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Costa Rica - Puntarenas

Puntarenas, translates in English to "Pointsands", is the largest city in Puntarenas province, Costa Rica. It is a surfers paradise and a popular stop over point for tourists headed to Monteverde. Its port, Caldera, is the one of the main ports for the country and provides vehicle-carrying ferries to the popular Nicoya Peninsula.

As an important fishing port, you can enjoy fresh seafood such as ceviche de corvina and camarones (shrimp). There are many open-air cafes along the beach and the town comes alive on the weekends as people from San Jose fill in to enjoy the beach.

above photo courtesy of
Christopher Gosselin