Although pretty much a nothing town, except for a fairly nice town beach just a short walk from the pier, Puntarenas is mainly a jumping off point for some fantastic shore excursions that explore the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
John is an old gringo like me who lives outside of Puntarenas. Every week before the ships come in he gets Tarazzu coffee, my favorite Costa Rican coffee grown at 5,000 feet and roasts it. He sells it as Shade Lady Coffee. But be careful, there is another business in Puntarenas called “Shady Lady” … and from her you may get a lot more than you bargain for! Anyway John sells his coffee and even although we grow excellent coffee, my wife always asks me to bring home some Shade Lady coffee.