Route to puntarenas
Jaco beach canopy tours
Puntarenas is a gateway to a myriad of outdoor attractions, including boat trips through the mangroves, canopy zip line tours, butterfly gardens, horseback riding, and sport fishing. Also has a coastline filled with beaches, islands, inlets, and natural treasures.
There are trips in catamaran to the nearby Isla of Tortuga for its white sand beaches, snorkeling, and swimming, go river rafting down the Corobici River, or explore the Mangrove Forest on the north side of the peninsula to see crocodiles, herons, and more. Also don’t forget to take a stroll along the Paseo de los Turistas for souvenirs, local ceviche or a cold beverage, shopping and pick up some Costa Rican coffee for the journey home.
Quepos is a very small beach town, just outside Manuel Antonio and has one of the few full service Marinas in Costa Rica. Known for it’s amazing landscape where the mountains spill right into the sea, Quepos is not a ‘touristy’ as most beach towns. But it is and excellent and affordable alternative for those who want to enjoy the Manuel Antonio State Park without paying Manuel Antonio price.The public bus runs between Quepos and Manuel Antonio every 15 minutes and costs less than a dollar to ride. Along the way you choose one of the many bars, restaurants, and attractions you want to enjoy during your stay.
The Osa Peninsula is by far one of the most beautifully abundant, and untouched pieces of paradise in Costa Rica. It is home to many “must see” creatures on land, in the air and in the sea, all living among some of the most prolific fauna you’ll ever see. This is a nature lovers fantasy land. There are hundreds of species of birds, animals, plants, and insects to discover but the most beautiful part about Osa is the lush tropical forest contrasted by the rocky coastline and pristine beaches that tumble directly into the deep blue Pacific Ocean.
National Geographic has even called it “one of the most biologically intense places on Earth.” And coming from them, that’s saying something! This area is well known for its whale and dolphin populations and between July and September, it’s almost guaranteed you will see a whale or a pod of dolphins on a boat tour. Some of the more popular attractions in this area are the Corcovado National Park, the Isla del Caño Biological Reserve and Drake Bay, where you can find a place to stay for every type of traveler, like a quaint bed & breakfast, or an adventure hotel for the more extreme, and even luxury accommodations for those who are not.
Punta Leona is actually not an official town in the Puntarenas province, but it is one of Costa Rica’s most gorgeous beach areas, home of and one of the oldest country beach clubs. The Punta Leona Resort & Villas is one of the most special places in Puntarenas. On holidays, it’s jammed packed with local, tourists and members alike, all of them enjoying their 2 popular beaches: Playa Mantas, which is a public beach; and Playa Blanca, which is a semi-private beach, mostly due to remote access for non-members. There are many activities to partake in within the complex such as sun bathing, canopy tours, mini golf, and more. One of the mainstays in Punta Leona are the Pizotes, a raccoon-like animal that are very mischievous and well-known for foraging for human food and getting into personal belongings while visiting the beach. Playa Blanca is a wonderful spot that shares most of Punta Leona’s qualities and it’s a perfect place to catch the fantastic sunset set against the Nicoya Penninsula in the background!