Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
Puntarenas is located in the southwest corner of Costa Rica along the majestic Pacific coast. To the north are the Guanacaste and Alajuela provinces, to the east San José and Limón provinces, and to the south lies Panama. The province is home to more than 350,000 persons and famous for its incredible landscapes, beautiful beaches and easy-going lifestyle.
The Puntarenas province shares the famous Nicoya Peninsula with the Guanacaste province. This is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Costa Rica for those who want to spend time on the rugged beaches and nature reserves or the five-star luxury resorts. Guests will enjoy golfing at Tambor, be able to visit small beach villages in Montezuma and Mal País, surf the gorgeous waves or just kick back and enjoy the year round sun.
The Costa Ballena stretches from Dominical to Ojochal and encompasses startling rugged beaches and shorelines and named after the large number of migratory whales that pass by the beach each year. This area is an unspoiled, beautifully natural region within Costa Riva known for its unique biodiversity. Popular for tourists and nature lovers as well as eco-adventurers, the area includes the Domincal Beach, Ballena Beach, Pinuelas Beach, Ventanas Beach, and Tortuga Beach. Guests can find a huge variety of water activities to participate in like snorkeling, kayaking, diving, surging and scuba diving, as well as eco-adventure activities like tree-climbing and canopy tours.
Central Pacific Region
The Central Pacific Region of Costa Rica in the Puntarenas province is one of the most popular destinations in the country, thanks in part to the easy access from the capital of San José. Full of touristy coastal towns, beautiful beaches, great surfing and a slew of resorts, there’s everything from sportfishing to sunbathing to enjoy here. The city of Manuel Antonio is specifically popular, surrounded by a large number of hotels and a good place for tourists to base their operations out of.
The South Puntarenas region is home to some Costa Rica’s most intoxicating natural treasures. The area is covered in a huge variety of flora and fauna and is home to one of the last remaining portions of Pacific costal rainforest in Central America. Guests can visit the Corcovado National Park, the Osa Peninsula and Drake Bay for eco-tourism, one of the biggest hotspots in Central America and full of ecolodges. Visitors also enjoy the secluded, hidden beaches that are scattered throughout the coastline of the South of Puntarenas, ideal for everything from fishing to sunbathing and beyond.