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The beach at Manuel Antonio, walking towards the Playita Gay Beach. Photo by BlueZZZ

The Gayest Beach Scene in Central America

Manuel Antonio is a cherished area that gays have always called their own. It is still the only area in the country outside the capital with a gay bar, an exclusively gay hotel, numerous gay villas, and gay beach areas. Gay people regularly hang out on the main beach before the large rock, just before crossing the rocks to Playa Playita, and on Playita itself. Manuel Antonio regularly has gay parties at various locations, especially in the high season.

Looking for info on other Central Pacific Coast towns such as Dominical, Jaco or Puntarenas? See our Central Pacific Coast page.

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Hotels

Apartamentos Paz de Paraiso

Apartments with a beautiful view to the sea, with the best prices in the area of $40 for 2 people, $110 for 5 people, special rates for groups. Fully furnished, wi-fi, pool with view, close to super markets, pharmacies, typical restaurants a Affordable rates, typical, Mexican, falafel, bars with beautiful sea view, gay bars at 50 meters. 5 minutes from Manuel Antonio beach and the park, easy access by bus from San Jose.
 2777-7616
 Average room rate: $40
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Contempo Manuel Antonio

Five star exclusively gay hotel located adjacent to and the same owners as the gay-friendly La Mansion Hotel. Tucked in the hills of Manuel Antonio in the midst of the tropics, with spectacular views and surrounded by troops of monkeys and other wildlife. Pool, lounge.
 2777 5012
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Coyaba Tropical B and B

Newly renovated Adults Only bed and breakfast in a Spanish Colonial style building. With five rooms and a pool and a convenient location to explore the Central Pacific Coast. Gay owned, with a blend of Jamaican and Canadian hospitality.
 2777-6279, 8705-0368
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 Average room rate: $140
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Gaia Hotel and Reserve

Adults only luxury boutique "5 star" hotel and resort. Terraced suites and villas offer views of lush and pristine wild surroundings. Gym, spa, pool, restaurant. Mixed clients. Gay owned.
 2777 9797, 1-800-226-2515
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Hotel Mandarina

Gay friendly hotel with pool centrally located on the hillside in Manuel Antonio business district. Former Hotel Kekoldi location.
 2777 5205
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Hotel Villa Roca

Gay-owned and exclusively for gays, lesbian and their friends. Clothing optional infinity pool with stunning views. Hillside rooms and apartments.
 2777 1349, 2777 2335
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Prana Rainforest Retreat

A private and romantic retreat catering to only one couple at any time offering all of the attention of a world class resort. Gay owned.
 2777-6724
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Tico Tico Villas

Tico Tico Villas flexible stay studio apartments are unique in offering transitional, inspired, comfortable options for short to long term stays in Manuel Antonio, Cost Rica.
 8717-6012
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Vacation Rentals

Casa Bosque Verde

Very modern and beautifully designed home located in the heart of Manuel Antonio, just off the main road between Quepos and the National Park. Inside its two stories contain three large bedrooms, a living room and dining room open to the second floor, and a fully equipped kitchen. Through the home's large windows discover a large roofed deck, patios and tropical gardens surrounding a very private pool. You can walk to restaurants, bars, shopping, and the beach.
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Casa Nelda

1 and 2 bedroom, fully furnished apartments, secure parking, pool. Telephone, cable and wireless internet available. cdnguy59@yahoo.com
 2777 3870 / 8814 6241
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Peace of Paradise

Gay and lesbian house rentals, straight friendly. Completely furnished two bedroom houses. Two bathrooms, kitchen equipped with plates, pots, coffee maker, etc. Internet, cable tv, beautiful balcony with ocean view. Six units all unique. Massages, yoga and more.
 2777 4557
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Bars

Karma Lounge

The newest gay bar in Manuel Antonio, great jungle view and close to everything. Open daily except Tuedays 5pm to 1am.
 2777 7230
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Mogambo

Where the guys meet up for an evening drink. Located on the 2nd floor of Raphael's Terrazza Restaurant, Mogombo's is busy for sunset - great view - and also from 8 to 11 at night.
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Coffee Shops

