Monday, February 21, 2011

Cruise Port Review: Puntarenas

We stopped here on our Coral Princess Panama Canal cruise. It was our departure point for the Carara National Park shore excursion that we took. After we returned from our excursion, we made a quick cabin stop then returned to the pier to go ‘into town.’

The walk off the pier was quick and easy but for those wanting, there was a shuttle running….a multicar tram running back and forth.

The town itself is nothing to write home about. There is a beach right off the pier and which I did walk on the sand and put my feet into the water, nobody was swimming except what appeared to be a few locals.

The big draw is the number of vendor stalls lining the beachfront. Good opportunity to buy Costa Rican crafts and, based upon my experience (I had been to Costa Rica before). the prices were fair. I wanted two pareos and found them for $10 each. Did a lot of browsing and there was some very nice items (like original paintings of birds and flowers) but one did need time to sort through the junk.

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