Location: next to Chacarita beach in Puntarenas, Costa Rica.
Puntarenas Beach GPS Coordenates: 9.974662,-84.844455 (9°58’28.78″N, 84°50’40.03″W)
District: Puntarenas, canton: Puntarenas, province: Puntarenas.
Zone postal code: 60101.
Puntarenas is a large rectilinear type beach with dark gray sands and blue waters, located very close to the Central Valley, exactly a one-hour drive away from the capital, that features a wide range of attractions ideal for the sun, the beach and fishing from La Punta (“the Point”), which are complemented with protected zones, continental and insular areas. Its coasts are decked by plenty of islands, inlets, beaches and beautiful natural treasures, which makes Puntarenas a tourist destiny by excellence.
In fact, the city of Port of Puntarenas, which is at just four meters above sea level, is one of the most important tourist regions of Costa Rica, which has been the place for national and international tourism and recreation for years, as it offers a variety of quality tourist services, nice for stopovers, distribution, scales and excursions.
Puntarenas, which was generated by port activities and fishing, today has several hotels and cabins near the sea, as well as the well known all-included packages prevail in it’s touristic development, as well as plenty of restaurants, interesting buildings and historical sites. Also, Puntarenas boasts a cruise ship terminal at the remodeled Puntarenas Wharf, which has a series of piers and docking areas from which ferries depart for established tourist destinations such as Paquera and Cobano, as well as tours around the islands and mangrove swamps in the Puntarenas estuary.
The area between the wharf (Cruise Ship Terminal) and the place known as La Punta (“The Point”), where this extensive length of shoreline ends, is the preferred place for swimmers. Besides swimming, visitors can enjoy other water sports and activities, such as boat tours, parades, seaside concerts and many other recreational activities that creates an ideal environment for sharing culture with the people of Puntarenas. The carnival takes place in February, during the dry season, perfect weather for enjoying the beach and all the carnival’s events. Also, along the strip, tourists can make use of other facilities such as fields for playing sports, green areas, showers, restrooms and all the necessities for beach enjoyment.
Running parallel to Puntarenas main beach, is the Paseo de los Turistas (“Tourist Strip”), highly frequented for its variety of quality tourist services. It stretches from the Pacific Marine Park (the old train station) to La Punta. Here visitors can find several hotels, restaurants, bars, handicraft shops and stands where can enjoy traditional fruit salads and snow cones better known here as “Churchills”.
Getting to Puntarenas Beach in Puntarenas, Puntarenas:
From San José
Drive north towards Puntarenas on highway #27. When you see Puntarenas exit, turn right and continue for about 12 km (7 miles) until you reach to Puntarenas beach. This route requires a total of one hour from San Jose.
From Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR)
Drive to the northeast toward Liberia. Once in Liberia, continue along the same highway towards Puntarenas for about 120 km (75 miles). Once at the entrance to Puntarenas, turn right and continue for about 12 km (7 miles) until you reach to Puntarenas beach. This route requires a total of 2 hours.
You can take a bus from the route San José – Puntarenas (Empresarios Unidos, 2222-0064), which takes about 2 hours. It is recommend buying the ticket a day early to ensure your space.