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Puntarenas, Costa Rica Highlights

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Handmade and decorated bags, aprons, tablecloths, pillows and other objects for the home are on offer at this boutique featuring the work of local craftspeople. With fish, butterfly and tropical-flower prints, goods purchased here will remind you...
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Provincia de Puntarenas, Monteverde, Costa Rica
Approximately 100 women are members of this artisans' cooperative, which was established in a kitchen by a group of eight women in 1982. Today, it has a full-fledged shop (CASEM Store) where you can pick up handmade textiles, clothing, jewelry,...
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Villa Nueva, Quepos, 2 km de la escuela, Provincia de Puntarenas, Naranjito, Costa Rica
Villa Vanilla is a spice plantation where farmers grow allspice, black pepper, cacao, Ceylon cinnamon, turmeric and, of course, vanilla. Visitors end a tour of the grounds with a stop in the gift shop, where spices can be bought for giving (or...
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Av. Pastor Díaz, Provincia de Puntarenas, Jacó, Costa Rica
When traveling, it's hard to resist the temptation to purchase beautiful, locally made crafts. Enter Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, which has both traditional and contemporary objects fashioned by Costa Rican artisans. Whether you want a "Pura Vida"–...
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When it opened 20 years ago, El Lagarto was a humble beach bar, with a thatched roof, breezes blowing in from the ocean and simple food made on a grill set over a bonfire. As the spot became increasingly popular, the owners had to expand, building...
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Av Principal de Ojochal, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
The menu at Exotica, designed by the French-Canadian owners and influenced by French and Vietnamese cuisine, offers flavors and dishes that aren't typical on other Costa Rican tables, including pho. Getting to the small thatched-roof restaurant,...
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Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
Fresh seafood, including calamari, oysters and shrimp, is the star of the menu at Costa del Sol, a restaurant located on the grounds of a hotel by the same name. Whatever you order as a main, be sure to ask for a side of gallo pinto. Eaten at any...
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Pueblo del Rio, Main Street Dominical, Off main highway entrance, Provincia de Puntarenas, Dominical, 60504, Costa Rica
A favorite hangout for expats, this café located in a thatched palapa on the bank of the Barú River serves locally grown coffee, along with tea, kombucha, cold-pressed juices and craft beer. There's also a vegetarian menu that features specialties...
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Devoted carnivores won't want to miss Kaya Grill & Bar, where the meat-heavy menu features grilled steaks and burgers. Seafood, duck and chicken are among other entrée options, and the kitchen can accommodate requests for gluten-free meals. The...
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It's not the only cave system in Costa Rica, but Barra Honda is the only underground cave formation within the boundaries of a Costa Rican national park. Only 50 percent of the limestone caves here have been explored by spelunkers and scientists....
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Travelers who want to experience one of Costa Rica's outlying islands can take a 15-minute boat ride from Puntarenas to Isla Chira, a 78-square-kilometer (30-square-mile) isle with an intact tropical dry forest. Biking, riding horses and sunning...
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In some Spanish-speaking ports, the seafront boulevard is called the malecón; here, it's called Paseo de los Turistas, or the Tourists' Walk. Designed to be pedestrian-friendly, it's an ideal way to explore the shops and stalls near the part of...
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The golden-sand beach of Playa Tambor, fringed with coconut palms and sea grapes, makes for a postcard-perfect afternoon of horseback riding along the waterfront of Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula. Even novice riders will find a horse that suits...
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The Cocalito Waterfall is an unusual cascade in that the water tumbling over the cliff empties not into its own freshwater pool, but directly into the ocean. Along the path leading to the falls you're likely to see brightly colored crabs and the...
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Though nearly 2,743 meters (9,000 feet) in height, Poás Volcano is not Costa Rica's tallest active volcano (that distinction goes to Irazú), but it has plenty of superlatives to fascinate visitors, including two crater lakes near its summit. One...
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Alajuela Province, Costa Rica
While you may be keeping your eyes open for the end goal—Bijagual is one of Costa Rica's tallest and loveliest waterfalls—stay attentive on the trek to get there and you'll likely see toucans, macaws and other brightly colored tropical birds...
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Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
Birders won't want to miss Carara National Park, a critical habitat for Costa Rican birds, including the gorgeously plumed scarlet macaw that's spotted here frequently. The park is a transition zone, marking a boundary between the tropical rain...
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320, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Manicured gardens lush with the colorful flora that define the tropics are the obvious attractions that draw visitors to Pura Vida Gardens. Among the most beloved species here are orchids, which are abundant in this Central American country. Once...
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Alajuela Province, Sarchi, Costa Rica
The town of Sarchí is home to Costa Rica's most active community of craftspeople, whose artistic traditions date back more than a century. Decorating oxcarts with brightly painted, intricate designs began as a friendly competition among families,...