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4skeeter's Port Reviews of Cabo San Lucas, San Juan, Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Cartagena (Colombia), Aruba
Coral Princess cruise in October 2012
Member Name: 4skeeter
Cruise Date: October 2012
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Member Review: 4skeeter's Coral Princess Review
Cabo San Lucas
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Tender takes time to get on/off ship so delays cut time severly. Cost was high(ship's tour) but they did the best they could w the time left (Pirate ship sail) ship tour. Lots of boats and people scuba in same spot so hazardous. Fish were pretty but stay away fm the coral rock..cuts. Sand is soft and the waves will knock you down so take time. Sunblock! Town was no draw...nor was shopping. Obviously lots of places for drinks. Look for whales on entry some folks got lucky but we were early for them. We had fun, and wx was great but Caba was just a stop in the road for us.

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San Juan
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
San Juan del Sur Nicaragua. Small port! Expect to see real poverty. Took Private tour. RIVAS was a favorite place but all three cities interesting. The country is 19th century for most. We used Macau tours and they were terrific! A full day. Roads are fair but folks drive like crazy people. Some were bothered by begging children and old folk but we were not. We saw a lot in a day so it was go go, but gave a nice feel for area. Saw three volcano and remember one is one of five gateways to "hell". People are officially supersticious & it is great to hear legends and myths that rule. Interesting wildlife and terrain to see. Would have like to buy more there but not too much choice. They want to become like Costa Rica and are trying. The local market ws an event..mostly human and horse/ox conveyances. Funny thing tho, treatment was very good, but the country made us feel we had seen enough and it was time to leave...ok if we don't go back....and there was No overt reason for feeling that way. Anyway get off the ship and see this country!! Had bug spray didn't need it..take with..also sun block and hats, rain gear,camera,& binoculars. Fed us local lunch and it was tasty. All could be necessary!! lOts of history here!
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Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
Monteverde Trainforest Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Part of tour, some zip lined and we went on the tram. Amazing sites, saw four macaws, sloth, snakes(exhibit), lizards, birds, orchid, plants etal...amazing event and worth the extra cost. Gives you time to really see the rain forrest fm above. take binoculars with! Drink water!!! Guides were terrific!! Both groups very happy but Zip liners said once was enough in one lifetime. Would be best done in early am or late eve as animals on move but you do what you can.Camera a must.


Tarcoles River Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We saw LOTS of crocks up close and personal! One was 18ft next to boat. Idiot pilot got out and fed four of them on the shore. Lots of great shore birds to see. NOT a place to swim! Bring water and binoculars hat sunscreen camera! Had bug spray and didn't need it..don't count on that! Guides were terrific! Do not try to touch crocs!!!(even when they are touching your boat!) Lunch was great! I think it was a family affair, as boat guide later helped his mom serve us at nearby resturant. People very nice! Went into mangroves.


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Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
Monteverde Trainforest Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Part of tour, some zip lined and we went on the tram. Amazing sites, saw four macaws, sloth, snakes(exhibit), lizards, birds, orchid, plants etal...amazing event and worth the extra cost. Gives you time to really see the rain forrest fm above. take binoculars with! Drink water!!! Guides were terrific!! Both groups very happy but Zip liners said once was enough in one lifetime. Would be best done in early am or late eve as animals on move but you do what you can.Camera a must.


Tarcoles River Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We saw LOTS of crocks up close and personal! One was 18ft next to boat. Idiot pilot got out and fed four of them on the shore. Lots of great shore birds to see. NOT a place to swim! Bring water and binoculars hat sunscreen camera! Had bug spray and didn't need it..don't count on that! Guides were terrific! Do not try to touch crocs!!!(even when they are touching your boat!) Lunch was great! I think it was a family affair, as boat guide later helped his mom serve us at nearby resturant. People very nice! Went into mangroves.


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Cartagena (Colombia)
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
It is hot, water hat and camera! Tour was thorough but you move fast. Guide knew his city and was terrific. Lot of people everywhere so you do well w a guide! Watch your wallet the vendors are thick and push hard. Be firm. Take spanish class and learn how to say NO! Guide helped alot in the buying dept but think he knew everyone!! Lot to see in little time.


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Aruba
Snorkeling Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
The catamaran was full 72 people. The swim areas are also full of others. Yet we had a lot of fun. Saw the wreck, a reef, and lighthouse fm the water. Looks like a real fun island! Got back w less than 45 min to board ship so NO shopping. Shops are typical of Carribean but if you want to shop you better not go on long water tour. shorter choices will work but we had lots of rum punch! All 72 were singing on the way home. SUNBLOCK!


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