Friday, 18 August 2017

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Paquera & Cedros Islands

Paquera is the terminal for the Puntarenas ferry and the main transportation hub for all of the lower Nicoya Peninsula area.

The village of Paquera is also the commercial center for the local farmers and fishermen of the area and the spot where they take out their products and stock up on necessary supplies.

It could be an ideal place to buy fruits and vegetables produced in the area, or freshly catched fish at great prices if you have an ice box available.

The town offers most services required by the travelers like decent lodging, restaurants, groceries and ice, Internet cafés, taxi and bus services to all nearby towns and beaches, and a gas station if you are driving your own car.

Even though most of the people that visit this small and calm town are passing by on their way to the beaches on Nicoya’s southern coast, there are some attractive places that are worth visiting in the Paquera area if you happen to have some time to spare.

There are several small restaurants on the near the ferry terminal that you can easily walk to. Also, you could rent a boatand visit the islands of Jesusita and Cedros which are just 5 minutes away. Jesusita has and interesting cementery and a nice beach and all the waters around here are very calm, ideal for water skiing. Ask around at the pier for the boat rental options available at the time.

Additionally, you could take a taxi a visit the beach at Organos, which is just about 6 km from the ferry terminal.

There are also several tour operators in Paquera that offer one day boat tours to Isla Tortuga and  the Curú Wildlife Refuge.

Calm cove in Paquera
Beach Restaurant near paquera

Restaurant inside ferry terminal in Paquera
Ferry terminal restaurant

Jesusita and Cedros Islands seen from Paquera pier
Jesusita Island seen from Paquera