Other than one all-inclusive beach resort 8 mi/13 km east of town, Puntarenas has two types of accommodations: budget options in old wooden homes downtown and modest tourist hotels along or near Paseo de los Turistas. The cheapest of the budget options are very basic and attract drunks and prostitutes. Before checking in, ask to see the room (some of the cheaper places can get pretty bad) and don't be shy about asking for a better one. Although most hotels have air-conditioning, we recommend hotels as far west as possible, to catch the ocean breezes in the muggy town.
Accommodations improve, however, as you travel south. The Jaco area has any number of budget, modest and more upscale hotels, as well as a few more luxurious options.
The city of Quepos, at the entrance to the very popular Manual Antonio National Park, offers a wide variety of hotels and resorts.
Book well in advance for Christmas, New Year's, Easter, October Carnival and for the mid-July Festival of the Virgin of the Sea. Keep in mind that some hotels close in October—the rainiest month in Costa Rica.
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