North Puntarenas covers a large area and the best way to see all the hotspots in this part of the province is to rent a car and drive around by yourself. With plenty of tourist attractions, national parks and beach resorts, North Puntarenas is one of the most visited regions in Costa Rica
. Ideal for a family adventure or for honeymooning couples, this province offers some spectacular sights to enjoy.
You can either hire a car in Puntarenas, the provincial capital
or head out Quepos
, which serves as an easy access point to the Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio
. Car rental agencies can also be found in towns like Jaco
and Manuel Antonio
as well. Depending on where you wish to begin your vacation, you can find a number of car rental companies in North Puntarenas.
If you are interested in touring the Monteverde area
or Mal Pais
and Playa Santa Theresa
, renting a car in Puntarenas is your best bet. With a lot of tourists using this town as a base for exploring the region, you can find many rental car company offices in town. If you are going to Monteverde by car, a four wheel drive is recommended as the terrain here gets pretty bumpy. Driving to Monteverde is superb as because you are treated to some stunning views of the park, plus you can also explore this gorgeous area at your own pace.
A great beach town, Jaco
is a tourist hotspot with millions of travelers coming here every year. Just a 2 hour drive from San Jose
, this town has a quite few car rental agency offices to cater to the many people who come here. If you are traveling to Jaco during peak tourist season, be sure to make a car booking in advance, so as to avoid any hassles.
Map of North Puntarenas
Giving you the freedom to customize your own vacation as well as take in the less touristy and more secluded areas, a rental car is a wonderful way to absorb in the local culture. To see the Manuel Antonio National Park
and its surrounding areas, a good option is to rent a car in Quepos, known for its excellent sportsfishing. A bustling town with plenty of accommodations, car rental agencies in Quepos
often deliver your car directly to your hotel free of cost.
With the roads in North Puntarenas well paved and in good condition driving around here is a great experience.