A unique upscale hotel makes it easy to enjoy the natural beauty of Playa Panama, a secluded Pacific beach with shade trees and gentle tides for swimming. Perfect for families or couples who want a quiet, laid-back experience. You’ll also go snorkeling (or opt for a scuba diving upgrade) while visiting four nearby popular beaches, each with its own distinct flavor from surf central, to a hidden cove with soft pink shell sand and turquoise water. For a different kind of wildlife, you’ll cruise the Tempisque River at Palo Verde National Park to see a spectacular concentration of birds and shoreline inhabitants. This weeklong, all-inclusive vacation at El Mangroove Hotel offers excellent a la carte dining at two restaurants, multi-room suites, a large beachfront swimming and lounging area, plus world-class service.
Number of nights: 6 (customizable)
Per person price from *$1,939
It all starts when you land at the Liberia International Airport in the northwestern province of Guanacaste. A representative will be there to greet you and provide transportation to the all-inclusive beachfront El Mangroove Hotel located at Playa Panama, typically less than a thirty-minute ride away. After checking in and catching a sunset, you’ll have a full day to discover the hotel’s secluded beach (with complimentary kayaks), the lounging area and pool bar next to the oceanfront swimming pool, the fitness gym, the walking or jogging trail, and the delicious food at the hotel’s two excellent restaurants.
Playa Panama’s natural beauty extends for two kilometers within the protection of Panama Bay. The gentle slope of the beach and calm waters ensure a pleasurable swimming experience without hidden rocks or sudden drop-offs. The sand is slate grey contrasting nicely with the turquoise colored water while plenty of shade trees offer sun protection. Despite its seemingly remote location, it is actually close to a few more populated beaches which are fun to visit. So, we’ve arranged for you to go on a guided tour of four neighboring beaches, each uniquely different from each other. Along the way, you’ll be led on a beautiful underwater snorkeling expedition by your knowledgeable guide. A scuba diving option is available at an extra cost to cover the equipment. During this outing, you’ll also be stopping for lunch at an ocean view restaurant.
On another day, you’ll be traveling to the Palo Verde National Park for a comfortable wildlife cruise along the Tempisque River, known for one of the largest concentrations of wetland birds in the country. An interesting interplay of seasonal flooding invites migratory birds to rest their weary wings as they flee the winter months up north, while the dry season creates a concentrated food source for the native birds when the northern birds return home. Either way, Bird Island, in the middle of the river, provides the perfect opportunity to see groups of large waterfowl such as Rosette Spoonbills, Woodstorks, and a variety of Herons to name a few. Your guide will also point out other river inhabitants that may be visible along the shore and within the water.
Back at the hotel, you’ll likely see or hear a number of animals on the property which is surrounded by jungle. Despite their loud calls, Howler Monkeys are quite small, and often families can be seen up in the trees. Iguanas sun themselves on rocks or branches and during certain seasons, whales may be migrating, or you’ll see a pod of dolphins playing in the bay. The rooms at El Mangroove are all air-conditioned suites with private bedroom and separate living quarters that can be opened up to include an additional screened porch to take in the freshness of the tropical air. Your room will be the Bark Suite surround by a forest view.
The main Makoko Restaurant offers both outdoor seating and an inside air-conditioned area enclosed all in glassto keep you in touch with your beautiful surroundings. Adept at international cuisine, the professional chef at El Mangroove receives rave reviews for creating delicious menu offerings with delightful presentations. The meals are a la carte and you’ll find good selections on the impressive wine list. Be sure to leave room for dessert! Accommodations can easily be made for specific dietary preferences and there are a number of vegetarian choices. The MatissRestaurant features an amazing array of tempting dishes from Lite Bites to full on grilled fresh seafood entrees served in a casual covered ocean air setting with sand floors. Best to remember your insect repellant for any beach activities, as at certain times of day the sand fleas might be biting. All in all, a weeklong stay at the El Mangroove Hotel will give you the best of both worlds, a bit of luxury and an unspoiled beach. The two offsite tours, designed to enhance your experience of the Guanacaste area, ensure you discover some of the riches that gives Costa Rica its name.
Day 1: Liberia International Airport to Playa Panama (All Inclusive)
Upon your arrival, a representative will greet you and provide transport to El Mangroove Hotel located at Playa Panama, typically a half hour drive from the airport.
El Mangroove Hotel
Day 2: Free Day – Playa Panama (All Inclusive)
Today’s unscheduled day gives you time to relax and unwind at the beach plus familiarize yourself with the amenities of El Mangroove Hotel. You might like to use their complimentary kayaks or just relax by the pool overlooking the ocean.
El Mangroove Hotel
Day 3: Beach Tour and Snorkeling (All Inclusive)
You’ll enjoy a fun tour of beach hopping to several neighboring beaches, each with its own unique flavor. Lunch will be provided, and where the water is the clearest you’ll go on a guided snorkeling adventure
El Mangroove Hotel
Day 4: Free Day – Playa Panama (All Inclusive)
Another day for you to kick back and do your own thing while enjoying your beautiful tropical surroundings and beachfront hotel.
