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Puntarenas, Costa Rica: A Day in Paradise

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Stepping Ashore: Welcome to Puntarenas

Our ship gracefully eases into Puntarenas port around the first light of dawn, usually about 7 AM. As you step onto the pier, the vibrant cityscape, charming harbor-side eateries, and convenient amenities such as restrooms, currency exchange services, and an information desk welcome you.

Unveiling Puntarenas: Explore and Immerse

Puntarenas, often referred to as "The Pearl of the Pacific," is an open invitation to experience Costa Rican culture and lifestyle. The historic Casa San Lucas Island Prison is now a museum that offers a glimpse into the city's past. Wander along Paseo de Los Turistas, a bustling beachfront promenade filled with shops, food stands, and lively local flavor.

Beach Bounties: Sand, Surf, and Sun

Just a stone's throw from the city center, Puntarenas Beach is the perfect spot for sun-seekers. Its calm waters are perfect for a relaxing swim. For a more remote and untouched beach experience, venture to Playa Blanca, known for its white sand and pristine waters.

Into the Wild: Adventure Calls

Costa Rica, the poster child for eco-tourism, offers boundless opportunities for adventure enthusiasts in Puntarenas. Visit the Curú Wildlife Refuge for a guided trek, or soar through the Monteverde Cloud Forest on a thrilling zip-line tour.

A Taste of Puntarenas: Local Delights

When it comes to dining, try the 'ceviche Puntarenense,' a local variant of the classic Latin American dish prepared with fresh fish marinated in citrus juices and spiced with chili peppers. Complement this with a 'churchill,' a beloved local treat that's a hybrid of a slushy and an ice-cream sundae.

Departure Keepsakes: A Piece of Puntarenas

Before returning to the ship for the typical 6 PM departure, take a piece of Puntarenas with you. Local markets are a treasure trove of artisan crafts, coffee beans, and locally made jewelry. As you embark on your journey to the next port, hold close the memories of your day in this unique slice of Costa Rica.

Puntarenas from Miami Cruise Schedule

A cruise that begins in Miami and stops in the Puntarenas would enchant even the most seasoned tourist with its natural splendor. Cruises to the Puntarenas are ideal for those who fantasize about lovely beaches dotted with palm trees and crystal-clear waters.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises Panama Canal 16-day route

16-day Panama Canal from Miami

Seven Seas Grandeur, Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Date: December 13, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Grand Cayman, Cartagena, Panama Canal, Puntarenas, Corinto, Puerto Quetzal, Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada, Los Angeles; View Itinerary

Oceania Cruises Panama Canal 16-day route

16-day Panama Canal from Miami

Insignia, Oceania Cruises

Date: December 29, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Grand Cayman, Cartagena, Panama Canal, Puntarenas, Corinto, Puerto Quetzal, Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada, Los Angeles; View Itinerary

Azamara Club Cruises Panama Canal 17-day route

17-day Panama Canal from Miami

Azamara Onward, Azamara Club Cruises

Date: December 20, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Cartagena, Cartagena, Panama Canal, Puntarenas, Puerto Quetzal, Zihuatanejo, Cabo San Lucas, San Diego; View Itinerary

Oceania Cruises Panama Canal 16-day route

16-day Panama Canal from Miami

Vista, Oceania Cruises

Date: January 8, 2025

Ports of Call: Miami, Grand Cayman, Cartagena, Panama Canal, Puntarenas, Corinto, Puerto Quetzal, Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada, Los Angeles; View Itinerary