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PUNTARENAS- Principal city of the zone, beaches, access to the Pacific Ocean, Nicoya Peninsula, & Guanacaste, visiting cruise ships. Hotel Tioga 661-0271 Hotel Yadran 661-2662.BANKS, HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, BARS, CANTINAS, GAS, FERRIES Buses to: San Jose, Sta. Elena, Quepos, Liberia.

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(Ferries-Calle 31& Avda. 3 or take any taxi.)
Ferry´s To Paquera - Naviera and Peninsula
Puntarenas-Paquera (buses and taxi´s at the dock to Tambor, Montezuma, etc. )
1:30 hr - ¢350 6am, 11am, 3pm
Paquera - Puntarenas - 5am,
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Ferry Narajo
Puntarenas - Playa de Naranjo 1:30 hr. - $2
(buses and taxi´s at the docks to take you to Nicoya, Sta. Cruz, Coyote, Samara, Nosara, Tamarindo, etc.)
3:15am, 7, 10.50, 2:50, 7
Naranjo - Punarenas - 5am,

ISLA TORTUGA- Good island day tour, make reservations from San Jose or Puntarenas with a travel agent. PACKAGE TOUR, BEACH, OCEAN, SPORT.

BOCA DE BARRANCA, PTO. CALDERA, MATA DE LIMON, CORRALILLO-Beaches south of Puntarenas, good for surfing, relaxing, very popular with Costaricans.HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, BARS, BUS, GAS, MINI-SUPER.

PLAYA TAMBOR- Town, small and large hotel & casino, everything in services and sports, lovely beaches, golf community, home sales. Hotel Playa Tambor 683-0303. HOTEL, RESTAURANT, BAR, CANTINA, GAS, SPORTS, TOURS, SUPERMARKRY, AIRPORT.

PLAYA MONTEZUMA/ CABUYA- Quiet, international population, beaches, horses, waterfalls. Los Mangos 642-0076. HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, BAR, CANTINA, SPORTS, TOURS, MINISUPER.

CABO BLANCO RESERVE- Tropical forest, trails, near Cabuya. Open Wed to Sun 8-4, $3.

PLAYA NARANJO 661-1555

JICARAL- Typical towns with some tourist facilities. Some resorts, mostly local towns, farming, BANKS, HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, CANTINAS, SUPERMARKETS, BUS.

ISLA VENADO- Small island little visited, pretty and friendly, find boat from Jicaral. WATERSKI, TRAILS, HOMES, MINI-SUPER

.PLAYA COYOTE- 1 hour west of Jicaral on the Pacific coast. 40 kms. of beaches seldom visited by international tourists. HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, CANTINAS, MINI-SUPER.

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FERRY TEMPISQUE
With this Ferry, you can go directly to the Guanacaste and Nicoya beaches.
From 5 am to 8 pm every 1/2 hour.

BARRA HONDA National Park- Caves, trails, birds, monkeys. OPEN ALL DAYS 8 - 4, $6.

NICOYA- Bus transport center for beaches Nosara, Samara, and Carillo. Local culture. BANKS, HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, Bars, SUPERMARKETS, GAS, BUS. 685-5325

PLAYA NOSARA- Refugio Ostinal, turtles between May and November, beautiful town and lovely beaches, fishing, horseback, snorlking. HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, BARS, SUPERMARKET, GAS, AIRPORT, BUS, SPORTS. Playas de Nosara 682-0121

PLAYA SAMARA 656-0250, PLAYA CARILLO 656-0054 - Best swimming beach, incredibly beautiful, horses, near turtle beach, dolphins, ocean sports, SCUBA, fishing boats, snorkling. HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, BARS, SPORTS, BUS, GAS, AIRPORT

SANTA CRUZ- Bus transport center to playas Junquillal, Tamarindo, Flamingo, and Brasilito. Considered an important center of Guanacaste culture. Hotel Diria 680-0080 BANKS, HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, BARS, CANTINAS, GAS, BUS, CULTURE.

PLAYAS JUNQUILLAL 653-0426, LAGARTO, MANZANILLO, AZUL- Beautiful beaches and quiet towns, scuba, horses, fishing. HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, CANTINAS, MINISUPER, SPORTS., BUS.

PLAYAS TAMARINDO 653-0031, GRANDE, AVELLANA, LANGOSTA, CONCHAL 654-4050, FLAMINGO 654-4010, BRASILITO 654-4237, LA PENCA- More beautiful beaches, turtle nesting, horseback riding, fishing, sunset cruise, Scuba, snorkling, ocean sports. HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, CANTINAS, MINISUPER, SPORTS, TOURS, BUS, AIRPORT.

