I stayed here in June 2014, probably not the best time of year to be there with daily rainstorms and high humidity. I chose a low end room and it had a double and single, no TV (which didn't bother me), no table or chairs, no tea/coffee facilities, a warm shower, also a safety box, WIFI didn't reach my room but by sitting on the steps halfway between my room and the outdoor lobby it worked. Monkeys come by daily and play in the trees and on the roof. The restaurant with a bar is popular with outsiders, open air and enough choices at regular prices, Happy hour is 2 for 1 and Pina Colada's to die for.
You walk a few hundred meters down a hill past jungle with monkey's playing and eating mangoes off the trees, to popular Manuel Antonio beach where everything is available to hire to have fun - parasail, surf and body boards, banana boat, jet ski, kayaks, horse rides,, and a beach lounge with umbrella for $5 US, massage available too and quaint peddlers selling all sorts of treats and wares, very non offensive and love having their photo taken. The beach is one of the lightest colored beaches as CR is volcanic and most of the beaches are varying shades of black. Restaurants and Shops galore along the beachfront with trinkets and clothing. MA is popular with Costa Ricans, Americans and many other neighboring countries. Buses run half hourly to and fro from the city of Queopos for roughly 50 cents and a taxi should be around 4000 colones. For those needing it, there is a great chiropractor in the region who is very cheap and good at his job. BE AWARE OF CURRENCY and don't get ripped off by unscrupulous taxi drivers..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Comfortable Beach hotel located in one of the most beautiful areas of Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio Beaches in Puntarenas Quepos, just 200 meters from the entrance to the most visited Costa Rica Manuel Antonio National Park, characterized by beautiful beaches, stunning National Park views, incredible sunsets, where you can admire a unique nature, few of his steps to admire the beauty of a troop of titi monkeys, or delight your ears with the murmur of the howler monkeys or the acrobatics of white face monkeys, in order flora and fauna within your reach in a natural setting. Come and enjoy it and remember Costa Rica is "PURA VIDA" ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Vela Bar Hotel
- Hotel Vela Bar Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park