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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.

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  • Costa Rica and Panama

    Star Clippers
    Star Clipper
    Costa Rica 7 Nights Cruise Only from £1520pp Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica), Quepos, Golfito, Coiba Island (Panama), Marine Park Golfo de Chiriqui - Parida Island, Islas Tortugas (Costa Rica), Puerto Caldera

    A brand new tall ship voyage under full sail showcasing the outstanding natural beauty and diverse wildlife of Costa Rica and Panama

  • Barbados to Panama

    Star Clippers
    Choice of Ships
    Grenada 14 Nights Cruise Only from £3090pp Special 18-night 2024 Panama Canal Christmas Cruise package from £5879pp! 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

    Sail from Barbados to glamorous St Lucia, the paradise ABC Islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, and the World Heritage Site of Cartagena with a transit of the amazing Panama Canal

  • A Journey of Pacific Pleasures and the Panama Canal

    Explora Journeys
    Explora I
    Cabo San Lucas 12 Nights Cruise Only from £3990pp Los Angeles, California, San Diego, California, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Quetzal, Puntarenas, Panama City

    Sail into bliss on a Pacific odyssey! From the sun-kissed beaches of California to the wonders of the Panama Canal, indulge in coastal allure. Dive into vibrant culture, golden sands, and tropical paradises at Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Quetzal, and Puntarenas. A voyage of endless pleasures awaits.

  • Costa Rica and Nicaragua

    Star Clippers
    Star Clipper
    Manuel Antonio National Park 7 Nights Cruise Only from £1415pp 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
  • Panama to Costa Rica

    Star Clippers
    Star Clipper
    Cebus Monkey 7 Nights Cruise Only from £1520pp Balboa (Panama), San Jose Island, Iguana Island, Marine Park Golfo de Chiriqui - Parida Island, Golfito (Costa Rica), Quepos, Islas Tortugas, Puerto Caldera
  • Costa Rica to Panama

    Star Clippers
    Star Clipper
    Iguana 7 Nights Cruise Only from £1520pp Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica), Islas Tortugas, Quepos, Golfito, Marine Park Golfo de Chiriqui - Parida Island (Panama), Iguana Island, San Jose Island, Balboa
  • 9-Night Panama Canal Voyage

    Azamara Journey
    Panama Canal 9 Nights Cruise Only from £1700pp Fuerte Amador, Panama Canal Transit, Puerto Limón, Roatán Island, Belize City, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Miami, Florida
  • 17-Night Panama Canal Holiday

    Azamara Onward
    Cartagena 17 Nights Cruise Only from £2682pp Miami, Florida, Cartagena, Panama Canal Transit, Puntarenas, Puerto Quetzal, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Cabo San Lucas, San Diego, California
  • Reefs & Rhythms

    Choice of Ships
    Roatan Island Honduras 10 Nights Cruise Only from £2791pp Miami (USA), Cruising the Straits of Florida, Costa Maya (Mexico), Harvest Caye (Belize), Santo Tomás de Castilla (Guatemala), Roatán Island (Honduras), Cruising the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Limón (Costa Rica), Gatun Lake (Panama), Colón, Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Caribbean Panorama

    Castries 20 Nights Fly Cruise from £3829pp Miami, Florida, Cruising the Straits of Florida, Costa Maya, Harvest Caye, Santo Tomás de Castilla, Roatán Island, Cruising the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Limón, Colón, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Oranjestad, Willemstad, Cruising the Caribbean Sea, Castries, Gustavia, San Juan (Puerto Rico), Puerto Plata, Cruising the Atlantic Ocean, Miami, Florida

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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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.

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