Taking the Paquera Ferry | Puntarenas Ferry

Depending on how you are traveling to Santa Teresa Costa Rica or Mal Pais you might have to take the ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera. The drive from San Jose Costa Rica to Puntarenas is approximately an hour and a half to two hours depending on traffic and road conditions. You will then take the ferry to paquera. The Paquera ferry is about a 70 minute ride not including loading and unloading times. I love taking the ferry because It is a wonderful way to split up the 5-6 hour commute to Santa Teresa by car, shuttle or bus. It gives you the opportunity to stretch your legs, grab a light snack and enjoy the views of calm waters against a mountain backdrop. Once you arrive to Paquera you will drive another hour and a half to two hours to Santa Teresa

In the high season the top deck snack bar converts into a dance floor. You might find people singing their favorite tunes or showing off their dance moves. They often play 80’s and 90’s hits. It will instantly give you flashbacks of when you use to make mix tapes of your favorite hits to play in the car. It always makes for a great time.

If you are taking a morning or afternoon ferry you can escape the heat and enjoy a cold drink in the air conditioned indoor common area. Personally my favorite time to take the ferry is at 5pm because you are able to enjoy the sunset and watch vibrant colors paint the Costa Rican sky. Its a lovely perk, especially if you have been traveling all day. Make sure to keep your camera easily accessible because you’re going to want to snap some photos
The ferry leaves on time, so try not to be late especially if you are visiting during the high season. Santa Teresa is located an hour and a half drive from the ferry and Blue Surf Sanctuary. Please check this link Paquera Ferry for up to date information on ferry times and fees.

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Blue Surf Sanctuary is a boutique surf hotel located near world famous surf spots at Mal Pais and Santa Teresa Costa Rica. We have 4 wonderfully equipped Bungalows and a beautiful open air kitchen located a very short walk from the beach. Our front desk is open and staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our surf resort not only offers Costa Rica surf vacation packages, we also offer the ultimate beach retreat with local spa services, massage, and yoga! Let us build your perfect surf trip.

Many of our guests come to Costa Rica for the awesome surf. Santa Teresa / Mal Pais has become a world famous surf location. Not only is the surf great, the beach is consistently voted tops in all of Central and South America. It really is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You will love the vibe. We can help you build the perfect Costa Rica surf vacation!

Santa Teresa and Mal Pais are located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica on the Nicoya Peninsula. The two small surf towns share a 6km stretch of beach and road. There are many restaurants, surf shops, and groceries. We are located near one of the best surf breaks in the country, Suck Rock.

Do you want an active Costa Rica vacation or retreat? Improve your surfing with our surf instructors, Relax, Yoga, repeat daily! Awesome surf and yoga in paradise is a great way to spend your Costa Rica vacation. Restore your balance in paradise. Experience nature and find yourself in beautiful Costa Rica. Your inner Pura Vida is waiting for you!