In Costa Rica there are a variety of car ferries, passenger boats and charter boats in operation. Three different ferries operate from Puntarenas crossing the Gulf of Nicoya. These car ferries connect tourists with Playa Naranjo or Paquera each a 90 minutes trip.
To go to Tambor, Montezuma or Malpaís, the Ferry to Paquera is the best way to go. If you don't drive your own car, there is always a bus to bring you to your destination at the other end. The ferry over the river Tempisque is not anymore operating since there is a bridge going over the River. That's the road to take if you go to Santa Cruz, Sámara Beach. It is almost three hours less driving as the route to Liberia
A passenger ferry links Golfito with Puerto Jiménez on the Península Osa. This once a day ferry trip takes about half an hour. On the road from Golfito to Playa Zancudo, one can cross the Río Colorado with a three car ferry during day time and high tide.
On the River Sarapiquí near Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí there are lots of small passenger boats that take tourists to nature trips along the river. Lots of boats are also waiting for passengers at Moín near Puerto Limón to take care of the traffic to the Canals of Tortuguero. These boats will take you to the Parque Nacional de Tortuguero and the Refugio Nacional de Fauna Silvestre Barra del Colorado.
It is also possible to hire a boat at Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí and travel down the River Sarapiquí to the River San Juan and along the Border to Nicaragua.
If you plan to go to Bahía Drake, specially during green season, it is best to take a boat from Sierpe down the River Sierpe to the different destinations along the coast. If you try to drive there from Puerto Jiménez, it is possible that you won't be able to cross some of the rivers.
Last but not least are the different white-water possibilities for the adventurer and adrenalin freak. From easy floats down the Pacuare River to the more challenging river adventures on the Reventazón, Corobicí and Sarapiquí Rivers.
Fishing trips and Sport Fishing Charters are possible and the Arenal Lagoon, Flamingo Beach, Herradura Beach, Quepos, Manuel Antonio or in the Canals of Tortuguero all way up the coast to Nicaragua.
Our favourite one day trip is to the Tortuga Island with the Catamaran shown in the picture above, there or on the ride you can just relax, lay on the white sand beach, listen music, enjoy fresh food on the boat, go snorkelling or take a nature hike. A short distance before that, you can get off the boat at Punta Islita, a favourite isolated spot for weddings, snorkelling or nature hikes.
Always keep your belongings in sight, and always carry your passport with proof of entry Cédula or ID. A police officer may check you anytime. Weather conditions may change. Take a raincoat or umbrella just in case. If you don't know the country let us calculate the travel time.