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Puntarenas Province (Costa Rica)

Provincia de Puntarenas

Last modified: 2024-07-13 by rob raeside
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Puntarenas Province adopted a flag on 7 April 1994.
Jaume Ollé, 27 January 2001

Marco Fco. Soto Ramírez is the coauthor of the flag of Province Puntarenas, who also maintains an active blog.
Ivan Sache, 07 April 2013

Description of the flag according to

On the flag of Puntarenas, red is recognized as a symbol of mixed blood, which is a permanent and dynamic process in the province's society.

White is for peace, truth, purity, and fraternity, which have prevailed through the years in the society.

Blue is for the coast of the province, which extends from the Peninsula and Gulf of Nicoya to Burica Point, comprising important points in history and great relevance today on the socioeconomic level; blue also represents the Pacific Ocean, noting its navy blue tone for its special climatological conditions which allow the development of rich marine and terrestrial biodiversity in the province.

Green is for its natural resources, being very rich and varied in the province.

The central emblem has eleven rays for the eleven cantons; this emblem carries the date "1848" in black, the year the Comarca of Puntarenas was founded. Orange, apart from being traditional in Puntarenses, is a symbol of the dynamism which characterizes the Province of Puntarenas.

The other co-author of the flag of Puntarenas was Claudia Quirós Vargas. Both creators of the flag are also credited with making the cantonal flag and coat of arms of Esparza. Today, Puntarenas has 13 cantons; the newest cantons are Monteverde and Puerto Jiménez. It is unknown if the Puntarenas flag will change; likewise, it is not certain if it has changed already.

Daniel Rentería, 7 June 2024

Coat of Arms

image contributed by Fred Drews, 21 November 1999

Puntarenas: top left is three gold coins or scallops - represent wealth of resources; top right a key - Roman Catholic; bottom left an anchor - stability in a maritime context; ship - maybe discovery or trade.
Rob Raeside, 21 November 2000

The key in the coat of arms, represent the entrance of the Pacific coast of Costa Rica as well as in the coat of arms of province of Limón, the key represent the seaport entrance of the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.
Alberto Alexander Thomas Brown, 20 June 1009