Hotel Arboleda Manuel Antonio Beach Front FAQs
(Frequently Asked Questions)

Quick resource to check for answers to some of the more common questions and topics. This saves time and provides visitors complete and correct information. Hotel Arboleda provides you with additional facts and vacation tips in hopes that you'll have a more enjoyable stay with us in Manuel Antonio.


How do your rates compare with other hotels in the area?

Hotel Arboleda does not try to compete with the expensive luxury hotels in the area. Our rates are considerably lower. Hotel Arboleda guests are generally very sensible travelers looking for modest, clean, simple and unique accommodations.

How close are you to the beach?

We are literally, just a short walk from your hotel room to Playa Espadilla and only a 5-minute walk down to Manuel Antonio National Park. Few hotels can offer this proximity, and none with all the same amenities. Top

What kinds of amenities do you offer?

We offer a pool, a beachfront restaurant, spa, kayak rentals, squash court, air-conditioned rooms, and hot water. A complete facility for nearly every type of vacationer. Top

How will we get around when we are there?

You can get around the area using taxis and buses. The buses go between Quepos and the Park many times each day: Leaving the Quepos bus stop at 5:40 am, 7:00 am, 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 10:00 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 9:30 pm. Cost is 75 colones or about 30 cents. You can also catch buses leaving from the beach.

You can also use the taxi system arranged by phone, or you can walk up to the main road and flag one down. Approximate taxi fares: Quepos to the Park: $4.00. It should cost about $10 an hour to take a taxi in the area. In Quepos there is a taxi stand directly in front of the market by the bus stop. Top

Where can we eat?

Hotel Arboleda has a full menu at the Terraza de Sol. We obviously recommend that you sample our fine cuisine and believe that you'll enjoy the food and atmosphere right on the beach. We'll be happy to recommend some other fine restaurants. Top

What is Quepos?

Quepos is the small town just north of Manuel Antonio. The town gets it's name from the Quepoa Indian tribe. Because of disease brought over by the Europeans, warfare and slavery, there were no pure blooded Quepoa left by the turn of the 19th century. Quepos came to prominence as a banana exporting port. Due to the disease, African palm oil replaced bananas as the major local crop. By the mid 60s a road was built from San Jose. By 1980, a colony of Americans had built homes and begun businesses in Manuel Antonio. Today, Manuel Antonio is a mix of expatriates from around the world as well as a group of locals hanging around for the "Pura Vida." Top

What is Quepos like?

Quepos and Manuel Antonio are two separate but interdependent central Pacific coast towns. Quepos has about 7,000 permanent residents, a large hospital, banks, stores, hotels, markets, bars, restaurants and a main bus terminal. Manuel Antonio to the south is smaller and extends along both sides of the road that stretches 4-1/2 miles up the hill and then south to the Manuel Antonio National Park. Top

What's the nightlife like in the area?

There are at least two discos, the 'Arco Iris' just north of Quepos and Maracas by the wharf in Quepos. There is also another popular disco in Manuel Antonio at "Mar y Sombra" which doubles as a restaurant in the day. The Banco Bar in Quepos is a sports bar, and the bar in the Restaurante Gran Escape is a friendly place. There are several small bars like The Boquita Bar and Bistro Tropical that offer good entertainment after hours. Top

What's the weather like?

Weather in Quepos/Manuel Antonio is between 73 to 94 degrees (23 to 35 Centigrade). The main seasonal change is the amount of rain that falls. It's very dry January through April. There are afternoon showers April - August and September is the rainiest. December through February has a moderate temperature. March and April can get pretty hot, but it cools off when the rain comes. Top

What should I bring to Costa Rica?

  • Sun protection: lots of sun block, hat for the afternoon sun, a long sleeve shirt of light fabric.
  • A camera
  • Swimsuit
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Casual clothes

Light weight long pants if you go horseback riding (Blue jeans can be hot.) Most of the locals in San Jose wear long pants in the Capital city. It's simply a custom. Feel free to wear shorts in the city, but you'll stand out as a tourist.

Rain gear - From April to December the rain showers are usually short, but a lot of water comes down. Mornings are usually clear. If it rains, it rains in the evening, sometimes in the afternoon. An umbrella is the most practical solution. A rain jacket tends to keep you too warm and humid, although a light weight rain jacket can be useful in the forest. Top

What about money?

You can pay for almost anything with US dollars or credit cards. It is a good idea to have some colones for grocery stores, taxis, and smaller items you buy. No one will take US bills that are torn because the bank will refuse them. There are a few banks in Quepos where you can change money.Top

How can I keep in touch with home?

Hotel Arboleda are pleased to introduce fast, reliable and secure wireless Broadband Internet access using the leading provider in Manuel Antonio, this enables you to send and receive email, access to your company network, go shopping online or surf the web, all from the comfort of your hotel room or direct on Manuel Antonio beach.

During your hotel stay at Arboleda you have the freedom to connect as many times as you like, we offered a low rate of U$5, per day fee, capped per 24 hour period and it is charged directly to your hotel account. Internet usage is charged per user.

Similarly, arranging internet access in your meeting room is easy! A flat fee per user means no blowing the budget. We can also arrange simultaneous access for multiple users – Just let our conference teams know how many connections you require for your next meeting and we will do the rest..

If needed you can send mail directly to the hotel in your name, however, the postal system in Costa Rica is not considered efficient compared to other countries. Top