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PUNTARENAS is a city of contrasts.

It’s a place where you can go from the deck of a luxury catamaran to the back of a horse and buggy in less than an hour. It’s a place that offers both tropical beaches and lush rainforests, modern city life and rural traditions. And it’s a place where you can explore for days on end and still find new things to see and do.

If you’re docking at Caldera, our tour operator can arrange a custom tour that includes a visit to the maritime museum, the city’s old quarter and a unique black-sand beach. Those with time to explore further afield can ride a rainforest tram, sip fresh-roasted coffee beans on a plantation tour or tour the cloud forest of Monteverde.

Befitting a coastal city, you can hop in a private boat for some high-energy reel-’em-in sport fishing, or take off for Tortuga Island for an afternoon cruise with your family. Come dinner time you’ll be spoiled for choice, with open-air restaurants serving the catch of the day while you savor a tumbler of Guaro, the local liquor.

Puntarenas, Costa Rica may be small but it's big on surprises! Swim with sea turtles at Tortuga island and then enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach. Fly to Monteverde for a day of zip-line adventures through the trees, or take a boat out to Tortuga Island for some high-energy fishing.


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