How to get here?

Bahia Rica is a hidden get-away in the costal dry forest. It is easy to get to Paquera on the Nicoya Peninsula, but it is a bit difficult to find our lodge, so please call us when you know when you will arrive and we will guide you out here and meet you at the lodge.
NB! We are NOT in Paquera “town”, we are close to the Paquera ferry landing which is about 6 km from Paquera town.

From Paquera ferry landing to Bahia Rica Fishing and Kayak Lodge:
At Paquera ferry landing there is a road going east.
NB! The turn-off is to the left immediately after you get off the ferry – it might be hard to see at first if there are cars standing in line to get on the ferry
You will drive 1,5 km east on the gravel road along the shore of Punta Cuchillo. Once on the road you will see some signs guiding you to the lodge. The Guesthouse is the 3rd wooden gate one your left hand (a blue house behind the gate). There is also a banner next to the gate (Bahia Rica Guesthouse).


Tour departures:
When you reach the guest house, continue down the hill, and pass a few houses until you cross a very small bridge. You’ll see a sign that says Bahia Rica Tours. Park next to it.

From here you have to walk along a path for about 200 meters, follow the small Bahia Rica signs.

See below for schedules and links

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GPS Coordinates:

N 09°49.994’
W 084°53.721’

Traveling to Bahía Rica on the Nicoya Peninsula:

By Air:
Tambor airport is only 25 minutes away by light aircraft from San José, flying over the spectacular beauty of the Gulf of Nicoya. Sansa Airlines and Nature Air operate daily flights between San José and Tambor. Also, private flights can be arranged. From Tambor, grab a taxi to Paquera ferry landing.

By Car:
Drive for approximately one hour from Juan Santamaria Airport to Puntarenas. Take the ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera. The one hour and fifteen minutes boat ride over the Gulf of Nicoya is a scenic and relaxing trip. You can see the Gulf Islands, birds, dolphins, etc. Once at the other end, Bahia Rica Fishing and Kayak Lodge is only 5 minutes drive.

budgetNeed a car? Rent directly from Budget here. We follow up on all rentals to make sure you are satisfied! This service is free (just provide us with the reservation number).

By Bus:
The bus takes approximately one hour from San José to Puntarenas. It departs every 40 min from the bus terminal at Avd 12, Calle 16. Once at the Puntarenas bus station, grab a taxi to the Puntarenas ferry landing. Or if you have plenty of time and little luggage it’s an easy 20 minute walk along the beach promenade. Then take the Ferry to Paquera.

Busses to Puntarenas
San José – Puntarenas: First departure: 04:00. Last departure 19:00
Puntarenas – San José: First departure: 04:15. Last departure: 19:00
Every 40 minutes.120 km (2h20min)

Liberia – Puntarenas: 5:00, 0:30, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 15:30
Puntarenas – Liberia: 4:50, 5:30, 7:00, 8:30, 9:50, 11:00, 12:15, 15:00, 20:30
Every day. 150 km (3h).

Montezuma (via Tambor) – Paquera: The bus leaves from Paquera ferry landing when the ferry arrives. To calculate the departure times see schedule for the ferry.
Every day. 22 km (30min) from Tambor to Paquera.

Ferries from Puntarenas to Paquera
Car and passenger ferry
The terminal is at the northwest end of the town where the Tambor II and Tambor III car/passenger ferries does the one hour trip to Paquera. A car with driver included costs approx 12 US$. Only the driver may remain in the car when entering the ferry. All other passengers must walk on board. In high season, and especially around Christmas and Easter, be prepared to wait some time in the ferry line-up. The schedules are:

Puntarenas – Paquera: 5:00, 9:00, 11:00, 14:00, 17:00, 20:30
Paquera – Puntarenas: 5:30, 9:00, 11:00, 14:00, 17:00, 20:00

Ferry Naviera Tambor: (506) 2661-2084
NB! The schedules changes often. Check Naviera Tambor’s web page for the latest updates.

Domestic flights
It is also possible to fly directly from San José and Liberia to Playa Tambor, leaving from the international airports, with Sansa or TravelAir airlines.

For schedules and reservations visit
Phone: (506) 2221 – 9414
Fax: (506) 2255 – 2176

Nature Air:
Phone: (506) 2220 – 3054
Fax: (506) 2220 – 0413

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