The Ferry to the Nicoya Peninsula

Tuesday morning I woke up in Puntarenas bright and early because my plan was to take the 6am ferry across to Cabo Blanco, and then bike to Nicoya. There was a lot of rain the night before and the morning was cool, calm, and soft in the gray light.

The passage across the water was really nice. I was glad my friends gave me the idea of taking an early morning ferry because if I had landed over there late in the day, there might have been a problem finding a place to stay. It is a beautiful place, but not exactly a tourist destination with hostels and cabanas.

All good things come to a close. We docked, I walked my bike off the boat and proceeded on my ride of the day. This part of Costa Rica reminded me more of Panama. There were a lot of open spaces, agricultural farms with rice and cows, and a lot of the vegetation was very familiar.

The ride went well, though it was long and pretty hot by the time I rolled into Nicoya after just over 47 miles. Nicoya isn’t an especially interesting town, IMO, just a working town with the usual essentials. I was lucky to find a really nice place to stay though for 1200 colones (about $22.50).  I showered, had something to eat, spent a bit of time on line, and fell into bed about 8pm. Before I went to sleep though I took my tablet out by the pool and enjoyed this beautiful evening sky and then the rising full moon.



About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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15 Responses to The Ferry to the Nicoya Peninsula

  1. Another great post. Keep em coming…


  2. Carol says:

    Kris, Thanks for taking us along!


  3. Carole says:

    You are so brave to travel alone, I could never do that. I really envy your drive. Great photos, thanks for sharing them.


    • I was nervous about going alone too, at first, but it really isn’t a problem. It feels like when I bike around Panama every day. I’m just going a different route every day and sleeping somewhere different. But otherwise, it is biking down the road, seeing what there is to see, greeting people I pass, etc. it is surprisingly non-scary.


  4. Hugo ernst says:

    Are you going to meet up with your companion?


  5. Sunni Morris says:

    Forty-seven miles in one day is too much for me. When do you meet up with your friend again?


    • It took me quite a while to build up to those distances. My friend is back on the road again, and being younger and stronger is able to cover greater distances in a day. Maybe she will catch up with me in Nicaragua or if not, we will continue to stay in touch on line.


  6. mariegroff says:

    We are friends of Lisa – the Zeebra – and wish we would have known you were coming. We live up the Pacific coast from Naranjo and south of Nicoya. Nicoya is a very local Costa Rican town with very few tourists. Also, a very hot town too! I am amazed that you are able to do 47 miles in this unusually hot May/June. We are experiencing such a hot spell and drought – who says global warming is not real? Safe Travels and I expect at your pace you are near or in Nicaragua by now.


    • Hola! It would have been nice to meet you too, but no worries. I actually found a very pleasant place to stay in Nicoya. It is hot though for sure. I am glad I am acclimated to the Panama climate, and I have been starting at first light so I’m not in the heat all the time.
      Yes, I arrived in Nicaragua Friday night and I will be heading home in a couple days.


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