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Introduction

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Although discovered in 1519 the city of Puntarenas and port was not developed until the 1840s because of the coffee industry. This nice city has homey old town and has wonderful beaches that surfers love. This is a great place to relax and spend a day or two.

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Sights and Activities

  • Football catch a local football game while in town.
  • Beaches are great places to relax and these ones never let down.
  • Surfing is a big activity on these wonderful beaches.

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Events and Festivals

  • Carnaval is one of the largest celebrations every year and is held in February.

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Weather

Puntarenas' climate is on average about the same as many other places in Costa Rica. Tropical conditions mean high temperatures and high humidity. Average daytime temperatures are around 30 °C, while nights generally are still above 20 °C. The wet season lasts from May to November, making the months of December to April a better time to visit.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Adventure Park & Hotel Vista GolfoMiramarHOTEL79
Costa del Solchacaritas across the st police station puntarenasApartment-
Hotel Perico AzulCalle Pastor Diaz, en frente del hotel Morgan Cove, Calle Santa AnaHOTEL67

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Keep Connected

Internet

It's easy to find internet access, and although you can still can find a lot of internet cafes, wifi is growing fast in the country. The further away you get from San Jose, the slower and more expensive it becomes when you are using an internet cafe. Wifi is generally free of charge at most places though and apart from off the beaten track parks, jungles and mountains, the connection generally is ok. Some internet cafés also offer international calls via either phone or IP using services like Skype.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

  • The country calling code to Costa Rica is 506.
  • To make an international call from Costa Rica, the code is 00.

There are plenty of phone booths around and you will get the best rate using a pre-paid international card (can often be purchased in internet cafés and other small stores). There is usually a connection fee making short calls extra expensive. International calls are fairly expensive. The cheapest way to make them is over the internet using a service such as Skype at an Internet café. But making short calls using the domestic calling cards (you can make international calls using these but the denominations of the calling cards are quite small so your call will be short!) or the international calling cards available within Costa Rica (all from the government phone monopoly ICE) is the next best deal.

Those travelling with a mobile phone and willing to pay the roaming costs should ensure it supports 1,800 MHz GSM network. Note that the GSM phone systems in the United States and Canada use different frequencies and that travelers from there will need a "world" handset, such as a tri-band or quad-band phone, if you want to use your existing cell phone. If you want to use a local Costa Rica number, you can rent cell phone service, and of course anyone can buy a cell phone. If you have an unlocked cell phone (either one from home or bought in Costa Rica - all cell phones sold in Costa Rica must be unlocked), prepaid (prepago) SIM cards can provide a local number and service can be purchased throughout the country by anyone with a passport from any country. Try using companies like Grupo ICE under the Kölbi brand, TuYo Movil, Movistar and Claro.

Post

Correos de Costa Rica (website in Spanish only) is the national postal services of Costa Rica. You can find post offices (correos) in almost any city and town and they are generally open from 7:30am to 5:30pm or 6:00pm Monday to Friday and 7:30am to noon on Saturdays. There are not that many mailboxes, so it's best to ask your hotel or go directly to the post offices. Services tend to be slow but generally reliable and on the whole cheap regarding letters and postcards. It costs about US$0.20 to the USA and Canada (taking about 1 week to 10 days), US$0.25 to Europe (about 2 weeks) and US$0.30 to Asia and Australia (3 weeks or even more). All in all, if you can try and arrange your mail from the capital San José as it's generally quicker from there. Small packages are also no problem, though take them to the post offices unpacked for inspection first! Otherwise, arrange things through private international courier services like UPS, FedEx, DHL or TNT.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 9.96948
  • Longitude: -84.842949

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