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Costa Rica Cruises

Discover spectacular wildlife and plants in a natural wonderland of stunning scenery and great biodiversity

Costa Rica (Rich Coast in Spanish) is one of the world’s major wildlife habitats, with over 25% of the country in protected areas and National Parks. Costa Rica has 6% of the world’s biodiversity, and is home to some of the most colourful flowers and wildlife with an amazing range of insects, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and birds.

  • Costa Rica
  • Scarlet Macaws
  • Green Frog

About Costa Rica Cruises

Facing the Caribbean Sea on one side, and the Pacific Ocean on the other, Costa Rica’s long coastlines have some of the world’s best beaches. Snorkelling or scuba diving reveals a marine life matching the diversity of the rainforests behind.

Dividing the Caribbean from the Pacific the central mountain ranges contain cloud forests and even volcanoes. In the Pacific north west are large areas of dry rainforest running down to the sea and further south are tropical beaches with secluded coves fringed by palm trees.

The central Pacific has major ports at Puntarenas and Puerto Caldera, about 2 hours from the capital San Jose. South of the town of Quepos is the Manuel Antonio National Park. Its beautiful beaches surrounded by lush wet rainforest, the park’s trails offer sightings of white-faced monkeys, sloths, coatis, raccoons, iguanas and many bird species, as well as the Costa Rican squirrel monkey only found here.

Further south is Bahia Drake, named after the famous English sailor who landed there. Nearby is the Corcovado National Park, a unique ecosystem and the last virgin natural area in Central America. Its marshes, mangroves, rivers, humid forest and low-altitude cloud forest are world-renowned for their biodiversity.

The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is a more laid-back area. A major attraction is the Tortuguero National Park, an extensive floodplain of rivers and canals explored by boat or canoe. There are nesting grounds of leatherback turtles, and monkeys, reptiles and rare frogs can be seen. This area can be reached from the port of Limon.

A number of cruises to Costa Rica include a crossing from Caribbean to Pacific through the Panama Canal. Cargo and cruise ships are pulled through its huge locks by rail tugs. The country of Panama also has rainforests and eco-attractions.

Costa Rica is a stable democratic country, with no army for 60 years. Its wildlife, beaches and local culture make it a fascinating place to visit. Where else can you hear howler monkeys in the forests, snorkel amongst exotic fish, see such a variety of colourful birds and spot some of the world’s most exotic wildlife!

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Cruise Collection

  • Panama Canal

    17 Nights - Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale

    Princess Cruises Ship - Pacific Princess Pacific Princess

    This superb cruise from Los Angeles on Pacific Princess includes a transit of the Panama Canal and explores picturesque Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, historic San Juan Del Sur in Nicaragua and idyllic Puntarenas in Costa Rica 2018 - May

    Panama Canal Cruise Only
    From £2209pp
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  • Panama and Costa Rica

    9 Nights - Panama to Puerto Caldera

    Variety Cruises Ship - Panorama Panorama

    A unique 9-night holiday to the natural beauty and wildlife of Costa Rica and Panama, with return flights from the UK and overseas transfers 2018 - Dec
    2019 - Jan, Feb

    Panama and Costa Rica Fly Cruise Package
    From £3049pp
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  • Inca Mysteries and Costa Rica

    11 Nights - Lima to Puntarenas

    Hurtigruten Ship - Roald Amundsen Roald Amundsen

    Discover spectacular ruins from the Inca Empire in Peru, including Machu Picchu, and discover the breathtaking national parks of Panama and Costa Rica, on this unique expedition voyage on brand new ship, Roald Amundsen. Includes pre-cruise hotel stays in Lima and the Sacred Valley and return flights between Lima and Cusco 2019 - Mar
    Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Inca Mysteries and Costa Rica Cruise Only
    From £3455pp
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  • Exotic Panama Canal Crossing

    18 Nights - Los Angeles to New York

    Regent Seven Seas Ship - Seven Seas Navigator Seven Seas Navigator

    Transit the Panama Canal on this 18-night luxury all-inclusive cruise from Los Angeles to New York, visiting Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, Puntarenas in Costa Rica and Cartagena in Colombia. Includes return flights from the UK and unlimited shore excursions 2018 - Jun
    Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Exotic Panama Canal Crossing Fly Cruise Package
    From £4954pp
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  • Jewels of Latin America

    14 Nights - Puerto Quetzal to Callao

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Soleal Le Soleal

    Join luxury expedition ship Le Soleal for this unique cruise to the highlights of Latin America, including breathtaking Cocos Island, the rainforests of Costa Rica and the magnificent archaeological site of Chan Chan. Includes return flights from the UK and pre-cruise hotel stay in La Antigua 2018 - Oct
    Exclusive Blue Water package!

    Jewels of Latin America Fly Cruise Package
    From £5895pp
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  • Panama Canal and the Caribbean

    10 Nights - Fort Lauderdale and back

    Princess Cruises Ship - Coral Princess Choice of Ships

    Transit the impressive Panama Canal, see the tropical rainforests in Costa Rica and climb Jamaica's famous Dunn's River Falls on this superb round-trip cruise from Florida

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  • Panama and Central America

    15 Nights - Miami and back

    Viking Ocean Cruises Ship - Viking Sky Viking Sky

    This exciting 14-night cruise traces the coast of Central America, from the sandy beaches of the Caribbean to the fascinating culture of Belize’s Mayan civilization, the stunning natural beauty of Costa Rica and the impressive Panama Canal. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions

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Costa Rica Highlights

Puerto Limon

Puerto Limon has open-air markets, interesting buildings and a strong Afro-Caribbean culture, and beyond the city is the popular surfing beach of Playa Bonita. The key attraction of Puerto Limon is as the gateway to Tortuguero and Cahuita National Parks. Tortuguero National Park is an important nesting site for leatherback, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles and Cahuita protects a coral reef and a large bird population.


Puntarenas is the Central Pacific's largest city and the gateway to a multitude of forest habitats and tropical landscapes. Close by is the cloud forest area surrounding La Paz Waterfalls, the wildlife-rich Tarcoles River, white-sand coastline and National Parks. There is a Scarlet Macaw Sanctuary in Puntarenas.

Puntarenas (Costa Rica)