Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Costa Verde

Road to national park, on south side of hill, on left, Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas, 60601, Costa Rica

Their motto, "still more monkeys than people" is not an understatement, as you're likely to see howler and white-faced monkeys on the forest trails surrounding these varied accommodations. The property feels stuck in the '80s, but has plenty of lodging types to chose from, some with kitchens and ocean views, and one converted from a Boeing 727 fuselage. Adults-only studios in Costa Verde II are spacious, with large balconies; those in the other buildings are smaller but all have standard amenities like flat-screen TVs and air-conditioning. Fully equipped apartments are great for families, and the cheaper "efficiencies" near the road are sightly dated but seem to get the most "monkey business" with troops swinging by your patio or jumping on the rooftops. The hotel has four themed restaurants in Manuel Antonio; El Wagon and El Avion are your best options. If you want to skip the hike to the beach, there are three swimming pools where you can cool off closer to "home." Book a room away from the road if you're a light sleeper.


  • great ocean views
  • wildlife
  • daily yoga
  • efficiencies a good value


  • most efficiencies suffer road noise
  • 1½ km (1 mile) from the beach
  • service inconsistent
  • breakfast not included


Near the beach


Phones: -2777–0584 | 866-854–7958-in North America


70 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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