Cafe Milagro

Gay friendly coffee shop popular for an afternoon espresso as it is directly across the main road from the access road which leads down to Playa Espadilla and the gay beach Playita. Great for people watching.
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Beaches

Playita Gay Beach

The gay beach, called Playita (or little beach) by all, is often spoken of for what it once was: an isolated little beach, surrounded by nature, clothing optional, with cruising behind the beach. Since the 2007 opening of a hotel directly behind the beach, the gay beach is now a section at the end of the beach beyond the hotel and the hotel has been known to call the police when nudity is seen. Public access to this beach is to walk west (away from the park) along Playa Espadilla and cross the rocks. This crossing is not safe within several hours of high tide so check the tide tables before you go and plan your coming and go accordingly.
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Additional comments from our visitors about Manuel Antonio & Quepos LGBT Places

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Gary Courtney

Hi - Owner of Casa Bosque Verde again. Just to give you some great news about some new gay friendly businesses...for a bar try the Lush Lounge - martini/tapis - great view and very gay friendly. For places to eat Z Gastro Bar in Marina Pez Vela is 5 star and very gay friendly, it even hosts a 'grunch' or 'gay brunch' on Sundays. Emilio's Restaruant beside Lush Lounge has great view and good live jazz on many weekends and is very gay friendly. For accomodation would add Tico Tico Villas as a small hotel that is gay owned and gay friendly, also several new rental villas that are LGBT owned - Villa Ceiba, Moonshine Inn, La villa Mar y Sel, and Jungle Loft. For a larger hotel La Mansion Inn is gay friendly and has taken over Contempo as part of its hotel (Contempo does not exist anymore. Thanks

November 18, 2015

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Jeffrey from Kansas City, US
Makanda

My partner and I stayed at Makanda in December. Not gay-owned, but certainly gay-friendly. And gorgeous!

March 30, 2014

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Gary Courtney
Gay Night LIfe Manuel Antonio

Hi from the owner of Casa Bosque Verde. Regarding nightlife Latino Lounge is not open. For a Bar "Mogambos" is the place. Located on the 2nd floor of Raphael's Terazza Restaurant. Mogombo's is busy for sunset - great view - and also from 8 to 11 at night, afterwhich the crowd goes to Liquid Lounge for dancing or goes home...

February 07, 2013

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Costa Rica Gay Map

Thanks for the updates! Sad to see the final remnants of Tutu gone...many memories in that space! I've removed Latin Lounge from the map and added Mogambo.

February 08, 2013

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Adam from chicago, usa
La Mansion Inn / nice place and gay friendly

My partner and I stayed at La Mansion Inn in Manuel Antonio and felt completely comfortable throughout our stay. While not a "gay" hotel, it is open and welcoming to all and the staff were all incredibly friendly (a few of them were also cute. smile.)

June 30, 2011

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Dennis from Manhattan, New York City
New 5 Star Resort in Manuel Antonio

There is a new super luxury 5 star resort in Manuel Antonio called Los Altos Resort and Spa. It opened the end of Oct. It is right across the street from Cafe Milagro. It consists of 24 3 bedroom condos -2400 sq ft plus outdoor space and 4 4 bd penthouse. It is on 23 acres and has its own private beach. It is designed like a luxury loft in NYC, very clean, modern lines! Great amenities, gym, infinity pool, beautiful restaurant, beach club, etc. Very hi end with modern Balenese furnishings. FOR THE GAY CUSTOMER WHO IS LOOKING FOR LUXURY AND NOT THE USUAL GAY B AND B'S-doesn't apppeal to everyone. It is definately the most luxurious resort in Manuel Antonio. You should contact the manager to see if he is OK with you listing the resort as "gay friendly" on your website. I am sure he will-I have already had a conversation with him telling him to market to the high disposal income gay clientele. An apt sleeps 6 people and the penthouse 8. His e mail address is manager@losaltoscr.com and the website is www.losaltosresort.com.

January 16, 2010

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