Today is the day fares go up on the Puntarenas-Paquera ferry operated by Naviera Tambor S.A. The rate hike was approved in May, said the transport ministry..
There will be no increase for passengers who walk on. These fares will continue to be 810 colons (about $1.60) for adults and 485 colons (about 96 U.S. cents) for children. Many bus passengers are in this category because they leave one vehicle at the Puntarenas dock and board another in Paquera.
Fares for nearly all vehicles are going up about 30 to 31 percent. Passenger cars go from 7,800 colons (about $15.40) to 10,200 colons (about $20,12).
There are similar increases for other types of transportation. A tractor trailer will pay 41,100 colons or about $81. All fares are for one-way passage.
The Naviera Tambor firm is putting Tambor III into service. It is a $7 million investment, and the new fares are based, in part on the new boat, said the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transporte that sets the rates.
The fare for the Puntarenas-Naranjo ferry went up an average of 24 percent for passenger cars last November.
Motorists also have the option of traveling to and from the Nicoya peninsula via the Puente Amistad that spans the Río Tempisque at the head of the Gulf of Nicoya. The ferries are also tourist attractions.
However towns like Naranjo, Paquera, Cóbano and Montezuma are far to the south over mostly gravel roads.