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Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica - Pura Vida! Pure Life!

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Santa Teresa beach town

There is probably no better stress reliever than a beach sunset in the incredibly beautiful Puntarenas Province of Costa Rica.

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Know before you go

  • San Jose airport
  • Quepos Managua Airport (XQP). About 54 km from San Jose
  • Language: Mostly Spanish. English and Creole-English (Mekatelyu).
  • Currency: Costa Rican Colon (CRC)
  • Time Zone: CST (Central Standard Time) UTC/GMT -6 hours

Best time

April is the hottest month with an average of 24°C, and it can go as high as 28°C. It seldom gets below the twenties, but if you’re looking for dry warm weather, you’d want to avoid going during September (the wettest month). February can be quite windy (26km/h average wind speed).

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Manuel Antonio National Park

Quepos is known as the gateway to the Manuel Antonio National Park.


I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question.

The Puntarenas province is a fabulous holiday destination with an extensive list of things to do and see in and around the province. The province caters to solo travelers as well as family holidays. There is something for everyone!


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Manuel Antonio

Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, also known as Manuel Antonio National Park

One of Puntarenas Province’s jewels is Manuel Antonio. The Manuel Antonio National Park is a must-see. The park receives the most visitors of all parks in Costa Rica. There are three relatively easy hiking trails through the park and the park has a limit of 600 visitors per day. So best you go early to avoid being turned away.

And if you’re after beach life, Playa Manuel Antonia is probably the most stunning beach ever, followed by Playa Espadilla which is popular amongst surfers. If you’re into snorkeling, Playa Biesanz is the ideal spot. The scenic Manuel Antonia Beach (above) lies within the national park.

Travel and Home’s Choice Stay in Manuel Antonio

There are hundred-plus choices of hotels, apartments, hostels, BNB’s, and more. However, when it comes to booking the ultimate holiday with a sea view, you can not go wrong by checking in at Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort*****. It’s located a stone’s throw away from the city center and has WIFI, a spa, and a gym. Furthermore, it has all the standard trimmings such as a restaurant, concierge service, laundry service, parking, and plenty more.

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Jaco Beach

A beautiful beach known for sportfishing and surfing lies in the seaside town of Jacó, namely Jaco Beach. It’s only two hours from San Jose, which makes it a very popular summer holiday destination. More so with the palm trees lined up on the beachfront – so pretty!

Where to stay in Jacó

  • Villa Creole*** has WIFI and is 0.74 km from the city center
  • Hotel Ibiza*** has WIFI and is 0.09 km from city center
    Near city

Travel and Home’s Choice Stay in Jacó



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The Gaia Hotel & Reserve is also pet-friendly!

More Pet-Friendly Hotels

  • Hotel Plaza Yara**** has WIFI and is 0.89km from the city center
  • Kayak Lodge*** is 8.98 km from the city center
  • Las Cascadas The Falls*** has WIFI and is 0.24 km from the city center
    Nearest to city center

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