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Taste the sweet life in Puntarenas

Situated along the Pacific Coast, Puntarenas, Costa Rica is a sandy, relaxing province for visitors yearning for surf, sand and exotic animals. Costa Rica tours through Puntarenas can take visitors on a luxurious getaway or an eco-adventure escape to a tropical land.

Pavones, a tiny community located in South Puntarenas, is an ideal spot for the advanced surfer. During the region’s rainy months, between April and October, waves crest slowly, allowing a surfer to cruise along the waves for up to 3 minutes. Although the small beach is a haven for professional and serious surfers, those wanting to enjoy the sounds and smells of the ocean can just sit back and enjoy the show as well.

The area offers horseback riding, kite surfing and sport fishing as well. Horseback rides venture through the mountains and onto the beaches to give visitors a spectacular view of the ocean. And for those aching to get out onto the ocean waves, kite surfing is suited for all skill levels. As the sea breeze whisks the kite high into the air, enjoy the view, serenity and a care-free state of mind.

For travelers looking for a secluded spot, head to the north end of Pavones for vast open sands and quiet release. This area gives visitors a taste of the peaceful natural sights the region has to offer. Colorful reefs add to the true exotic feel of the area. During the fall months, experience a glimpse of wildlife as sea turtles come to the shore to lay eggs.

True adventure seekers can take part in other activities such as cycling down picturesque pathways or white water rafting. Rivers in the area range from Class II to Class V rapids, and so are suited for everyone. Take in the sights while roaring through the mountains, and get a peek at the area’s exotic habitat like tropical caterpillars, hanging sloths or nesting owls.

If the thrilling experience is too much, a nature hike may be better suiting. Visitors can get up close and personal with the region's nature and tropical creatures. Ideal bird-watching locations in the area include Negritos Islands Biological Reserve, Pájaros or Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve.

Whatever transportation is ideal, visitors should keep an eye out for stunning photo opportunities. For example, as the sun starts to set on Puntarenas, cycling down the beach or through a mountainous trail can offer travelers a breathtaking sight.

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