By Summer Brons
Puntarenas
Costa Rica
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If you’re craving a warm, tropical paradise for your next vacation, look no further than Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Settled on a long peninsula along the Gulf of Nicoya, Puntarenas is the area’s largest city and a highly sought-after tourist destination. Let EscapeWizard.com help you plan your central Pacific getaway!

While some cruise lines enjoy Puntarenas as a port of call, if flying into the city, you’ll likely do so at Tambor Airport (TMU). Located about 30 km from the city, Tambor is the closest airport other than Punta Islita Airport (PBP) and Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), both located about 60 km from Puntarenas. Regardless of which you fly into, book your flight using EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to take advantage of our great deals on airfare rates. Don’t forget to check us out for hotels as well, simply click (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) and browse available Puntarenas accommodations.

Although the gorgeous beaches will probably have you spending plenty of time sprawled out on the sand soaking up the Costa Rican rays, Puntarenas is a great place for activity too. EscapeWizard.com suggests renting a bicycle and exploring the area on two wheels. You can also set out on a fishing charter, go scuba diving, snorkeling, or try your hand at surfing, one of the city’s most popular pastimes. There are several favored surfing beaches around Puntarenas, including Boca Barranca, Caldera Port, Escondita Beach and Roca Loca; frequented by locals and visitors alike.

The ocean isn’t the only thing to explore in Puntarenas; EscapeWizard.com highly recommends experiencing the lush rainforests. Tours are available for everything from simple hikes to climbing waterfalls, and are a must during any visit to Costa Rica. Wrap up the day with a dolphin or whale watching sunset cruise and you have a quintessential beach vacation.

One of Puntarenas' most unique features is that within the province, there are 14 national parks and reserves. EscapeWizard.com encourages you to visit some of these parks during your stay to further enhance your appreciation of Costa Rica's natural beauty and the efforts being made to conserve it. Among these parks are the Peñas Blancas, Curú and Golfito National Wildlife Refuges; the Caño Island, Carara Island, Guayabo, Negritos and Pájaros Islands Biological Reserves; and the Cabo Blanco, Manuel Antonio, Ballena Marine, La Amistad International, Corcovado and Cocos Island National Parks. Finally, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a beloved tourist spot for its enchanting foliage and opportunities to catch a glimpse of the Resplendent Quetzal, a bird of most impressive plumage.

As soon as you arrive in Puntarenas, it won't take long to see why this city is so special to both its locals and its tourists. The exquisite surroundings are a feast for the senses, and the lively sea and authentic rainforest make Puntarenas a haven for outdoor enthusiasts as much as it is for those seeking ultimate relaxation. Costa Rica is sure to provide you with a vacation you'll never forget, and EscapeWizard.com invites you to plan your tropical travels with us!
Hotels in Puntarenas
By Rose Overbey
DoubleTree by Hilton
El Roble, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
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If you're traveling to Puntarenas, Costa Rica you've likely got vacation on the mind, and there is nowhere better to enjoy your trip, than booking yourself a room at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Costa Rica - Puntarenas. This all inclusive resort is amazingly located along the coast -- mean sand and water are never more than a couple moments away. The hotel is enveloped by lush greenery, and sits on a hillside. You'll enjoy the breathtaking views of the central pacific coast from different areas of the resort.

Within the resort you'll also be wowed by the exotic gardens throughout the grounds, and the tropical and fresh decorations of the hotel. Each room offers cable TV, oversized shower stalls and the DoubleTree trademarked Sweet Dreams bed. There are also coffee making tools included in the room, so you can get your coffee fix any time of day. There are a variety of views that you can choose from -- including a room overlooking lush gardens, or if you want to wake up to the ocean, you have that option as well.

The all inclusive nature of the resort means that you can essentially leave your wallet at home. Food, beverages, activities -- even gratuities -- are included. The only thing left for you to do is enjoy yourself -- and you will find many ways to do so! There is a Pool Table available for guests to use. There is also a tennis court if guests enjoy volleying the ball back and forth. Families will be pleased to find a playground for the children to play on. There is even a menu geared towards children, so the little ones are sure to feel included.

The resort features a pool for guests to enjoy. Take a quick dip, or sit poolside and soak up some rays. You can also take a short walk to the beach for an evening stroll, or to play in the surf.

Should you want to travel around Costa Rica, the Doubletree Puntarenas Resort by Hilton Costa Rica is the perfect place to make your home base. There is a tour desk inside the hotel, and staff will be happy to assist you with getting around. There is also a car rental available, and foreign currency exchange for your convenience.

The Doubletree Puntarenas Resort by Hilton Costa Rica is the place to stay on your vacation to Puntarenas. EscapeWizard.com highly recommends booking your hotel room at the Doubletree Puntarenas Resort by Hilton Costa Rica. You can do so by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).