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Manuel Antonio Lodging

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Manuel Antonio Lodging

We are a family of four with two boys ages 14 and 11 looking for lodging in the Manuel Antonio area during Christmas break. We'd like a pool and access to the beach. Any suggestions?

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Tulemar Resort
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1. Re: Manuel Antonio Lodging

Look into Costa Verde. They have a web site.

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A lot of the hotels in the area are very nice and have pools, but most don't have beach access. El Parador does have it's own beach access (separate from the park), and there are a couple of hotels close to the beach, but most require a shuttle to the park. HOWEVER, if you want to stay in MA during Christmas you need to make reservations right now. Many are already booked. It's their busiest season. I've only stayed at El Parador and Mariposa. I like them both -- Parador is fancier. Some other hotels are Espadilla, Hotel California, and Mono Azul, Tulemar Bungalows....

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Tulemar Bungalows has a pool and a private beach. The beach is a pretty far walk from the bungalows, but you have drive to it or have the hotel van bring you down. There are boogie boards and sea kayaks available for use, and a small bar. I believe the Buena Vista Villas have access to the same beach, but have a different pool. The waves on the beach can get pretty rough when the tide is coming in and there are some rocks there.

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We stayed at the Tulemar bungalows and have mixed feelings about it.

The bungalow itself was beautifull, with an amazing view. The restaurant is close to just about all the bungalows and it's at the same elevation (i.e. you don't have to walk up/down a hill) - breakfast is really nice there .... but..

....the beach is a hefty walk down and it's pretty grungy.. The manager convinced us to go there instead of to the Manuarl Antonio beach for snorkeling adn we really, really regret it. First of all, they only had 3 kayaks total, and there were 4 of us so we had to wait a long time to get them.

Snorkeling gear - disgusting. They had no fin that were kid sizes, and luckily we had brought our own masks & snorkels since they were out of those.

...and it had really bad waves anyways.. we wasted the entire afternoon and had a really bad, overpriced lunch there, and finally got the kayaks 30 minutes before it started raining.

...and our first night there we went ot dinner in their restaurant. There was also a wedding reception there so the service was incredibly poor, we waited forever to order, for our food - definitely teh worst service we had in Costa Rica, adn we wanted to go swimming in the pool afterwards but couldn't because the wedding reception had put floating flower vases there with candles and the pool was blocked off.... and they were really, really loud. I complained, but they couldn't do anything, and, I just wish I was warned, I definitely wouldn't have gone there.

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If you want a quick easy walk to the beach your hotel choices would be very limited - look at the few on a quiet side street by the park (Espadilla, La Posada, etc. - click on the palm tree for a map at .http://www.laposadajungle.com/getting_here.htm). If you want to drive or take a bus or hotel shuttle to the beach then any hotel in Manuel Antonio is within about 15 minutes drive - see the following for the list - cupotico.com/maps/…20maps.html and www.discoveringcostarica.com for inks to many hotels direct websites. Tripadvisor side does have reviews for many hotels there, but remember there are a lot more hotels in Manuel Antonio than just the most popular ones.

Hotel Verde Mar that Storm mentioned is in a whole different category of hotels compared to Tulemar, Mariposa, Parador, etc. It really depends on what you are looking for... We stayed in Hotel Verde Mar around last New Year's. I am sure there are better hotels there. The good things I can say about this place are - it's clean, it's one of the few hotels there that is right on the beach, which was very convenient, we got a room with 1 queen bed and a kitchenette (and saved money on going out less for meals), and it has a library, so you can borrow books to read in the shade on the beach that is a minute walk through the treed area behind the hotel. The negatives - pillows made of cotton balls, shower with no water pressure whatsoever (but water was hot), the windows don't open and have metal bars, so you run the air conditioning a lot, which is right next to the bed and blows right at you. We were not bothered by it but others there complained of the loud music on party nights at the discoteque that's closeby. We just listened to the air conditioner hum instead. We couldn't open the curtains in the room because windows on one side were facing the walkway (motel style) and on the other side camping tents of the next property. The broken ceiling panels over the walkway and the dusty dated outdoor furniture show that this place is not taken care of well.

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Travel1000, thanks for clarifying that for me. Tulemar and Verde Mar aren't even the same sport when it comes to hotels. Karen is making improvements to Verde Mar, but comparing Verde Mar and tulemar is like Motel 6 to Hilton.

Storm

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8. Re: Manuel Antonio Lodging

Although there is no direct beach access, I would recommend the Costa Verde. It is a very nice place and they have a cool pool with a great view (although this might be called the "adult" pool because it has a bar). There is another pool on the property as well.

If you are driving, it is a short ride down to the beach, or you can walk but it is a pretty steep incline that can get tiring.

We also toured the Si Como No while we were there and I would definatley stay there as well. It is nice.

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