La Mariposa Hotel in Quepos, Costa Rica

You know those unexpected and magical discoveries you make? The ones that just can’t be planned, but that change your view of the world?

La Mariposa Hotel was one such discovery for Brian and I while we were on our honeymoon in Costa Rica. We were sitting in a hot tub watching the lava run down Volcano Arenal, chatting with an older couple. We were on Night 2 of our honeymoon, they were on the last legs of a two-week vacation. They told us about the most beautiful hotel, La Mariposa, and encouraged us to find a way to stay there.

Brian and I like to build our travel with some flexibility. Our  honeymoon was in fact all flexibility: no actual plans, just a list of things we wanted to see and do. So we added La Mariposa to our list (nearby Manuel Antonio State Park was already on the list, so no trouble there).

The hotel is remarkably priced considering it’s beauty and luxury. 10 years ago, we paid $100/night, and they upgraded us to a premium suite. The prices are only double that now, which is still a steal. Check it out:

We stayed on the second floor, on that very corner

They've updated the furnishings since we stayed there, but we loved the airy rooms and tile floors, and everywhere we turned we saw gorgeous views of the ocean and forest.

You can see Manuel Antonio State Park if you look south from any of the many terraces.

You know I'm a sucker for a good pool. This is the view from the upper terraces on our (north) end of the hotel.

La Mariposa Hotel in Costa Rica at night. That's our room, on the 2nd floor terrace corner. So romantic! Lifestyles of the rich and famous? Yes, please!

If you’re ever traveling to Costa Rica, it’s simply required that you visit Manuel Antonio State Park. It boasts tremendous wildlife viewing, gorgeous beaches, and nearby cute towns. And since you’ll be in the area anyway, you may as well stay at La Mariposa. It was worth every penny, and we’d stay there again in a heartbeat.

Happy travels!


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