Hotel El Parador

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Set atop a majestic bluff overlooking the Pacific and surrounded by 400 acres of tropical rainforest, the Hotel El Parador is a bit larger than what we normally like, but the location cannot be beat—you are within minutes of Manuel Antonio National Park. A complimentary shuttle to the park is available throughout the day, though you don’t need to stray from the hotel to see wildlife (birds, monkeys, sloths). Guest rooms are clean and comfortable, with balconies offering views of either the rainforest or the ocean. The hotel features three swimming pools with great ocean views, swim-up bar, spa, tennis court—even a mini golf course. From the hotel, a trail leads to a secluded beach. There are two restaurants and an excellent complimentary breakfast buffet is served on the terraces.