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Weekends in Puntarenas draw San Jose locals seeking sun and sand on the scenic Gulf of Nicoya to enjoy pristine beaches and stroll a seafront boardwalk lined with seafood restaurants. Cruise ships come to shore at two city terminals, and passengers take day trips to cloud forests, volcano hikes, and beaches. Ferries to the nearby Nicoya Peninsula depart Puntarenas' busy port, where fishing charters buzz to sea by dawn.

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