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Punta Arenas

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A major port city with a busy fish market, for most tourists Puntarenas represents little more than the launching point for ferries heading to the pleasant beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula. The easiest way to tour Puntarenas is by bicycle, which remains the area's favored form of affordable and quick transportation. Pedaling your way through town lets you soak up the local atmosphere, but a walk down the tree-shaded beachfront promenade ensures a chance to meet the residents and grab a meal at a cozy seafood restaurant. Once a popular getaway for affluent elites from the country's capital city, Puntarenas retains much of its small-town feel and serves as an ideal base for exploring other destinations on Costa Rica's Pacific coastline. Punta Arenas is in Province of Puntarenas. Add Punta Arenas and other destinations to your itinerary using our Costa Rica trip planner, and learn about what to see, what to do, and where to stay.
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Where to stay in Punta Arenas

Most accommodations in Puntarenas lie along the central street, Centenario. These include mid-range hotels with pools, as well as casino hotels and smaller bed and breakfasts. From this central location, you'll have easy access to the coast on either side of the peninsula, as well as proximity to the town's two ferry ports. Look to stay on the south side, near Playa Puntarenas, to enjoy waterfront views and easy beach access.
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