Manuel Antonio National Park is a must-see on any Costa Rica travel itinerary. Located on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast, these tangled mangrove waterways and wild rivers found in the park are very easy to access.
Families especially love the diversity of the area, including pristine beaches, lush mangrove forests, and prolific wildlife. Because of this diversity, Costa Rica travel experts suggest that if you only have time to visit one destination in Costa Rica, be sure to make it Manuel Antonio.
While there are a large number of hotels in the Manuel Antonio area, a few stand out as clear leaders when it comes to kid-friendly options. Here are the three best Manuel Antonio hotels for kids.
Feel Right at Home at the Buenavista Luxury Villas
Buenavista Luxury Villas are a unique collection of privately owned bungalows and private villas. This is somewhat unique in Costa Rica, where larger hotels and resorts dominate accommodation options.
While the unit at Buenavista Luxury Villas range from one to three bedrooms, every option includes a fully equipped kitchen which (in my opinion) is extremely important when traveling with kids. I love the hotel’s pre-travel concierge, who can, among other things, ensure your kitchen is stocked when you arrive, a most excellent amenity if you’re traveling with kids.
Guests also rave about the huge balconies, each with a private hot tub.
Finally, guests of Buenavista Luxury Villas have exclusive access to Manuel Antonio’s only private beach. Grab one of the complimentary shuttles to access the beach, and spend the day lounging under the shade of umbrellas, ordering food and drinks from the beach attendant and playing on the boogie boards, kayaks and other beach toys available for guest use.
Surround Yourself With Nature at Hotel Si Como No
Hotel Si Como No is one of the top hotels for kids in Manuel Antonio. Rooms here are clean and comfortable, and as the hotel will eagerly tell you, do NOT come with a television. You are surrounded by nature, with views of the jungle or the ocean.
Don’t miss Hotel Si Como No’s complimentary access to a beautiful adjacent nature reserve and be sure to take advantage of free shuttles to the beach. Even though the rooms don’t have a television, kids do love ending the day at the resort’s on-site movie theater.
Your Family Can’t Go Wrong With the Parador Resort and Spa
With three beautiful pools overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Parador Resort and Spa is perhaps the most popular family hotel in Manuel Antonio.
A small beach is just a short walk away, or hop into one of the hotel’s free shuttles into the Manuel Antonio National Park where you can play on miles and miles of pristine beach.
Want more? Check out my Family Travel Guide for Costa Rica!
Have you been to Manuel Antonio National Park? I’d love to hear about your favorite hotel there!