Vacation Rentals in South Puntarenas

The South Puntarenas area in Costa Rica is definitely a place where any traveler can find themselves trying to put down roots. The thing is, this part of the country is still so wild and exotic that you almost feel bad living in it.

A short or long term vacation, however, is completely acceptable, and it is something that the country sees often; many tourists that visit the region are hesitant to leave, and many come back as often as possible. The beaches here are more secluded, the trails here are less touristy, and the lifestyle here is more mellow. You can also find one of the last standing stretches of Pacific coastal rainforests in Central America in this area.


This province is also a popular place for long term vacation because it is home to one of Earth’s most special places: the Osa Peninsula. It isn’t just us saying how special this place is either, National Geographic Magazine described the Osa Peninsula as one of the most biodiverse places in the world. That’s right, in the world. If you’re planning to stay on the South Puntarenas province, you have to visit the Osa Peninsula.

Those that want to maximize their exploration time with an extended stay should consider booking a vacation rental instead of a hotel. The vacation rentals available will offer you marvelous views of the Osa Peninsula and Golfo Dulce, with amazing sunrises and sunsets to enjoy with your family or loved ones. Most of the area’s vacation rentals are ecolodges and cabins that run on solar power. When you reserve one of these spaces for your long-term stay in Costa Rica, you’ll find spacious living areas, fully equipped and outfitted kitchens, protective screen windows, and breezy patios or terraces. You can also bet that you’ll have both hot and cold running water.

The hub for vacation rentals in this province is the main towns, which include Sierpe, Drake Bay, Puerto Jimenez, Cabo Matapalo, Carate, Golfito, Zancudo, and Pavones. In any of these main South Puntarenas towns you can expect to find rental accommodations from the simple and basic spaces, to the more luxurious lodges and cabins.

Best Places

One of the region’s best places for your extended stay is Drake Bay. This bay has one of the most popular entry points to the Isla del Caño and the Corcovado National Park, so it is often used as a base camp for travelers and ecotourists. If you choose this area for your vacation rental, you’ll be close the country’s most gorgeous and remote national park, which to this day remains one of the most unexplored areas. The park is also special because it is home to the largest population of Scarlet Macaws in Costa Rica.

Best Surf

Staying here also means that you’ll be close to the terrific hiking trails, and all the wildlife watching opportunities they offer.

You can also find a vacation rental that is more suited to water activities. The small town of Pavones is known for some of the longest surfing breaks on the planet. If you are a sport fisher, you can reserve a vacation rental in Golfito. There is plenty to do in these areas, and plenty of places to lease for your vacation.

If South Puntarenas is your next vacation destination, then you want to book your vacation rental at the same time that you book your flights. It’s best to visit this area during the dry season, which runs from January through April each year. Of course, this is peak tourist season so reserve your vacation rental early, before they all rent out.

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