Puntarenas is a province of Costa Rica, located in the western and covering most of the country's Pacific coast. It borders the provinces of Guanacaste, Alajuela, San José, Limón and Panama. Cocos Island, located 550km SW, is part of the province.
Its capital is the city of Puntarenas, located in the canton of the same name, which has gone from being a people, to gain city status, as its population has grown to the point of eventually absorb surrounding towns such as Barranca. The city of Puntarenas is located on a spit of land several miles long and 400 m wide, flanked by a creek on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other.
Puntarenas is the largest province of Costa Rica and is connected to the rest of the country by land routes. It has a ferry across the Gulf of Nicoya.
The most important ports are Puntarenas, Caldera, Quepos and Golfito.
One of the most importants, is the Paseo de los Turistas, which is kind of pedestrian avenue that borders the ocean, and which is all kinds of businesses: hotels, bars, ice cream shops, discos, etc.. Also on this province Marino Historical Museum and Marine Park which is very new in the city.
The city has a hospital (Monsignor Sanabria), Stadium (Miguel "Lito" Pérez).
Its main economic activities include tourism, fishing, agriculture. This province offers tourists, sun, sand, tropical beaches, fun, parties, music and good food. Here is the Manuel Antonio National Park with stunning white sand beaches and tropical rainforest, Corcovado National Park, Private Reserve Monteverde Cloud Forest, known habitat for the golden frog species and Marino Ballena National Park.