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The Friendship Bridge

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Opened in 2003, the 780-metre Puente Tempisque connects the mainland with the Nicoya Peninsula, spanning from near Puerto Moreno (17km east of the Nicoya–Carmona road) on the peninsula to a point 25km west of the Interamericana on the mainland. The bridge replaced a time-consuming ferry connection and saves at least two hours on the journey between San José and Sámara. The $26 million bridge was financed by Taiwan in exchange for commercial fishing rights in Costa Rican waters, which were quickly rescinded due to abuse. It’s partly held up by suspension cables connected to towers that, at 80m, make it the tallest structure in Costa Rica.

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