The gulf of Nicoya will be getting a new ferry. It is the Tambor 3, which joins two other ferries of the same name. The new vessel, built by the Peruvian firm Astillero y Varadero A. Maggiolo S.A., is larger and can carry 160 vehicles and 850 passengers. It is expected to arrive this month.
Peruvian newspapers said the boat is 82.4 meters long, some 270 feet, and cost $7 million.
The crossing of the gulf from Puntarenas to Paquera is mainly to provide a link to the southern part of the peninsula. The Amistad bridge over the Río Tempísque provides a quicker route to the city of Nicoya and vicinity. The ferries are operated by Naviera Tambor S.A., which is associated with the Hotel Tambor which is south of Paquera.