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Puntarenas Province

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Our most recommended Puntarenas Province Cruises & Boat Tours

All-Inclusive Catamaran Eco Adventure with Lunch

1. All-Inclusive Catamaran Eco Adventure with Lunch

Cruise along Costa Rica's Pacific coast, keeping an eye out for whales, dolphins, and seabirds. Anchor in a protected bay and explore the area above and below water, using the snorkel equipment, waterslides, and trampoline provided onboard.  Pickup starts from Quepos and Manuel Antonio approximately 30-45 minutes prior to departure. Hop aboard and enjoy a 3.5-hour cruise through clear waters and past lush jungle and dramatic rock formations.  Stop for swimming and snorkeling and take advantage of the waterslides and trampoline. A gourmet lunch will be served on board along with coffee and a selection of fresh fruits and natural fruit juices.

From Manuel Antonio: Mangrove Boat Tour

2. 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.

From San José: Carara National Park and Tárcoles River Tour

3. From San José: Carara National Park and Tárcoles River Tour

Begin your journey by being picked up from your hotel, and going on a scenic 1.5-hour drive along Route 27, making your way to your first stop at Carara National Park. Head straight out onto some flat walking trails suitable for all fitness levels and wheelchair users, and admire the biological reserve's abundant jungle life in person. Look up to the 40-meter high canopy, and keep an eye out for bright scarlet macaws, agouti rodents, stunning poison dart frogs, spider monkeys, dozens of birds, fantastic fungi, and huge wild cashew trees. Next, enjoy lunch like a local and eat at a traditional soda diner, where you have the option of eating fresh fish or seafood. Re-energized, lower your gears and enjoy a relaxing optional boat ride for some birdwatching on the Tárcoles River. Admire the river's mangroves, which are some of the most unique and scarce ecosystems of the world, and considered to be biodiversity hotspots. Keep a lookout for the 6-meter-long American crocodiles — the largest of the continent. Finally, dig your toes into the white sand of a peaceful beach at your last stop, where you will relax with the sound of the waves before heading back to your accommodation.

Jaco Beach: Zip Line and ATV Adventure Combo Tour

4. Jaco Beach: Zip Line and ATV Adventure Combo Tour

The fun starts with a 15-minute tractor ride to the top of the mountain for the zip line portion of your adventure. Descend through the rainforest on a 2-hour course of 10 cables and 14 platforms, some with amazing panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Nicoya. After the zip lining is complete, its time to get your adrenaline pumping with an ATV adventure to a waterfall. Start with a test drive on a specially designed private track. Once you are familiar with your vehicle, the fun continues on a muddy 2-hour ATV tour in more than 300 hectares of private property. Enjoy this safe adventure with your guide as your journey towards a pristine private waterfall for a short hike and swim before returning to the base. Alternatively, upgrade your tour by choosing the 3-hour ATV course. After the zip lining portion of the tour which remains the same, embark on a longer ATV adventure which includes a visit to some nearby waterfalls and a drive along a muddy coastline trail with numerous lookout points.

Canopy Zip line & Aerial Tram Tour

5. Canopy Zip line & Aerial Tram Tour

The innovative Tranopy tour combines an in-depth forest view of an aerial tram with the excitement of a canopy tour. A professional naturalist guide will accompany you, pointing out some of the secrets of the primary and secondary rainforest that surrounds you. Adventure and nature are in perfect harmony on this tour. Combining the peaceful observation of your surrounds with an aerial tram ride with the adrenaline-pumping action of a canopy tour, the innovative Tranopy tour is an unforgettable experience. See the forest like never before with a specialist naturalist guide. Learn about the flora and fauna and soar through the treetops on 10 cables and 15 platforms.

Quepos: Damas Island Mangrove’s Boat Tour

6. Quepos: Damas Island Mangrove’s Boat Tour

Be sure to keep your eyes wide open, in order to identify the countless birds, monkeys and reptiles on this tour. The roofed boats used are environmentally friendly, comfortable as well as risk-free. Because of the boat design it is easy to interact with white-faced monkeys as they, from time to time, love to hop on board. As you are observing this luxuriant atmosphere, your guide will describe the flora and fauna seen in this amazing and impressive area. This tour explores the natural canals and offers a perfect chance to see marine birds such as kingfishers and frigate birds among others. Your journey will go through briny waters glimpsing the tropical island and pass under natural tunnels created by trees. This is why you are going to enjoy this haven of nature. Lunch is served at the end of the tour. Transportation back to your hotel is included. This tour is for all ages and physical conditions.

Lake Arenal Kayaking Tour

7. Lake Arenal Kayaking Tour

Discover Central America’s second largest lake on this 2-hour kayaking tour of Lake Arenal. This trip gives you the best views of the Arenal Volcano and you’ll get to see the fantastic Costa Rican wildlife from your boat. Observe different species of birds such as flycatchers, kingfishers, great blue herons, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and toucans. This tour is ideal for any amateur or experienced birdwatcher. You may also hear howler monkeys calling from the rainforest. The rainforest ecosystem that encompasses Lake Arenal is hugely diverse. There are over 2000 species of plants, 300 types of bird, and 120 mammals including jaguars, tapirs, and quetzals. This tour is ideal for those who wish to see Costa Rica’s diverse flora and fauna.

