Puntarenas offers nice beaches for surfing as does Guanacaste, but the further south you go into Puntarenas the more humid and less populated it is. While Puntarenas offers a port for cruise ships, Guanacaste offers a marina. Guanacaste has Tamarindo and Coco Beaches while Puntarenas has Jaco for party life. Puntarenas has Manuel Antonio and Quepos while Guanacaste has Conchal and Flamingo or Avellanas. If you go far enough south in Puntarenas you'll reach Ojochal which is a bit a a culinary destination, surfing and and Osa Peninsula. Guanacaste's southern part offers places like Montezuma, Santa Teresa or Nosara for yoga, holistic and meditation interest, as well as surfing and celebrity residents such as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Jack Johnson, Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam, Mel Gibson and more.
Next week we'll discuss the Caribbean and it's negative and positive aspects.