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+44 1756 706500

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 and Costa Rica

    9 Nights - Panama to Puerto Caldera

    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 Save 10% on cruise cost!

    Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica Fly Cruise Package
    From £2760pp
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  • Inca Mysteries and Costa Rica

    11 Nights - Lima to Puntarenas

    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!

    Machu Picchu Cruise Only
    From £3998pp
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  • Jewels of Latin America

    14 Nights - Puerto Quetzal to Callao

    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!

    Chan Chan ruins Fly Cruise Package
    From £5895pp
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  • Luxury Central America Christmas Cruise

    20 Nights - Miami to Los Angeles

    Seven Seas Navigator Seven Seas Navigator

    This exclusive luxury cruise explores glamorous Acapulco in Mexico, historic Cartagena in Colombia and idyllic Puntarenas in Costa Rica, with an exciting transit of the Panama Canal. Includes hotel stays in Miami and Los Angeles, return flights from the UK, private overseas transfers and unlimited shore excursions 2018 - Dec Exclusive Blue Water Package with 1-night Miami hotel stay and 2-night Los Angeles hotel stay!

    Costa Rica Fly Cruise Package
    From £5895pp
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  • Exotic Panama Canal Crossing

    18 Nights - Los Angeles to New York

    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 Special offer prices!

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  • Panama and Central America

    15 Nights - Miami and Back

    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)