Sculpture Symposium in Puntarenas
If you find yourself in or near Puntarenas City before June 8, you may want to visit Arte con Arte (Art with Art) at the municipal swimming pool complex (due for renovation). As part of the Second National Symposium of Stone Sculpture, six artists are working in residence on sculptures that will be installed on the plaza by Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture) in downtown Puntarenas. Visitors will be able to observe and interact with the artists as they work on their sculptures.
The swimming pool complex is located at the western-most point of Puntarenas. To get there, walk, take a taxi or drive along Paseo de las Turistas, the main street paralleling the beach. Sculptures from the First National Symposium of Stone Sculpture are located on the beach side of the Paseo. From the swimming pool complex you will enjoy spectacular views of the Gulf of Nicoya and Nicoya Peninsula .
The walk from the cruise ship pier or San Jose bus station takes about 20-30 minutes. The Paseo is lined with seafood restaurants and bars where you can enjoy Costa Rican seafood dishes as well as stores selling basic food items, bottled water, beer and soft drinks. Near the cruise ship pier are “kioskos” (soda fountains) on the beach selling ice cream and tropical fruit drinks.
You may want to plan a couple of days in Puntarenas to enjoy its beach (awarded a “Blue Flag” for cleanliness by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute) or a one day trip to Isla Tortuga with its pristine yellow sand beach. There are comfortable lodging options in the western part of town near the swimming pool complex including hotels and bed and breakfast inns. In Puntarenas you can experience what the Costa Ricans call “pura vida” in a town that maintains its identity as a family-friendly community not yet overtaken by commercial development.