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Top Choice Seafood in Puntarenas

El Shrimp Shack

Offering the most upscale dining in Puntarenas, El Shrimp Shack's silly name belies a gracious interior – wood-paneled walls, marble-topped tables, antique light sconces and a stunning stained-glass ceiling, all wit…
Top Choice Bar in Puntarenas

Isla Coco's Bar & Grill

This new social hub has it all: a tiki bar, bountiful seafood, a tour desk, live music and even a sushi hut.
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…
Religious in Puntarenas

Fiesta de La Virgen del Mar

Puntarenas celebrates the Fiesta de La Virgen del Mar on the Saturday closest to July 16. Lavishly decorated fishing boats and yachts sail around the harbor, seeking protection from the Virgin for another year at se…
Seafood in Puntarenas

Marisquería El Kaite Blanco

On the north side of town, this rambling restaurant is popular with locals, and serves good seafood and a variety of tasty bocas (appetizers). We're partial to the spicy clams, but some locals argue that the ones ne…
Costa Rican in Puntarenas

La Casona

This lemon-yellow house is an incredibly popular lunch spot, attracting countless locals who jam onto the shaded, greenery-laden deck across from Parque Mora y Cañas. Portions of grilled fish are heaped, and soups a…
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…
Club in Puntarenas

Capitán Moreno’s

A time-honored spot for shaking some booty, with a huge dance floor right on the beach. Popular with a younger Tico crowd.
Club in Puntarenas

El Oasis del Pacífico

A popular spot with a lengthy bar and a warehouse-sized dance floor. We hope you enjoy reggaetón.