Spread over 11,277 sq km, the sprawling province of Puntarenas lies to the west of Costa Rica. This largest of Costa Rica’s provinces stretches along the country’s Central Pacific region. From golden beaches to mangrove swamps, and from cloud forest to tropical dry forest, this expansive province contains a little bit of everything that this tiny Latin country has to offer.
Containing practically all the varied climates of Costa Rica, Puntarenas caters to occasional rains and high humidity that keeps the forested portions of the province green throughout the year. The main attractions of the province are the stunning beaches and the fantastic array of flora and fauna.
The North Puntarenas extends from Manuel Antonio National Park to Monteverde Wildlife Refuge to the Nicoya Peninsula. Numerous gorgeous national parks and wildlife refuges are scattered throughout the province, offering you to the splendor of natural beauty.
Areas like the Playa Santa Teresa, Mal Pais, Monteverde, Playa Tambor and Manuel Antonio offer a great variety of eco hotel accommodations and various tours to the famous parks. Miles of secluded beaches with first-rate surfing conditions, biological reserves and protected area covers the region.
The Northern coast of Puntarenas is more developed for tourism, offering a range of accommodations and eco-resorts. There are a number of popular places in this region that offer countless activities ranging from sportfishing to white water rafting, swimming, hiking, trekking, sailing, water sports, surfing and horseback riding.
Designed in harmony with the natural surroundings, the eco hotels perfectly blend in with the jungle settings and the beach environment here. Unwind and head to Playa Uvita for a relaxing time, visit the Playa Hermosa and Nicoya Peninsula to catch the waves or set out for an eco adventure at the jungle retreats in Puntarenas.
The Monteverde Wildlife Refuge and the Manuel Antonio National Park offer the eco-travelers absolute beauty and awe-inspiring variety of flora and fauna. There are numerous wildlife reserves and sanctuaries in North Puntarenas like the Curu National Wildlife Refuge and Nicoya Wildlife Refuge, which offer rare glimpses of the wildlife species and exotic birds.
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