Things to do in Puntarenas Province

Our most recommended things to do in Puntarenas Province

Jaco Beach: 2-Hour Chocolate Experience and Plantation Tour

1. Jaco Beach: 2-Hour Chocolate Experience and Plantation Tour

Begin your tour with a short 30-minute walk and be introduced to the Central Pacific transitional forest. During the walk observe the amazing flora and fauna. Afterward, begin your chocolate experience and discover the international cocoa collection of the Central Pacific. Learn about the different varieties of cocoa, as well as its ancestral history, and cocoa's impact on the world economy. Try the actual cocoa fruit and take part in the cocoa production process. Delish in different types of chocolate and mix it with tropical fruits. Also learn about two of the most traditional agricultural products of Costa Rica, sugar cane and coffee. Have direct contact with the plants and hear about the natural history of these crops. At the end of the experience, there will be organic chocolate bars with different cocoa percentages as well as other cocoa products for purchase.

San José: Tortuga Island Tour with Lunch & Hotel Transfer

2. San José: Tortuga Island Tour with Lunch & Hotel Transfer

Explore Tortuga Island on a guided tour with hotel pickup and drop-off included. Go on a quick tour of the other islands in a boat, then arrive at Tortuga Island. Go snorkeling or swimming, and eat breakfast on the beach. Opt to do other activities, such as renting a jet ski. Tuck into lunch. Begin your tour by getting picked up in an air-conditioned vehicle directly from your hotel in either Heredia, San José, or Alajuela. Once you arrive at the harbor, hop into your speedboat and set sail on your adventure. Listen to your guide tell you about the local area and take in the views. Go on a tour of the Gulf of Nicoya, and see islands such as San Lucas, Isla Cedros, and Jesusita. Use the opportunity to take photos. Along the way, keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins that are residents of Puntarenas. See if you can spot whales or turtles, and stop to observe them. Upon arrival at the island, be provided with equipment to go snorkeling, as well as instructions on how to use them. Go searching for exotic and colorful fish underwater. Spend time relaxing on the white sand in the shade of palm trees. Savor some fresh fruit for breakfast. Opt to participate in other activities at an extra cost. Rent a jet ski or a kayak, or go paddleboarding. After you have explored the island, head back for lunch on the beach. Enjoy cold drinks and a coffee along with it. Hop back in the boat to be taken back to your hotel at the end of the day.

Manuel Antonio or Quepos: Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

3. Manuel Antonio or Quepos: Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

Discover Manuel Antonio National Park, a small biological island established in 1972 by the Costa Rican government to preserve its precious wildlife. Though Manuel Antonio National Park is the smallest park in the country, it’s also the most visited due to its charming combination of rain forests, beaches, coral reefs, and wildlife. After being picked up from your hotel by your excerpt driver-guide, get ready to explore a diverse range of fauna spanning 109 species of mammals and 184 birds. As you explore, look out for raccoons, coatis, agoutis, sloths, white-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, and the famous Titi monkey, an endangered subspecies unique to the park. Be led by your guide on a breathtaking walking tour through the jungle and experience the secrets and wonders of this amazing ecosystem. See kingfishers, the yellow crowned night heron and many more bird species. Benefit from assistance taking high-quality nature photos using your own digital camera combined with professional telescopes provided on the tour.

Santa Elena or Monteverde: Cloud Forest Night Walking Tour

4. Santa Elena or Monteverde: Cloud Forest Night Walking Tour

Take a guided walking tour through the rich biodiversity of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve as nocturnal mammals, birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians wake up for the night. Be picked up and dropped off at your doorstep in Santa Elena or Monteverde.  Hop aboard an airconditioned coach and sit back and relax on the drive into the Cloud Forest. Find out for yourself how busy the forest can be at night as most animals are active in the evening and around 80 percent are nocturnal.  Follow your guide through paths lined with lush vegetation. Spot critters that are not seen during the day on a 2-hour walk. Look for animals like raccoons, sloths, armadillos, olingos, and kinkajous that are active at night.  Follow your guide on a magical journey through a beautiful forest as well as a sustainable coffee, banana, and sugar cane area. Return to your accommodation in Santa Elena or Monteverde by coach at the end of your tour. 

Costa Rica: Corcovado National Park Guided Excursion

5. Costa Rica: Corcovado National Park Guided Excursion

Head off on a full-day trek to Sirena or San Pedrillo Station covering a distance of 20 km on average, and end with a return to Drake Bay or Puerto Jimenez. Gear for an adventure where you'll experience nature with all of your senses, take in panoramic vistas, see undiscovered beaches and forests, and step outside of your comfort zone to have an unforgettable adventure. Start your journey leaving Drake Bay or Puerto Jimenez. Enter the park on foot and follow your bilingual naturalist guide on a hike through the forests, while they point out and describe the diverse rainforest wildlife flora and fauna. Discover the area that has been dubbed the "most intense on the planet" as you travel through trails surrounded by tropical rainforests. There are up to 4 different species of monkeys that can be seen in the Corcovado National Park, along with many other animals. Birdwatchers will also be in paradise here. Bring your swimsuit along for a pleasant swim in the cool, clear water before lunch.

From Manuel Antonio: Mangrove Boat Tour

6. From Manuel Antonio: Mangrove Boat Tour

The mangrove forest is one of the most vital and astounding ecosystems in the world. Damas Island, located just 10 minutes from Manuel Antonio is currently one of the most important remaining mangroves in Costa Rica. Covering thousands of acres of protected forest, this amazing biodiversity is home to a large number of birds, reptiles, mammals, and insects. Our experienced guides will take you on an unforgettable boat tour through the channels of the mangrove forest, far away from civilization. You can discover an abundance of species native to the area such as white-faced monkeys, anteaters, boas, iguanas, birds and thousands of colorful crabs. Our boats have the capacity to hold 12 passengers and are fully equipped for your comfort and security.

