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Still don’t know how to take the Paquera and Tambor ferry or even the Naranjo Beach ferry? GOPlaya shows you step by step how to do it. Learn schedules, rates and how to book your ticket online through Tambor and Coonatramar shipping company.

What do I need to know before taking the Paquera and Tambor ferry or the Naranjo Beach ferry?

That is the first question you must solve before planning your trip: The answer is simple: 1. Learn the destinations to which ferry goes to, so you can avoid confusions. 2. Make sure you know the schedules and ferry rates. 3. Learn how to buy tickets in person or online.

1. Learn the destinations to which ferry goes to, so you can avoid confusions

The Paquera and Tambor ferry is managed by Naviera Tambor (shipping company). This ferry will take you to the Nicoya Peninsula, there you can find incredible places such as Santa Teresa, Montezuma and the Curú Wildlife Refuge where you can visit Quesera Beach.

The journey in the ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Then you’ll have to drive to your specific destination.

Paquera and Tambor ferry. Photo: www.visitcostarica.com

For example, from Paquera to Santa Teresa takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to get there, while going from Paquera to Curú Wildlife Refuge it only takes 25 minutes.

Meanwhile the Naranjo Beach ferry is managed by the Coonatramar shipping company. As you will notice it is a different company from the one that manages the Paquera and Tambor ferry.

This shipping company was enabled to get tourists to the northern region, to well-known places like Jicaral, Samara, Nosara and Coyote Beach.

The ferry trip from Puntarenas to Naranjo Beach takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Then you have to take your car and drive to place you chose to visit. For example, from the Naranjo Beach ferry to Jicaral it’s only a 20 minutes drive.

However, be aware that to get to Samara it takes about 2 hours and 10 minutes by car and to get to Nosara takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes driving.

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Where to take the ferry?

Although the Paquera and Tambor ferry would take you to a different destination than the Naranjo Beach ferry, there is something they have in common: They both leave from Barrio El Carmen in Puntarenas, about 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) from the province downtown.

That means you’ll have to get here to take the ferries:

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Just take into account that each shipping company has its own terminal.

That is, when you get to Barrio El Carmen in Puntarenas, you’ll find two rows of cars and each row goes to a different ferry.

You can choose the line to the Paquera and Tambor ferry or the line that’d take to the Naranjo Beach ferry. Just be careful when choosing to get on the right one.

While doing the line, a shipping company officer will pass near your car to give you a token. If you received a token that means that you can access the ferry at the closest time established by each shipping company.

After receiving the token, you’re going to have to get out of the car and walk to the ticket booth, so you can buy the tickets that’ll allow you to get on the ferry (later we will show you all prices and schedules of each ferry).

If the line is too long, your car might not get a spot on the ferry. This means you’ll have to wait until the next available time.

For example, if you missed the Paquera and Tambor 5:00 am ferry, you’ll have to wait until 9:00 am which is the time of the next ferry. That is why is highly recommended to arrive there in advance, especially during high season.

Check carefully the return schedule, because depending of the day that you decide to return there may be a very long line to get on the ferry.

If you overlook this detail, it is likely that you won’t find room for your car on the ferry and won’t be able to return the day you planned it.

GOPlaya recommends you to purchase your ticket online. It’ll save you a time and inconveniences. Later we will show you how to buy your ticket online at both shipping companies. It’s quite simple and it doesn’t take much time.

2. Schedules and rates

Both the Paquera and Tambor, and the Naranjo Beach ferry run from Monday to Sunday at different times. There are more available times for the Paquera and Tambor ferry than the Naranjo Beach one.

Available schedules:

Ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera and Tambor: (Santa Teresa, Montezuma, The Curú Wildlife Refuge *Quesera Beach*)

5 a.m.

9 a.m.

11 a.m.

2 p.m.

5 p.m.

8:30 p.m.

Return: ferry way back from Paquera and Tambor to Puntarenas

5: 30 a.m.

9 a.m.

11 a.m.

2 p.m.

5 p.m.

8 p.m.

Ferry rates Paquera and Tambor:

Adult: 810 colones

Under 18 y/o: 485 colones

Elderly: 0

Price per type of vehicle:

Motocycle: 3,400 colones + tax

Bicycle: 2,200 colones + tax

Atv: 6,800 colones + tax

Light vehicle: 11,400 colones + tax

Light cargo vehicle: 17,400 colones + tax

Microbus: 18,300 colones + tax

Vans: 20,600 colones + tax

Buses: 22,900 colones + tax

2 Axle vehicle: 22,900 colones + tax

3 Axle vehicle: 28,700 colones + tax

4 Axle vehicle: 45,900 colones + tax

5 Axle vehicle: 45,900 colones + tax

Ferry from Puntarenas to Naranjo Beach (Nosara, Samara, Jicaral, Coyote Beach)

6:30 a.m.

10 a.m.

2:30 p.m.

7 p.m.

Return: ferry way back from Naranjo beach to Puntarenas:

8 a.m.

12:30 md

4:30 p.m.

8:30 p.m.

Ferry rates to Naranjo beach:

Adults: 1,005 colones

Kids: 600 colones

Price per type of vehicle:

Motocycle: 3,000 colones + tax

Bicycle : 2,000 colones + tax

Atv: 6,000 colones + tax

Light vehicle : 9,000 colones + tax

Light cargo vehicle: 14,000 colones + tax

Microbus: 15,000 colones + tax

Vans: 17,000 colones + tax

Buses: 19,000 colones + tax

2 Axle vehicle: 19,000 colones + tax

3 Axle vehicle: 24,000 colones + tax

4 Axle vehicle: 39,000 colones + tax

5 Axle vehicle: 39,000 colones + tax

3. How to buy tickets online

Before, we showed you the traditional way to get tickets, but now we want to show you how to get tickets online, through the shipping company website.

Just take in consideration that both shipping companies reserve a percentage of the total of tickets for online buyers.

Remember that the shipping companies ONLY reserve a percentage to sell online. The rest of the tickets you can get at the ticket booth the day you take the ferry.

That’s why is important that you buy your ticket online days before your trip. If you do it the day before, you may not find tickets available.

Attention to this detail: Even if you get your ticket online, both shipping companies require to all its clients to arrive at least 40 minutes before departure time.

The advantage is that you won’t have to do the long line, neither having to arrive hours in advance. If you bought your ticket online, just approach the main entrance at the terminal and show your tickets. And that’s it they’ll allow you to go in soon.

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But, where do I buy tickets online and how?

If you want to buy tickets online to the Paquera and Tambor ferry click here: : https://www.quickpaycr.com/

If you want to buy tickets online to the Naranjo Beach ferry click here: https://coonatramar.com/

GOPlaya made a video to show you the online booking process. Here we show you how to get your ticket for The Paquera and Tambor ferry, or the Naranjo beach ferry.

Paquera and Tambor ferry:

Naranjo ferry:

The good news is that it is not difficult at all to buy tickets online. Basically is a step by step and at the end you just pay with your credit card.

In case you decide to cancel your trip, none of these sites allow the return of your money. Take that detail into account.

What beaches can I visit if I take The Paquera and Tambor ferry?

Quesera Beach

Órganos Beach

Muertos Beach

Montezuma Beach

Santa Teresa Beach

What beaches can I visit if I take Naranjo beach ferry?

Guiones, Nosara

Samara beach

Barrigona beach

Carrillo beach