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karenlf Oct 18th, 2007 02:48 AM

Liberia to Montezuma
What is the best route to drive from Liberia to Montezuma? How long does it take and is it worth it to have a car in Montezuma. Thanks

shillmac Oct 18th, 2007 04:32 PM

Yes, karenlf, you'll be glad you had a car. Drive down to Puntarenas (couple of hours) and take the ferry across. Check the ferry schedule at

Recheck it closer to time as it changes fairly often. Typically, you need to be at the ferry 30 min-1 hour before departure. The crossing takes about 1.5 hour. Then you'll have another hour plus to get to Montezuma. It will take the better part of a day.

At one time, there was an 8:30 a.m. departure. Another one about 10:00 or 10:30. Good luck! Have a great time. Definitely need a car! I'm jealous! Love that area. .

shillmac Oct 18th, 2007 04:33 PM

Btw, I'll never forget our first time to take that ferry (it's the one to Paquera). We had trouble finding the ferry terminal, for Pete's sake! Didn't know on which side of the spit it was. Go all the way to the end and make a right.

karenlf Oct 19th, 2007 01:53 PM

So it that a better route than crossing the Tempisque Bridge and going south on route 21? I would rather be moving than waiting for a ferry.

shillmac Oct 25th, 2007 05:48 PM

I know what you mean about moving, but let me tell you, that road is AWFUL--much worse than Monteverde. It is absolutely bone jarring. I'd wait for the ferry and then relax while it chugs you across!

karenlf Oct 26th, 2007 12:22 PM

Thanks very much. We will do the ferry. We have done the Monteverde road and really do not want a repeat of that.

shillmac Oct 26th, 2007 07:04 PM

It's been 2 years since we were on highway 21 south to Paquera, but someone said recently that it had not improved. I doubt that part of the country is a high priority. Deep, deep ruts--for a LONG distance. Good luck with everything!

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