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Transportation & Travel Services
Boating & Cruises
Islands Near Bahía Gigante
The most luxurious island excursion is with Calypso Tours. The company transports passengers to Isla Tortuga in a luxurious 21m motorized catamaran...
Coonatramar can organize tours to the islands in and around Bahía Gigante as well as fishing charters. Prices vary depending on the size of your party and the nature of your trip.
Working & Volunteering
Small Group Tours
On the main road, across from the gas station, you’ll find Turismo Curú, operated by the knowledgeable Luis Schutt of the Curú refuge...
A favorite with the cruise-ship crowd, this long-running steakhouse has professional service (bow ties!), a tiered veranda overlooking the boardwalk and ocean and impressive portions of well-prepared tender meat...
On the north side of town, this rambling restaurant is popular with locals, and serves good seafood and a good variety of tasty bocas (appetizers)...
A time-honored spot for shaking some booty, with a huge dance floor right on the beach.
This bright-yellow house is marked with a small, modest sign, but it’s an incredibly popular lunch spot, attracting countless locals who jam onto the large deck and into the interior courtyard...
A popular spot with a lengthy bar and a warehouse-sized dance floor.
Museums & Galleries
La Casa de la Cultura has an art gallery with occasional exhibits as well as a performance space offering seasonal cultural events.
This museum describes the history of Puntarenas through audiovisual presentations, old photos and artifacts.
Souvenirs & Gifts
Nature & Wildlife
This marine park has an aquarium that showcases manta rays and other creatures from the Pacific...
Diego and Alvaro, a pair of friendly bilingual brothers stationed in front of the cruise ship dock, host a variety of customizable day tours, and come with a slew of excellent recommendations...
HangGlide Costa Rica will pick you up in Jacó and shuttle you to an airstrip south of Playa Hermosa where you can tandem-ride in a hang glider or fly in a three-seat ultralight plane. There’s no office in town.
Perhaps the most upscale dining in Puntarenas, the menu focuses on shrimp dishes in a variety of preparations (curried, grilled, deep-fried) and the dining room features brightly polished wood floors, palms and views...
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