Puntarenas Paquera Ferry

It’s a three hour bus ride from La Fortuna to Puntarenas. After ninety minutes of winding mountain roads, we stop for a quick break at an overlook. The flag of Costa Rica flaps in the wind above rolling green pastures and fields.

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Views from an overlook traveling from La Fortuna to Puntarenas
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Views from a lookout traveling from La Fortuna to Puntarenas

Another ninety minutes later, we arrive at Puntarenas, the Central Pacific’s largest city in the Gulf of Nicoya and Costa Rica’s most important fishing port. We have only a few minutes before boarding the Puntarenas Paquera Ferry and quickly exit the van to explore.

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Coconuts for sale at Puntarenas

Walking around the street corner, we see a small stand selling cold coconuts for five hundred Colones. After we drink the refreshing coconut milk, we return to have the meat cut from the shell and returned with a custom coconut husk spoon.

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Puntarenas

We continue along the sidewalk to get a closer look at the city’s lighthouse and decorative sculptures along the ocean.

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Puntarenas

Out of time to explore, we hurry back to join the rest of our group in line for the ferry when I suddenly feel something wet on my shoulder. I quickly pay fifty Colones to enter a nearby bathroom and wash the bird poop out of my shirt. Excited to feel the warm sun and smell the ocean air, we order a couple Imperials as we enjoy the seventy minute ferry ride.

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The view of Puntarenas from the Puntarenas Paquera Ferry

Docking at Paquera, we transfer to a public bus for the remaining two hour ride to Montezuma. Similar to the public bus from San Jose to La Fortuna, there is no air conditioning, no bathroom, and we make frequent stops to pick up and drop off other passengers along the narrow, steep, dirt road.

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The view of our return trip from Montezuma to Puntarenas at night aboard the Puntarenas Paquera Ferry
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The view of our return trip from Montezuma to Puntarenas at night aboard the Puntarenas Paquera Ferry

* For more information on our tour check out: G Adventures Costa Rica on a Shoestring.

  1. Day 1: Fly into San José
  2. Day 2: San José travel to La Fortuna
  3. Day 3: La Fortuna
  4. Day 4: La Fortuna travel to Montezuma
  5. Day 5: Montezuma
  6. Day 6: Montezuma
  7. Day 7: Montezuma travel to San José
  8. Day 8: Fly out of San José

April 2018

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Author: The Traveling Gingerbread

My fiancé, Mitch, and I have been traveling together over four years. Living and working full time in Pittsburgh, PA, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. Each adventure is packed with activities, tours, and experiences to maximize our time. As craft beer lovers, we always try to fit in a visit to a local brewery. 
In Tokyo, we laughed every time we saw someone talking on their large, animated phone case. We had to buy one. Having an obsolete IPhone 5, the selection was limited. We purchased Gingy off a neglected rack in Shinjuku, Tokyo and The Traveling Gingerbread was born. You can purchase your own adorable gingerbread friend here! 
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