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Things to do in Puntarenas Province

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Scenic Viewpoint
“Its a beautiful and unique national park. We reccommend a guide with a telescope, as you will see more wildlife, and learn more about what you are seeing. The white sand beach is a beautiful view and ending place to cool down after your tour. ”
  • 196 locals recommend
Resort
“This is one of the worthies views you’ll ever experience. It’s the biggest volcano crater in Central America in diameter. The weather is cloudy, so to see it you must be lucky to have a very good weather. ”
  • 110 locals recommend
History Museum
“This museum has one of the best jade collections in Costa Rica and Central America. It is magnificent! The whole building was designed to look like a piece of jade ¨in the raw¨, by a young Costa Rican architect Diego van der Laat. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Volcano
“This valcano is about an hour and a half drive from San Jose. If you like a nice and short day trip. I recommend going. it's very breath taking. ”
  • 51 locals recommend
Park
“Another place to not only take in local customs of exercising, games and concerts (like the National Stadium), between 4 - 6pm you can see huge flogs of White-fronted Parrots resting coming to sleep in the trees along the southside avenue. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Museum
“If you have the chance to take a look into the history of Costa Rica during your stay this museum is recommended! It guides you through all the different times in history that built the country we have today (including not having an army!).”
  • 34 locals recommend
Shoe Shop
“The biggest Mall in San José. Beautiful place although its access is a little difficult by bus.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Post Office
“Designed by an Italian Architect, the theatre is a beautiful example of This Architects vision of Costa Rica. Very different than what you would expect. A gorgeous building with beautiful architecture with much Italian influence. Only accessible by tour. Check FB for times and to make reservations. English tours avail. If you are lucky enough, you may get to see a performance of some type. During the theatre season 30 minute performances are given during the lunch hour. Allows locals to enjoy and experience culture during their lunch hour. Usually 2000 colone admission fee. About $3.50 There is a lovely restaurant inside that has a great menu for lunch and/or coffee. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“The largest shopping center in the country, in the center of the city, where you can get anything you need.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Step inside the crown jewel of San Jose's performing arts world with an admission ticket to the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica Learn about the history of the lavish neoclassical building and its most celebrated performances on a 35-minute guided tour, including access to the ornate foyers, lobbies, and main auditorium. It’s a must-see for any performing arts aficionado while visiting the Costa Rican capital. Opens from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Sunday Guided tours (in English and Spanish) are available every hour. Entry/Admission: $10 ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Market
“A Trendy Neighbor full of local vibes, Art, Pubs, Restaurants, Coffee, Ice Cream, Design Shops, Discos and festivals. A must visit in San Jose Down Town a jewel!”
  • 61 locals recommend
Natural Feature
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“The Poás Volcano, is an active 2,708-metre stratovolcano in central Costa Rica and is located within Poas Volcano National Park. It houses one of the more popular volcanoes in Costa Rica—a telling superlative for a country with world-famous geothermal activity. But with its spectacular wildlife, informative museum, and variety of hiking trails, the accolade comes as no surprise. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Waterfall
“Nauyaca Waterfall is an incredible and magical place, my advice is to go really early in the morning as to avoid the crowds. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Hotel
“Our hacienda is 5 minutes driving to the beach! We provide boogie boards for you to use. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“This Is the Manuel Antonio Beach. A place where you can swim in the Pacific Ocean's waters and enjoy the beautiful nature that the pure life of Costa Rica can offer.”
  • 30 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“I highly recommend...this bar/restaurant is very popular. You can get an awesome breakfast, lunch or dinner here...I usually come here for a burger for lunch. Also, there is live music here every night!! ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Sports Bar
“here you can watch your​ favorite football or basketball team while​ having a drink or some food. Events such as Karaoke or live music.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Incredible flavors, incredible value & quality One of the best restaurants in the country Lots of great options - fish, vegan, vegetarian Opens 4:30pm Mondays to Saturdays”
  • 23 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“One of my favorite places to go. Food is delicious! Try the Mediterranean Ceviche 😋 you going to love it.”
  • 32 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Great restaurant in a little mall with a pharmacy, doctor’s office, grocery store and other great shops. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Fast Food Restaurant
“Costa Rica's traditional and historic central market. You will see the essence of Costa Rican people, great for shopping for fresh and cheap groceries and a few great spots for food also. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
“This restaurant is in town. Owned by friends, we love it here! The food is delicious, it overlooks the sea and has a great happy hour too. Miami meets Costa Rica, enjoy the fabulous music and service at this great Puerto Viejo location.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Argentinian Restaurant
“Meat,meat ,meat Argentinian’s love their meat, great steakhouse, along with some great other varieties.”
  • 30 locals recommend

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