Puntarenas Carnival FestivalI hope everyone is rested and recovered from Fiestas Palmares because the next big festival in Costa Rica begins this week in Puntarenas! Formerly known as Carnaval Puntarenas, the Pacific Pearl Festival is a ten day festival full of fun, food, fireworks, drinks, dancing, concerts, a float parade, a horse parade, sporting events, and more. The streets of the Pacific coast town of Puntarenas will be full of merry festival-goers all day and all night – don’t miss out on this Costa Rican must-see event!

Notes of interest:

The Main Stage will be located 100 meters west of Parque Abelardo Lobo in the Barrio El Carmen.

During the festival, Carnival Security will be reinforced with troops from the capital city and elsewhere in the country, as well as the Armed Forces Mobile Unit who will be located in front of the Hotel Tioga. The Costa Rican Red Cross will also be adequately reinforced.

Schedule of Events

FRIDAY 02/11
12:00 pmBomblets announce the beginning of the 2011 Puntarenas Carnival
12:30 pmPublic dances along the Exhibition Centre and the Chinamos
03:00 pmMasquerades (Barrio El Carmen)
07:00 pmCoronation night in the Muelle Turístico. Dance Event “Straight to the Heart” in which the Queen of Carnival will be crowned
08:00 pmFireworks in Muelle Grande
SATURDAY 02/12
06:00 amFishing Tournament (ICT Tourist Pier)
11:30 amMasquerades (Barrio El Carmen)
12:00 pmConcert CDR (La Solución, SKATS, Fuerza Dread, Banton)
04:00 pmHorse parade! The horse parade starts at the INA in Cocal and ends at the Municipal Beach (Balneario Municipal).
10:00 pmFireworks in Muelle Grande
SUNDAY 02/13
12:00 amMasquerades ( Barrio El Carmen)
04:00 pmGrand Festival of Bands – 6 of the best national bands will parade through the tourists walk (paseo de los turistas). Winners of the Festival of Light, each band consists of at least 150 members.
08:00 pmMusic and general activities throughout the fairgrounds and at different Chinamos.
MONDAY 02/14
08:00 amMusic and general activities throughout the fair grounds in different Chinamos. Place: Paseo de los Turistas.
TUESDAY 02/15
08:00 amMusic and general activities throughout the Fairgrounds and at different Chinamos. Place: Paseo de los Turistas.
WEDNESDAY 02/16
08:00 amMusic and general activities throughout the Fairgrounds and at different Chinamos.
11:00 amMasquerades in the Barrio El Carmen.
07:00 pmEndurance Spinning Festival. Stage in front of the Hotel Tioga. Sixty pairs on 60 spinning bikes resisting for 3 hours with three experienced trainers conducting the activity
THURSDAY 02/17
08:00 amMusic and general activities throughout the Fairgrounds and at different Chinamos.
03:00 pmMasquerades in the Barrio El Carmen.
08:00 pmNational Concert with the groups: Percances, Freddy Alves.
FRIDAY 02/18
08:00 amMusic and general activities throughout the Fairgrounds and at different Chinamos.
03:00 pmMasquerades in the Barrio El Carmen.
07:00 pmProfessional Wrestling Show. Paseo de los Turistas, two hours of wrestling with masks (lucha libre con enmascarados)
08:00 pmDance “Noche Inolvidable” Open Air Concert, Lubin Barahona and the Caballeros del Ritmo, Gary and the Hyksos, Banda Chiqui Chiqui.
SATURDAY 02/19
08:00 amMusic and general activities throughout the Fairgrounds and at different Chinamos.
09:00 amNational Beach Soccer Championship. To be held in the beach soccer fields across from the restaurant La Yunta
02:00 pmInternational Concert: International Salsa Festival (Cervando y Florentino, Oscar de Leon and his Orchestra, and Son Mayor.)
04:00 pmEndurance Festival. Over 150 people compete to win the first 3 places in categories, all ages. The best instructors in the country will guide the competition.
07:00 pmMusic and general activities throughout the Fairgrounds and at different Chinamos.
09:00 pmFireworks – Muelle Grande de Cruceros.
SUNDAY 02/20
08:00 amMusic and general activities throughout the Fairgrounds and at different Chinamos
10:00 amExtreme Bike Show. Paseo de los Turistas, opposite Hotel Hammock
02:00 pmCarnival Parade. Professional Dance Groups, Floats, Masks, Costumes, and more! The Carnival Parade route will be starting at the Municipal Beach (Balneario Municipal), moving around the Paseo de Los Turistas, and ending at the Puntarenas Marine Park (Parque Marino de Puntarenas).
08:00 pmArtificial fire. Bomblets herald the end of the Pearl of the Pacific Festival 2011 – Muelle Grande de Cruceros

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For inquiries about this festival, contact:

Central Committee:
Phone: 2661-5705
Fax: 2661-2980
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.puntarenas.com/CARNAVALES/