This five-star resort just might be the best jumping-off point for visitors to Manuel Antonio National Park—considered one of the most beautiful national parks in the world, with its beaches, lagoons, jungles, and islands teeming with wildlife. Set atop rain-forested cliffs overlooking the Pacific and two private beaches below, Arenas del Mar's 11-acre hotel and reserve is within walking distance to the park, delivering just the right touch of luxury for adults and activities for kids. Particularly nice are the rooms on the upper level that have ocean views and feature hot tubs on large terraces. The beachfront rooms have easy access to the lower pool and the more casual Playitas Restaurant and are a particularly good choice for families with children. All rooms include a complimentary “Tico mini-bar” with local snacks. The poolside El Mirador Restaurant on the upper level is where the complimentary breakfast is served as well as dinners that focus on local seafood and Costa Rican dishes. And almost anywhere on the property, don’t be surprised to be sharing space with the occasional monkey, sloth, crab, and iguana.