Costa Rica Cruises

5 - 46 nights starting from $348 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 ship 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.

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What can I do on a Costa Rica cruise?

You'll visit ports of call and remote landings the big ships pass by. And with a limited number of fellow travelers, your experience both on board and ashore is up-close, casual, and very personal, whether you're meeting the Kuna Indians of Panama's San Blas Islands or seeking wildlife in a Costa Rican jungle.

Zodiac inflatable excursion crafts take you right to remote bays and deserted shorelines, close enough to the water to trail your fingers in the sea as you watch for blue-footed boobies, red-billed oystercatchers, and magnificent frigate birds. On the edge of Panama's Darien Jungle, you step from a Zodiac launch onto a huge gnarled root in the streambank. A tattooed man, the headman of the Embera village, welcomes you ashore with a smile and a handshake. Expert Costa Rican naturalists and local contacts give you a true insider's view of this magical world.

Where does a Costa Rica cruise go?

Along with beautiful ports of call on the Costa Rican coast line, Costa Rica cruises often include stops in Panama, including sailing through the Panama Canal.

  • San Jose, Costa Rica
    San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica, founded in 1737. Located in the geographic heart of the country, the city's population is approximately 340,000 in a total country population estimated at 3.8 million. San Jose is the perfect launching arena and transportation hub for adventures into the more wild and natural wonders of Costa Rica. Home to the country's major international airport, San Jose also offers all the amenities and creature comforts, with a variety of hotels, restaurants, markets, and museums. The climate is described as 'eternal spring' in San Jose, and is the perfect weather to visit public parks, markets, and squares throughout the city offering a wide range of goods, food, and convivial atmosphere for locals and visitors alike. The city's architecture is an odd mixture of styles from different eras.
  • Los Suenos, Costa Rica
    Los Suenos is a resort area located southwest of Costa Rica's capital, San Jose, on Herradura Bay. Los Suenos faces the Pacific Ocean on the seaward side, and is backed by a dense rainforest including the Carara Biological Reserve. In this region, dry forest and humid tropical forest ecosystems meet and provide a home to rare scarlet macaws. Los Suenos is also home to one of the best resorts in Costa Rica, including a beautiful golf course and world-renown sport fishing facilities.
  • Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
    Manuel Antonio National Park is located on the central western coast of Costa Rica, with a mountain range separating the park from Costa Rica's central valley. The park's flora and fauna include an impressive mix of 109 mammal species, including the endangered squirrel monkey. Over 180 species of birds have been documented. Dominant trees include the black locust, balsa, monkey comb, bastard cedar, and mayflower.
  • Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica
    Tucked between the Osa Peninsula and the mainland, Golfo Dulce ("sweet gulf") is the water entrance to the intensely amazing Corcovado National Park. The gulf harbors an important estuarine habitat from the drainage of the Llorona, Corcovado, and Sirena rivers. Visitors enjoy varied recreational activities including kayaking, snorkeling, diving, and beach walks.
  • Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
    The unspoiled natural beauty of the region is one of Puerto Caldera's main attractions. Its rain forest, which start just inside the coastline and continue up into the mountain ranges, contain rivers, waterfalls, parks and wildlife preserves. There are no passenger amenities in Puerto Caldera except for a small, air-conditioned terminal with restrooms, information desk, public phones and a small selection of craft vendors.
  • San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
    San Juan del Sur is a tranquil fishing village nestled at the head of a horseshoe-shaped bay on the Pacific coast of southern Nicaragua. The lovely bay is peppered with small, private yachts and commercial fishing boats.
  • Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
    The view from the Bay includes Pelonas Islands, Cacique Point to the northwest and Centinela Point. The Wind Star will anchor and guests will be transferred by zodiac for a beach landing (tip: guests may want to prepare for water/beach landing with appropriate footwear).
  • Drake Bay, Costa Rica
    Drake Bay or Bahia Drake lies on the northern end of the Osa Peninsula in Puntarenas province. Probably one of the most well known destinations in the region, this tiny town by the bay is actually one of the most inaccessible places in the entire country. With a rich history of first being discovered by Sir Francis Drake in 1579 during his circumnavigation of the globe, Drake Bay is the gateway to visiting the Corcovado National Park as well as enjoying a plethora of other activities and tours in the region.
  • Curu National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica
    Spend a morning exploring the Curu National Wildlife Refuge-a private reserve of which two-thirds is preserved as primary forest. The reserve includes 4.5 kilometers of coastline, with tiny coves and three beaches. Although it is small, there is an abundance of wildlife to be seen in this reserve-including up to 200 species of birds! Be on the lookout for capuchin and howler monkeys, as well as sloths and anteaters.
  • Tortuga Island, Costa Rica
    Tortuga Island is actually two islands - uninhabited and picture perfect- that lie just off the Nicoya Peninsula. Characterized by palm-fringed beaches and lush tropical flora, Tortuga is pretty and peaceful and offers terrific sheltered swimming and snorkeling in warm waters. Nearby, Curu Biological Reserve is small and privately owned. Easy walking paths within the forest might reveal an ocelot, an anteater, or a colony of capuchin monkeys.

When can I go on a Costa Rica cruise?

Winter is prime time for Costa Rica cruises and you will find departures beginning in December through April. Only a few cruise lines offer this destination on some of their smallest vessels, so they often sell out well in advance.

How do I get there?

Costa Rica cruises can either be roundtrip from Puerto Caldera or northbound and southbound departing from either Los Suenos, Costa Rica or Colon, Panama. Flights are available from most major US gateways to either San Jose, Costa Rica or Panama City.

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Month Number of Cruises From Price
Oct 2016 1 cruises On Request
Nov 2016 2 cruises On Request
Dec 2016 15 cruises $679
Jan 2017 8 cruises $1,499
Feb 2017 9 cruises $799
Mar 2017 9 cruises $899
Apr 2017 2 cruises $2,299
May 2017 4 cruises On Request
Jun 2017 5 cruises On Request
Jul 2017 4 cruises On Request
Aug 2017 4 cruises On Request
Sep 2017 3 cruises On Request
Oct 2017 1 cruises $1,336
Nov 2017 1 cruises $649
Dec 2017 12 cruises $1,299
Jan 2018 11 cruises $849
Feb 2018 6 cruises $849
Mar 2018 6 cruises $1,699
Apr 2018 6 cruises On Request
Jun 2018 2 cruises On Request
Jul 2018 3 cruises On Request
Nov 2018 1 cruises On Request
Dec 2018 2 cruises On Request

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