The Tambor III, the new, Peruvian-built ferry, will be entering into service shortly after administrative details are worked out, said the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes.
The new ferry will replace the Tambor I and has a capacity of 160 vehicles, four times the number that Tambor I can carry.
The ministry said that the new ferry is now in the Gulf of Nicoya after a trip from El Callao where it was built.
The boat will be on the Puntarenas-Paquera route bringing tourists and supplies to the southern Nicoya peninsula.
The boat is 82.4 meters long, some 270 feet, and cost $7 million.
The ferries are operated by Naviera Tambor S.A., which is associated with the Hotel Tambor which is south of Paquera.