A Luxury Resort on 11 Acres of Private Nature Reserve
Arenas del Mar is a luxury resort located on 11 acres of private nature preserve. Bound by jungle on one side and white sand beaches on the other, the resort immerses guests in Costa Rica’s beautiful flora and diverse fauna while still offering the amenities of a world-class resort. With a view that made its way into 1000 Places to See Before You Die and a wide range of hosted activities, this is a great destination for families and couples. Two beaches sit at its doorstep, and the famous Manuel Antonio National Park — complete with waterfalls, zip lines, and over 150 species of birds — is just a walk away. Although fishing isn’t the resort’s primary focus, anglers will still be able to experience Costa Rica’s famous bluewater fishing, targeting sailfish, marlin, roosterfish, and more. Back at the resort, guests can enjoy dining on the beach, swimming in either of two pools with monkeys swinging overhead, or relaxing at the wellness center. Arenas del Mar is the perfect place for anglers and non-anglers alike to experience Costa Rican “pura vida” at its finest.
The oceanfront resort sits on 11 acres of private nature reserve overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It includes two restaurants, a spa, and two pools with gorgeous ocean views. Guests also have access to two beaches. Playitas Beach is secluded and cozy, located right in front of the pool, while Espadilla Beach spans 2km to the Manuel Antonio National Park, perfect for swimming, surfing, and walking. Guests stay in 19 rooms and 19 suites distributed among 7 buildings. All rooms at the resort contain a King-size bed, A/C, complimentary WiFi, flat-screen TV, mini-bar with assorted Tico Snacks and local beverages, coffee maker with complimentary local organic coffee, and an outdoor terrace.
Food and Beverages
Guests can dine in either of the resort’s two restaurants. El Mirador offers fine dining with a tremendous view of the Manuel Antonio National Park. It serves dinner and complimentary a la carte breakfast. For casual, beachfront dining guests can opt for the Playitas, which hosts weekly themed nights like Beach BBQ and Costa Rican Street Food. The resort sources locally and organically, offering grass-fed beef, hormone-free chicken, local greens, and dock-to-dish seafood from the fishermen down the road. The Resort also regularly opens its kitchens to the world’s top chefs to craft custom menus and host cooking clinics.
Typical Length of Stay
Guests can customize their length of stay, but the Resort recommends 4-5 nights.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
The resort is a great destination for non-anglers. Because the Manuel Antonio National Park is within walking distance of the resort, guests have easy access to the Costa Rican rainforest. Guests can look forward to zip-lining, kayaking, birdwatching, and hiking their way through the tropical rainforest, which features over 160 species of birds and a 120-foot waterfall at the resort’s doorstep. Espadilla Beach is also well-known for its mid-sized, tight break waves, and the resort offers surfboards and paddleboards. After a long day of adventure, guests can look forward to unwinding at the resort’s spa and wellness center or enjoying a cocktail by the infinity pool while watching the sunset over the Pacific.
Internet / Communications
There is complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the resort, and cell phone reception is good. Both international and local calls are also free of charge for guests.
How To Get There
After flying into San Jose, guests can get to the resort by plane or by car. Multiple flights from San Jose to the Quepos Airstrip are offered daily. Arenas del Mar is just a 15-minute drive from Quepos. Arenas del Mar can also pick up guests at the San Jose airport and drive them directly to the resort via private van (3 hours). This is the more economical option, and the van provides complimentary snacks and wifi.
Arrival and Departure Details/Times
Guests can arrive and depart from Arenas del Mar on any day of the week, based on international and domestic flight schedules.
A valid passport is required for all visitors to Costa Rica and must be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the duration of your stay.
Travel Arrangements: Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
World-class, catch-and-release fishing in the Pacific Ocean for sailfish, striped, blue and black marlin, Dorado, tuna, and wahoo. Guests also have access to the productive inshore fishing for roosterfish, cubera snapper, Jack Crevalle, bluefin trevally, sierra mackerel, tripletail, and grouper.
