This area ranges from the port of Puntarenas to the southern end of the Manuel Antonio National Park, including the main islands of the Gulf of Nicoya such as Isla Chira and the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula.
It has an irregular coast with beaches of great extension and full of vegetation. In addition the proximity of some of its beaches with the capital San José has guaranteed them a tourist and commercial development. In all this coastline there is a natural gem that stands out among the others. It is Manuel Antonio National Park, undoubtedly one of the most visited wildlife reserves on the planet and not by chance, Manuel Antonio houses an extensive amount of natural wonders with a huge biodiversity of flora and fauna, along its beaches. White sands hidden between steep hills full of dense vegetation make of this sanctuary the main attraction not only of zone of Quepos, but of all the Central Pacific.
The city of Puntarenas is the head of the province with the same name, the largest in Costa Rica. This city is a thin strip of land that accompanies the sea and goes about 3 km in the gulf, this route, called the passage of La Angostura, has a width equivalent to the thickness of a two-way street, a railway line and the Beach. It was from the inauguration of the electric train to Puntarenas on April 8, 1930, that thousands of Costa Ricans had access to visit it. Many remember with fondness and nostalgia this first trip to the “port”, as it is popularly known. Among its attractions is the famous Tour of the tourists in front of the Muelle Grande, the most visited place of the city, whose origins date back to the 1930’s. This is a place that you can not miss and where you can enjoy a Fruit salad, a glass of ice cream or a churchill.
The extensive beach of Puntarenas, parallel to Paseo has a gentle swell, gray sand and little vegetation. Awarded with the Ecological Blue Flag that certifies the high environmental and safety standards that it complies with.
Touring the entire coastline are the most visited beaches in the country and with great tourist development. Some, accessible by car because of its proximity to the capital, while for those located at the end of the peninsula it is necessary to take a ferry from the Estero de Puntarenas and that crosses the gulf, arriving at Paquera (to the east side of the peninsula ).
Here begins a long list of beaches, from Punta Murciélago and towards the town of Cóbano are the beaches of Pochote, Cocalito and Cocal. There is also Playa Montezuma, which borders the Absolute Natural Reserve of Cabo Blanco and ends at Punta Cabuya. This charming beach has stunning waterfalls, which fall into the sea from large cliffs covered with vegetation.
Playa Tambor, located in Bahía Ballena, is a beautiful beach with clear sands surrounded at one end by Punta Tambor and the other by Punta Amarilla.