The province of Puntarenas is one of the biggest coast lines of Costa Rica and it also has the closest beaches to San Jose. The town of Puntarenas is located just 1 hour from San Jose.
Last week we visited this wonderful town which surprised us in many unexpected ways. For foreigners this town is normally not considered for their vacations. But we discovered that it can be a wonderful spot for get a ways, weekends and stops during journeys.
Right on the strip we found Hotel Puerto Azul. This hotel has been on site for a long time. But it has a new owner who has invested a lot of love and money. The property is marvelously recovered. On site guests can be part of the standard rooms with one or two double beds, new a/c, flat screen tv with cable channels, private bathroom, hot water and balcony. Or if you are traveling with family like we do and recommend; the property offers condominium style rooms. From a one bedroom to 5 bedrooms, with fully equipped kitchen, dining area, living room, laundry machines, a/c, and great modern finishes. This building has an elevator which means is also accessible for older family members.
The whole complex has 2 swimming pools, a tropical bar, gardens,
conference rooms, beach style volleyball court, darts, ping pong, beauty center, kids playground, and a marina. Hotel Puerto Azul is a safe property and the perfect combination of experiences for all ages.
At the Hotel you can just relax, enjoy a Churchill, play, visit the beach or the mangrove. (both are right next door)
The views from the condo tower are amazing. Puntarenas is well known for
If you are wondering: What can I do from there? These are our family oriented tours we recommend:
- Private boat tour to an off the beaten path island to discover beaches (with private picnic)
- Regular catamaran tours to Tortuga Island or San Lucas Island
- Mangrove boat tour to see wildlife
- Sport Fishing
- Sunset walk on the boardwalk in town and enjoy a Churchill
- And for those families with kids and teenagers all the activities offered near jaco which is only 50 minutes away; for example canopy – atv – surf – carara national park – crocodile tours – guided walks
We have sent some nice suggestions to the hotel to improve some family services but in general they are ready for your visit.
When you have the opportunity visit this property and let us know all your thoughts, comments, updates… share the power of traveling as a family!