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Puntarenas Costa Rica Tours

One of Costa Rica's biggest ports also has some of Costa Rica's best beaches that beckon 24 hours a day.

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Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Costa Rica Night Tour - Rainforest Near Drake Bay

USD $65.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

River Tubing Costa Rica Half Day Tour

USD $85.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Full Day Tour Isla Tortuga with a Private Catamaran

USD $189.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Tortuga Island Costa Rica Tour

USD $189.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Costa Rica Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

USD $128.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Tarcoles River Crocodiles Tour Costa Rica

USD $72.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Guaymies Costa Rica Cultural Tour

USD $91.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Bijagual Waterfall Horseback Riding Jaco Costa Rica

USD $91.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Carara National Park Costa Rica Tour

USD $75.00USD $104.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Carara National Park Tour

USD $150.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Kayaking Mangrove Tour Costa Rica

USD $91.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Sierpe Costa Rica World Heritage Archaeological Site Tour

USD $78.00USD $91.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Caño Island Biological Reserve Snorkeling Tour

USD $143.00USD $195.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Corcovado Hiking Tour Plus Sierpe River Boat Tour - Full Day

USD $143.00USD $195.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Nicoya Peninsula Costa Rica Sunset Tour

USD $85.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Nicoya Peninsula Horseback Riding Tour

USD $85.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Curú Wildlife Refuge, Tortuga Island Snorkeling, Waterfall Hike

USD $364.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Montezuma Costa Rica Canopy and Waterfall Tour

USD $52.00USD $78.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Curu Wildlife Refuge Tour with Bilingual Naturalist Guide

USD $85.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Kayaking Damas Island Mangrove Tour - 3 Hours

USD $85.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

ATV Manuel Antonio Costa Rica Half Day Tour

USD $124.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Rafting Rio Naranjo Costa Rica - Class 3-4 Half Day Trip

USD $85.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Rafting the Savegre River Costa Rica (Class 2-4 Rapids)

USD $124.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Vanilla Plantation and Tropical Spices Tasting Tour

USD $72.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Ocean Kayaking in Costa Rica Experience

USD $85.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Manuel Antonio Catamaran Tour: Dolphins and Snorkeling

USD $104.00USD $150.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Manuel Antonio Canopy Tour: Zipline, Rappel, Tarzan Swing

USD $111.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Tour

USD $77.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Catamaran Tour Costa Rica

USD $111.00USD $150.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Costa Rica Whale Watching and Dolphin Tour

USD $104.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Sea Kayaking Costa Rica Adventure

USD $91.00USD $117.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Costa Rica SUP Excursion at Herradura Bay

USD $85.00USD $104.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Costa Rica Zip Lining and Climbing Treetop Challenge

USD $85.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Zip Lining Costa Rica Tour

USD $85.00USD $98.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

ATV Costa Rica Tour in Jaco

USD $91.00USD $208.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Costa Rica Crocodile Tour

USD $70.00USD $91.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

White Water Rafting in Costa Rica Tour

USD $124.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Rainforest Aerial Tram Costa Rica Tour

USD $94.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Mangrove Monkey Tour Costa Rica

USD $80.00USD $111.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Manuel Antonio Beach and Wildlife Tour

USD $129.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Costa Rica Canopy and Canyoning Tour

USD $129.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Costa Rica Rainforest Adventure Tour

USD $194.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Jaco Waterfalls, Nature Hike, and Relaxation Half Day Tour

USD $103.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Rio Madrigal Hike Costa Rica

USD $39.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Osa Peninsula Costa Rica Gold Tour

USD $121.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Costa Rica Chocolate Tour with a Native Chocolate Producer

USD $68.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Playa Blanca, Golfo Dulce Costa Rica Kayak Excursion

USD $65.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Corcovado Hike Sector Los Patos

USD $153.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Danta Corcovado Lodge Guided Hike

USD $33.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Corcovado National Park Night Hike

USD $33.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Birdwatching the Osa Peninsula with a Local Guide

USD $46.00 Per Person

Alajuela, Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Bijagua de Upala Night Tour

USD $37.00USD $46.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Costa Rica Canyoning Tour in Manuel Antonio

USD $124.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Zipline Costa Rica Adventure Tour

USD $111.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Canopy Costa Rica Tour in Manuel Antonio

USD $91.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Surfing Lessons Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

USD $85.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Catamaran Manuel Antonio Adventure

USD $104.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Savegre River Rafting in Costa Rica from Manuel Antonio

USD $116.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Ocean Kayaking and Snorkeling Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

USD $90.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Manuel Antonio Tour - National Park

USD $77.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Arenal Hot Springs Costa Rica

USD $220.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Los Sueños Canopy Tour

USD $85.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Sea Kayaking Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio Coast Half Day

USD $90.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Damas Island Mangrove Kayak Tour

USD $90.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Manuel Antonio Horseback Riding Half Day Tour

