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Boats & Ferries

There are a variety of ways for one to get all around Costa Rica by boat or by ferry to explore possibly more remote places and certainly to view marine wildlife.

Boats are an extremely popular form of transportation due to the rivers, and short ocean trips that can be made from place to place. There are small boats from Uvita or Sierpe to Drake Bay or Isla de Caño in which people can see whales and dolphins especially in late July and August. There are also several charter boats like the one from Jaco Beach to Montezuma. Usually trips in these boats usually only are for about hour long trips, in good conditions, and carry about 15 people. These types of charter boats are fairly economical ranging from $30 to $85.

Other slightly larger and nicer boats are used for one of Costa Rica's most popular sports; sport fishing. There are hundreds of companies that do tours like this, especially on the Pacific Coast and in Guanacaste. Usually a day on a tour fishing boat can cost around $1000.

If someone would like to own a yacht in Costa Rica there are a variety of marinas where you can dock and store your vessel. Here is a brief list, as many more marinas are under construction each year:



    Flamingo, Costa Rica
    Tel: 011-506-2 654-4203
    Fax: 011-506-2 654-4536


    Bahia Herradura
    Herradura, Costa Rica
    Tel: 011-506-2 290-3111
    Fax: 011-506-2 231-6040


  • Costa Rica Yacht Club
  • El Cocal
    Puntarenas, Puntarenas
    Costa Rica
    Tel: 011-506-2661-0784
    Fax: 011-506-2661-2518

Large commerical boats and cruise ships arrive at Puerto Caldera and Limon frequently. This is where many imported items arrive. It is unfortuante that cruise ships arrive to this ports because they are rather industrial looking and there is not much to do in these areas.


Ferries are a great way to transport goods, people, and even vehicles. Below is all the information:

Ferry Naviera Tambor Grupo Barceló  (506)  2 661-2084
Tel: 506-2 641-0515 fax: 506-2 641-0241
(updated ferry schedule December 1, 2011 - April 1, 2012)

Ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera (Southern Region:Tambor, Montezuma, Mal Pais, Santa Teresa)

5:00 a.m. / 9:00 a.m. / 11:00 a.m. / 2:00 p.m. / 5:00 p.m. / 8:30 p.m. (Puntarenas to Paquera)

6:00 a.m. / 9:00 a.m. /11:00 a.m. / 2:00 p.m. / 5:00 p.m. / 8:00 p.m. (Paquera to Puntarena)
Adults                             ¢810
Children ¢485
Bicycle ¢2200
Motorcycles ¢3.400
Vehicles ¢11.400
Cargo vehicle ¢17.200

Charter Boat



11:30 am 07:30 am
04:00 pm 02:00 pm

Located behind the Puntarenas market place. the schedule remains the same year round.

Puntarenas to Playa Naranjo
(updated Dec. 2011)

If you are going to Northern Region (Coyote, Samara, Nicoya, Nosara) , taking the ferry to Naranjo would be a better solution.

Ferry Coonatramar Cooperativa Nacional de Transporte Marítimo (506) 2 661-1069 / 2 661-9011
6:30 a.m. / 10:00 a.m. / 2:30 a.m. / 7:30 p.m. (Puntarenas-Playa Naranjo)
8:00 a.m. / 12:30 a.m. / 5:30 p.m. / 9:00 p.m. (Playa Naranjo-Puntarenas)

Price (colones):

Adults                             ¢860
Children ¢515
Bicycles ¢2.000
Motorcycles ¢3.000
Vehicles ¢9.000
Cargo vehicle ¢14.000
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