How to arrive and leave Puntarenas

How to arrive and leave Puntarenas

By Bus

Empresarios Unidos Ph (506) 2221-6600 in San José, Ph (506) 2661-2158 in Puntarenas. The journey from San José takes two hours and costs 3 US$. The buses leave from the terminal as soon as the bus is filled from 16th Street, on the corner with 10th and 12th Avenue.  In Puntarenas, the buses for San José leave from the terminal on 2nd Street, to the north of Paseo de los Turistas. The first bus leaves at 4:30 a.m and the last bus leaves at 8:00 p.m.

Terminal de Autobuses a: Monteverde-Esparza-Miramar-Guacimal-Tilarán-Liberia.

Diagonal to the beach and the San Jose bus terminal, there is a bus stop where buses leave to many nearby villages.There are 15 daily buses that go to Miramar, close to the Wildlife Refuge of Peñas Blancas and others to Esparza that leave every hour. With departures to Liberia 4:40 a.m, 5:30 a.m, 7:30 a.m, 9:30 a.m, 11:00 a.m, 12:30 p.m and 2:00 p.m. Other buses leave at 11:45 a.m and 4:30 a.m to Tilarán; a bus to Guacimal to 1:00 p.m; and another to Santa Elena de Monteverde 2:15 p.m. The buses that travel to Quepos can leave you in Jaco, departing 5:00 a.m, 11:00 a.m, 2:30 p.m and 4:30 p.m.

Terminal Autobuses a Boca Barranca-Doña Ana-Puerto Caldera-Mata Limón

The buses to Puerto de Caldera pass by the Doña Ana beach and Mata de Limon; they leave from the market every hour and leave the city via Central Avenue.

Terminal of buses to Jaco and Quepos 

The buses going to Quepos, they can leave it in Jaco, exits 5:00 a.m, 11:00 a.m, 2:30 p.m and 4:30 p.m.

How to get around

The bus that has the sign “Ferry” goes up Central Avenue via the Andrea Pharmacy and then heads towards the Ferry terminal, 1.5 km from the center. The price of the taxis from the San José terminal in Puntarenas to the ferry terminal costs 2 US$.

By Boat

There are several car ferries that depart from the extreme northeast pier of the city; the residents call it the point, and drivers that head this way will find signposts showing the way. The ferry goes to Paquera or to Naranjo Beach, on the Nicoya Peninsula. Those that wish to go to the beaches on the extreme south of the Peninsula, Montezuma and Mal País, need to board the Ferry to Paquera and then take a bus. Those that go to the rest of the Peninsula need to board the ferry to Naranjo Beach to then take a bus to Nicoya. Drivers will need to do the same, because the road between Paquera and Naranjo Beach is a regular gravel road.

Ferry Coonatramar Ph (506) 2661-1069/ 2661-9011, timetable from Puntarenas to Naranjo 6:00 a.m, 10:00 a.m, 2:20 p.m, 7:00 p.m, timetable Naranjo to Puntarenas 7:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 5:00 p.m, 9:00 p.m. On the ferry journey you will be able to see the famous island of the lonely men, San Lucas Island, an old prison, and then Naranjo beach; you can also go by land to the beaches of Guanacaste.

Peninsular Ferry Ph (506) 2641-0515, schedule from Puntarenas to Paquera 6:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m, 3:30 p.m, 8:30 p.m, schedule from Paquera to Puntarenas 4:30 a.m, 8:30 a.m, 1:00 p.m, 5:30 p.m.

Tambor Ferry Ph (506) 2661-2084, schedule from Puntarenas to Paquera 4:30 a.m, 8:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 5:30 p.m, schedule from Paquera to Puntarenas 6:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m, 3:30 p.m, and 8:30 p.m.

Activities and Festivities

The festivals of the Virgen del Mar are during the second week of July, where you can enjoy traditional food, seafood dishes, artistic expressions and on the 16th of July, the day of the Virgin, there is a boat parade with ships that have been artistically decorated. The carnivals every year, take place February, the city is dressed in happiness, art, music dance and all the colors of a carnival that go through the main roads of the city and the Paseo de los Turistas, where you can enjoy processions, floats, outside concerts, food, and all the happiness and hospitality of the village of  Puntarenas.