Manuel Antonio: Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Day Trip

8. Manuel Antonio: Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Day Trip

Discover the rich biodiversity of the Manuel Antonio National Park as you stroll along primary and secondary forest trails in the park with a naturalist guide. Enjoy soft drinks during your trip and take advantage of hotel transfers from Manuel Antonio or Quepos. Hop aboard a spacious in airconditioned bus at your doorstep in Manuel Antonio or Quepos. Sit back and admire the countryside on the drive to the Manuel Antonio National Park. Have your park entry fees paid for you so you can concentrate on your tour. Arrive at the park and begin town paths lined with dense vegetation. Listen as your guide shares fascinating facts about the animals that live in this stunning park as well as information on the natural history of the area. Search for wildlife like two and three toed sloths, white faced monkeys, howler monkeys, and squirrel monkeys. Look to the skies for colorful bird species like scarlet macaws, pelicans, tanagers, ospreys, kingfishers, and the yellow-crowned night heron. Watch for scurrying creatures like are iguanas, bright green lizards, slithering snakes, and a huge variety of insects. Return by bus to your accommodation in Manuel Antonio or Quepos at the end of your tour.

From Puntarenas: Tortuga Island Full-Day Boat Trip

9. From Puntarenas: Tortuga Island Full-Day Boat Trip

Take a trip to Isla Tortuga, a island paradise with white sands and turquoise water. As a special treat, we will take you to the negritos Island wildlife refuge, island that is habited by spider monkeys. See dolphins and monkeys in their natural hábitat on way the island. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a private beach club and do snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters on this day trip from Puntarenas. Feel the ocean breeze in your face, take a panoramic photo of the Nicoya Stone Arch. This tour, is all day from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, offers a lot in one package.

Monteverde: Coffee, Chocolate, and Sugar Cane Day Trip

10. Monteverde: Coffee, Chocolate, and Sugar Cane Day Trip

Discover the flavors of Monteverde on this day trip from Monteverde or Santa Elena. Enjoy a day in the countryside and have the opportunity to taste local coffee, chocolate, and sugar cane on this tour to Costa Rican plantations. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up by a comfortable and spacious bus at your hotel in Monteverde or Santa Elena. Soak up the lush countryside on the way to a coffee plantation, which is situated in one of Costa Rica's top 8 coffee-producing regions. Learn about how this area has the ideal weather, required altitude, and volcanic soils to produce a fine cup of gourmet coffee. Sip on some coffee that is grown on site before hopping back on the bus and heading to chocolate farm. Complement your coffee tasting with a visit to the chocolate farm. Find out how to produce high-quality chocolate products. Indulge your sweet tooth as you try some fine Costa Rican chocolate. Continue to the sugar cane plantation to learn about its history, growing conditions, and processing. Have the opportunity to sip on some handcrafted sugar cane juice. Return to your accommodation at the end of your day trip.

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What people are saying about Puntarenas Province

I went on the Carara National Park and Tárcoles River Tour, from San José. The experience exceeded expectations by miles, Oropopo were streaks ahead of any other tour operator that I used here. I was picked up by Rigo, from my hotel, in a Land Cruiser rather than cramped minibus. The group was very small, making us more nimble. Rigo is a fantastic guide. It was a privilege to be experiencing nature and being advised by such a qualified biologist. His English is perfect, and he was good fun. The Carara National Park was lovely and quiet, in contrast to the absolutely packed Manuel Antonio National Park. There may be less of the big mammals here, but there's fascinating stuff to see. We were lucky to see a pair of fantastic scarlet macaws. The river tour was an incredible experience. It is an extensive tour, going up and down the river and then into mangroves. You'll see lots of huge crocodiles, very close up. The bird life is also spectacular. The guide on the boat was entertaining

This is an amazing tour and I would highly recommend!! :) Carara National Park and the Tarcoles River are both incredible places that are close to each other and not too far from San Jose. It was really nice to visit the Tarcoles bridge and the beach too! :) Rigo was a fantastic and kind guide. As a trained and experienced biologist he was passionate to share his brilliant knowledge to help me fully understand the fauna and flora of the forests and the Tarcoles wetlands and mangrove forests. In Carara I saw many birds including Toucans, Maccaws and Hummingbirds. I also saw frogs, agouti and other awesome wildlife and Rigo helped me observe with a great camera! :) The Tarcoles River Tour is fantastic. There are many crocodiles there and so many different birds, including Kingfishers, Pelicans and other sea-birds and birds of prey. The guides there help you to observe everything with their expertise. The mangroves and coast are beautiful!! I had a brilliant day! :)

this was a fantastic trip. Rigo was a fantastic and welcoming guide. Very accommodating. I saw so many animals, flocks of red macaws, crocodiles, poison dart frogs, just to name a few. I will be recommending this trip to friends and family. Thank you!

An exceptional environment with a passionate guide who transmits the information to us with such liveliness. Made us see and learn about animals, birds, insects, etc. Unparalleled service in addition we were served a typical meal which was excellent.

Both experiences were worth the money. The lunch break in between was perfect. Everything flowed very well.