"Gulf of Nicoya" Top 5 Page for this destination Puntarenas by kyoub

Puntarenas Travel Guide: 44 reviews and 84 photos


For us and many others, Puntarenas, is a place to pass through; just some place to go so that you can get somewhere else.
For us it was a place we had to stop so we could get on the ferry to cross
the Gulf of Nicoya.
We drove there from San Jose and arrived to late in the day to catch the last car ferry. That left us with no alternative other than to get a room and spend the night.
Puntarenas is built on a narrow piece of land with an ectuary on one side and the Gulf of Nicoya on the other so it is a nice place to look at the ships anchored off shore, walk along the oceanfront, or see a beautiful sunset.


The economy of Puntarenas is based on fishing so you see many fishing boats.
Among the most popular tours in the country are those that leave from here and take you on a cruise around the islands in the Gulf of Nicoya, aboard a yacht

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Pretty ectuary
  • Cons:Very humid
  • In a nutshell:A nice little place to spend the night
  • Last visit to Puntarenas: Mar 1996
  • Intro Updated Aug 31, 2004
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  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jun 21, 2009 at 5:02 AM

    You certainly saw a good deal of wildlife here. Would really like to visit Costa Rica someday!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2009 at 7:39 AM

    You've been to so many beautiful places Kay! The cottage huts looks so tranquil and inviting. Wonderful page.

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2008 at 5:53 AM

    lovely little page !

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Yet another great set of images (both words and pictures) of Costa Rica, Kay.

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2007 at 7:48 PM

    Although your visit was a short one, Puntarenas seems to have had some interesting sights. The howler monkeys must have been something to hear and see!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2007 at 10:10 PM

    Pelican trees and this cottage called Nick's Hideway look great. Des[ite bad roads, I'd like to drive on own around Costa Rica if it's safe.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2006 at 6:28 AM

    Great tips on your time here! It must have been fun driving around CR on your own! We had a short stay just outside Puntarenas, but managed a brief shopping trip there. Great Howler Monkey tip - we just finished seeing them in Belize!

  • Toyin's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2005 at 6:04 AM

    Interesting page Kyoub. Thanks for sharing nature at its best.

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2005 at 12:38 AM

    Great to see, you have made a lovely page of Puntarenas ! We visited this place also for one day.

  • andal13's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2004 at 3:01 PM

    A paradise for Nature lovers... A good recommendation would be some painkillers for "bird watching stiff neck" ;-)


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