or directly on Playitas Beach.

El Mirador Bar is your go-to spot for specialty cocktails, wine, and craft beers. When it comes to mixed drinks, be sure to try the Guaro Mojito, which is made with a delicious Costa Rican liquor produced from sugar cane.

Looking for a casual meal with a view? Playitas Restaurant serves daily lunch where you can literally sink your feet into the sand.

Ready for a sustainable, luxurious and unforgettable honeymoon? Plan your ultimate getaway at Arenas Del Mar Resort in scenic Costa Rica.

 

Images courtesy of Arenas Del Mar

Destinations We Love: Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is one of the top destinations for Wanderers and it is easy to see why. Featuring two gorgeous coastlines, abundant wildlife, awesome adventure sports, and acres of national parks, this Central American country is a great pick for a couple that loves nature or is seeking adventure.

Here are our top five things to do while in Costa Rica:

Raft the Pacuare: Costa Rica is home to some amazing rafting, and the Pacuare is considered the best of the many raftable rivers.

Ziplining in the Cloud Forest: Ziplining was invented in Costa Rica, and one of the most popular places to do it is in the cloud forests of Santa Elena and Monteverde.

Relaxing in Hot Springs: Arenal Volcano is surrounded by naturally occurring hot springs. Remember to include an evening for soaking in warm waters and enjoying each other’s company.

Meet the Local Wildlife: A trip to Costa Rica wouldn’t be complete without seeing some of its famous wildlife. Our favorite spot for wildlife is in Tortuguero, where we’d recommend visiting the nesting sea turtles and exploring the vibrant jungle canals by boat or kayak.

Enjoy the Surf: Costa Rica is a fantastic place to learn to surf or to simply laze on the beach. Make sure to give yourselves at least a couple days to work on your tans or surfing skills or both.

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When to go: Avoid hurricane season, and visit between late November and early April.

Don’t forget: Sports sandals like Keens or Chacos, they might not be so cute, but they’re great for any adventure sports you might choose to do.

Unmissable journey: The dirt roads of the Nicoya peninsula may be bone rattling, but they make for fantastic travel stories, and at their end you’ll find spectacular beaches.

Best meal: Fresh fish ceviche and a freezing cold Imperial eaten in view of the ocean can’t be beat.

Souvenirs: Take home some of Costa Rica’s famous coffee or a bottle of the ever-present Salsa Lizano.

Language: Spanish, though many Ticos (Costa Ricans) speak English.

Have you been to Costa Rica? What are your tips for other Wanderers?

Wanderable’s Favorite Local Flavors

One of our favorite parts of traveling is eating the local cuisine, and from what we can tell most Wanderable users agree. Food can inspire travel (we have a friend who went on a 10 week trip to Asia after reading an article in the New York Times about Malaysian cuisine), can help us better understand a culture, and can remind us of places we’ve visited. Here are some of our favorite dishes from some of our favorite places to travel.

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Gallo Pinto, Costa Rica.  This Costa Rican mix of rice and beans is a breakfast mainstay in the land of pura vida. We love it most with salsa Linzano, a side of sweet plantains and a bit of natilla (sour cream).

Frites, Belgium. According to some Belgium is the real home of pommes frites or french fries.  We don’t mind where they’re from, as long as we have an excuse to eat them. Belgians eat their frites from paper cones with a side of mayonnaise.

Steak with Chimmichurri, Argentina. The steak from Argentina might be some of the best in the world. And when paired with the herbaceous, garlicy, chimmichurri and a full bodied Malbec, you have a memorable feast.

Phad Thai, Thailand. No matter how many times we ate it, we couldn’t get enough of this Thai classic. We ate it from streets stands off of Koh San Road, at beach stalls in Koh Samui, and up north in Chiang Mai, where we learned to make it at cooking school. We like it phet phet, spicy with lots of dried chile.

Ceviche, Peru. One of the highlights of Peru’s culinary scene is its ceviche. We love the scene at Lima’s cevecherias on Sundays, where everyone is recovering from their Saturday nights over ceviche and beer. Sea food may seem like a bad idea after a hangover but thousands of Peruvians can’t be wrong.

Croque Monsieur, France. We won’t lie, we love a grilled cheese, and the French do them devilishly well.  Combined with a gorgeous green salad and a cheeky glass of wine, this is one of our favorite things to order while eating lunch at a Parisian street-side cafe.
What meals are you looking forward to on your honeymoon?