Costa Rica makes a hot cruise ship port of call
Costa Rica receives between 200 and 300 cruise ships a year, being a main port of call for cruises to the Panama Canal, Central America and Western Caribbean. Cruise itineraries either stop at the Port of Limon on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast, or the Ports of Caldera or Puntarenas on the Pacific Coast, or both coasts.
At the Caribbean Port of Limon, one of the best Costa Rica shore excursions for cruise visitors is Veragua Rainforest. Passengers, who only have a few hours to experience Costa Rica’s beauty, usually want to minimize on-shore travel time. Veragua Rainforest is located an hour away from the port of Limon and offers both half-day and full-day shore excursions.
Most cruise passengers seek out Costa Rica’s ecotourism opportunities. The country is famous for its rainforests and being a biological bridge between North and South America with one of the greatest biological diversities in the world.
Veragua Rainforest Research and Adventure park is a top nature and adventure attraction in Costa Rica’s Caribbean region, and an important national scientific investigation center. The 3,212-acre (1,300-hectare) park is located in an area of breathtaking tropical rainforest in the foothills bordering the vast La Amistad International Park. Attractions include an aerial tram, canopy zip-line tour, hiking trails through the rainforest and by a river with waterfalls, wildlife exhibits and science labs.
Major cruise lines that visit Costa Rica include Celebrity, Costa, Cunard, Holland America, NCL, Oceania, Paul Gauguin, Princess, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean, Silversea, and Voyages of Discovery. Small ship cruise lines like Star Clippers and Windstar Cruises spend several days in Costa Rica.