Destination guide

Puntarenas – a Costa Rican jewel

The vast province of Puntarenas is anchored on the city of Puntarenas, on its northern side. As its coastline wiggles southwards from the gritty ports, it hosts some of the most iconic surfing spots and beach resorts in all of Costa Rica. Just take a glimpse at the biscuit-colored sands with their speckling of boulders and seas of sky-blue white-capped waves, and you'll see why Puntarenas vacation rentals are always in demand. Hot destinations in the region include the good-vibes surf town of Santa Teresa and the iconic Corcovado National Park, a wonderland of sloths, tapirs, anteaters – and dolphins.

Things to do

The untamed pulls of Puntarenas

Puntarenas is peppered with some of the most biodiverse national parks in all of Costa Rica – and that's seriously saying something. They start in the far south, where the reserves of Corcovado host old-growth rainforest and trails that wiggle through dense thickets to reveal galumphing tapirs and swinging monkeys, the likes of which you've never heard of. The Manuel Antonio National Park is almost always top of the bill with ecotourists. It's inhabited by rare white-faced capuchin monkeys and 3-toed sloths, and has beaches so gorgeous you'll be pinching yourself to check they're real.


Shake the droplets from your hair in Puntarenas

Catching waves and watching the sea roll in is top of the list for many a surf-mad traveler in Puntarenas. You can bag yourself Puntarenas vacation rentals in legendary Malpais and Santa Teresa for the best swells on the Nicoya Peninsula. Or, you can grab a shack amongst the coconut palms of Jaco, further down the coast. At night, when the board is resting, these sorts of places turn into happy-go-lucky hubs for travelers looking for company in the bars and surfer dives – perfect for cracking a cold beer, sharing tales of the sea and watching the sunset.


Puntarenas goes from green to sun-splashed

Winter sunseekers will be pleased to know that Puntarenas is doused in rays while snows are falling in the Midwest. The period from December to April is known as the dry season in these parts. It's virtually without rain and has temperatures that hover pleasantly around the low 70s – perhaps a Puntarenas vacation rental on the beach would be perfect? The rest of the year is hailed locally as the "green season." It's when Costa Rica has its rains. That can be a great time to witness the enormous variety of life in the rainforests.

Natural features

Puntarenas brims with biodiversity

Prepare to be wowed by the sheer biodiversity of Puntarenas. Few places on the planet are said to have such a spread of wildlife, which means even the shortest of excursions into a national park can reveal glimpses of multicolored birds, slow-moving sloths, tapirs and a whole medley of monkeys. The old-growth rainforests of the Corcovado National Park and the dense palm thickets of the Manuel Antonio National Park are the top places to go for a break into the wilds. Their misty jungles spill into seas, where waves crash against boulders and dolphins skim the swells.

Can I find a vacation rental around Puntarenas?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,774 vacation rentals near Puntarenas. From 1,168 Houses to 510 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Puntarenas for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Puntarenas?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Puntarenas. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Jaco: 1,133 vacation rentals
  • Manuel Antonio: 318 vacation rentals
  • Dominical: 390 vacation rentals
  • Playa Santa Teresa: 248 vacation rentals
  • Uvita: 543 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Puntarenas! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Puntarenas?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Puntarenas:

  • Jaco: 1,133 rentals
  • Dominical: 390 rentals
  • Uvita: 543 rentals
  • Quepos: 604 rentals
  • Playa Hermosa: 976 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Puntarenas?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Puntarenas are:

  • Puntarenas (JAP-Chacarita): 117 vacation rentals
  • Tambor Airport (TMU): 444 vacation rentals
  • Puerto Jimenez Airport (PJM): 120 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Puntarenas?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Puntarenas. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Manuel Antonio Beach: 400 rentals
  • Manuel Antonio National Park: 371 rentals
  • Santa Teresa Beach: 438 rentals
  • Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve: 420 rentals
  • Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Pacific Park: 1,139 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Puntarenas listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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