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Santarena Hotel

4 star hotel
Las Catalinas, Camino Las Catalinas, Potrero, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa Rica
45 rooms
FREE Internet

Connectocean Aquatic Academy

dive center
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Las Catalinas at Playa Danta Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Resort Highlights

  • Santarena Hotel is a gorgeous luxury hotel heavily influenced by the beautiful old mansions of Havana and Cartagena, with grand terraces, archways and blossom-rich courtyards
  • Direct access to Playa Danta, one of the region's best beaches, along with rooftop terrace and large guestrooms with A/C, balconies and rich wooden floors
  • Great location in the heart of car-free Las Catalinas, with easy access to near-perfect, year-round diving conditions throughout Guanacaste 
  • Divers enjoy a central location between the famous Bat Island and Catalina Island, with giant mantas and bull sharks on offer seasonally, as well as stunning wrecks in across the Tortuga Islands
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Booking process


Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot


We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final


You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation terms

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 55% (downpayment)
  • 120 days before trip start: 45% (balance)

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 5% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 99 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 99 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Santarena Hotel

Resort Description

The Santarena Hotel is a tropically elegant oasis in the heart of Las Catalinas, Costa Rica. 

Las Catalinas is a car-free town on Costa Rica's Guanacaste Coast that encourages all who visit to engage with nature and the community. This destination offers unbeatable access to the beach, world class hiking and cycle trails, shops and water sports. 

The hotel pays homage to the old mansions of Havana and Cartagena with blossoming courtyards, picturesque archways and grand terraces. 

Facilities include a rooftop lounge, 377sq.ft. swimming pool, a restaurant and an outdoor bar lounge. 


What to see

The region is famed for its stunning white beaches and vibrant marine life. Conditions are ideal throughout the year with great visibility and warm seas. From the surface there is a good chance of seeing turtles, humpback whales, dolphins, and rays. Underwater you might encounter giant mantas, cownose rays, white tip sharks, eagle rays, pacific tarpon, large eye jacks, grunts, surgeons, eels, octopus, seahorse, lobster, nudibranch and more!

Dive Center


  • Waterfront dive center at Las Catalinas
  • Social and environmental enterprise (ConnectOcean Group)
  • Fantastic conditions year-round
  • Chance to see turtles, sharks, rays and reef fish
  • Marine ecology education, citizen science


ConnectOcean Aquatic Academy is located on the waterfront at Las Catalinas, Costa Rica.

The dive center is part of the ConnectOcean Group, a social and environmental enterprise aiming to raise commitment to ocean conservation and stewardship. Diving and snorkelling excursions are combined with citizen science and marine ecology education. 

Diving in the Guanacaste region offers near perfect conditions year-round. Look forward to the chance to see turtles, sharks, rays and all manner of reef fish. Whale sightings are possible between January and April. 

The team offer a full range of swimming instruction programs as well as Adaptive Adventure Activities for the disabled.

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PADI® Courses Available

  • Open Water (Referral)
  • Project Aware Specialties
  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Instructor/Idc Course
  • Kids Courses
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Night Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Other Specialties

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

Languages spoken

  • English

PADI membership level

  • Padi Dive Resort

Dive boat facilities

  • Ladder
  • Drinking Water
  • Shaded Space
  • Seating Area
  • Dry Area
  • Surface Interval Snacks

Resort Amenities


  • Cultural Excursions
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Hiking

Food & drink

  • Private Dining
  • Beer And Wine
  • A La Carte
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Gluten Free Food

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Spa Facility
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Massage Services


  • Beach Front
  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests

Great for families

  • Babysitting/Child Services


  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Amex
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Sports & Watersports

  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Kayaking
  • Pool/Snooker
  • Ping Pong
  • Golf (Close By)
  • Cycling
  • Beach Volleyball

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

How to get there


  • Arrange your flights to Liberia International Airport. 
  • The Santarena Hotel work with a private transportation company who will pick you up from the airport (additional cost)
  • In order to arrange a transfer, please provide us with your flight details as soon as possible. 
  • The journey takes around 50 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes by car. 
  • Check in time is 3pm.


  • Check out time is 11am. 


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