Outdoor Activities in North Puntarenas

Located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the beaches on the province of Puntarenas attract many tourists. The province is the largest in Costa Rica, with the northern section easy to travel to and boosting solo, group and family adventures that are sure to please. The tour operators have set up shop all over, including in the most popular tourist towns of Jaco, Manuel Antonio and Quepos, and offer a range of activities. Whether you are looking for a solo canopy tour or a family dolphin watching experience, North Puntarenas offers all of that and more.

Land and Air Tours

Whether you want to be looking down on the beautiful landscape or right in the thick of it, you’ll find the right adventure in North Puntarenas. The region offers family-friendly land tours like mountain biking and horseback rides, and for the more adventurous, an air tour in the form of zip lining. You’ll become one with the cloud forest reserves found in Monterverde and at the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. You’ll view the natural beauty of Costa Rica with a front row, panoramic scope. There are also suspension bridges both Monteverde and just outside of Parrita. Suspension bridges are the perfect way to observe the life at the top of the canopy with the noise of a zip-line.

Water Activities

If you aren’t afraid to get your feet wet, consider participating in one of the many water tours and activities available in North Puntarenas, Costa Rica. If surfing is a serious passion of yours, consider visiting Playa Hermosa in August and being a spectator of the Quicksilver Surf Championships! There are also a few other notible surfing beaches in North Puntarenas including Boca Barranca famous for its long left and easy access. Scuba diving is world-class in Montezuma on the Nicoya Peninsula. If sport fishing is the adventure for you, head to Quepos or the beautiful port of Los Sueños for a variety of game fish. Don’t forget to look into white water rafting and dolphin-watching opportunities in North Puntarenas just outside of Manuel Antonio.

Recreation and Relaxation

If you’ve worn yourself out with all the amazing opportunities for adventure in Costa Rica and find that you would like a day or more to just relax, you can do that in North Puntarenas too. Find a hotel or resort along the coast that still gives you amazing views, breezes, flora and fauna, and also offers spa services and recreation like tennis. Bundle your entire experience by finding accommodations that will offer your water activities and excursions like horseback riding for your adventure days, and rejuvenation services for your relaxation days. The Nicoya Peninsula is home to excellent accommodation options in areas like Tambor, Santa Teresa and Mal Pais.


There is no lack of golf resorts in North Puntarenas. In fact, the region is home to a resort that is considered one of the best in the country. The all-inclusive Los Sueños Marriott Beach and Golf Resort is definitely worth a visit for anyone that loves a world-class course. Check out a variety of options, from 18-hole courses to 9-hole courses in this beautiful Costa Rica region. A few notable resorts include the Los Sueños Marriott Beach and Golf Resort at the Marriott located in Playa Herradura, and the Tango Mar Hotel Beach and Golf Resort and The Los Delfines, both in the Tambor area. The course at Los Sueños Marriott Beach and Golf Resort at the Marriott is bordered with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the natural forests and its 18 holes are spread over 6,707 square yards.

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