Naranjo ferry schedule expanded for high season

A sure sign that the high season has arrived is a change in ferry schedules.

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes said Tuesday that San Lucas and San Lucas II will be making four trips each day instead of three from the Puntarenas dock to Playa Naranjo on the Nicoya peninsula.

A ferry leaves Puntarenas now at 6:30 a.m.,  and the first trip from Playa Naranjo is at 8 a.m.

The last trip of the day from Puntarenas is at 7 p.m. with the last ferry leaving Playa Naranjo at 8:30 p.m.

The ferries on the gulf of Nicoya are vital to commerce given the condition of the roads, but they also provide a trip that is high on the list of many tourists.

Another route connects Puntarenas with the lower peninsula with a dock at Paquera. The Naranjo ferry passes just north of the famous Isla San Lucas, the former prison island.

Thousands of tourists take advantage of the gulf crossing by ferry.

Thousands of tourists take advantage of the gulf crossing by ferry.

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