Puntarenas, Costa Rica Highlights
Collected by Ann Shields, AFAR Staff
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,...
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...
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"–...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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