I recently stayed at La Mariposa for a week, and cannot say enough about this incredible resort. The views are absolutely breath taking and the hotel itself is beautiful! The service is out of this world, and the staff is extremely accommodating and professional. We stayed in a garden view room which was nice, however next time would pay the extra for an ocean view. This hotel is definitely known for that, so take advantage any minute you can to enjoy it! The complimentary breakfast is very impressive, it was a great way to start the day! While the hotel restaurant itself was a little pricey, having a cocktail at sunset on the deck is a must. Manuel Antonio itself is a great little spot surrounded by many local restaurants in walking distance from the hotel. (About 5 minutes away) They are all delicious and it is easy to find a fun atmosphere! The beach is a 10 minute ride on the bus from the hotel, which is convenient because it comes every couple of minutes. This beach is a local beach, offering lots of activities from parasailing to surfing. Renting an umbrella and chair is key if you plan on being there for the day! The Manuel Antonio Park is a must see, however traveling with a guide your first time through is probably best. We went twice, mostly for the wild life and private beaches in the park, and the second time we went without a tour and didn't see half the animals we did the first time. The private beaches are gorgeous, however you can only get to them if you pay the park fee. It is worth it though..breath taking views as well as monkeys roaming the beach! This trip is a perfect mix of relaxation and adventure if you're looking for it. Stevan at the front desk is very helpful and recommended many places to zipline..we were very pleased with the recommended company. We also horsebacked on the beach with Diego Solis (506) 8834-8687 at Rancho Savegre. His horses were all healthy, very fit and well behaved. This was a 2 hour trip through the jungle and ended with a gallop on the beach. it was AMAZING. You cannot go wrong with this hotel or this area. Months after returning from La Mariposa, I still share pictures and stories of this beautiful hotel and all that Costa Rica has to offer. Clearly, I highly recommend it!