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Puntarenas Tourist Attractions

This city is the capital of the Puntarenas province and has a population of about 100,000 people. Puntarenas lies where the Nicoya Gulf meets the Pacific Ocean and was Costa Rica's major port during the 19th C. Goods, especially coffee, were hauled from all over the country to be shipped to Europe from Puntarenas.

Virgin of the Sea Fiesta

Puntarenas celebrates the Fiesta of the Virgin of the Sea on the Saturday closest to July 16. As with usual Costa Rican fiestas, there is a parade, carnival, boat races, dancing and plenty of food and drinks. An interesting feature of the parade in Puntarenas is that the floats are actual boats. Fishing boats and yachts are decorated with lights and flags and sail around the harbor.

Tourist's Walk & Point Municipal Pool

This beach road stretches along the southern coast of Puntarenas and is pleasant for strolling. At the very tip of the Paseo is a sandy point where La Punta Municipal Pool is found.

Culture House

Occasional cultural events are staged at the Culture House, which features an art gallery.

Marine Historical Museum

This museum displays the history of Puntarenas through artifacts, photos and audiovisual presentations.

Puntarenas Surroundings

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