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The most visited in Puntarenas
Nature Reserves in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio National Park
(44)
Nature Reserves in Puerto Jimenez
Corcovado National Park
(6)
Surfing in Jacó
Jacó
(23)
Islands in Paquera
Turtle Island
(8)
Beaches in Puntarenas
Estero de Puntarenas
(10)
Waterfalls in Monteverde
San Luis Falls and the Cloud Forest
(4)
Beaches in Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa Beach
(7)
Cities in Quepos
Quepos
(9)
Beaches in Puerto Jimenez
Corcovado Beache
(4)
Beaches in Puerto Cortés
Whale Beach
(7)
Bus Stations in Quepos
Quepo Bus Terminal
(4)
Beaches in Jacó
Playa Hermosa
(10)
Beaches in Quepos
Espadilla Beach or Beach 1
(2)
Villages in Monteverde
Monteverde
(5)
Beaches in Puntarenas
Estero de Puntarenas
(10)
Beaches in Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa Beach
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Beaches in Puerto Jimenez
Corcovado Beache
(4)
Beaches in Puerto Cortés
Whale Beach
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Beaches in Jacó
Playa Hermosa
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Costa Rica Beach
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Guacalillo Beach
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Beaches in Montezuma
(4)
Beaches in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio
(8)
Beaches in Jacó
(10)
Beaches in Puntarenas
Puntarenas Beach
(4)
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(5)
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Punta Leona Beach
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Nature Reserves in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio National Park
(44)
Nature Reserves in Puerto Jimenez
Corcovado National Park
(6)
Nature Reserves in Dominical
Hacienda Baru
(2)
Nature Reserves in Uvita
(5)
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San Luis Falls and the Cloud Forest
(4)
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(8)
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The top 99 attractions in Puntarenas

Nature Reserves in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio National Park
(44)
Awesome place. We used Airbnb to find a place to stay for only 68 dollars a night. We found a very comfortable apartment/ studio close to Manuel Antonio National Park, 5 minute walk, the beach and several restaurants. You have to go early in the morning to the park in order to see all the fauna. The park is open from 07:30am till 4:00pm. Tickets as of October 2016 cost 16 dollars for foreign visitors. A guide charges another 20 bucks per person. You really need a guide in order to see all the animals. They have telescopes so you can see them and take pictures.
Nature Reserves in Puerto Jimenez
Corcovado National Park
(6)
On my second day at Corcovado Park, after a day on the beach accompanied by monkeys and birds, I had to cross one of many rivers. And after several days of rain, it was pretty rough and quiet an effort. I had to pair with a companion for safety's sake. We walked through the jungle for about 4 or 5 hours, taking advantage of the fact that we were the only human beings in this preserve. We looked for pumas and jaguars, kings of the park, before realising the truth that we were alone and defenceless! With with the help of the tides we crossed other river and entered the rainforest. It was extremely wet and difficult to put together the tent at night. In the camp we weren't able dry anythin, noor could we prepare hot food being short of electricity and gas, but after awhile the local guards let us boil some water for pasta. Everyone comes on foot too, and with loaded backpacks, enough to spend 15 days! You will be able to point out where animals were last seen, and how best to cross the rivers, as well as how to best to enter and exit the park. If you change your itinerary, as we recomment, you will make friends you never knew before.
Surfing in Jacó
Jacó
(23)
A Country of surfers in Tiquicia (and the Ticos call their beloved Costa Rica), Jaco is full of tourists who want to sample the waves and the crazy life of the Pacific. I don't recommend that you swim at this beach because it is dirty and there are sometimes alligators, but at night it is very nice for a visit.
Safari in Jacó
Tárcoles River Crocodile Safari
(12)
This is an impressive place where you can see wild crocodiles. You can drive there and stand on the bridge to look down, where the only thing that separates you from death is a little jump. We saw a local throw a dead anteater and crocodiles over as they fought for food.
Islands in Paquera
Turtle Island
(8)
Amazing place in the Gulf of Nicoya, just opposite the National Park Curú from where I went to these beautiful islands on a diving trip. Only ten minutes in a speedboat separated us from this heavenly place in the Pacific Ocean. These islands are composed of Alcatraz Island and the Isle Tolinga, no hotels nor give permission for overnight stays. Alcatraz Island is named after the prison that it had, and San Lucas Island, island where the story "The Island of men alone" is set. On the tour you visit Turtle Island , but take your own food and drink since there is no restaurant on site. Very important is warm weather clothing, swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, mask and fins, camera. My personal fave was the small boat because I like to travel or do tours that aren't crowded and second because people could go under the beautiful rock called Rainbow. I went diving and you can see Turtles diving under the sea in Turtle Islands
Beaches in Puntarenas
Estero de Puntarenas
(10)
Hello: My favorite pastime is to walk along the beach, and so take advantage of such beautiful sunsets that God gives us, as well as getting to know other beaches of in country, Costa Rica, a piece of earth in Central America, and also in my port where I live, wherw I enjoy the warm ocean breeze.
