Puntarenas to Quepos

Puntarenas is a strange place - the northern side of this long thin coastal sand
spit is a bustling array of commercial fishing and ferry docks. The southern side - just six blocks away - is
a coastal promenade and beach dotted with bars, cafés, restaurants and hotels. Neither aspect is particularly successful.

Traditionally, the town has survived on marine trade but these days the commodity is people. They come to bathe or to move. Ferries go to the Nicoya Peninsula and bus connections head north and south avoiding the capital to the east. With all this movement, Puntarenas achieves the impressive trick of appearing to be permanently on the move yet somehow stagnating at the same time.

Heading south to Quepos, the road is packed with options, including canopy tours, crocodile trips, isolated resorts and Carara National Park, before hitting the party town of Jacó. Puntarenas is also the setting-off point for keen divers travelling on liveaboard dive boats to Isla del Coco.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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