USD $90.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Savegre River Rafting Costa Rica Experience

USD $128.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Catamaran Quepos Tour from Jaco

USD $150.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

River Rafting Costa Rica from Jaco (Full-day)

USD $150.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Quepos Catamaran Tour

USD $85.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Jet Ski Manuel Antonio Tour

USD $135.00USD $165.00 Per Person

Costa Rica, South Pacific Ocean - Puntarenas

Kayaking in Costa Rica Hidden Mangrove Wetlands

USD $70.00 Per Person

 Puntarenas at a Glance

Puntarenas is one of the most important tourist regions in Costa Rica. Its coasts are covered with many islands, coves, beaches and natural treasures. Its territory offers a wide variety of sun and beach attractions, as well as protected island and continental areas.

The city of Puntarenas (capital of the province) also has many points of interest of great historical importance such as the Muelle Grande, the Market, the Cathedral and the Mora y Cañas Park.

History and Culture

This province was inhabited by the indigenous tribes of Bruncas, Coctos, and Buricas and was colonized by the Spanish in 1522 .

The name Punta Arenas refers to the geomorphological process of the sand arrow. The reed was gradually formed by the action of rivers, winds and currents of the Barranca river that brought sand and mud. By the year 1722, the reed began to be known as Puerto de Arenas.

Due to the particular characteristics of this coastal area, Punta Arenas has been a centre for emigrants, a situation that is accentuated by its status as a port, becoming an obligatory pass for the first Chinese emigrants, who arrived on the coast in 1948.

All of these factors created a wonderful mix of cultures in the province of Puntarenas.

 Where to stay in Puntarenas

Budget: Ruiselares – Lovely and centrally-located holiday home in Punta Arenas. The owner will make everything to make your stay as enjoyable as possible!

Mid-range: Hotel Cabinas Midey – Comfortable hotel located right next to the beach that features a nice pool. You can enjoy some nice restaurants in the area.

Splurge: Puerto Azul Resort & Club Nautico – This quality hotel offers bedrooms with a view over the Pacific Ocean as well as a restaurant and a great swimming-pool. You can also enjoy the hotel’s sports facilities.

 When is the best time to visit Puntarenas

The best months to visit Punta Arenas are January, February and March during the dry season. But at that time, accommodations tend to be expensive due to high demand. If you want to find cheaper prices and still good weather, we recommend visiting the region in December.

 What to Do in Puntarenas

One of the main attractions in Puntarenas is related to its miles of coastline, which include the Nicoya Peninsula and the Osa Peninsula. It offers stunning beaches, lush tropical environments, and, a sunny climate almost all year round.

Several of the beaches of Puntarenas are especially attractive for surfers, hosting constant and consistent waves throughout the year. The northern area of the province is the most famous for surfing, especially the towns of Santa Teresa, Mal Pais, Jaco and Playa Hermosa.

Another of the main attractions of the province is its natural conservation areas, with seven national parks such as Carara and Manuel Antonio National Parks, where an extraordinary biodiversity of flora and fauna coexist.

The natural scenery of these conservation areas range from pristine beaches in the Pacific to the cloud forests of the Tilarán Mountain Range, passing through extensive valleys and rivers. You can hike and visit all these parks with a tour

The southeastern area of Puntarenas is home to important archaeological sites, such as the Diquís Stone Spheres, a group of more than 500 petrospheres of different sizes made around 600 AD. The largest weighs about 16 tons and measures 2 meters in diameter and their purpose and meaning are still unknown. The site was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2014.

Both the city of Puntarenas and the seaside resorts on the Pacific coast offer a wide range of nightlife, where foreigners of different nationalities, surfers and locals gather.

The Keteka difference

Keteka grants access to authentic activities run by local tour operators and guides. You can book and secure your place in advance, and we will take care of everything else. We’ll let you know where to go or where you will be picked up and at what time.

 How to get to Puntarenas

Land – Both from San José and the main cities of Costa Rica, buses leave frequently to Puntarenas, where it is possible to make connections with other buses or ferry to the different localities of the province.

From San Jose the journey takes approximately an hour and a half and costs 2,615 colones de Costa Rica (= $4.5).

Air – Juan Santamaría International Airport is located 18 km (11 miles) away from the city of San José, and it receives most of the national and international flights in Costa Rica. From the airport, it is possible to rent a vehicle or take a bus to San José, from where there is bus transportation to Puntarenas.

It is also possible to take flights that arrive at one of the several provincial airports, like Tambor Airport, the main airport of the Nicoya Peninsula.

Sea – By Ferry: From the city of Puntarenas you can easily reach the different tourist localities of the Nicoya Peninsula through the Ferry to Paquera. The journey takes approximately 1:30h. 

By cruise: Cruise ships depart from various port cities around the world to Puntarenas. The cruise port is located on the Paseo de los Turistas, in the city centre.