Welcome to Puntarenas


And while the polluted waters, seedy streets and slow decay will likely shape a traveler's first impression of Puntarenas, the city’s ferry terminal is a convenient way to connect to the pristine beaches of southern Nicoya, and Puntarenas is also the jumping-off point for the almost-mystical Isla del Coco.

Travelers mainly pass through here en route to somewhere else; but if you stay overnight, you'll feel the vibe of a genuine working Tico town and find a couple of attractions.


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$125 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

San Jose to Tortuga Island Boat Cruise with Lunch

After early morning pickup at your centrally located hotel, travel 1.5 hours by comfortable coach to Puntarenas. Snack on a simple breakfast consisting of a sandwich, juice and fruit served on board the coach. In Puntarenas, board your spacious boat for a nearly 2-hour cruise to Tortuga Island, taking in the jungle-clad coast of this gorgeous archipelago as you go. Pristine white sand beaches and calm turquoise water surround Tortuga Island, making it a perfect place to swim and snorkel. With approximately five hours to spend at your leisure on the island, it’s up to you whether you want to relax, be active, or both! Sunbathe on the beach or go for a dip in the sea. Explore hiking trails or play sports on the beach. You can also choose to snorkel, kayak or take a banana boat ride for a small additional charge. While you are soaking up the tropical ambiance, your guide prepares a gourmet buffet lunch for you to snack on when you get hungry. Your lunch choices include salads, grilled fish or chicken accompanied by rice and sautéed vegetables, fresh fruits, wine, and Costa Rican coffee. A few musicians play fun beach music as you enjoy your meal. After a day in paradise, head back to San Jose, retracing your steps by boat and coach. Your tour ends when you are returned to your hotel in the evening.

$109 Shore Excursions

6-in-1 Combo Tour: Puntarenas Highlights

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Catedral de Puntarenas, Puntarenas, Province of PuntarenasDuring City Tour we visit the Cathedral of PuntarenasStop At: Tarcoles Bridge, Tarcoles, Tarcoles District, Garabito Municipality, Province of PuntarenasOn this tour you will be able to enjoy a boat tour in the Tarcoles River for enjoy the huge crocodilesDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Carara National Park, Carara, Province of San JoseWe will enjoy the rainforest and hanging bridges in Villa Lapas Private ReserveDuration: 1 hour 30 minutes

$95 Shore Excursions

Rainforest Skywalk and Tarcoles River Eco Cruise Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Catedral de Puntarenas, Puntarenas, Province of PuntarenasPuntarenas City Tour

$80 Day Trips & Excursions

Puntarenas Highlights Shore Excursion

The tour starts by going to a private area where the cute and well known white faced monkeys come to play every day. It is a great chance to see wildlife at its purest state. After being enchanted by these amazing creatures, you will be taken to the “fruit towns”, an area where the sweetest and best tropical fruits are produced.  Try them from the hands of smiling farmers proud to share their crops with the visitors.Once you try the soft and fresh tastes of the tropics you will be taken to the wild side. Getting on a safe and comfortable pontoon you will be gliding on the Tarcoles River. This well known waterway holds the largest population of American Crocodiles in Central America. But it is not only about these fantastic dinosaur like creatures! It is a great tour for pure naturalists, birdwatchers and photographers. You will enjoy, among several other species of birds, herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills and other wonders like iguanas and basilisks (Named also Jesus Christ lizards for their ability to walk on water).After all this excitement, it is time for lunch! You will try one of the best local restaurants in the coastal region. With fresh meats, vegetables and fruits your lunch will not only be nourishing but also totally delicious! After lunch, you will get to do some shopping. The products are excellent and the prices are great.  Clean and well distributed, this store is diverse and the prices are affordable. You will end the shopping experience by going to a real Costa Rican supermarket where you will be able to buy local coffee. To end this great day you will be taken through the city of Puntarenas, the first port Costa Rica ever had in history, you will be taught about its traditions and its particular culture  and this as well is the place where your cruise will be waiting for you.At the end of this fantastic day, you will feel like your visit to Costa Rica was much longer and deeper than one day only… for all you will see and live!

$100 Shore Excursions

Punta Arenas Highlights Sightseeing Tour with Small Group

It starts by going to a private area where the well-known white-faced monkeys come every day and a great chance to see wildlife at its purest state.After being enchanted by these amazing creatures, you will be taken to the “fruit towns”. An area where the sweetest and best tropical fruits are produced. Try them from the hands of smiling agricultures proud to share their crops with our visitors.The climate ranges from hot and dry (mid-November to April) to hot and humid, during the rainy season (the rest of the year).Most of these naturalist guides, the most professional in the country, have been with this company for more than 10 years. Many are specialists in birds, plant life, or archaeology.Once you try the soft and fresh tastes of the tropics you will be taken to the wild side. Getting on a safe and comfortable pontoon you will be gliding on the Tarcoles River. This well-known waterway holds the largest population of American Crocodiles in Central America. But it is not only about these fantastic dinosaurs like creatures. It is a great tour for pure naturalists, birdwatchers, and photographer. You will enjoy, among several other species of birds, herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills and other wonders like iguanas and basilisks (Named also Jesus Christ lizards for their ability to walk on water).After all this excitement, time for lunch comes in! You will try one of the best local restaurants in the coastal region. With fresh meats, vegetables and fruits your lunch will not only be nourishing but also totally delicious!And after lunch comes the shopping. The products are excellent and the prices great. Clean and well distributed, this store is diverse and the prices are affordable. And we will end the shopping going to a real Costarrican supermarket where you will be able to buy our flavored coffee. To end this great day you will be taken through the city of Puntarenas, the first port Costa Rica ever had in history, you will be taught about its traditions and its particular culture and this as well is the place where your cruise will be waiting for you.At the end of this fantastic day, you will feel like your visit to Costa Rica was much deeper and larger than one day only... for all you will see and live!

$135 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Tortuga Island Cruise

Board a yacht at Puntarenas and enjoy a smooth ride on the Gulf of Nicoya. Admire the beautiful archipelago and look out for the many sea birds as you cruise to Tortuga Island. The island is known for its immaculate white sandy beach and turquoise waters, making it a perfect stop for swimming and snorkeling.You will spend approximately four hours on the island, where you can enjoy different activities such as a canopy tour, walking trails, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming and beach sports. Or simply relax on the beach while your crew prepares an exquisite buffet-style lunch.