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Si Como No Hotel
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Why Stay At Si Como No Hotel
Costa Rica's Si Como No is a beloved eco-resort near Manuel Antonio National Park.
Built discreetly on a Costa Rican hilltop, the 58-room Si Como No eco-resort is set on 10 pristine acres alongside Manual Antonio National Park. The hotel (and its owner, ecotourism evangelist Jim Damalas) helped to set the country's standards for sustainability, and that's why there are plenty of ways for guests to immerse themselves in nature. Rooms are television-free and situated for Pacific Ocean breezes; private terraces overlook either the ocean or the jungle; and animal-friendly corridors are often used by howler monkeys. Despite the green vibe, there are still pampering touches. Treatments at the Cala Spa incorporate volcanic mud and sugar cane, and chef Jose Miguel uses his family recipes for perfectly-plated dishes at the Rico Tico Bar & Grill. (Don't miss the banana flambé.)
Wake up early and take the shuttle to the Butterfly Botanical Garden, on the outskirts of the resort. The many varieties of butterfly are most active just after sunrise.
Check out the jungle's nocturnal inhabitants (tree frogs, reptiles, and insects) on a two-hour night tour of the 25-acre private wildlife reserve. Tours leave every evening at 5:30 p.m.
Arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) which is approximately 97 miles from the resort. Anticipate about 2 hours of travel time.Manuel Antonio State Park, Costa Rica
Hotel FeaturesBack to Top Property Amenities
- Spa on Property
- Adult Pool
- Family Pool
- Sun Deck
- Movie Theater
- Tours + Activities
- Towel Service
- Gift Shop
- Ocean or Jungle Views
- Balconies (most)
- Air Conditioning
- Mini Bars
- Wet Bars
- Energy-efficient Lights
- En-Suite Bathrooms
- In-Room Safes
- Swim-up Bars
- Sports Bar
- Poolside Dining
- Nightly rate is valid for up to 2 adults + 2 children under 6 years. Children 6+ will be charged an additional $30 + tax nightly
- Complimentary shuttle to the beach and national park
- Entrance to Butterfly Gardens
- Access to the movie theater
Why We Love Manuel Antonio
In the early 1990's, when sustainable tourism was in its infancy, the Manuel Antonio National Park became Costa Rica's first eco-friendly destination, and it's still a hotspot for outdoor lovers and adventure seekers.
Next to Hotel Flor Blanca, Manuel Antonio.
Dinners for two $14.
Where to Drink: Mai Tais are the standard cocktail request at Manuel Antonio's Bambu Jam, where an international staff makes ordering easy.
Between Quepos and National Park, Manuel Antonio.
Drinks for two $15.
Best Day Tour: A one-day Costa Rican mini-tour, run by the hotel, starts with a 90-minute zip-line trip through Si Como No's Wildlife Refuge, followed by a jungle horseback ride and a lesson on trapiche (sugar cane) processing in a Santa Juana village.
Si Como No.
Five-hour tours from $200.
Why Go Now
November 3 - 16, 2012
40th Anniversary of Manuel Antonio National Park
Festivities include a field race on November 4 and an open-water swimming competition on November 11.
November - May
Costa Rica's Dry Season
November through early May is Manuel Antonio's prettiest time of year. Temperatures range from the high-60's to the mid-80's.
Sea Turtle Spotting
Sea turtles appear in their greatest numbers from late February through October, when the season's biggest waves also lure surfers to the Pacific.