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.
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.
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.
We continue along the sidewalk to get a closer look at the city’s lighthouse and decorative sculptures along the ocean.
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.
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.
* For more information on our tour check out: G Adventures Costa Rica on a Shoestring.
- Day 1: Fly into San José
- Day 2: San José travel to La Fortuna
- Day 3: La Fortuna
- Day 4: La Fortuna travel to Montezuma
- Day 5: Montezuma
- Day 6: Montezuma
- Day 7: Montezuma travel to San José
- Day 8: Fly out of San José