Puntarenas is a major port city and gateway to Costa Rica's Pacific Ocean coast. The Central Pacific's biggest city, Puntarenas sits on a long and narrow peninsula in the Gulf of Nicoya. It was country's principal port for years but is now mainly used by cruise ships. There is a city beach lined with bars and restaurants although the water is a little murky; better beaches are found along the coast. From Puntarenas cruisers can visit the capital city San Jose, located in the central valley at a 3,450-feet altitude, enjoying an average "Spring-Like" temperature of 72 degrees.
Puntarenas is central to a region full of National Parks or protected nature reserves like Corcovadoor Manuel Antonio. Along the Cabo Blanco coast is a refuge of vital importance for protection of seabirds. Inland Monteverde area is famous for the cloud forest and there are currently two reserves, the new Santa Elena Rain Forest and the original Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. In these forests tourists see wide varieties of plants, epiphytic laden trees and more than 450 bird species. Around 20 miles south of Puerto Caldera are a couple of forest reserves, known for their diverse populations of forest and aquatic birds: Biological Reserve of Carara, and a preserve encompassing the islands of Negritos, Los Pajaros and Guayabo.
Cruise ships to Puntarenas often dock at Puerto Caldera port being the country's largest seaport, and the most important cargo port. Caldera has a protected by breakwaters harbor with docking terminals. The distance between Puntarenas and Caldera is only 28 km (17 ml) northwest of the port. Caldera to the city of Orotina is 26 km (16 ml) east of the port.
Highlights: Beaches, San Jose, Rain Forest Parks, Cloud Forest
Puntarenas tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
From both cruise ports (Puntarenas and Puerto Caldera) are offered as shore excursions bus tours to San Jose - Costa Rica's capital city. Another popular tour destination is the Arenal Volcano - located approx 90 km (56 ml) northwest of San Jose. Tours to Monteverde are also often offered from the Puntarenas cruise port.
The Puntarenas cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Puntarenas, Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica.
If you lose the Puntarenas location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Puntarenas cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Puntarenas, Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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2 July, 2017
31 July, 2017