After a hearty, home-cooked breakfast at Casa Oceano, we reluctantly headed out. We all agreed that we needed at least a week of unwinding in this beautiful house. We made our way to the ferry crossing after about an hour’s drive.
I have crossed the Gulf of Nicoya several times by ferry and each time it gets better. Once you buy the tickets in the ferry office and get in the line to drive on, the people watching is very interesting. Passengers walk onto the vessel while the driver parks according to the direction of the attendees, and believe me, they pack them in!
From Paquera to Puntarenas is a one-hour journey. You can choose the seating area indoors with air conditioning and TV, or stay up top and enjoy the view and the music, which is piped in loud enough to make you want to start dancing. We opted for the top deck and the music since it was such a beautiful day. Snacks and drinks are available in the concession on the ferry and the seating areas are new and clean.
The views on the Gulf of Nicoya are amazing. When the time of the year is right, you can even spot whales and dolphins in the waters. The ferry is a great option for those who want to take in the sights and enjoy the experience. The other option is to take a domestic flight to your next destination.
With the Nicoya Penisula in our rear view mirror, we headed to Manuel Antonio to see some more hotel and villa options for the wedding. We all really enjoyed the trip through the Nicoya Peninsula and we discussed how great this road trip would be for intrepid travelers who want to experience some of the best parts of Costa Rica. It is always fun to go off the beaten path a bit!