Waterfalls in Monteverde
San Luis Falls and the Cloud Forest
(4)
In Monteverde my Nicaraguan friend Erick was waiting for me, he works as a chef at the best restaurant called The Tree House. He showed me the rarely-visited San Luis waterfall, where I got to see the more genuine plants and animals, such as Ficus, orchids, hummingbirds, racoons, birds of paradise flowers, etc. In the afternoon I went to a butterfly garden, an Orchid garden and even an amphibian garden. At night in the forest there's still a lot of activity like guided tours of the forest. It was a great experience for me to see the animals at night. The skies here are usually clear and the ride alternates with a spectacular planetarium. There are a number of conservation and research institutions at work here. To name just a few, there's the National Geographic Society, and a Swedish home that caught my attention called The Children's Eternal Rainforest. The next day we visited the rainforest and it was cloudy and rainy in there as you might expect. It is the quintessential tropical forest. People drive through its towering iron bridges that let travelers see the canopy trees. They have guided tours also. Each tree in this forest contains more life forms than any single forest you can find in Europe. It's undoubtedly a wonder of the world you can't miss. You can even play sports.
Beaches in Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa Beach
(7)
The colors captivate you, wrap you in a moment that only you and the colors can understand. They fill every second of your evening. The best memories come back to your mind, and only if you let them in will your feelings mix in order to make you feel full. Each person lives his moment, his evening, and tailors it according to the person that they share it with. The desire to live longer to enjoy it as if it were the last time. Personally, I think he is in his prime and that gives you the best it has to help you get to feel the same. Intense, full, complete. But before him, laughing, talking, waves, games, thoughts are presented in the beach like a ritual. For some it goes unnoticed, but for others, those who can, let themselves get wrapped up by that evening. "Each sun hides the magic of the day and has the will to live tomorrow, because maybe that which starts is going to be much better." Drop it, the sun will rise tomorrow, and everything will start all over again.
Cities in Quepos
Quepos
(9)
A place that is beautiful and tranquil! It looks amazing as you can see in this picture! A place which I will definitely visit again!
Beaches in Puerto Jimenez
Corcovado Beache
(4)
I was in Costa Rica a couple of years ago and Corcobado Beach was an incredible place to discover. The area of the Pacific was home to the beaches I liked the most, like Montezuma Beach and the natural park of Manuel Antonio. 100% recommended!
Beaches in Quepos
Tres Beach (Manuel Antonio Beach)
(2)
Look out for raccoons on the third beach! You cannot go to bathe and leave everything on the beach. But not for fear of 2 legged criminals but because of those with 4! At the risk of losing your backpack or it being ransacked, listen to me. I have proof of the acts.
Beaches in Puerto Cortés
Whale Beach
(7)
Osa in the province of Puntarenas still has many unspoiled areas. The many beaches along the road are of unsurpassed beauty. Here you can see the dolphins and whales, an amazing show. In addition, there is peace and tranquility. It is the ideal place to enjoy nature. On one side we have the beaches and on the other the mountains. Many varieties of flora and fauna. Costa Rica gives us all these wonders within a few steps. It is a tropical paradise. In whale beach there is much to appreciate: wildlife, you just sit on the beach or on a rock and you can see the waves of the sea, the beach seems endless, crabs, starfish, snails, huge coconut trees along the beach, birds singing etc. See the setting sun, a pretty picture.
Beaches in Quepos
Beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park
(10)
After travelling along the coastal road from Jaco, we got to the town of Quepos, where you can make all kinds of purchases and business, eat etc, we stayed in the Hill Cabins, a quiet and well attended place, from there you can get to Manuel Antonio in only 10 minutes!
Bus Stations in Quepos
Quepo Bus Terminal
(4)
From San Jose to Quepos is a distance of 174 kilometers and buses leave the bus terminal of Coca Cola, in San Jose. The distance and time can be misleading. In road transport there are 2 types of services: Direct service in cozy and big buses leaving daily 3 times a day, and lasts 3 and a half hours and the cost of the ticket is $ 5.00. The other has 5 departures a day, it takes 5 hours and costs U.S. $ 4.00. As Manuel Antonio is one of the most popular destinations in the country, at weekends and during the peak season, it is obligatory to buy the bus ticket at least 3 days in advance. The bus service between Quepos, Central Station and the National Park Manuel Antonio leaves every 30 min from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm and costs $ 0.40. The road between Quepos and the park is straight and along it are hotels and motels and places for drinks or food. It is best to check with the driver for your stop. The bus station is in the heart of Quepos.
Beaches in Jacó
Playa Hermosa
(10)
Cool beach to chill at. Unfortunately there is a lot of litter on the shore line.
Hiking in Quepos
Punta Catedral in Manuel Antonio
(2)
From the Manuel Antonio beach take a path along the peninsula, leaving from the western side of the "turtle trap" made by pre-Columbian Indians (the turtles got into this area at high tide and when it went out, were trapped) continue upwards, reaching the cathedral peak. From here you will have wonderful views of the Pacific and several islets that are are bird sanctuaries. Beward, amid this lush vegetation t hide groups of monkeys hide in significant quantities.
Beaches in Quepos
Espadilla Beach or Beach 1
(2)
Espadilla Beach is in front of the village of Manuel Antonio, and it extends south towards the beach number 2. To the north it is becoming more solitary and quiet paths go up to where small hotels are located on the sea road. There a wide sandy area and what you breathe on this beach is peace. One of the best choices for swimming in the area.
Villages in Monteverde
Monteverde
(5)
Visit Captive Monteverde is a corner that you can get lost on with its trails, green colors, nice people and tasty food. Spend your internal limits and release your borders is something guaranteed ..!!
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