If you're looking for a simple, affordable accommodation with the best location- be sure to stay here! Where most hotels in Manuel Antonio are perched on the cliffs and offer great views of the ocean, you can be basking on the Costa Rican shore literally just steps outside the hotel- and I'm not even exaggerating about the distance.
The rooms are simple and contain a small kitchenette area with a few dishes to use if desired. The room I had as a single room was just enough for 2 nights, but it's not extremely roomy. Still, it's plenty, since there is plenty to do in Manuel Antonio and you probably won't be in the room much anyway. The only downside I found to the room I had (a single room on the first level) was that it was right next to the kids pool. It was very easy to hear kids talking loud and being noisy right there, but it wasn't unbearable or anything to deteriorate the entire ambiance of the hotel.
Playa Espadilla, the beach where this hotel is located offers lots of activities on the beach including surfing, banana boating, parasailing, etc. There is a strip of a few good restaurants mingled with Costa Rican souvenir shops. I especially liked Marlin Restaurante- it offers a mix of American, Italian and Costa Rican cuisine at moderate prices.
Be SURE to head out to the beach around sunset! I have one of the most memorable pictures from my entire journey to Costa Rica from Playa Espadilla at sunset, the beach right outside this hotel.
Breakfast is not included in the room rate but they have a small little kitchen area right by the front desk where they offer a limited breakfast menu for $7. If you're tired of the typical Costa Rican breakfast (gallo pinto, eggs, toast, fruit, and juice) I noticed Marlin Restaurante, just about 7 minutes walking from the hotel offered breakfast as well. I also encountered wild monkeys on the open roofs of the hotel while I was eating breakfast- that was definitely a surprise!
The front desk staff spoke great English and were smiling and helpful every time I walked by. They have brochures and info on tours in the area; it's impossible to be bored while in Manuel Antonio. If you're going to be in Manuel Antonio on a Monday, note that the park is closed, so you'll want to plan an alternate activity instead of visiting the park.
Hotel Verde Mar is a youthful, energetic hotel right on the beach- next time I'm in Manuel Antonio, I'm going to be sure to stay here again, and I hope you consider staying here too!
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- Also Known As:
- Verde Mar Hotel
- Hotel Verde Mar Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio