If you are in Puntarenas and are planning to visit Montezuma, Tambor, Santa Teresa, Malpaís, Paquera or any beach in this area, taking the ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera is one of the best options for transportation.
Since 1992, Naviera Tambor has been in charge of operating this route of 11 nautical miles that connects Puntarenas from Paquera. They have 2 big ferries that can hold up to 175 average sized cars and more than 1000 passengers. These ferries are named Ferry Tambor II and Tambor III and they have done an excellent job so far.
In this article, you will learn exactly how to take this ferry. We’ll give step by step instructions for buying tickets, how to cross with a car or by foot and how long the ferry is. There is also an instructional video at this end of this post so you can see where the ticket office is, what the ferry is like and more.
Taking the Ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera
If you’re driving
If you rented a car, you need to get in line as soon as you get there to save your spot. During high season, the line gets very long and if you don’t arrive early enough, there is a good chance you will miss the ferry.
They recommend arriving at least one hour before the ferry departs as some employees from Naviera Tambor will start letting cars onto the dock earlier. The ferry entrance is towards the Barrio Carmen, right across the street from where the new waterpark in Puntarenas is.
Buying the ticket
To buy your ticket, you will have to go to the bakery across the street called Musmani where they sell the tickets. You can check their schedule and fares. They charge per car and per passenger.
Inside the ferry, you can find everything you need to be comfortable for this one hour ride. They have bathrooms, a spacious cafeteria with A/C and flat screen TVs.
There are open areas on the top deck with benches so you can enjoy the ocean breeze. All announcements and information are announced when they are about to depart and when they are about to arrive (in Spanish and English).
We decided to take this ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera. After we arrived at Paquera, we then drove another couple hours to Playa Carmen. This ferry ride has beautiful views of the ocean and is a great scenic route to take.
The ferry was a great way to see the sights of Costa Rica and a fun and cheap way to get from one part of the country to another besides driving.
Watch a video of us taking the ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera below. You’ll see where the ticket office is, what the ferry is like and how the roads are.
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