48 hours in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

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Puntarenas is the main port of the Costa Rican Pacific Coast. The city is strategically situated as a starting point to enjoy all the natural wonders that make Costa Rica the quintessential ecological destination. Enjoy your first day in Puntarenas right on the ocean, on board a world-class catamaran and visit the enchanting Tortuga Island with its breath-taking nature, white sand and turquoise waters. On your second day, visit the colorful town of Jaco, known for its vast beaches and natural beauty. The town appeals to thousands of tourists thanks to its proximity to the Metropolitan Area, its world-famous beaches perfect for surfing, myriad of international dining options and dazzling natural attractions.

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Day 1


[accordion] [accordion_item title =”Morning” class=”acc-opened”] Tortuga Island Tour on the Manta Raya catamaran: The tour departs from the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Central Pacific at 8 a.m. A 15-minute drive takes tourists to the Calypso Cruises private pier in the city of Puntarenas. After a delicious buffet breakfast you’ll be on board the Manta Raya catamaran featuring a full bar offering piña coladas and other tropical drinks. The spacious main area connects with an open deck including giant nets to soak up the sun and 2 fresh-water pools for your comfort and luxury.
The Manta Raya will take you through the tranquil waters of the Nicoya Gulf. The crew, impeccably dressed in white welcomes you on board with fresh tropical fruit and drinks.
Upon arrival to the island you can sun-bathe and relax, or enjoy activities in the water like snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters surrounding Tortuga. Then, sip white wine under the palm trees and prepare your palate for a delicious tropical lunch including ceviche, salads, chicken and vegetables. You may also request a vegetarian lunch or inform the crew of your dietary restrictions in advance to plan the right meal for you.
[/accordion_item] [accordion_item title =”Afternoon” class=”acc-opened”] In the afternoon, the captain will take a different route back to Puntarenas, where you’ll be able to take a closer look at San Lucas Island, a former prison, and the Guayabo Island bird sanctuary. You’ll enjoy a stunning sunset as the ship heads back to the port of Puntarenas.
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Day 2


[accordion] [accordion_item title =”Morning” class=”acc-opened”] Natural Jaco and Zip-Lining: This 6-hour tour starts off in a natural area where you can see white-headed capuchin monkeys who will be delighted with your visit.
The 6-hour tour continues with a 14-cable zip-lining adventure; you’ll be marveled with the views of the Costa Rican rain forest from the tree tops in this unforgettable, adrenaline-filled experience.
[/accordion_item] [accordion_item title =”Afternoon” class=”acc-opened”] After the zip-lining tour you’ll be taken to explore a souvenir shop that specializes in carved precious wood carvings, the perfect memento of your trip to Costa Rica.

Lunch: You’ll end the tour with a delicious typical Costa Rican lunch.
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Insider’s tips


[accordion] [accordion_item title =”Where to stay in Puntarenas” class=”acc-opened”] DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Central Pacific: Overlooking blue seas and dark volcanic sands, this hotel is an ideal choice for a relaxed vacation. The tour operator Hotelbeds is ready to assist you with reservations and more information about these and many other tours. Please contact them at hiltonpuntarenas@hotelbeds.com

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