Puntarenas (canton)

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Location of Puntarenas Canton in Puntarenas Province
Location of Puntarenas Canton in Puntarenas Province
Country Costa Rica
Province Puntarenas
 • Total 1,842.33 km2 (711.33 sq mi)
Population (June 2013)
 • Total 126,515
 • Density 69/km2 (180/sq mi)

Puntarenas is the first canton in the province of Puntarenas in Costa Rica. The canton covers an area of 1,842.33 km²,[1] and has a population of 126,515.[2] The provincial capital is the city of Puntarenas.


The canton includes areas on both sides of the Gulf of Nicoya. From the western coastline, the canton ranges eastward into the Cordillera de Tilarán to include the Monteverde region. The southern portion of the Nicoya Peninsula is also in the canton, including the popular tourist areas of Tambor, Montezuma and Malpais.

The canton of Puntarenas is subdivided into 16 distritos (Spanish: "districts"):


Puntarenas was first mentioned as a canton in a decree dated 7 December 1848.


  1. ^ Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), 2001.
  2. ^ Estadísticas Vitales 2013 - INEC

Coordinates: 9°58′N 84°50′W / 9.967°N 84.833°W / 9.967; -84.833