Whether you want to venture into the lush wildlife that Costa Rica is known for or stroll through cityscapes, Puerto Caldera is a perfect home base. The city of Puntarenas, just a short drive away, is home to stunning beaches, an array of wildlife and streets lined with restaurants, bars and cafes. For nature immersion, Carara National Park is a 13,000-acre reserve located between dry forests to the north and lush tropical rainforests to the south. The Tarcoles River cuts directly through the park and is home to 2,000 crocodiles! This park is also one of the best places to view scarlet macaws.