Life feels golden when you are relaxing at Arenas del Mar. This exclusive haven is tucked into a private nature reserve and bordered by the Pacific Ocean.

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When the sun rises and sets at Arenas del Mar, it casts an ethereal pinkish-gold glow on the beach and over the rainforest, creating a magical setting all around. Guests choose from one of 38 rooms and suites, each built with sustainability in mind. The National Geographic World Legacy Award was given to Arenas del Mar in 2017 to recognize its sustainable practices. Among them: planting 7,000 native trees, incorporating discarded plastic bags from the banana industry as roofing materials, solar-heating water, and banning plastic bottles and straws on site. Local schools benefit too thanks to a partnership between the property and an organization that ensure kids have adequate school supplies.

Inside, you will want to grab your camera so you can capture the views from the covered balcony of your suite. Soak in your private hot tub and look out for playful monkeys in the rainforest beyond. Each room has white walls covered with colorful paintings of the area’s flora and fauna.

The two restaurants at Arenas del Mar focus on fresh, local food. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options abound to accommodate travelers of all dietary types. Kickstart a day of adventure with a cup of Costa Rican coffee and freshly baked pastries in the open-air El Mirador. Watch monkeys leap above and hermit crabs skitter about while you munch on Pacific tuna right by the beach.
Soak up plenty of vitamin D on the daybeds around the infinity pool while you are served tropical smoothies and snacks. Get a front-row seat for spotting whales or watching sunsets at the clifftop Mirador pool.

As you make your way through the lush rainforest, you will breathe in the fresh, salty air and hear the sounds of the gentle waves inviting you closer. The secluded Playitas Beach is a palm-fringed place to watch wildlife and feel like you are far away from the incessant energy of the planet’s busy cities. Hop on an electric car or stroll along the natural trails to get to Espadilla Beach for an afternoon of surfing.

Head off to the Manuel Antonio National Park, just minutes from Arenas del Mar, with a packed lunch in hand. You will need the fuel after diving from the waterfall and zipping across treetops where sloths linger. Kayak through the mangroves and feel alive in this pretty corner of Costa Rica.

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