Puntarenas is Costa Rica’s largest province and the city by the same name is the province capital. This coastal port town is popular among locals, especially those in nearby San Jose, because of its stunning beaches. Tourists are drawn to Puntarenas for the same reason, but will also fall in love with the city’s historic charm. The city’s unique architecture and festivals throughout the year show off its rich culture. Puntarenas is also a destination for foodies: the city is still a commercial fishing port and restaurants serve up some of the freshest seafood on the island. Whether you experience Puntarenas through outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, and boating, or take it in via cultural attractions and cuisines, you’ll need a great accommodation. We’ve gathered up some of the best hotels and vacation rentals in the province, so read on for ideas on where to stay in Puntarenas, Costa Rica.
If you have come to Puntaneras with your heart set on many trips to the beach, this hotel is the place for you! The hotel has its own beachfront with a sandy shore, swaying palm trees, and beautiful views of boats entering and leaving the harbor. Even closer to your room, there is a pool with a hot tub. Aside from these luxuries, the hotel has many convenient amenities like an on-site mini-mart, free parking, and laundry services. If you’re looking for other nearby activities, there is also a tour desk where you can get information about things to do in the area.
This colorful hotel is the perfect spot to soak up the vibrant atmosphere of Puntarenas! The rooms have cozy yet high-end decor and each one includes a television and private bathroom. Room options can sleep one to four guests, ideal for solo travelers, couples, or small families. The hotel has a restaurant on-site where you can enjoy delicious local cuisines like ceviche. Hotel Aldea is just a short walk away from the ferry station making it a convenient pick for your first or last night on the island.
Puerto Azul Resort is the ultimate spot for a relaxing and fun vacation! This hotel has luxurious amenities but a laid-back vibe, so you can feel at ease from the moment you check-in. Each room feels like a second home- there are kitchens and dining areas where you can cook with groceries purchased at nearby stores. The rooms also feature cozy, colorful furnishings and views of the ocean and palm trees right outside. Take a dip in the Atlantic or cool off at the swimming pool. If you’re up for an adventure, check out the hotel’s sailing club to take a boat out on the water or get a workout in at the on-site sports facilities.
The stunning Hotel Alamar is exactly the kind of place that comes to mind when you think of a tropical vacation! This sunshine yellow hotel has a beautiful oasis in its courtyard, where a refreshing pool is surrounded by lush plants and lounge chairs. If you somehow tire of sunning and swimming, check out the hotel’s games, including pool and ping pong, or grab food and a drink at the restaurant or bar. The rooms are spacious and many of them have balconies overlooking the pool as well as separate seating areas inside.
Address: Final del Paseo de los Turistas, frente al mar. Calle 31 y Ave 4 León Cortés Castro
You’ll never run out of things to do at Hotel Yadran! Like many accommodations in the area, the hotel features a large pool and easy access to the beach. However, you’ll also find other exciting things on the property like the casino. The hotel is also just a short walk away from Lito Perez Stadium where you can catch an exciting soccer game. With all there is to do in the area, you’ll appreciate the comforts that the hotel provides, like a continental breakfast and air conditioning in every room.
Though Hotel Naranjo Beach isn’t as elaborate as some of the other resorts on this list, you will fall in love with the hotel’s coziness and charm. The rooms are basic but comfortable and all of them have private bathrooms and air conditioners. Most of the rooms open out onto the pool and even have hammocks where you can relax in the shade. The hotel has its own grill, so you can cook your own meal, or a casual restaurant if you feel like letting someone else cook for you.
The flourishing plants that surround Hotel La Punta will make you feel like you are staying in the midst of a jungle! The building is surrounded by tropical bushes, flowers, and palm trees, which provide many quiet and shady spots to relax. It will be hard to realize when you are at the hotel, that the area around it is so busy, but there are many things to do within walking distance. Visit a local restaurant, stroll along the beach, or catch a ferry to Montezuma or Tambor.
Hotel La Punta
Address: a 50 metros del Balneario Municipal, a 100 metros del muelle de los ferrys y a 200 metros del mar,
Price: from 48 USD
Shuttle service Sun loungers or beach chairs Family rooms Terrace Accessible parking Non-smoking throughout Shuttle service (additional charge) Bicycle rental (additional charge)
If you’ve ever dreamed of running away to live on a tropical island, this apartment rental is for you! The location feels delightfully secluded thanks to all the lush greenery growing around the property. In the center of the complex is a garden complete with a pristine pool, an outdoor grill, and a playground. The apartments offer a wide range of possibilities, with options for as few as two people and as many as ten. Each one is fully equipped with everything you need to make yourself at home, like a fully stocked kitchenette, toiletries, and more.
Villas Palmas del Mar
Address: Cabinas Villas Palmas Del Mar, Puntarenas Province, Chacarita, Costa Rica San Isidro, Puntarenas
Outdoor furniture WiFi available in all areas Outdoor pool Non-smoking throughout Air conditioning Sun terrace Outdoor pool (all year) Luggage storage
With two bedrooms that can sleep up to six guests, this condo is the perfect vacation rental for a family. It is located in a complex that both kids and adults will love, with easy beach access, a pool, and a playground. The apartment has a large kitchen that’s perfect for cooking homemade meals to save on vacation costs. It also has a TV with satellite channels for lazy evenings and rainy days.
Apartamento en Condo Puerto Azul
Address: El Cocal Puntarenas (Puerto Azul Club y Marina)
Price: from 200 USD
This apartment rental is located in an ornate and historic building, setting it apart as a unique vacation rental in the area. The apartments come in different configurations that can sleep as many as six people. Each rental comes with a kitchen, complete with a microwave and dishwasher, and free towels and toiletries in the bathroom. You’ll be just a short walk from Puntarenas’ major sights like beaches and the Puntarenas Cathedral, which is over 100 years old.
More than just a stopover
Many tourists will pass through Puntarenas because it’s a popular place for ferries and cruise ships to stop. If you have the chance, stay in this city for a few days. You’ll find the charming atmosphere and natural beauty to be super relaxing. There are also many nature preserves and cultural attractions in the area to explore. With this list of where to stay in Puntarenas, you’ll be ready to add a few days in Puntarenas, to your itinerary.
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