The Manuel Antonio National Park on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast gets quite crowded with visitors in the high season. So we set out to look for alternatives “off the beaten track” and found a spectacular one right at our “doorstep”.
It is the green season in Costa Rica and this is the time for all of us at Cayuga’s Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Lodges to create new experiences for our guests, that are planning to visit us in the next high season. We focus on innovative wellness treatments, new culinary offerings and of course tour experiences and nature adventures.
In early September, we set out to explore the “Ruta Mae”, a little known coastal trail, that connects the port of Quepos with Manuel Antonio. Our guide was Michael (a.k.a. Baywatch), our lifeguard at the Arenas del Mar Playitas beach. He grew up in the Manuel Antonio area, and and as a kid, he used to play at the beaches that we hiked.
The tour is only possible at low tide as some of the beaches get completely flooded at high tide. This is why it is important to go with a local guide. At Arenas del Mar Rainforest & Beachfront Resort, we have three on staff naturalist guides plus “Baywatch”.
It is ideal to go early in the morning or in the late afternoon. We will pack you some sandwiches and lend you some reusable water bottles. September through November is also whale season on the Central Pacific Coast. Take the time to stop and scan the Ocean for those majestic creatures.
But of course there are other wildlife viewing opportunities. In the area that is located north of the National Park, the co-existence of wildlife and humans works quite well. Everybody just minds their own business…
Mission accomplished. Back at the hotel, ready fora hearty breakfast with Gallo Pinto, Eggs, Avocado and Tortillas. We have a great new tours for our guests that want a bit more adventure, adrenaline and a solid workout. If you want to learn more about this, send us a note.