If you’re interested in Puntarenas’ history, head to the town’s old quarter and take in the Puntarenas Maritime Museum.

The museum offers a fulsome look at the people of Puntarenas and their role in shaping the town into what it is today. Through archaeological exhibitions, visitors can learn about the area’s first indigenous people and their lives – how they obtained food, their burial rituals, and the trade relationships they developed, long before Puntarenas became the coffee export capital.

Other exhibitions at the Maritime Museum highlight how this area became the coffee export capital of the country, and highlights the contributions native Costa Ricans have made to that trade. There are also exhibitions highlighting the area’s outdoor beauty and extensive natural resources.

Also onsite at the museum is the House of Culture, which features sculpture exhibitions and paintings that change monthly. There is also an amphitheatre which offers music, plays and dancing, and the town’s public library.

Near the museum in the old quarter is a beautiful cathedral which attracts many architecture-loving tourists.