About the Puntarenas, Costa Rica Program
The Puntarenas program is a USAC specialty program. Learn more about on-site program elements and the city itself below.
- Population: approx. 100,000
- Distance from San José: 51 miles
- Distance from Monteverde: 53 miles
Palm trees line the boardwalk of Puntarenas.
Puntarenas is a small beach town environment where you'll be able to practice your Spanish regularly and immerse yourself in the local culture. The geography of Puntarenas is unique since it is located at the end of a sandy peninsula almost five miles long, but only 120 to 700 yards wide. Consequently, one is always close to the ocean and there are many beaches from which to choose. Puntarenas offers the peace and rural beauty of a small town while at the same time affording easy access to other parts of Costa Rica. From Puntarenas, you can travel up and down the coast to world-class surfing beaches, nature reserves, and plantations. This central Pacific region offers something for every outdoor enthusiast.