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Puntarenas Cruise Port
Puntarenas Cruise Port

Puntarenas Cruise Port

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If you’re cruising to Costa Rica, you’ll almost certainly dock at the Puntarenas Cruise Port, the ideal jumping-off point for day-long excursions along the country's Pacific Ocean Coast. Explore the rain and cloud forests around Monteverde, or visit Poas Volcano and Carara national parks from this major Costa Rican cruise port.

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Puntarenas , Costa Rica

The Basics

While Puntarenas itself is quite small, some of Costa Rica’s many natural wonders lie nearby. Check out the caldera lake and waterfalls at Poas Volcano; walk among the treetops in a cloud forest; go white-water rafting; or relax on a beach. Costa Rica is also a wildlife paradise—look for spider monkeys and howler monkeys, tree frogs, and sloths. Shoer excursions cover all of the above and more, typically including round-trip transportation from the port.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • There are two cruise terminals at the Puntarenas Cruise Port: Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica's largest seaport, and Puntarenas proper.

  • Both cruise terminals in Puntarenas offer restrooms, Wi-Fi, payphones, and other amenities.

  • Many Puntarenas shops, restaurants, and services are located along the seafront promenade known as the malecon.

  • For a good beach, head to Playa San Isidro, about 4 miles (6 kilometers) south of Puntarenas.

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How to Get to Puntarenas From the Puntarenas Cruise Port

If your ship arrives at Puntarenas proper, you’re just a short stroll away from the cruise terminal and the Puntarenas Malecon. A free shuttle also runs from the ship landing to the terminal—a convenient option for people with limited mobility. If your ship docks at Puerto Caldera, you’ll need to jump in a taxi or arrange a transfer for the 20-minute ride to town.

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Port Information

Make sure you know where your ship will be docking—Puntarenas or Puerto Caldera. Spanish is the main language used in Costa Rica although many people also speak English, and the official currency is the colón. Taxis are usually easy to find.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Puntarenas Cruise Port?
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As well as visiting the Puntarenas Cruise Port, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: