In Puntarenas the province jets out into the Pacific Ocean and is populated with beaches.
Puntarenas rests close to the Central Valley and is a short ride to the capital city of San Jose. Puntarenas is the largest province in the country, covering two thirds of the country’s exposure to the Pacific Coast.
Being on a peninsula, the province of Puntarenas has many beaches, inlets, islands and natural treasures for visitors to explore. Slowly developing in the area today is infrastructure to help support the growing tourism in Costa Rica. This province has taken a while to catch up with the tourism trends. Visitors today can find secluded beaches, conserved lands and hospitable company.
Temperatures can range from a low of 68 degrees in January and can climb up to 95 degrees in April. The best time to visit this area is from December to April before it get’s too warm and muggy. If you are right on the beach, you will be delighted by the cool breezes that sweep off the Pacific ocean. Heading inwards towards the mountains you will experience more temperate weather. From May–October, during the rainy period, you can easily get caught in a heavy rainstorm and is not the best time to visit.
To do in Puntarenas
If you are visiting in February you can experience concerts and parades put on by the locals along the beaches.
Just north of the city of Puntarenas is the popular Monteverde area which is world renowned for its efforts to conserve and protect its natural areas. One of the main features here is the Monteverde Biological Reserve which houses exhibits on butterflies, frogs and has beautiful hiking trails for visitors to enjoy. During the dry season you might be lucky enough to catch one of the passing musical groups. All year round you can visit the many art galleries and even sign up to take courses in ceramics, sculpting or painting.
The most famous attraction in Monteverde is the milk cooperative which has become a famous cheese factory where you can tour the facility and try their ice cream, cheeses and sweets. This business was started by the Quakers who came to the area in the 1950’s.
The Puntarenas region is blessed with many beautiful waterfalls. The highest in the country is the Pura Vida Garden and Waterfalls which reaches about 650 feet. There are natural pools available for swimming as well as gardens and trails to enjoy. This waterfall can be found in Bijagual de Turrubares. Other notable waterfalls in the area include the Montezuma Waterfall and the Cocalito Waterfall.
Boat trips from Puntarenas area to the Curu Wild Life Refuge and Islas Tortuga in the Nicoya Peninsula.