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How to Spend 2 Days in Puntarenas

How to Spend 2 Days in Puntarenas

Serving as the gateway to the picturesque Gulf of Nicoya and surrounding tropical forests, Puntarenas and its charms are often overlooked by visitors in a hurry to get to the next destination. But, with two days in the active port city, you can experience both the local culture and the nearby natural attractions. Here’s how. 

Day 1: Get to Know the City

**Morning:**Get acquainted with the city waterfront on a morning stroll along the coastal boardwalk. Stop for breakfast at one of the many casual restaurants (kioscos) before browsing handicrafts at the souvenirs stands along the popular Paseo de Los Turistas (Tourists’ Walk). 

**Afternoon:**Get past the touristy boardwalk and into the city center to see the authentic side of town and to have lunch alongside locals. Plus, stop by the Historical Marine Museum of Puntarenas and Casa de la Cultura for a look into the town’s maritime history and culture.

**Night:**As the light fades, head back to the waterfront to catch the sunset over the bay while enjoying fresh ceviche and tropical drinks at an open-air restaurant. Then, get a taste of the local nightlife at one of the bars boasting big dancefloors often packed with young Costa Ricans. 

Day 2: Explore the Surroundings

**Morning:**Surrounded by tropical jungles and picturesque bays, Puntarenas is the ideal jumping-off point for a day exploring nature. Start the day with a high-adventure excursion that includes ziplining past waterfalls, off-roading, and rappelling. Or, get a different type of excitement on a crocodile-watching river safari. 

**Afternoon:**As an alternative to spending the day in the jungle, if you are looking for a beach day, consider a day trip to Tortuga Island instead. While Puntarenas lacks idyllic beaches, just a short speedboat ride away you can bask on white-sand beaches and snorkel in emerald waters.

**Night:**For your final night in Puntarenas, treat yourself to a deluxe seafood dinner. This Costa Rican fishing hub serves some of the best seafood in the country—at reasonable prices not found in many of the coastal tourist hubs.

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Half Day Costa Rica Punta Arenas Highlights

Half Day Costa Rica Punta Arenas Highlights

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Spend a day exploring Costa Rica’s beauty away from the beach on this guided shore excursion from Punta Arenas. Head out with a guide and a small group of 15 people or fewer to discover the region’s highlights, including the tropical fruits grown in nearby “fruit towns,” a wildlife area known for its population of white-faced monkeys, and a sail down the lush Tarcoles River. Tour includes entrance fees and all transportation with port or hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Jungle Crocodile Safari and Bird Watching Tour

Jungle Crocodile Safari and Bird Watching Tour

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Explore the Tarcoles River, home to one of the world’s largest crocodile populations, on this guided boat tour. Along the way, learn about the area’s biodiversity and spot crocodiles, reptiles, and other local wildlife, including more than 50 bird species. Plus, enjoy some Costa Rican coffee and other refreshments on board. Private tour options are available.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Bird Watching Tour

Bird Watching Tour

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Explore the Tarcoles River and discover its biodiversity on this guided bird-watching tour. Sail along in a comfortable, safe boat from which you’ll have the chance to spot more than 50 bird species. The river’s muddy banks and mangroves are home to a number of shorebirds, seabirds, and other native wildlife.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Waterfall Gardens plus Doka coffe tour (Private)

Waterfall Gardens plus Doka coffe tour (Private)

Costa Rica has become the world's premier destination for ecotourism. Places like La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park are the reason why. Hike through rainforest and cloud forest on purpose-built trails to discover incredible biodiversity. Butterflies, monkeys, hummingbirds, reptiles - this is just the start of a long list of what you'll see. In addition to wildlife watching, learn all about coffee, from tiny seed to delicious cup.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Tarcoles river plus Canopy Vistas los sueños (Private)

Tarcoles river plus Canopy Vistas los sueños (Private)

This tour combines an educational ride along the Tarcoles River with a zipline adventure through the forest canopy, a combination that highlights two Costa Rica environments in one day. Look out for animals like crocodiles, macaws, and lizards as you float along the river, and then soar with birds and monkeys on an 11-platform zipline course.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Adventure Park High Ropes Course

Adventure Park High Ropes Course

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Test your balance and mind-body coordination on the high ropes course at Adventure Park Costa Rica—the country’s longest and largest course of its kind. Climb into the rain forest canopy along a series of treetop platforms, and challenge both your mental and physical stamina on a variety of hanging ropes activities designed for all levels. Admire stunning views of the Gulf of Nicoya along the way, and celebrate your skills with a ride on the giant Tarzan swing.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Monkeys Place & Puntarenas City Tour

Monkeys Place & Puntarenas City Tour

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On this tour we visited the Monkeys Place, a magical place to have an environment in harmony with wildlife, we will visit the city of Puntarenas and Esparza, the second oldest city in Costa Rica, full of culture and history.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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