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Located in southwest Costa Rica on its lovely Pacific coast, Puntarenas is one of the country's most beautiful and distinct provinces. Though its most famous destination is the resort town of Jaco, Puntarenas is also a haven for nature lovers, as it features the lush vegetation and unique wildlife of Manuel Antonio National Park, as well as the relaxing serenity of quiet beach towns like Mal Pais and Santa Teresa. Puntarenas vacation rentals also tend to reflect this focus on nature, featuring open concept designs, outdoor living areas (including outdoor showers!), and plenty of local plants and artwork to lend the rental a distinctly Costa Rican flair - it's all just part of the pura vida (a Costa Rican saying meaning â€œpure lifeâ€) that the locals are so fond of.
Reaching some Puntarenas vacation rentals can be a challenge, especially if they're located off-the-beaten track. For example, some of the more remote Manuel Antonio rentals may require a rental car to reach (assuming that the owner does not offer to pick you up from the airport), so unless you're staying in Jaco, it's best to ask whether a car is required to reach the destination or not. Of course, for somewhere as rich in flora and fauna as Puntarenas, having a car also allows travelers to explore and discover amazing landscapes, beautiful wildlife and wonderful plants and flowers, which is why car rentals are especially popular with eco-travelers looking to discover all that this rich bit of coast has to offer.
Different Puntarenas vacation rentals offer different experiences â€“ for example, a beachfront apartment in Jaco is great for those looking to enjoy all the comforts of back home, while a rental in Mal Pais offers travelers the chance to enjoy one of the last truly unspoiled bits of beach in Central America. Travelers looking for a truly nature-centric trip, though, can even stay in Manuel Antonio itself and enjoy all that the national park has to offer. Your best bet is to talk to the owner and see exactly what's available around the rental, though, as owners of Costa Rica vacation rentals tend to be very helpful ad friendly.