El Mangroove Hotel
Day 5: Palo Verde National Park Tour (All Inclusive)
Today you’ll be driven to the Palo Verde National Park where you’ll board a pontoon boat to tour the park’s world-famous wetlands filled with amazing waterbirds. Be sure to bring your binoculars, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
El Mangroove Hotel
Day 6: Free Day – Playa Panama (All Inclusive)
One more full day to enjoy your vacation in Costa Rica luxuriating at El Mongroove Hotel on Playa Panama. You can always customize your itinerary if you’d like to add an additional tour that we can easily arrange for you. Maybe learn how to surf?
El Mangroove Hotel
Day 7: Playa Panama back to Liberia International Airport
Time to pack up your memories and head back home. Private transportation will take you back to the airport according to your flight schedule. We hope you enjoyed every minute!
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Mile-long Playa Panama offers ideal swimming conditions with gentle tides and an absence of submerged rocks. Located on the northwestern Guanacaste coastline at the entrance to Culebra Bay, it enjoys beautiful Pacific sunsets while offering protection from heavy surf. The pristine beach with plenty of shade trees, fine grey sand, and turquoise water holds the Blue Flag certification for safety, cleanliness, and sustainability. Year-round dry weather makes it idyllic for outdoor water sports including snorkeling, fishing, and beachcombing. View this destination…
Some animals that live in Guanacaste… (actual images may have been taken in other locations)
An upscale boutique beach hotel, El Mangroove’sunique modern decor fits seamlessly into its natural surroundings. A long rectangular pool reaches out to the beach surrounded by shade trees and a comfortable lounging area. The nearby pool bar provides decadent refreshments. For an extra cost, individual private cabanas can be rented, complete with minifridges. All rooms are air-conditioned suites that offer a private bedroom and separate living area with a sliding door that extends out onto a screened porch. Two restaurants offer exquisite a la carte cuisine from hamburgers to locally sourced fresh fish prepared with handcrafted gourmet specialty sauces. The grounds include a walking or jogging path where you can enjoy the fresh sea air and scenery. A modern fitness center can keep you up to date with your exercise routine and you might like to splurge by visiting the onsite spa or beauty salon, offering a tempting variety of pampering services. The hotel also features a business center with meeting rooms as well as laundry facilities. View this hotel...
You’ll have an exciting day exploring four awesome Pacific beaches, snorkeling Costa Rica’s warm tropical waters, and eat lunch at an ocean view restaurant. Popular for surfing and the culture that goes with it, Playa Tamarindo’s extensive beach offers a festive vibe of happy people enjoying their day with beachfront restaurants and shops, strolling minstrels, plus plenty of experienced surf instructors ready to teach you to surf. Just north of Tamarindo, the three-mile beach of Playa Grande, within Las Baulas National park, also attracts surfers to some of its surf breaks but is best known as the protected nesting grounds of Leatherback turtles which can grow up to seven feet long. The soft beach at Playa Conchal, made from crushed pink shells, contrasts nicely with the crystal clear blue-green water typically found in this beautiful shady cove with rocky outcroppings and tide pools. Crescent-shaped Playa Flamingo, with its white sand beach surrounded by swaying palms and brilliant blue water, invites you to experience what it’s like inside a picture-perfect postcard from the sunny coast of Guanacaste. Your guide will choose which beach offers the best snorkeling of the day and take you on an underwater ocean adventure to meet the beautiful sea creatures that inhabit this silent world. (If you prefer, you can choose a scuba diving alternative as an upgrade to this tour.) View this tour...
The unique wetland eco-system at Palo Verde National Park attracts biologists from all over the world who study the interesting wet to dry seasonal changes and how it affects the resident wildlife. This guided tour will take you down the winding Tempisque River on a covered boat to view the abundance of birds who gravitate to the area during each season. The wet season provides a protected landing area for migratory birds escaping the winter weather up north such as Roseate Spoonbills plus many from the Heron and Stork family. When the dry season comes and the wetlands recede, native species, including Macaws, Toucans, and Curassows, find it easy to feed on the concentration of crabs and other tidbits found in the remaining pools of water. At this time, a large native bird population can be seen on a small island found in the middle of the river. Your guide will also be pointing out many other forms of interesting wildlife along the shoreline and in the water visible on the day of your visit. It is reported the park has recorded 75% of Costa Rica’s wildlife within its borders. Many are nocturnal like the wild cats called Jaguarundi who have on occasion been spotted during the day. View this tour...
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Low Season 2018 rates start at $1,852 USD* per person double occupancy, $1,782 USD* pp for triple occupancy, or $2,773 USD* pp for single occupancy for the lodges listed above. High season 2019 rates start at $2,575 USD* per person double occupancy, $2,265 USD* pp for triple occupancy, or $3,835 USD* pp for single occupancy for the same lodges. Low Season 2019 rates start at $1,939 USD* per person double occupancy, $1,841 USD* pp for triple occupancy, or $2,945 USD* pp for single occupancy for the same lodges. You can upgrade or downgrade hotels to match your preferences and budget.
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