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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.

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  • 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)
  • Expedition Panama Canal and South America

    Hapag Lloyd
    Hanseatic Inspiration
    Spider Money 14 Nights Cruise Only from £7710pp Exclusive £100pp Discount! Colon (Panama), Colon - Panama Canal, Gulf of San Miguel, Utria National Park (Colombia), Isla Lobos de Tierra - Islas Guanape (peru), Callao, Paracas, Puerto Caldera - Coquimbo (Chile), Valparaiso
  • An Incan Mayan Journey Via the Panama Canal

    Regent Seven Seas
    Seven Seas Navigator
    Chan Chan Ruins, Trujillo 18 Nights Fly Cruise from £8349pp UK - San Antonio (Chile), Coquimbo, Arica, Callao (Peru), Salaverry, Manta (Ecuador), Panama Canal, Puerto Limon (Costa Rica), Roatan (Honduras), Harvest Caye (Belize), Costa Maya (Mexico), Cozumel, Florida Straits, Miami (Florida) - UK
  • Wonders of Latin America

    Scenic Eclipse
    Nicaragua 15 Nights Save up to 20% PLUS £1000 suite upgrade credit on selected departures UK - San Diego (USA), La Paz (Mexico), Isla Cerralvo, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala), Acajutla (El Salavador), Corinto (Nicaragua), Bahia Culebra - Marina Papagayo, Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica) - UK  
  • Costa Rica to Peru

    Scenic Eclipse
    Costa Rica 13 Nights Save up to 20% PLUS £1000 suite upgrade credit on selected departures UK - Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica), Isla Tortugas - Curu National Park, Quepos, Darién National Park (Panama), Utria National Park - Nuquia Harbour (Colombia), Isla de la Plata (Ecuador), Salaverry (Peru), Isla Guanape, Lima (Callao) - UK, Arrive UK  
  • Caribbean Delights

    Scenic Eclipse
    Nassau 13 Nights Save up to 20% PLUS £1000 suite upgrade credit on selected departures UK - Nassau (Bahamas), Great Inagua Island, Port Antonio (Jamaica), Port Royal, Isla de Providencia (Colombia), Puerto Limón (Costa Rica), Bocas del Toro (Panama), Colon, San Blas Archipelago, Cartagena (Colombia) - UK, Arrive UK  
  • Inca Mysteries and Machu Picchu

    Hurtigruten Expeditions
    Machu Picchu 13 Nights San Jose (Costa Rica), Puerto Limon, Bocas del Toro (Panama), Panama Canal, Puerto Pina, Isla de la Plata (Ecuador), Salaverry (Peru), Callao - Cusco, Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu, Cusco - Lima - Callao  
  • Andean Coast

    Hurtigruten Expeditions
    Choice of Ships
    Valparaiso 16 Nights San Jose (Costa Rica), San Jose - Puerto Limon, Bocas del Toro (Panama), Panama Canal, Crossing the Equator, Guayaquil (Ecuador), Salaverry (Peru), Callao, Paracas, Arica (Chile), La Serena, Valparaíso  
  • Panama and Central America

    Viking Ocean Cruises
    Viking Sky
    Miami 15 Nights Flexible booking policy - Ask for details! UK - Miami (USA), Key West, Cozumel (Mexico), Belize (Belize), Roatan (Honduras), Puerto Limon (Costa Rica), Colon (Panama), Panama Canal, Montego Bay (Jamaica), Miami (USA) - UK  

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)