Costa Rica Cruises

5 - 46 nights starting from $379 per person
Costa Rica Cruises

With more than four percent of the world's wildlife species living within its borders, Costa Rica is decidedly one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet.

Costa Rica Cruises

Costa Rica cruises are available by small expedition-style ships or aboard luxurious sailing ships. From pristine rain forests to glorious palm-fringed beaches, the "rich coast" lives up to its name in every imaginable way. Embrace the Costa Rican lifestyle of relaxation, bliss and happiness on a cruise to this rugged Central American country.

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Costa Rica Cruise Highlights

Costa Rica is a favorite for adventurers looking to zipline through the jungle, climb amidst the canopies, or hike up to a volcano. Nature-lovers will love the vast array of eco-tourism and outdoor opportunities, like boating through Tortuguero National Park, whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River or chocolate tasting and birdwatching at the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, La Selva. Learn about Costa Rica's culture at the Teatro Nacional or the intimate Jazz Cafe.

Popular Costa Rica Cruise Ports

Though a relatively small country, Costa Rica is home to many ports. Here are three favorites:

  • San Jose: Discover Costa Rica's capital, located in the center of the country, and its enviable climate - described as "eternal spring." San Jose is a bustling city with more than 300,000 residents, and is home to many museums, cultural centers and ancient churches.
  • Los Suenos: A resort area located southwest of San Jose, Los Suenos offers access to the Carara Biological Reserve, home to rare scarlet macaws and dozens of other unique animals, as well as excellent billfishing locations.
  • Drake Bay: First discovered by Sir Francis Drake in 1579, Drake Bay is a tiny town with a rich history. A visit to the Corcovado National Park is a must, and water lovers will be in paradise with many opportunities to scuba dive, swim, snorkel or kayak.

When is the Best Time to Go to Costa Rica?

The ideal time to visit Costa Rica is between December and April. During this dry season, you can expect plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring the rainforest and relaxing on one of the country's beautiful beaches. Cruise lines often pair this destination with Panama or other Caribbean nations.

What Cruise Lines Go to Costa Rica?

Costa Rica ports are often included in large ships' Western Caribbean or Panama Canal itineraries; if you're looking for more time in this destination, a smaller vessel may be best. Here are some lines to consider:

  • Carnival Cruises: Sail to Limon, Costa Rica as part of a Carnival Panama Canal cruise. Here you can take part in ecotourism at its finest, swimming in the clear Caribbean waters, overlooking stunning waterfalls and trekking through the rainforests. Depart from Tampa, Florida; Baltimore, Maryland; or Galveston, Texas.
  • Windstar Cruises: One of the few cruise lines to offer a round-trip Costa Rican itinerary, Windstar brings guests all over Costa Rica - visit places like San Juan del Sur, Bahia Drake, Tortuga Island, Curu and more. Extend your stay with optional land packages featuring the Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloudforest, and Tortuguero National Park.
  • Princess Cruises: Princess sails to Limon and Puntarenas, Costa Rica during Panama Canal cruises. Discover the Veragua Rainforest and get up close to sloths in an Animal Planet Exclusive excursion. In Puntarenas, visit the Pura Vida Gardens, named after the inimitable Costa Rican lifestyle.

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Month Number of Cruises From Price
Dec 2016 57 cruises $499
Jan 2017 77 cruises $479
Feb 2017 63 cruises $379
Mar 2017 59 cruises $404
Apr 2017 72 cruises $437
May 2017 18 cruises $429
Jun 2017 21 cruises $594
Jul 2017 19 cruises $719
Aug 2017 18 cruises $439
Sep 2017 26 cruises $434
Oct 2017 37 cruises $444
Nov 2017 52 cruises $294
Dec 2017 76 cruises $399
Jan 2018 74 cruises $399
Feb 2018 63 cruises $444
Mar 2018 66 cruises $519
Apr 2018 55 cruises $449
May 2018 17 cruises $394
Jun 2018 16 cruises $564
Jul 2018 15 cruises $514
Aug 2018 14 cruises $334
Sep 2018 14 cruises $304
Oct 2018 11 cruises $429
Nov 2018 15 cruises $284
Dec 2018 17 cruises $409
Jan 2019 8 cruises $294
Feb 2019 9 cruises $354
Mar 2019 9 cruises $414
Apr 2019 9 cruises $444

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