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Puntarenas short guide
Puntarenas located on Costa Rica’s west coast and has a port that leads out into the Golfo de Nicoya on the Pacific Ocean. The city belongs to the province Puntarenas and the name means “sandy point” in English. Puntarenas is the largest city in the province and the number of inhabitants was in 2008 at just over 35 000. The city had long country’s main Pacific port, but in recent years, Caldera acquired the position.
Puntarenas is an attractive seaside town with a tropical climate and lush scenery. Many travel to this area to experience the beaches and become acquainted with nature through activities like fishing and mountain biking. Carara National Park is located outside of town and there are organized trips to see wildlife in the rainforest or go on crocodile safari. For those wishing to learn more about the area’s history should Navy Historical Museum of Puntarenas visited.
Juan Santamaría International Airport and Tobías Bolaños International Airport are two major international airports belonging to the capital San José located over 100 km east of Puntarenas.