Puntarenas attractions

Aquarium in Puntarenas

Parque Marino del Pacífico

This marine park is popular with families and has an aquarium that showcases manta rays, nurse sharks, Nemo (we mean clown fish) and other creatures from the Pacific. The park sits on the site of the old train stati…
Architecture in Puntarenas

Palacio Municipal

Built in place of the previous Municipal Palace that burned down, this rather unusual 1970s structure with jutting upper floors, designed by architect Jorge Bertheau, is definitely the most unusual building in town.…
Architecture in Puntarenas

Casa Fait

Quite possibly the most beautiful building in Puntarenas, Casa Fait is a 1920s flight of fancy by Italian immigrant Alberto Fait Rocchi. It has a curious mix of coastal and Victorian influences, along with a touch o…
Waterfront in Puntarenas

Paseo de los Turistas

This beachside, pedestrian boulevard stretches along the southern edge of town. Cruise ships make visits to the eastern end of the road, and a variety of souvenir stalls and casual restaurants known as kioscos are t…
Gallery in Puntarenas

Casa de la Cultura

Casa de la Cultura has an art gallery with occasional exhibits as well as a performance space offering seasonal cultural events. Outside there's a pedestrian passageway with contemporary sculptures.
Museum in Puntarenas

Museo Histórico Marino de la Ciudad de Puntarenas

This dusty museum describes the once-proud history of Puntarenas through audiovisual presentations, old photos and artifacts. At the time of research it was closed for an indefinite period.