Destination guide

You'll feel like a lucky pirate discovering hidden treasure

Welcome to one of Costa Rica's almost-kept secrets. Sure, savvy vacationers know that Playa Penca is beautiful, but the place still has an undiscovered feel. On any given day, you're as likely to have the sparkling sands to yourself as to have to share them with others. Families, friends, young backpackers, and couples in love can all find something to draw them to the beach's sheltered, turquoise bay. Whether you're hoping to kayak among the sea turtles, hike to a waterfall, or just enjoy some local cuisine on your beach blanket, a Playa Penca vacation rental is an excellent choice.

Things to do

Fly down a zip line before you dive into local history

People flock to Playa Penca to loll on the beach and splash in the water, and you are perfectly welcome to limit yourself to those 2 action items. Still, visitors usually take advantage of some of the other family-friendly and/or nature-loving attractions in the area, too. Diamante Eco Adventure Park is 8 miles north on the coast and features a zippy zip line and an animal sanctuary. For the history buff in your party, head to Museum Guanacaste, a former barracks and city jail that now hosts local art and cultural exhibits.


This beach makes you feel like you're in on a secret

Book a Playa Penca vacation rental now, and your future self will be thankful. The beautiful sandy beach is set on a small cove, bordered on both ends by rocky points and rain forest that give it a secluded feel. And it's not just a feeling. You might have the seaside all to yourself for swimming, picnicking, and stand-up paddle boarding. Just a few miles south is Flamingo Beach, where you can kick off any number of boating, snorkeling, hiking, and ATV tours. They'll help you discover the area's hidden waterfalls and breathtaking views.


5 full months of meteorological perfection

Playa Penca is wonderfully warm all year, and it's known for having more sun than the rest of Costa Rica, even during the rainy season. Still, the dry season, from December through April, is the most popular time for visitors. Temps are in the 80s, and you might not see rain for months. If you'd like to book a lower priced Playa Penca vacation rental, you could do worse than a visit between May and November. Temperatures are still in the 70s and 80s. Just come prepared for rain and potential road closures.

Natural features

Leaping sea life and manic monkeys greet you in Playa Penca

You might see migrating sea birds or leaping dolphins as you lay out on Playa Penca. That's how easy it is to feel close to nature in this tropical paradise. Of course, you can also take a boat out to sea or don your snorkel and feel even closer. Santa Rosa National Park and Palo Verde Nature Reserve make for popular day trips. In addition to the chirp of hundreds of bird species, you'll hear the howl of coyotes, the chatter of monkeys, and the humble rustle of terrestrial turtles nudging their way through the underbrush.

How many vacation rentals are available around Playa Penca, CR?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,073 vacation rentals around Playa Penca. From 607 house rentals to 933 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Playa Penca?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Playa Penca. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Veintisiete de Abril: 850 vacation rentals
  • Tamarindo: 1,438 vacation rentals
  • North America: 607,112 vacation rentals
  • Playa Hermosa: 797 vacation rentals
  • Playa Flamingo: 1,204 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Playa Penca! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Playa Penca?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Playa Penca:

  • Veintisiete de Abril: 850 rentals
  • Tamarindo: 1,438 rentals
  • Playa Hermosa: 797 rentals
  • Playa Flamingo: 1,204 rentals
  • Coco: 1,115 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Playa Penca?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Playa Penca. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Flamingo Beach: 1,330 rentals
  • Ocotal Beach: 1,727 rentals
  • Playa Hermosa: 1,299 rentals
  • Santa Rosa National Park: 60 rentals
  • Reserva Conchal Golf Course: 2,137 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Playa Penca listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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