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Puntarenas has brightly-painted historic buildings, quaint parks, a few good museums, the country’s longest beaches and various tour options (land and sea), making the city an attractive area for real estate in the Central Pacific.
Situated at the end of a sandy, palm tree-lined spit in the Gulf of Nicoya, Puntarenas still pulses with an authentic maritime vibe left over from its days as a swank port city delivering coffee and tropical fruits to far off cities in Europe.
A little less than an hour from the Central Valley, this “small fishing town” of 50,000 attracts throngs of Tico beachgoers on weekends and holidays, lending it a festive atmosphere with cheery, bright colored buildings, abundant good eats and cheap beer.
With tourism at the helm, the city’s coastal drag – El Paseo de los Turistas – boasts vendors hawking all types of souvenirs and a myriad of fresh foods joints.
Generally, Puntarenas is very hot and humid with a wet tropical climate, where the average temperature is around 86°F (30°C).
December to February is the driest time of the year. There is hardly any rain, making the roads easy to travel on. The months between May and November are the rainiest, making travel difficult sometimes. The highest temperature recorded in Costa Rica 107°F (42°C) was in Puntarenas