My six year old daughter and I just returned from a week at Hotel Costa Verde and we had a fabulous time. This was our first time to Costa Rica and I arranged everything over the internet so not too sure what to expect. First of all, the staff at Costa Verde were extremely helpful just helping us to make our arrangements, responding quickly to multiple emails. We had no problems with our reservations, the staff were expecting us and showed us to our room, B-11. The room was on the 3rd floor, very large, floor to ceiling windows with a large balcony and the most amazing views, exactly as pictured on the website. The room had a kitchenette, which included a small refrigerator, 4 burner electric stove, sink and sufficient selection of pots, pans, plates, silverware. Unfortunately, no microwave (would have been nice for leftovers), but there was a coffee maker available. Phone, air conditioner and television in the room too, and a blow dryer. No closets or drawers but there was an area to hang clothes.
The hotel is located about 4 minute taxi ride from Manuel Antonio National Park, on a narrow winding road. (I had read a review that mentioned the sound of traffic and unfortunately, I could definitely hear trucks along the road. You can't see the road through the trees but I guess it is really close. I didn't have a problem with it at night since we actually had the air conditioner on most of the time at night but it was a bit distracting when sitting on the balconey enjoying that unbelievable view. I tried to ignore it for the most part.) The hotel is sort of spread out over a large area. It includes a few different sections, 3 restaurants (2 which are across the street). There are 3 pools, one adults only. The pools aren't huge but they're clean and we never saw more than 4-5 other people at either of the two we visited. We booked a few tours through the hotel (horseback riding, a mangrove tour and a Manuel Antonio Park guided tour). We chose not to book tours prior to arriving since some reviewers noted they had difficulties doing that. We had no problems with space in the tours; in fact for the park and mangrove we were the only people there! The mangrove tour included a stop at a restaurant which was one of the best meals we had in Costa Rica. We had a great guide (Henar?) for the park, very educated and worked really hard to give us a chance to see sloths, frogs, insects, monkeys, birds. The tour concluded with fresh, chilled fruit and my daughter was even given a crown made out of vines and a cricket made from a reed. We also went zip lining with Canopy Safari but we booked that in Quepos for a better price than the hotel offered. I would recommend all the tours, but the zip line tour was definitely the most exciting! We walked up the hill one day to Como Si No Hotel which has a butterly garden/reptile tour which was great.
As far as food, we ate most of our meals at the Anaconda Restaurant, mostly for its convenience (right outside our room). The prices were reasonalbe, the food was great, the staff friendly and helpful. We also ate a couple of times at the Byblos Hotel Pizzeria about a 25 minute walk up the hill. Great place; my daughter loved swimming in the pool while we waited for the pizza (not a violation, they actually encourage this!). Just a note, we are vegetarians and didn't have any problem finding food, even on the tours; we just mentioned it ahead of time.
As far as wildlife, I don't know if we were just lucky but we saw literally dozens of monkeys, every day of our trip. We probably saw the most monkeys right at Costa Verde (like they say, more monkeys than people!). We saw Cappuchin, Howler and Squirrel (Mono Titi) there. We also saw Mono titi monkeys in the trees while walking along the main road. We saw Cappuchin monkeys everywhere; on the mangrove tour they were on our boat and they ran across our hotel balcony more than once! The birds were incredible, we were able to identify about a dozen different species on the mangrove tour. And the lizards! Huge iguanas wandered all over the hotel grounds, one was always in the trees near the pool and another greeted us every morning by the restaurant!
Overall, our trip was even better than our (very) high expectations and Costa Verde was a great base for our daily excursions.
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- Also Known As:
- Costa Verde Hotel
- Hotel Costa Verde Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park