Manuel Antonio: KSTR Wildlife Sanctuary Guided Tour

7. Manuel Antonio: KSTR Wildlife Sanctuary Guided Tour

Pay a visit to KSTR Wildlife Rescue, the only official Rescue Center and Sanctuary in the area of Manuel Antonio. The sanctuary's mission is to rescue every animal in need and give them a second chance. During your tour, learn about Costa Rica’s native wildlife and the mission of the organization. Discover the work the sanctuary has been carrying out over the last 20 years and learn about their special projects, including reforestation projects, and rescuing and rehabilitating displaced animals. Enjoy a guided stroll through the rainforest sanctuary that is home to diverse animals that are not fit to be released into the wild. Meet sloths, monkeys, coatis, parrots, and more. Learn the stories of these unique animals and the care they receive from your dedicated guide. After the tour, enjoy some freshly cut fruit and homemade juice. Feel free to stay as long as you like after the tour and make use of the sanctuary's facilities, including a swimming pool and restaurant.

Boat Transfer between Monteverde and La Fortuna

8. Boat Transfer between Monteverde and La Fortuna

Add a little adventure to your transportation needs between Monteverde and La Fortuna and avail of a transfer that includes an informative boat tour across Lake Arenal. Get spectacular views of Arenal Volcano and the cloud forests of Monteverde as you travel by van and boat. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure in either direction to suit your schedule, and relax in the knowledge that your luggage will be taken care of on every step of the journey. Depart La Fortuna and travel to Lake Arenal by van. Then, take a 30-minute boat ride to the town of Río Chiquito before continuing to Monteverde by van. For departures from Monteverde, travel to Lake Arenal by van. Cross Lake Arenal on an enlightening 30-minute boat ride to the earthen dam, and then continue to La Fortuna by van for drop off at your hotel.

Manuel Antonio: Rainmaker Park Bridge & Waterfall Tour

9. Manuel Antonio: Rainmaker Park Bridge & Waterfall Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in Manuel Antonio or Quepos and set off for the Rainmaker Park. Begin your experience with a walk through the rainforest in search of all kinds of native birds, insects, and amphibians. Then, cross over a network of suspension bridges through the mountains that hang above the primary forest. Hike to the top of the mountain, for the opportunity to marvel at an incredible view of the sea. After this, continue to walk along the trail network until you arrive at the Canopy Bridge system section - a network of suspension bridges, built to U.S. engineering standards. The 6 sections total 250 meters, spanning from platforms attached to massive hardwood trees to create the most impressive canopy walk in Costa Rica. The design permits minimal forest impact, giving participants an opportunity to explore the majesty of the forest canopy from an unobtrusive bird's eye view. Gaze down at the jungle below and admire views of the beautiful pristine river of Rainmaker Park. Use the handrails and easy-to-follow footpaths, making stops at the observation platforms that allow you to observe the waterfalls. Capture incredible photographs of the rich biodiversity this unique site has to offer. Towards the end of this walk, arrive at a pristine waterfall pool where you are welcome to enjoy a refreshing dip. End the tour with an outstanding and delicious typical Costa Rican lunch served in the Rainmaker Park Restaurant. Finally, get transferred back to your hotel in Manuel Antonio or Quepos where your memorable tour will finish.

Manuel Antonio National Park Combo Tour from San Jose

10. Manuel Antonio National Park Combo Tour from San Jose

Expereince the stunning beauty of the Manuel Antonio National Park on this day trip from San Jose. Visit Crocodile Bridge and Tarcoles Beach. Discover the abundant wildlife on the park’s rainforest trails and eat breakfast and lunch at local restaurants.  Enjoy being picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in the San Jose area. Travel aboard an airconditioned coach on the way to have breakfast in a local restaurant located next to the biggest fruit market in the country.  Visit the market to observe a large variety of tropical fruits. Continue your journey with a stop at the popular crocodile bridge where you will have the chance to observe one of Costa Rica’s biggest crocodile’s populations.  Search for scarlet macaws in their natural habitat on Tarcoles Beach where they like to gather. Stop at the Jaco Bay lookout point and take pictures of Costa Rica’s most popular coastal town.  Travel to the Manuel Antonio National Park, hike the rainforest trails with your guide for about and hour and search for monkeys, sloths, toucans, and agoutis. Spend some free time relaxing on the park's pristine beaches or hiking to along rainforest trails. Savor a delicious lunch of local cuisine in a restaurant that provides great jungle and ocean views. Lunch is served in the early afternoon around 2 PM, after which you will be taken back to your hotel in San Jose.

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What people are saying about Puntarenas Province

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 362 reviews

The guide was fantastic. I highly recommend taking this tour. Me and partner were about sceptical about booking a tour with a guide but it was all worth the money. We saw so many animals including sloth, white face monkeys, bats, lizards and many more. Edgar outr guide was fantastic.

We were fortunate to be the only ones on the tour, and our driver Enrique stopped along the way to show us all sorts of plants, from cinnamon to menthol. Our trail guide Cesar was also great, and we had a really nice ride. It was one of the best excursions we’ve been on!

This was one of my favorite activities in Costa Rica! Roy was very knowledgeable and friendly, we saw lots of animals (scorpion, frogs, snake, spiders, bats, birds), and the dinner they served after the hike was delicious!! I would definitely do this again!

The tour was really good. The guide told us a lot about the rainforest and the animals. You could tell that he enjoyed it and that's how he conveyed it to the group. Gladly again.

Inside tours an excellent operator, I loved the beach and our guide helped us a lot thanks for such kindness