Close your eyes and listen to the lulling sounds of the waves and feel the ocean breeze and warm tropical sun against your skin as you begin your phenomenal vacation in the enchanting Manuel Antonio. There are a number of activities in the area that will enrich your vacation experience. Visit the Manuel Antonio National Park where you can watch the monkeys playing in the canopy above and follow beautiful walking trails up into the forest and onto pristine beaches. Also scuba dive or snorkel the stunning Pacific waters that are rich in marine life, or venture out into the open waters on a deep sea fishing excursion.
Built as a luxurious private residence, and located only a short drive or hike from the beautiful beach, La Mansion Inn is a small boutique hotel that satisfies even the most discriminating tastes. There’s a patio with a barbecue, an infinity swimming pool with Jacuzzi, and roof-top Sky Lounge with 360 degree views of the ocean, National Park, and surrounding forest. Unique to Costa Rica, there is also an underground Cave Bar, carved from ancient natural rock formations, which is quite the interesting treat. You can sip on a specialty cocktail and enjoy the sounds of the in-cave waterfall. Truly spectacular!
The suites and rooms are anything but “standard”. All accommodations are air conditioned and have bathrooms, a television, in-room telephone, outside sitting area and desks. Every room has sliding glass doors which open to incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding jungle. The Presidential Suite is an award winning accommodation lavishly furnished with an in-room Jacuzzi featuring 24-carat gold faucets. The two decadent Penthouse Suites a top the West Wing of La Mansion Inn, both afford stunning views of the Pacific, and are designed with fine furnishings from Sarchi, crystal chandeliers and topped off with a phenomenal private sundeck. Brand new, as of July 2009, the recent addition of two more Penthouses follow suit. Both are perfectly situated, capturing not only postcard views of the Pacific, but also the spanning rainforest which blankets the hills as they slope inland towards the mountains. Rooms are spacious – including closet and balcony space – and in tune with the down-to-earth elegance and classic tones of La Mansion Inn. The Penthouses and Presidential Suites include breakfast, lunch and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) until 7 pm with your stay.
- Air Condition
- Convention floor
- Indoor pool
- Private bathroom
- Room service
- Safety Deposit Box
- Seating area
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Located 120 miles (192 km) from San Jose on the Pacific coast, Manuel Antonio National Park is internationally recognized as being one of the most biodiverse parks on the planet. Lush tropical forests, lagoons, mangroves and pristine white sandy beaches make up one of the most diverse ecosystems imaginable. Among the 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds, some of the frequently viewed residents include white-faced and howler monkeys, two and three toed sloths and iguanas. The endangered squirrel monkey calls the park home as well.
The park contains a great system of well marked trails to allow visitors to explore (maps may be purchased at the park entrance). The four beaches in the park, Espadilla Sur, Manuel Antonio, Escondito and Playita, are some of the best in the country. Espadilla Sur and Manuel Antonio offer very good snorkeling when the water is clear, which is best during the dry season. At 236 feet (72 m) high, Cathedral Point lies between Playa Espadilla Sur and Playa Manuel Antonio. It is connected to the mainland by a narrow land bridge and if you&re up for the hike, provides a memorable view. Playa Manuel Antonio offers a glimpse into the past with pre-Columbian turtle traps made of stone. Surfing, swimming or just relaxing under the sun are favorite activities for park goers.
Manuel Antonio National Park is open Tuesday through Sunday from 7:30 am to 4 pm. Regulations have been in effect to limit the amount of visitors to 600 on weekdays and 800 on weekends and holidays. To avoid large crowds, early morning from May to November may be the best time to experience the park. Peak months are from December to April. The entrance fee is $6 and free for children 12 and under. Petty theft is common around the park so be sure not to leave your possessions unguarded.