Nestled along the Pacific Coast, from the Osa Peninsula to Panama, Puntarenas Sur is full of natural beauties thanks to its diverse flora and fauna. From the stunning solitary beaches to the best ecotourism destinations, Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast is the dream of any adventurer who wants to be outdoors. These coasts are rated as some of the most flawless, and many are the top spots worldwide for surf lovers. Since the climate here is warm and tropical throughout the year with a lot of rain, the forests are some of the most lush and dense in the country.
Small Beach Cities
Since Puntarenas South sits along the coast, it is not surprising that this region has amazing places to surf. The small town of Pavones is one of the best places to surf the whole area, but the currents can get quite difficult, so it is more recommended for more experienced surfers. Although this town is quite small, it offers an excellent source of accommodation, with lots of local businesses, yoga, fishing, horseback riding, hiking and much more. Other popular places are Playa Uvita, Playa Tortuga and Puerto Jimenez.
Those looking for a bit of isolation during their trip to Puntarenas South can venture to Bahia Drake, which offers the beautiful coastline and a wealth of activities to enjoy. Swimming, scuba diving, bird watching, sport fishing and kayaking are just some of the options available.
Ideal for hiking, diving / snorkeling and kayaking, Caño Island is located 20 kilometers from the coast of Drake Bay, and serves as a biological reserve and important archaeological site. The island is home to artifacts from pre-Columbian times, including the mysterious stone spheres, of which scientists do not know its origin. Caño Island also served as a haven for pirates during the 17th and 18th century. But Caño Island is even better known for its incomparable deep sea diving due to the large number of coral reefs in the area. Although scuba diving is highly regulated due to the fragile ecosystems beneath the surface of the sea, there are five dive sites around the island. It is possible to have a look at the mantarayas, sea turtles, dolphins and both humpback and pilot whales.
How to get to Puntarenas Sur
Travelers landing on Travelers land at Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose can easily reach Puntarenas South by car or bus. With so many roads developed in the region, cars are a great way to get here and around. Usually the trip takes about 3 hours as the sector is about 220 kilometers.