Best time to visit the town is when there is a cruise ship in port. Many vendors line the beach and some interesting crafts can be found.
Directly across from the ship dock (beside the hotel entrance) is a new store called The Costa Rica Cashew Company. they sell amazingly fresh cashews and all kinds of local products, arts and crafts. My kids loved the monkey poop!
You can arrange a nice private tour with them in advance and they'll take you from cruise port to have a great day, very nice things to see around Puntarenas and they have several tours to pick.
I did Manuel Antonio park and beach, despite the long drive it was a great tour and we saw lots of animals and enjoyed the beautiful beach. A group of friends went to zip line with Odyssey and they had good memories too.
You also reach them at the end of the dock.
you begin at a platform, typically in a tree area, and are strapped into a secure harness and you then glide across a cable to the next platform through the upper tree areas. There are many companies that offer this service. Best to check it out ahead of time to find out the itinerary. We took a cruise on the Royal Caribbean line and did the Panama Cruise. We avoided the ship's zip line tour because we wanted something sort of off the beaten path.
Zip line tour is a really great thing to do in Costa Rica. We did one when we took a Royal Caribbean cruise in November -Panama Cruise. I found a zip line not associated with the ship's tours and it was excellent! It included a one hour horseback ride up- then 25 zip line platforms and 11 waterfalls-one was a stop for swim if desired. Excellent way to spend the day and we were back in plenty of time to catch the ship departure, with time to spare.
I organized a trip for myself and some friends to visit Isla Tortuga for the day. We arrived by cruise ship into Puntarenas, took taxis to the pier where our catamaran with Calypso tours took us for the hour trip to Isla Tortuga. The trip itself is very beautiful , many islands are in this part of Costa Rica, all natural with no major resorts. Isla Tortuga has nice white beaches, the water is perfect, for swimming. We had a great BBQ, drinks, music, perfect way to spend the day really before heading back to Puntarenas and our cruise ship.
There are numerous trails on the property, through the forest and along the beach, at Bahia Gigante.
There are 256 species of birds that have been counted and almost as many butterflies. You can also see howler and capuchin monkeys, deer, and coatimundi as you hike.
there must be more activities to do here but I had only time for a walk to breathe the local atmosphere... I like just going around and see the real life of a town when in a country which is new for me or/and has a different culture from mine...
in the pic these guys are repairing one of the here so used pushcarts...
Watch the brown pelicans all along the ectuary, diving for fish.
The are adundant along the Pacific coast.
At dusk, they all head for the small trees, to roost.
We called them the pelican trees