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

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Very few stress relievers beat the magic of a beach sunset. Like in the incredibly beautiful beaches in the Puntarenas Province of Costa Rica.

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!

The port city of Puntarenas is located on Costa Rica’s Gulf of Nicoya.

A cultural complex featuring a theater and an art gallery is called Casa de la Cultura.

  • Parque Marino del Pacfico has an aquarium and rescue center featuring seahorses, turtles, and crocodiles on the main street, Paseo de los Turistas.
  • Playa Puntarenas, the town’s beach, is surrounded by stores and cafes.
  • Playa Doa Ana is a beach with heavy surf that lies southeast of the town.

Top Puntarenas Hiking Tours

From 2 hours to full-day hiking trips with free cancellation options.

Top Puntarenas Cruises & Sailing

From half to full-day cruises with free cancellation options.

Food & Drink

From the seed to the coffee cup! The province has plenty of unique experiences, such as coffee, chocolate, and sugar cane excursions.

Quepos, the gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park

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Best places in Puntarenas

Manuel Antonio

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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.

Where to Stay in Manuel Antonio

There are hundred-plus choices of hotels, apartments, hostels, BNBs, and more. However, when it comes to booking the ultimate holiday with a sea view, you cannot 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.

Jaco Beach

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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
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Villa Creole, Calle Europa 20 , 61101 Jacó, Costa Rica
Boutique Hotel IBIZA three star rating Jaco Costa Rica
Boutique Hotel IBIZA, 50 m Oeste de Alamo car rental, 00011 Jacó, Costa Rica
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Best Western Jaco Beach All Inclusive Resort, Pastor Diaz Av. , 61101 Jacó, Costa Rica

Gaia Hotel & Reserve

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Gaia Hotel & Reserve- Adults Only, Quepos-Manuel Antonio, Km 2.7, 60601 Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Winner of the 27th World Travel Awards™

World's Leading Green Hotel 2020, and 2021

Mexico & Central America’s Leading Green Hotel 2020, and 2021

The Gaia Hotel & Reserve is also pet-friendly!

Holiday Packages

Tour a hidden paradise, from rainforests to mighty peaks, from the Costa Rican Coast to Baja California, and more.

With these ready-made holiday packages, you have total peace of mind when it comes to choosing a holiday package. The reviews are from real travelers, just like you and me. Another bonus is that you are not charged hidden booking or credit card fees. What you see is what you get. Now that is confidence! 

Tours to and from Puntarenas Province