The port town of Puntarenas Costa Rica’s Gulf of Nicoya, is the Central Pacific's largest city, and gateway to unique rainforest habitats. Once the country’s principle hub for coffee exports, the city is now known for fantastic flora and fauna, sublime beaches, and as a base for an eco-adventure.
An important seaport for hundreds of years, Puntarenas’ local fishing fleet still lands a wonderful variety of fresh sea food every day, often selling it directly from the wharf. The city is lively and attractive: the Paseo de los Turistas is a tree-lined boulevard packed with popular cafés, bars, restaurants and shops, and the many beautiful old buildings include a charming Portuguese church.
Parque Marino del Pacífico includes an aquarium and rescue centre with turtles, seahorses and crocodiles. The town beach, Playa Puntarenas, is backed by shops and cafes, while Playa Doña Ana further south is known for its strong surf.