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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.

Local transport


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.

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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.

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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.

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