Offshore Costa Rica Fishing Species
Marlin — The “lady in the blue dress,” or blue marlin, is the most common Costa Rican marlin and can be found in the area’s cobalt waters throughout the year. Numbers peak in November and December as well as March and April. The black marlin is most abundant in July and August and few striped marlin is around at the same time.
Sailfish — Sailfish are present year-round and a half dozen hook-ups are common almost any day of the year. From November to May the numbers increase and days of 12 fish or more are common.
Dorado — Any day of the year, most commonly January through May and very abundant November and December.
Tuna — Yellowfin is the main species. The big boys (100 to 300 pounds) can test you any day of the year. If you are lucky enough to come across a school of porpoises offshore, the big tuna swim with them and feed on the same baitfish. Football-sized tuna hang around floating debris or peak in schools in July and August and November and December.
Roosterfish — Twenty-five to fifty-pound fish are very common, and each week, the Resort’s fleet usually catch a few roosterfish weighing 50 pounds or more. The Resort record for roosterfish is 106 pounds.
Snapper — There are a dozen different kinds of snapper in the area, with the cubera being top dog. They average about 15 to 20 pounds with the biggest landed to date is 63 pounds.
Grouper — Bottom fish such as the Broomtail grouper and the Goliath grouper are available throughout the year and are pretty tasty.
Others — Other species caught inshore include but are not limited to: barracuda, several types of jacks, snook, bonito, mackerel, African pompano, bluefin trevally, rainbow runners, sharks, and more.
Boats and Equipment Required
Please contact Yellow Dog for additional details on fishing charter options in the Quepos area.
Rates and Terms
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge. The resort offers 5 different room categories and a variety of Special Rates and Seasonal Promotions. Rates range from $330 to $990 USD/Night (double occupancy) based on season and room type.
Please contact Yellow Dog for additional information.
- Free Wifi throughout the property
- Full a la carte breakfast
- Tortilla making class
- “Easy Being Green” tour with guides
What’s Not Included:
- Van Service
- Select Nature and Adventure Tours
- Lunch and Dinner
Arenas del Mar (Costa Rica)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is due within 10 days of booking for all lodging and fishing packages, and final payment if due 90 days prior to arrival. For cancellations outside of 30 days from beginning of the trip, full amount minus the Yellow Dog handling fee may be refunded or a full credit applied to a future trip booked within one year. No refund or trip credit will be given for trips cancelled inside of 30 days from start of trip, regardless of reason. If a cancelled package is resold by either the resort or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a full refund will be sent minus a $100.00 processing fee per guest charged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing. Please note that cancellation windows and terms may change during peak holiday periods (December 22 through January 4 and February 13 through 20) per resort policies. In no event will the resort or Yellow Dog be responsible for any cancellation of services or operations due to inclement weather, any event of force majeure, airline delays or flight cancellations, or any other reason beyond the control of the lodge. The resort will not refund payments in the event of weather, or if arrival flights are cancelled or airline connections are missed. Additionally, the resort and Yellow Dog are not responsible for alternative travel arrangements including flights, hotels, meals and any other expenses incurred. For all of these reasons, and because of the resort’s no refund policy, Yellow Dog strongly recommends that guests purchase travel insurance and full coverage for your trip. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages.
Payment Terms For All Yellow Dog Trip Bookings
In order to lock in your trip reservation, we ask that you please remit payment within 10 days of receipt of invoice. For your convenience, Yellow Dog accepts on-line payments via a direct and secure ACH platform – a quick and easy way to complete your trip reservation. Note that all Yellow Dog invoices include a live link that takes you directly to the Yellow Dog ACH platform for fast and easy payment. For open and existing invoices with a remaining balance, payment reminders also include this easy link to the ACH page.
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Beginning September 1st, 2020, Yellow Dog will apply a 3% convenience fee for all credit card transactions.
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