MARINO LAS BAULAS N. Park- Leatherback turtles between October and February, near Playa Tamarindo. RESTRICTIONS, $2.

LIBERIA- Bus transport center among Guanacaste, Nicoya, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Cultural center of Guanacaste. Hotel El Sitio 666-1211 BANKS, HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, DISCOTEQUES, BARS, GAS, MUSEUM- Museo de Sabanero, SUPERMARKETS, TOURS, AIRPORT.

PLAYAS COCO 670-0110, HERMOSA 670-0293, OCOTAL, PANAMA- Beautiful beaches, typical towns, popular tico beach, fishing, scuba, surfing. HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, BARS, GAS, SUPERMARKET, TOURS, SPORTS.

CANAS- From Canas you can go to Sta. Elena, Monteverde, La Fortuna, Arenal, San Carlos/ Ciudad Quesada, Guapiles, & Limon. BANKS, GAS, BUS, HOTEL, RESTAURANT, CANTINAS. Hotel Canas 669-0039

RINCON DE LA VIEJA Nat. Park- The park that has it all- volcanos, trails, waterfalls, cloud forest, birds, animals, horses, hot springs, cabins. Taxi from Liberia. RESTAURANTS, HOTELS PRIVATE, CAMPING, CABINS PUBLIC, TOURS, Entrance 8 am- 4 pm, $7.

SANTA ROSA N. Park- Beach, natural dry forest, monkeys, trail, surfing, turtles between August and November. Taxi or bus from Liberia. Bring water. Entrance 8 am - 4 pm, $7, CAMPING, MUSEUM- CASONA (big house).

GUANACATE N. Park- Day trip or camping, dry forest, trails. Entrance 8 am - 4 pm, $7.

LA CRUZ, SOLEY, PLAYA POCHOTES, PENAS BLANCAS- Last towns and beaches until you meet the border with Nicaragua. Cabinas Eco Playa 679-9380 BANKS, HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, BARS, CANTINAS, GAS, BUS.

 

BUSES - * Return Time - SJO is our abbreveation for San Jose
SJO-Puntarenas: each 20 min. avda 12, calle 16 (4 h)
SJO-Playa Samara: 12:30 (7 h)
SJO-Liberia: every hour (5 h) 222-1650 av. 1, calle 14
SJO-Tamarindo: 3:30 (7 h)
SJO-La Cruz: 2:45 (8 h) avda 1, calle 16
SJO-Playa Coco: 8, 2 ( 8, 2 (6h) calle 14, avda 1 & 3
SJO-Nicoya-Sta Cruz-Filadelfia: 6:30, 10, 1:30, 3, 5 (7 h) calle 16, avda 5
SJO-Nicoya-Sta. Cruz x Ferry Tempisque: 8 (6 h) calle 16, avda 5
SJO-Hojacha-Mansion-Quebrada Honda x Ferry Tempisque: 2:30 (6 h)
SJO-Canas: 8:30, 10:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 4:30 (5 h) avda 1, calle 16
SJO-Upala: 6:30 x San Carlos 7:30 avda1, calle 16
SJO-La Cruz: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 1, 2, 4, 6,   *   3, 4:30, 5, 6:30, 8:30, 9, 11:30, 1:30, 2, 5. (7h) 221-7202, 223-5859, 223-9613 calle 20, avda 3.
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Terminal de Buses Municipal- LIBERIA CENTRAL (Municipal Bus Terminal)
Liberia-Playas del Coco: 5:30, 8:15, 12:30, 2, 4:30, 6
Liberia-Pts: 5, 8:30, 10, 11:15, 3:15
Liberia-Playa Hermosa y Panama: 11:30, 7:00 pm
Liberia-Bagares-Canas: 5:45, 1:30, 4:30
Liberia-Canas Dulces: 6, 12, 4:30
Liberia-Colorado: 6:30, 9, 11, 12:30, 3:30, 5
Liberia-San Jose: 6, 6:30, 9, 12:15, 5
Liberia-Sardinal-Artola: 10, 3
Liberia-La Cruz: 7, 2, 4:30 (3h)
Liberia-Aguas Claras: 1:45
Liberia-La Cruz-Frontera Norte: 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 2, 6, 8
Liberia-Sta. Cecilia: 7 pm
Liberia-Colonies: 2 pm
Liberia-Filadelfia-Sta. Cruz-Nicoya: 5 am - 8:30 pm, every hour
 
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