Puntarenas Costa Rica

Puntarenas (Pointsands, from “punta arenas”, or “sand point” in Spanish) is the capital and largest city in the Province of Puntarenas, on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The eponymous and oddly shaped province has its largest section in the South, far from the capital.


Some 100,000 live in the city and close towns. With beaches on the Pacific Ocean, it also attracts many tourists, especially surfers. It is also a possible stopover point for the tourist destination Monteverde, to the northwest.

Its port, Caldera, is one of the main ports in the country. Also, regularly scheduled ferries carry vehicles from Puntarenas to the Nicoya Peninsula.


First known as Villa Bruselas in colonial times, Puntarenas was discovered by Hernán Ponce de León in 1519. Despite the use of the Gulf of Nicoya as an entryway to Costa Rica’s inland territory, the port of Puntarenas was not developed until 1840 when coffee production in the highlands reached exportable volumes. In 1845 the Congress of the Republic declared Puntarenas a duty-free port (with the exception of Cognac and hard liquor). Originally, the coffee was brought to port in oxcarts via a trail through the mountains. In 1879, a stretch of railroad track was completed which connected Puntarenas with the town of Esparza (one of the country’s earliest Spanish settlements, founded in 1554, a decade before the Central Valley began to be colonized) where the oxcart trail came out of the mountains. Eventually, the railroad was built all the way through to San José and service was inaugurated in 1910.

With the railroad connection to the Central Valley, the Pacific port’s activities continued to be a major part of the region’s economy throughout the 20th century. However, due to the aging and deterioration of the port facilities and the need to accommodate the much larger vessels of modern shipping fleets, a new port was constructed in the 1980s to the south of Puntarenas. The site chosen was Caldera (located at 9.9108438°N 84.7194761°W), where ships had anchored during colonial times.


The city’s major football teams are Second Division sides Puntarenas F.C., who have played many season at the highest level, and Jacó Rays.


Puntarenas is generally hotter than the Costa Rican Central Valley, with daytime highs ranging from 30°C to 35°C in the coldest/hottest months, respectively.

 Airport transfers to Puntarenas area.

Private transportation or shuttle transfer rates to Puntarenas area.

The private transportation is available 24/7 and 365 days a year.
We meet you at the airport exit gate with the company board with your name on it.(we keep track of your flight to make sure we are there before you exit and this way we guarantee your safety by not been hassled by anyone at the airport.)
Our professional drivers are bilingual and highly experience in the service area,they are willing to give you the best possible service.

How long it take to get to Puntarenas from SJO airport?
It depends on traffic but without any transit inconvenients and without stops it is a 90 km ride that take approximately 1:30 minutes and aprox 1:45 minutes from Puntarenas to the SJO airport since is a uphill drive.
Stops along the way:

Stopping along the way on a private transportation service are allow any time the client want but there is a limited stops time frame for this service after that we recommend a driver gratuity of $10 USD per extra hour for the service.

Bathrooms stops or Groceries shopping:

This is allow any time just ask our drivers what you need and he will stop at the best place and with the best prices.


For 2 passengers ?= $100 USD

For 4 passengers ?= $110 USD

For 6 passengers ?= $120 USD

For 8 passengers ?= $130 USD

For Groups Larger than 8 please contact to get you the best posible rate and services.

Tours at Puntarenas 

Adventure Tours(Rafting, Zip Lines, Horseback, Kayaking, Rappelling & More.)Nature Observation(Volcanoes,Hiking, Suspension Bridges,Howler Monkey,NightTour & More.) Leisure Tours(Beaches,Hot Springs, Aerial Tram, Catamaran & More.)Cultural Tours(Coffee Tour, Museum, Volunteering & More.)Marine Tours(Boat Tours, Sport Fishing, Marine Wildlife Observation, & Snorkeling & More.)