Provincia de Puntarenas Travel Guide

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Provincia de Puntarenas Highlights

  • Pro
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     Rain Forests, Volcanoes & Beaches 

  • Con
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     infraestructura turistica 

  • In a nutshell
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     Mas que una ciudad, es un lugar para vivir! Pura Vida! 

Map of Provincia de Puntarenas









Mal País


Puerto Jiménez


Corcovado National Park






Santa Elena










Santa Teresa


Monte Verde






Puerto Quepos

Potrero Grande





See all 149 Jacó Tips
  • The best Bar in Jaco

    Jacó Restaurants

    Where you go with friends jaco beach? in jaco beach there are a variety of places to go, one of these places, the bar and restaurant, Surf Dogs which is a great option to have fun, hang out and try some delicious daiquiris, Jaco restaurants are an excellent choice and Surf Dogs is one of these, the bar is modeled and in the heart of the city, so it...

  • Hotel Villa Caletas

    Jacó Hotels

    Most satisfying stay I have ever had. Breathtaking views and luxurious rooms. If you want your own...

  • Thief in Esterillos Oeste

    Jacó Warnings and Dangers

    There is a known thief in Esterillos Oeste. His name is Marlo. He will distract you by offering to get coconuts from the highest palm tree. While he has your attention showing off his partner will come in the back and steal the first available thing. In our case it was my daughters brand new Ipad.The local police are well aware he is the thief and...



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See all 94 Montezuma Tips
  • Excellent Photography Tour

    Montezuma Things to Do

    I've wanted to learn how to take photos for a long time and finally, I found out the best way to do it while on vacation. John Ussenko is a professional photographer offering photography tips and techniques. He helped me understand the basic principles of aperture, shutter, and composition. The best part, we did this all in the rainforest. I have...

  • Ylang Ylang Beach Resort

    Montezuma Hotels

    Montezuma Beach, formerly El Sano Banano Beach Hotel, Montezuma, 00001, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Cabuya Island Fishing & Snorkeling Tour

    Montezuma Things to Do

    You quickly learn that the main tour pushed all over Montezuma is the Tortuga Island tour. It's a fun tour but it is a pretty standard tour.... lots of lolling around the island time waiting for the boat to leave, snorkeling with 50 people in the water etc. In search of something a little different and more authentic we went on a fishing and...



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Mal País

See all 61 Mal País Tips
  • Surfers Beware

    Mal País Shopping

    Do not rent boards here. I was totally taken advantage of when returning 3 surfboards last week. They added on charges at every turn when I brought the boards back.All the boards were fine, yet one had about a 1/2" chip in it. They wanted $50.00 US to repair it. When I questioned why so much, he said it would now be $80.00.They then charged me...

  • Vista De Olas Hotel & Spa

    Mal País Hotels

    Vista de Olas is above in the hills overlooking Mal Pais and has 5 separate villas for rent, each...

  • Nature Air to Mal Pais

    Mal País Transportation

    We took Nature Air from the capitol San Jose to the coastal city of Tambor which has a small airfield, to get to our house in Mal Pais, another 45 minute taxi ride from Tambor. Nature Air has a website where we booked our flight, and even though they changed the times a couple of times, all in all it was an easy, good experience. The planes are...


Puerto Jiménez

  • 4 star in the jungle

    Puerto Jiménez Restaurants

    Surreal to come from a week's trek in the jungle and sit down to a 4 star restaurant complete with linen tablecloths, candlelight and fancy fold napkin. Food is The Best & without any complaints from any hotel guests I have sent there for the last 2 years. A treat not to be missed. Freshly caught seafood....straight from the your fishing trip (or...

  • Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge

    Puerto Jiménez Hotels

    My favorite place in Costa Rica. Wonderful Nature

  • Travel Like A Local

    Puerto Jiménez Transportation

    The cheapest way to get between Puerto Jimenez and Carate is definitely by taking the colectivo. It’s also a great way to feel like a local. The colectivo is basically a pickup truck with a tarp fashioned over the truck bed to act as a roof / sun protection. Two wooden planks are fixed to each side of the truck bed. It’s not the most comfortable...


Corcovado National Park


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See all 14 Tárcoles Tips
  • American crocodiles

    Tárcoles Favorites

    Crocodiles haven't changed much since the last 200 miljoen years. They can get 3 to 6 m long and can become 60 to 100 years old.

  • Restauant with a view

    Tárcoles Restaurants

    Not too far from Carara NP in the direction of Jaco, there is a good place to eat. The restaurant has enough parking space in front of the building with supervision, (don't forget to tip the guy about 500 colones), and a nice view of the ocean at the back of the restaurant.They serve local and american-styled dishes for an average price. Take your...

  • Parking your car

    Tárcoles Warnings and Dangers

    Several robberies have occurred in the past. If you are planning to walk the Laguna Meandrica Trail (long trail near the Rio Grande), ask the park rangers at the visitors center about current conditions. Avoid parking at the trail when there is no supervision. Give the boy at the gate of this trail a tip (500 colones or 1 USD) and he will watch...


Santa Elena

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  • Frog Museum

    Santa Elena Things to Do

    The frog museum gives an excellent chance to lean about the frogs native to the country, their history and distinct role in the ecology. The guides are knowledgeable and pleasant, which makes this an enjoyable hour long jaunt.

  • Monteverde Rustic Lodge

    Santa Elena Hotels

    150 east from Santa Elena Soccer Field, Santa Elena, 506, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

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See all 1 Bajamar Tips
  • by gilberthg Updated Apr 10, 2006

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    The area is under development , so the land prices are really good now. For example you can check this :

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See all 4 Tambor Tips
  • feeling Lucky

    Tambor Nightlife

    There is a small casino at the hotel, has the basic table games and slot machines....etcplaying at the slots is a good way to use your change that you accumulate, if you win around 7 pm till late, it's a place to go and have some fun, maybe even pay for a trip.... casual nice dress

  • Barcelo Tambor Beach

    Tambor Hotels

    I would definitely recommend Barcelo Playa Tambor, it's an ALL INCLUSIVE Hotel, I had a great time...

  • beach and sky

    Tambor Favorites

    If you ever do stay at playa tambor take the time to walk along the beach... While it is not a white sand beach it is still quite nice.....It is a very long walk in either direction so plan accordingly, bring a water bottle if you do this during mid day as it does get very hot....This is the beach looking down towards the small town of tambor...if...


Santa Teresa

See all 11 Santa Teresa Tips
  • Surf Lesson

    Santa Teresa Things to Do

    If you go to Santa Teresa you will have to take a surf lesson, a great experience. I did it with Frederic, Hotel Meli Melo owner, and it was just an incredible experience...After 1hour, I ride my first wave, such a nice feeling...Frederik is so sweet and a professional. I had a very secure and fun experience....

  • Villas Hermosas

    Santa Teresa Hotels

    400 mts sur de la escuela Hermosa Valley, San Martin de Cobano, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • The perfect place to eat

    Santa Teresa Restaurants

    During my trip in Santa Teresa we went every night in Meli Melo Restaurant, and it was always perfect : good food, cozy atmosphere, great ambience, reasonable price, friendly owners....everything to spend a wonderful moment !!I had jumbo shrimps while my friend had the mahi mahi and both meals were huge, fresh and the plate was well decorated. The...


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