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DETAIL MAP OF THE MONTEVERDE AREA
Detailed Road Map of the
Southern Nicoya Peninsula
and Puntarenas County Costa Rica
inland portion of Puntarenas Canton is home to the famous Monteverde
Preserve, driving to the northeast of the Interamerican Highway.
extends to the coast of the Gulf of Nicoya, and also covers the
Nicoya Peninsula. The city of Puntarenas is built out on a barrier
or finger of land extending into the Gulf of Nicoya at the river mouth
the Puntarenas Estuary.
Taking the coastal highway south from Puntarenas, you will find the
of Caldera, arrival point for many of the cruise ships that visit Costa
That road continues inland a ways to Orotina before it turns south
the coast leading to the Jaco Beach area.
Puntarenas has plenty of tourist attractions, the most popular being
and watersports in the Gulf of Nicoya. Boat tours to the various
in the Gulf are frequented by birdwatchers seeking many rare and
migratory raptors and waterfowl species.
There is a Puntarenas ferry, and water taxi services, available to take
across the Gulf to the many beaches and resorts along the southern
Peninsula, such as Paquera, Curu, Tambor and Montezuma. From there,
can rent a car and drive to the Pacific Coast side of the Nicoya
to enjoy Cabo Blanco Reserve and the surfing beach areas of Mal Pais,