If you are good with going to the beach once a day, stay 5 mns. up the mountain from the park / beaches.The elevation makes a great view over the ocean. From La Mariposa, it is a 5-minute walk to other bars, restaurants, and resort restaurants that over-look the ocean. Some other restaurants are very affordable.
The area is actually in between Manuel Antonio National Park and the city of Quepos. However, it is much closer to Manuel Antonio Park; the park is where the gorgeous beaches are. From the resort, it is only a 50-cent short bus ride to the park entrance, an $8 cab ride, a free shuttle offered by La Mariposa, or you can take a 20-minute walk to the park.
My husband and I stayed at La Mariposa in July 2008. When we went back to Manuel Antonio in July 2010, we could not afford La Mariposa, but we spent time at their infinity pool and pool bar. When swimming in one of the two infinity pools, it appears that the water is flowing into the Pacific ocean.
When staying at La Mariposa, we got one of their stand-alone cottages. They are wonderful for nature-lovers. A sloth hung out in a tree right off our balcony all night. A gorgeous jungle and ocean back-drop surrounds the property!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in one of the most magnificent settings in the world, Hotel La Mariposa stands majestically a top the highest point in Manuel Antonio and is best known for its award-winning 360 degree view overlooking the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and the Manuel Antonio National Park, in Costa Rica. Nature and luxury flawlessly combine with 60 well-appointed rooms in a Spanish-Mediterranean architectural design and tropical gardens with walkways and trails meticulously landscaped to reflect the natural beauty of Costa Rica's abundant plant and wildlife. Experience the stunning magic of the legendary Manuel Antonio sunsets while sipping a tropical cocktail at our "Sunset Bar and Lounge," while dining in our world-class international restaurant "Le Papillon" With over 45 years experience, our personalized service and unforgettable views have made La Mariposa a top choice for the most discriminating travellers, who relish both its intimacy and magnificence. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Mariposa Costa Rica
- La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio