Puntarenas Travel Guide

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Puntarenas Things to Do

  • shopping in Puntarenas

    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...

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  • Odyssey Tours with Diego and Alvaro

    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...

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  • canopy zip line tour

    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...

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  • zip line tour

    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...

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  • Isla Tortuga

    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...

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  • Numerous trails

    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.

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Puntarenas Hotels

Puntarenas Restaurants

  • Asian touch

    If we happened to be in Playa Naranjo when we got hungry, we stopped into The Hotel Oasis del Pacifico, and ate at their restaurant.They cater to the yachters passing by the area.The food was very good and the decor is Asian because the wife is from Singapore. Great seafood, inexpensive, and outdoor dining.

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  • Outside dining

    We had breakfast every morning and dinner most every evening at the hotel. Since the hotel was full with a special group, they set us a table out side on the managers patio.To our surprise, the first morning, we saw that the fruit trees were all in bloom and they were full of parrots. We had a nice Tico breakfast and great seafood for dinner, in...

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  • natilla!!!

    if you like local, not touristic places, which are my best liked for sure, soda Geovanna is for you!!!It was my first soda and I found a little bit unusual what then became an habit to find: there is a washbasin in the local where you can wash your hands and maybe because sometimes the bathroom hasn't it...and there was no menu because probably...

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Puntarenas Nightlife

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    by pollon Written May 20, 2003

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    along the Paseo de los Turistas it seemed there were more places to choose from and also music coming out from streets nearby or on the promenade itself where the street runs along... but because of the tiredness of a long day at wheel and after a walk on the promenade... good night...

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Puntarenas Transportation

  • Passenger Train from San Jose

    America Travel operates the Tico Tren which runs every weekend from San Jose's Pacific Railroad Station to Mata De Limon, near Puntarenas. There on transfers to an airconditioned charter bus for the short ride into town.The trip traverses the central valley then ascends through mountain passes and tunnels. Encountering the fertile regions on the...

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  • Costa Rica NaturalTours.net ofers tour

    Tours to and around Puntarenas and all Costa Rica. Air Condition, Full english spoken, private chauffer.

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  • Way to go!

    The public bus station is just one block ahead from the cruise dock, (East) but you should know the service is very poor, there is a big station with blue/white buses but this is service to San Jose, buses to M.A. are leaving every 3 hours and they just stop to pick up at the road side, if you are planning to get this transportation back and forth...

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Puntarenas Local Customs

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    by kyoub Written Aug 31, 2004

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    I am not sure when the carnival was held but we just missed it.
    We did see one lonely float still parked near the street.

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Puntarenas Warnings and Dangers

  • Bridge ahead

    The roads are bad in most parts of Costa Rica.Around Bahia Gigante most of the roads are gravel. which is O.K. except during the rainy season.The bridges are even worse, in some areas , than the roads.When we came to this bridge, my husband got out and walked across first to see if we really wanted to drive across it.We made it !

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  • Look in the trees

    Look out above you when you walk through the forested grounds around the condo. You never know what you might be missing if you don't.We heard a slight noise, looked up and there was a Howler Monkey afew feet from us in the tree.Every evening and around 4am we would hear them nearby howling.It is such an amazing experience to here this wonderful...

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  • Long lines

    THIS IS A WARNING:Be prepared for long lines and waiting to get on the car ferry.Go early to get a spot in line and then wait and wait.

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Puntarenas Off The Beaten Path

  • Island in the middle of the bay

    A few hundred meters off the coast of Bahia Gigante, is Isla Gitana. They will come and pick you up at the pier.It is a 10 hectare island with a rustic resort.There are trails that you can hike through the forest and a nice beach. The pool may or may not be open.There is a large bar on the beach that attracts passing boaters.This is a place where...

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  • macaw sanctuary and monkey feeding

    First let me highly recommend Dimas, who was our tour guide and picked us up at the Fiesta Hotel, while we were on a Caravan Tour. Dimas had cold water or beer for us (we don't drink, but a nice touch nonetheless) First stop was at a house where a woman met us with a big bunch of bananas. We looked up to the trees and there we saw many many monkeys...

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  • fish market

    Go to the downtown area, and visit the produce and seafood market behind the bus station. It is at the end of the street with the banks on it, in a red building with a large overhand area where the buses congregate.

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Puntarenas Sports & Outdoors

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    by kyoub Written Sep 1, 2004

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    Unlimited opportunities here on Bahia Gigante. You can swim, f ish, water ski, dive, go kayaking,
    or island hopping.
    The waters are studded with islands.

    Giant Bay
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