It is been slowing forming little by little with sands and sediments from the northern rivers and sands that are brought by the winds and the currents from the mouth of the Río Barranca. The river mouth is 7 ½ Km long, 600 meters at its widest point and it has a maximum level of 3 meters above sea level. The history of the city is linked to the harbour, rail, commercial and fishing activity on an industrial level. Only 130 Km from San José, a two hour journey along a road that is in very good condition, this beautiful Pacific Port is known as the pearl of the Pacific. Here you will find one of the most extensive beaches of Costa Rica were 12% of the population is located. The main port of the country, Puerto Caldera, has become the most important port for exportation. There is a pier which receives cruise ships.
Banco Popular Ph (506) 2661-0333/ 2661-4674, located diagonal to the station of bus of Puntarenas to San José, schedule of Monday to Friday of 9:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m and Saturday of 8:15 a.m at 11:30 a.m, have ATM and currency exchange.
Banco Popular Periférica El Roble Ph (506) 2664-5809/ 2664-5810, located to 200 meters west of the Professional Technical school of Puntarenas, schedule of Monday to Friday from 1:45 p.m to 7:00 p.m and Saturday from 8:15 a.m to 12:15 p.m, have ATM and currency exchange.
Banco de Costa Rica Ph (506) 2630-0100, fax (506) 2661-1782, located to 100 meters west of the Municipal Market, Schedule: Monday to Friday of 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m, have ATM and currency exchange.
Banco de Costa Rica (casa de cambio) Ph (506) 26615263, se encuentra frente al muelle de Puntarenas, horario de Lunes a Domingo 10:30 a.m a 6:30 p.m, tiene ATM y cambio de monedas.
Banco de Costa Rica el Roble Ph (506) 2664-2425, fax (506) 2664-2449, located to 800 meters north of the main entrance of El Roble. Schedule: Monday to Friday of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, have ATM and currency exchange.
Banco Nacional Ph (506) 2661-0233, fax (506) 2661-0713, located to 300 meters North of the Municipal Market, schedule of Monday to Friday of 8:30 a.m to 3:45 p.m and Saturday of 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m, have ATM and currency exchange.
Banco de San Jose Ph (506) 2661-1095, located diagonal corner northwest of the Victoria Park, schedule of Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m and Saturday from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m, have ATM and currency exchange.