The city of Puntarenas is the capital of Costa Rica’s largest province – also named Puntarenas. The city is one of Costa Rica’s largest ports for cruise ships, and has played a vital role in the culture and economy of the country. In the past, cargo ships utilized this safe harbor in the upper Nicoya Gulf, making it an important trade zone. These days, few cargo ships drop anchor here. Puntarenas only recently began promoting tourism, and is generally characterized by rusty and dilapidated buildings that show a picture of what once was. Due to the city’s convenient location, several luxury resorts have sprung up in recent years including the All Inclusive Hilton Doubletree Resort. The construction of these hotels along with the areas recognition of the importance of tourism has resulted in an awaking and clean up of the area.

Puntarenas is a Central Pacific beach town located in the Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica. The city is approximately a 2 hours drive from San Jose, 2 hours from Manuel Antonio, 1 1/2 hours from Monteverde, 2 hours from Liberia and 2 1/2 hours from the Arenal Volcano Region. Please keep in mind that all drive times are approximate, depending on road conditions, as well as Costa Rica driving experience.

Located in the Central Pacific coastal rainforests, Puntarenas offers a tropical, moist climate. From December through April, one can expect temperatures to reach a high in the low to mid 90’s and a low in the 70’s with limited rainfall. From May through November, one can expect temperatures to reach a high in the 80’s and a low in the 70’s with more prevelent rainfall. The rainfall in Puntarenas during this time of the year is generally limited to late afternoons and early evenings (though it can rain at any given time).

Puntarenas Tours are available for adventurers, nature lovers or those that just want to relax and let the captain do the sailing. One can experience everything from Rappelling down rain forest waterfalls to canopy exploration to Dolphin and Whale watching before watching a magnificent Pacific sunset from one of the many pristine beaches in this beach lovers paradise.

Here are a few of the businesses and activities we recommend in Puntarenas:


  • Day Cruises
  • Fiestas, Fiestas, Fiestas
  • Museo Historico Marino
  • Puntarenas Marine Park
  • Volleyball & Beach Soccer
  • Tico Train


  • Restaurante Encuentros
  • Kimbos Restaurant – karaoke
  • Restaurant Veletta – Italian
  • Casa de los Mariscos – seafood
  • Luna Verde – Pizza
  • Restaurante Yadran
  • La Yunta – seafood, pasta, creole

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