Downtown Puerto Armuelles – Barrio Nacional
Downtown is made up of mostly small commercial shops and buildings. There are a few apartments and some living quarters may be located on the second floor of a business. No building in Puerto Armuelles is over two stories high. For a list of businesses in Puerto Armuelles, please see the Business Directory. Street vendors are common along the sides of the roads, which can often be one-way so watch for arrows painted on the street. There are usually no street signs indicating one direction only. Be very cautious when driving through the downtown area. During the day it is a bustle of activity, with a conglomerate of people, dogs, and bicycles vying for the narrow roadways. You must drive slowly and be alert!
Speaking of being cautious ~ Make sure you WATCH YOUR STEP when walking around Puerto Armuelles too! The sidewalks and streets often have unexpected dips, holes, or protruding objects.
For more Tips on Driving & Walking around Puerto click HERE.
There is a lot to see downtown. If you have a chance to stroll around town you will find a colorful assortment of residents, dogs, and vendors with everything from fresh vegetables to homemade trinkets. There are numerous small shops and little convenience stores where you can pop in for a cold soda or snack. Enjoy the ocean view from the promenade along the beach or relax under the mature trees in the central park. Have a meal at one of the restaurants in town, which you can find in the Business Directory.
If you would like to follow our Walking Tour #2, it will guide you through downtown, pointing out some of the interesting sites along the way. The tour starts at the Dolphin Monument and goes to the pier, then loops back. Find the self-guided tour HERE.