Puntarenas, ferry terminal to Nicoya
The small town of Puntarenas is also the capital of the province Puntarenas.
In Puntarenas only live 45,000 people. The city lies on a narrow spit of land across the middle of the Gulf of Nicoya. As a destination, Puntarenas is not particularly attractive, but the city has its charm. Here are important the ferries that translate to the Nicoya Peninsula from here.
There are ferries to Playa Naranjo and to Paquera, to reach the south of the peninsula (Playa Tambor, Playa Montezuma and Malpais). See timetable at: http://www.navieratambor.com/horarios-y-tarifas
Very close to the city of Port Caldera: the largest and most important container port on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
The province of Puntarenas is the largest province of Costa Rica, the population lives mainly from fishing in addition to tourism. A portion of the northern, the entire central, and southern Pacific coast belongs to the province of Puntarenas.