5 cool places to stay in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Most visitors to Costa Rica will visit Manuel Antonio, and for good reason. This area is the home to the famous Manuel Antonio National Park. Here you can visit animals, nature and one of the most stunning beaches in Costa Rica. The town itself is also fun, with many places to eat and drink. We loved hiking to nearby coves too – you can read more about that in our 3 week guide to visiting Costa Rica. But, where are the coolest places to stay in Manuel Antonio – find out below.

  1. Selina Manuel Antonio
  2. Parador Nature Resort and Spa
  3. Tico Tico Villas
  4. Costa Linda Art Hostel
  5. Shana by the beach
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Selina Manuel Antonio

It’s difficult to write about any major town in Costa Rica without mentioning the Selina chain. We love Selina.

All of their places are accomodation, co-working spaces and excellent places to socialise. On top of that, most have fantastic communal areas and activities, such as yoga.

Selina in Manuel Antonio is no exception. Plus, it’s a stone’s throw away from the beach. This is definitely one of the coolest places to stay in Manuel Antonio.

Budget: $75 per night for two on Booking.com

Best for: Digital nomads visiting the park

Parador Nature Resort and Spa

Offering 5 star luxury, the Parador nature resort and spa is a fabulous slice of heaven in Manuel Antonio. Not only is this an eco friendly hotel, but it has 3 swimming pools and 3 restaurants. Making this a great place to stay if you want a “home base,” from which to explore Manuel Antonio.

Sporting a tennis court, a fitness centre and a golf cart that can take you to nearby Biesanz beach, this is a great option for families visiting Costa Rica.

Budget: $250 for 2 per night on booking.com

Best for: Families looking for “resort” style acomodation

Tico Tico Villas

Tico tico villas are apartments in Manuel Antonio. Although they are around 1.5km from the national park, you’re sure to see your own wildlife near to the apartment. Previous guests have spotted monkeys and iguanas.

These apartments offer self catering but with the luxury of a pool. All at a reasonable price point. A rare find.

Budget: $69 for 2 per night on booking.com

Best for: Adults looking for self catered accommodation

Costa Linda Art Hostel

We stayed at Costa Linda Art Hostel and loved it. Yes, its basic. But it is so close to the national park entrance, that the location makes it well worth a punt.

We found it one of the coolest places to stay in Manuel Antonio for the funky decor, plus the fun bar serving cocktails.

Budget: $37 per night on booking.com

Best for: Budget conscious backpackers

Shana by the beach

With a swimming pool and occupying a prime beachfront spot, Shana by the Beach is perfect for a proper chill.

A little way away from the national park, but close to Biesanz Beach, which is our view is one of the best in the area, especially for couples.

Budget: $125 per night for 2 on booking.com

Best for: couples looking for beachside chill

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2 responses to “5 cool places to stay in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica”

  1. thehungrytravellers.blog avatar

    Staying in Quepos is good for Manuel Antonio too….we really enjoyed our time, just a bit more of an ordinary Tico town rather than tourist geared. And so easy to get to Manuel Antonio and back.

    1. lotuseaters.travel avatar

      Mmmmm that actually sounds like a good idea. Manuel Antonio was so busy when we went there were hardly any hotels left! Should have gone further out.

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