Playa Penca, Costa Rica

Playa Penca, Costa Rica

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 970 vacation rentals near Playa Penca. From 450 condos to 208 houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Playa Penca for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

You'll feel like a lucky pirate discovering hidden treasure

Welcome to one of Costa Rica's almost-kept secrets. Sure, savvy vacationers know that Playa Penca is beautiful, but the place still has an undiscovered feel. On any given day, you're as likely to have the sparkling sands to yourself as to have to share them with others. Families, friends, young backpackers, and couples in love can all find something to draw them to the beach's sheltered, turquoise bay. Whether you're hoping to kayak among the sea turtles, hike to a waterfall, or just enjoy some local cuisine on your beach blanket, a Playa Penca vacation rental is an excellent choice.

This beach makes you feel like you're in on a secret

Book a Playa Penca vacation rental now, and your future self will be thankful. The beautiful sandy beach is set on a small cove, bordered on both ends by rocky points and rain forest that give it a secluded feel. And it's not just a feeling. You might have the seaside all to yourself for swimming, picnicking, and stand-up paddle boarding. Just a few miles south is Flamingo Beach, where you can kick off any number of boating, snorkeling, hiking, and ATV tours. They'll help you discover the area's hidden waterfalls and breathtaking views.

Fly down a zip line before you dive into local history

People flock to Playa Penca to loll on the beach and splash in the water, and you are perfectly welcome to limit yourself to those 2 action items. Still, visitors usually take advantage of some of the other family-friendly and/or nature-loving attractions in the area, too. Diamante Eco Adventure Park is 8 miles north on the coast and features a zippy zip line and an animal sanctuary. For the history buff in your party, head to Museum Guanacaste, a former barracks and city jail that now hosts local art and cultural exhibits.

5 full months of meteorological perfection

Playa Penca is wonderfully warm all year, and it's known for having more sun than the rest of Costa Rica, even during the rainy season. Still, the dry season, from December through April, is the most popular time for visitors. Temps are in the 80s, and you might not see rain for months. If you'd like to book a lower priced Playa Penca vacation rental, you could do worse than a visit between May and November. Temperatures are still in the 70s and 80s. Just come prepared for rain and potential road closures.

Leaping sea life and manic monkeys greet you in Playa Penca

You might see migrating sea birds or leaping dolphins as you lay out on Playa Penca. That's how easy it is to feel close to nature in this tropical paradise. Of course, you can also take a boat out to sea or don your snorkel and feel even closer. Santa Rosa National Park and Palo Verde Nature Reserve make for popular day trips. In addition to the chirp of hundreds of bird species, you'll hear the howl of coyotes, the chatter of monkeys, and the humble rustle of terrestrial turtles nudging their way through the underbrush.