Puntarenas is a port town on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast. It’s a convenient base for exploring the region’s beaches, national parks and wildlife reserves. The town is also a jumping-off point for boat trips to the offshore Isla del Coco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Puntarenas is a gritty, working town and not a typical tourist destination. However, there are a few interesting sights, including a lively fish market, a large park on the beach and a few art galleries. There are also a few good restaurants and a lively nightlife.