Montes de Oro, Puntarenas

Come to one of the biggest Costa Rican paddies in Montes de Oro, in the Puntarenas province, Costa Rica

Montes de Oro, Puntarenas
Montes de Oro
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Montes de Oro is the only canton in the Puntarenas province, Costa Rica, not bordering the Pacific Ocean, since it borders Esparza to the south, Puntarenas to the west, and San Ramón de Alajuela to the east. The main town of the canton of Montes de Oro is Miramar, whose church, located in Cedral de Miramar, constitutes a historic and architectural heritage of Costa Rica.

In the past, this canton was named as “Los Quemados” (“The Burned ones”) because gold extraction involved burning, but in 1897 the name changed to Montes de Oro. The economy of this canton is mainly based on agriculture and livestock farming. Here, you can find one of the biggest Costa Rican rice cultivations and a source of employment in the area: the Arrocera Montes de Oro. Besides, the services sector enjoys a high growth in this canton, with perfect places for eco-, rural and adventure tourism in the north.

Regarding the climate, the Montes de Oro canton is known for having a tropical rainy climate with warm temperatures up to  27 ºC. However, weather conditions are variable due to the influence of the mountain range, geographical features and sea breeze coming from the ocean.

In addition, this canton is located in a dry tropical forest area; that is why we can find a wide variety of trees and plants belonging to mixed forests.

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