Getting there & away
All transportation is geared to the arrival and departure of the Puntarenas ferry. If either is running late, the other will wait.
Getting several travelers together to share a cab is a good option since the ride will take half as long as the bus. The ride to Montezuma is about US$7 per person and to Mal País it’s about US$10 – provided you can get enough people together.
A 4WD taxi to Playa Naranjo costs about US$25.
Buses meet passengers at the ferry terminal and take them to Paquera, Tambor and Montezuma. The bus can be crowded so try to get off the ferry early to get a seat.
Most travelers take the bus from the terminal directly to Montezuma (US$2.25, two hours). Many taxi drivers will tell you the bus won’t come, but this isn’t true. There are no northbound buses.
Ferry Peninsular (641 0118/515, 661 8282; passenger US$2, car US$9) operates daily at 4:30am, 6:30am, 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm and 10pm. The trip takes an hour. Buy a ticket at the window, reboard your car and then drive onto the ferry; you can’t buy a ticket onboard. Show up at least an hour early on holidays and busy weekends.