Popular Destinations in Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Puntarenas is the largest province in the country. The port of Caldera has become one of the most important ports in terms of exports and can also receive cruise ships. This province can be travelled along two tourist routes: the Central Pacific and the Gulf of Nicoya, and the South Pacific.
Puntarenas is one of the most desired destinations in Costa Rica and for good reason, there’s so much to do, so much to see, so much to experience in this incredible part of the world. Great weather, great people and miles of beaches have given way to these great towns and hots spots all along the western coast of Costa Rica.
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Here are 6 of the best and popular destinations to visit in Puntareneas:
Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve
Located at the tip of the peninsula, it has a very varied fauna: jaguars, ocelots, raccoons, dolphins, fish, turtles and manta rays. Access to visitors is limited, as the park, being an area of ??extreme ecological protection, has few services, except for researchers.
Tel: +506 2642.0093
Manuel Antonio National Park
Near Quepos, is the most visited park in the country. On the beaches you can find 19 varieties of coral, white-faced monkeys and sloths. It has very beautiful turquoise water beaches.
Tel +506 2777.5155/2777.5185
Coco´s Island National Park
This magnificent island is a privileged natural environment. It has a lot of animals and plants, many of them endemic and it is in very good condition of preservation. Here it is possible to conduct research and great diving. In 1997 it was declared a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site and since 1998 is protected by the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance.
Tel: +506 2291.1215 / 2291.1216
Carara National Park
This park is located in a transition zone between dry and wet forests, so it has an impressive diversity of wildlife, ideal for scientific study of plants, animals and ecosystems. There are extensive trails and also there are many vestiges of pre-Columbian culture, which still are not open to the public (you can visit them with the permission of the administration).
Tel +506 2637.1080/2637.1081/2637.1082
Corcovado National Park
Located on the Osa Peninsula, is the rainiest place in Costa Rica. This park concentrates up to 4% of the world’s biodiversity. It has a magnificent lagoon and you can see crocodiles, tapirs, jaguars, monkeys, green macaws and scarlet macaws. It is the only tropical rainforest in the Mesoamerican Pacific.
Tel: +506 2735.5036/2735.5276
Chirripó National Park and La Amistad National Park
These two parks form an area of great ecological diversity. It is the largest virgin forest and one of the regions with the greatest hydroelectric potential. The Chirripó is the highest peak in the country, with 3819 meters of altitude. In 1980, UNESCO declared the park a biosphere reserve and in 1983 a World Heritage Site. Its geological formation is due to the existence of a glacier 25,000 years ago. To reach the top, one or two days of hiking are needed. During the climb, you can see the progressive variation of flora and fauna.
Tel: +506 2200.5348/2742.5083