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How to Reach

By Air

the nearest airport is from San can take a taxi available in front of the airport,once you leave baggage claim to the bus depot in San Jose. From there, you can take a bus to Puntarenas.The trip will take a couple hours depending on traffic and weather conditions,but its inexpensive.

By Ferries

ferries from Playa Naranjo and Paquera in the Nicoya Peninsula buses from San Jose,Quepos (via Jaco),Monteverde.

By Bus

Local buses leave from downtown and are relatively inexpensive.For travel to places outside of Puntarenas (ie, Jaco, Manuel Antonio, etc) there's a main bus station.Buses are usually on time and sometimes even leave early,so plan accordingly.Don't be surprised to see vendors on buses selling snacks and drinks.

Key places to visit
Mangrove Forest, Puntarenas Beaches, Isla Jesusita, Historical Maritime Museum, Rio Barranga Mouth, Playas De Dona Ana, Esparza, White Beach


Places to Visit

Mangrove Forest

In the estuary above the north side of the peninsula.Crocodiles,herons and red snappers can be found in and around the mangrove forest that grows here.The forest can be seen from any pier on the north side of the city,and some fishermen with small boats on these piers may be able to take you for a small tour if asked and offered compensation.

Puntarenas Beaches

These beaches stretch along Puntarenas entire coast between the mouth of the Rio Barranca and the place known as La Punta,where this extensive length of shoreline ends.The area between the wharf (Cruise Ship Terminal) and La Punta is the preferred place for swimmers running parallel to this stretch is the Paseo de los Turistas,with its numerous hotels,restaurants,bars and other services.Besides swimming,visitors can enjoy other water sports and activities,such as boat tours.

Isla Jesusita

This island is located very close to and northeast of Isla Cedros.Its 30-hectare area shelters a tropical dry forest, transitioning to wet forest.On the northeast part of the island is a rocky coast and lovely beach.Another beach may be found on the south side of the island.

Historical Maritime Museum

Located in Puntarenas’ old quarter,this museum was restored to also accommodate the House of Culture,an amphitheater and the public library.The House of Culture features month-long painting and sculpture exhibitions,while the amphitheater offers monthly plays,dance and music.

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