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Costa Rica Cruises

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.

Cruise Collection 2021/ 2022/ 2023

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  • Panama and Costa Rica

    Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica 9 Nights Fly Cruise from £2556pp Flexible booking! UK - Colon 2000 port (Panama), Flamenco Marina, Playa Muerto, Granito D'Oro - Coiba, Golfito (Costa Rica) - Drake Bay, Drake Bay - Quepos, Quepos - Playa Biesanz, Puerto Caldera - UK

    A unique 9-night holiday to the natural beauty and wildlife of Costa Rica, with a transit of the famous Panama Canal, return flights from the UK and overseas transfers

  • 16-night Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Voyage

    Azamara Quest
    Cartagena 16 Nights Cruise Only from £2799pp Miami, Florida, Key West, Florida, Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Puerto Limón, Cartagena, Cruising by Manta, Ecuador, Guayaquil, Trujillo, Callao

  • Costa Rica and Nicaragua

    Star Clippers
    Star Clipper
    Manuel Antonio National Park 7 Nights Cruise Only from £1345pp Save up to 20% PLUS our exclusive £50pp discount! Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica), Quepos, San Juan del Sur (Nicaragua), Playa Nacascolo (Costa Rica) - Bahia Culebra, Bahia Potrero - Flamingo, Islas Tortugas, Puerto Caldera
  • Costa Rica and Panama

    Star Clippers
    Star Clipper
    Costa Rica 7 Nights Cruise Only from £1345pp Save up to 20% PLUS our exclusive £50pp discount! Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica), Quepos, Golfito, Coiba Island (Panama), Marine Park Golfo de Chiriqui - Parida Island, Islas Tortugas (Costa Rica), Puerto Caldera
  • Panama to Costa Rica

    Star Clippers
    Star Clipper
    Cebus Monkey 7 Nights Cruise Only from £1450pp Save 10% PLUS our exclusive £50pp discount! Balboa (Panama), San Jose Island, Iguana Island, Marine Park Golfo de Chiriqui - Parida Island, Golfito (Costa Rica), Quepos, Islas Tortugas, Puerto Caldera
  • Panama Canal: Barbados to Panama

    Star Clippers
    Star Clipper
    Cartagena 14 Nights Cruise Only from £2950pp Save 10% PLUS our exclusive £50pp discount! Bridgetown (Barbados), Tobago Cays (Grenadines), St George's (Grenada), Willemstad (Curacao), Kralendijk (Bonaire), Oranjestad (Aruba), Santa Marta (Colombia), Cartagena de Indias (Colombia), San Blas Islands (Panama), Panama Canal Transit, Balboa
  • Panama Canal: Panama to Antigua

    Star Clippers
    Star Clipper
    Willemstad 14 Nights Cruise Only from £2950pp Save 10% PLUS our exclusive £50pp discount! Balboa (Panama), Panama Canal Transit, San Blas Archipelago, Cartagena (Colombia), Santa Marta (Colombia), Oranjestad (Aruba), Willemstad (Curacao), Kralendijk (Bonaire), Basseterre - South Friars Bay (St Kitts), Gustavia (St Barts), St John's (Antigua)
  • Barbados to Panama

    Star Clippers
    Royal Clipper
    Royal Clipper in St Lucia 14 Nights Cruise Only from £3170pp Save up 10% on Nov 2022 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates! Bridgetown (Barbados), Soufriere Bay (St Lucia), Tobago Cays (Grenadines), St George's (Grenada), Kralendijk (Bonaire), Willemstad (Curacao), Oranjestad (Aruba), Cartagena, Islas de San Bernardo, San Blas Islands (Panama), Isla Mamey (Beach) - Portobelo (Panama), Panama Canal, Balboa
  • Panama to Antigua

    Star Clippers
    Royal Clipper
    Panama Canal 14 Nights Cruise Only from £3240pp Save 10% PLUS our exclusive £50pp discount! Balboa (Panama), Panama Canal, San Blas Islands, Cartagena (Colombia), Santa Marta, Oranjestad (Aruba), Willemstad (Curacao), Kralendijk (Bonaire), St George's (Grenada), Soufriere Bay (St Lucia), Deshaies (Guadeloupe), St John's (Antigua)
  • Costa Rica and the Panama Canal

    Aurora Expeditions
    Greg Mortimer
    San Jose mountains 14 Nights Cruise Only from £7036pp San José (Costa Rica), San José - Puerto Caldera, Curu National Wildlife Refuge, Manuel Antonio National Park, Osa Peninsula - Gulfo Dulce, Coiba National Park (Panama), Pearl Islands, Emberá Mogue Village, Panama City, Panama Canal Crossing, Cartagena (Colombia)

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!

Tortuga Island Fabulous flowers Monkey

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)