A gateway to eco-adventures

With its coastline filled with beaches, islands, inlets, and natural treasures, Puntarenas is a gateway to a myriad of outdoor attractions, including boat trips through the mangroves, canopy zip line tours, butterfly gardens, horseback riding, and sport fishing.

Take a catamaran to the nearby Isla of Tortuga for its white sand beaches, snorkeling, and swimming, go river rafting down the Corobici River, or explore the Mangrove Forest on the north side of the peninsula to see crocodiles, herons, and more.

Be sure to take a stroll along the Paseo de la Turistas for shopping, souvenirs, local ceviche or a cold beverage, and pick up some Costa Rican coffee for the journey home.


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A short trip away, the Monteverde Cloud Forest is characterized by consistent cloud cover or fog at the canopy level. These conditions create incredible biodiversity with over 2,500 plant species, including a stunning array of orchids, plus over 100 species of mammals and over 400 species of birds.


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Explore what lies beneath the waves without even having to get wet. This aquarium features a broad selection of local Pacific marine life, from giant manta rays to crocodiles and turtles. The largest exhibit recreates the diverse marine environment of the Isla de Coco.

Eco Jungle Cruise and Crocodile Observation

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Eco Jungle Cruise and Crocodile Observation

Eco Jungle Cruise and Crocodile Observation

Noted for its mangrove forests, the Guacalillo estuary, the Carara National Park, and the Tarcoles River is considered to be one of the richest sites for sea birds and shorebirds. The river shores house one of the largest colonies of crocodiles and Jesus Christ lizards (sightings guaranteed).

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Puntarenas, Costa Rica At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 9°58'40.24"N 84°49'45.92"W
Size: 34.34 KM2 (13.26 MI2)
Population: 34,085
Density: 993 Pop/KM2 (383 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +506

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