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If you find yourself in or near Puntarenas
City before June 8, you may want to
visit Arte con Arte (Art with Art) at the municipal swimming pool complex (due
for renovation). As part of the Second
National Symposium of Stone Sculpture, six artists are working in residence on
sculptures that will be installed on the plaza by Casa de la Cultura (House of
Culture) in downtown Puntarenas.
Visitors will be able to observe and interact with the artists as they
work on their sculptures.
The swimming pool complex is located at the western-most
point of Puntarenas. To get there, walk,
take a taxi or drive along Paseo de las Turistas, the main street paralleling the
beach. Sculptures from the First
National Symposium of Stone Sculpture are located on the beach side of the
Paseo. From the swimming pool complex you
will enjoy spectacular views of the Gulf
of Nicoya and Nicoya
The walk from the cruise ship pier or San
Jose bus station takes about 20-30 minutes. The Paseo is lined with seafood restaurants
and bars where you can enjoy Costa Rican seafood dishes as well as stores
selling basic food items, bottled water, beer and soft drinks. Near the cruise ship pier are “kioskos” (soda
fountains) on the beach selling ice cream and tropical fruit drinks.
You may want to plan a couple of days in Puntarenas to enjoy
its beach (awarded a “Blue Flag” for cleanliness by the Costa Rican Tourism
Institute) or a one day trip to Isla Tortuga with its pristine yellow sand
beach. There are comfortable lodging
options in the western part of town near the swimming pool complex including
hotels and bed and breakfast inns. In
Puntarenas you can experience what the Costa Ricans call “pura vida” in a town
that maintains its identity as a family-friendly community not yet overtaken by