357 Puerto Limon Cruise Reviews

We've been here before. Last time we went ziplining and white water rafting and had a great time. This time we stayed on the ship.
We've been here before. Last time we went ziplining and white water rafting and had a great time. This time we stayed on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
Loved Costa Rica. Was looking forward to this stop most of all and had a great day here. Thanks to Antonio our cabbie. The zip line excursion was great fun. would love to see more of Costa Rica.
Loved Costa Rica. Was looking forward to this stop most of all and had a great day here. Thanks to Antonio our cabbie. The zip line excursion was great fun. would love to see more of Costa Rica. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
Best excursion ever! The only one we booked through Royal Caribbean. We did easy white water rafting with a tour of a tropical garden. The drive to the river took a bit over an hour and half but was interesting. We went to the ... Read More
Best excursion ever! The only one we booked through Royal Caribbean. We did easy white water rafting with a tour of a tropical garden. The drive to the river took a bit over an hour and half but was interesting. We went to the operation centre to get changed, use the facilities and get drinks. Their facilies were clean and very impressive. We were allowed to store our stuff in the bus as it was attended by the driver. Then we went to the river to meet our guide. We had 7 of us (aged 8 - 66)plus our guide in the raft. We were given lots of clear instructions and spent a few minutes practicing. Then we spent an hour and a half going down the river. We were quickly drenched and it was tons of fun but still safe. We only needed to paddle about 5% of the time but when we did the instructions of what to do at that moment was very clear. During some of the quieter sections were given the chance to jump off the raft and swim in the water. Our guide often pointed out the vegetation on the banks as well as bird life. After we had a Costa Rican lunch at the operation centre (in a nice garden near an active volcano!) and a chance to buy pictures of our adventure. The gardens were a bit of a drive but well worth it. We did not see any sloths but lots of interesting plants. Highly recommend this excursion. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
I was told by many of my friends that this place was beautiful and I was going to love it. well I liked it it was nice but not my favorite. We went on the coffee bean tour. An air-conditioned bus thank goodness because it took 2 hours ... Read More
I was told by many of my friends that this place was beautiful and I was going to love it. well I liked it it was nice but not my favorite. We went on the coffee bean tour. An air-conditioned bus thank goodness because it took 2 hours to get there. The factory was closed but we still had a great tour and got to have some incredible coffee. I bought 20 lbs of coffee to be delivered to the house. included in the tour was a lunch at a very nice hotel . We had an incredible lunch on a patio under a canopy, by the pool. It was beautiful. There was a volcano that we could see the steam coming out of. That was fun to see. We drove through part of the rain forest. Saw many Banana trees, and of course coconut trees. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
again good facilities around the terminal. we did the tour of the Island ourself,and it was great! good driver, visited nice places, stopped to mtaste mangos and papayas!
again good facilities around the terminal. we did the tour of the Island ourself,and it was great! good driver, visited nice places, stopped to mtaste mangos and papayas! Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
Another great day! We toured with Okey Dokey Tours. Our guide was Jorge. We went first to the zipline and after a brief lesson, we were on the wagon up the mountain being pulled by a tractor. We did 7 zips between 9 platforms. All of the ... Read More
Another great day! We toured with Okey Dokey Tours. Our guide was Jorge. We went first to the zipline and after a brief lesson, we were on the wagon up the mountain being pulled by a tractor. We did 7 zips between 9 platforms. All of the platforms have workers to make sure that you're hooked on properly and they assist with stopping. Next we went to the Del Monte banana plantation. But first on the way, Jorge stopped and pulled leaves off a tree. The leaves are the main ingrediant in Chanel No.5. The Del Monte plantation was very interesting and enlightening about how bananas are grown, packaged and shipped. Next we stopped again on the side of the road to see a family of Holler Monkeys in the trees. Afterwards, we stopped at a roadside produce stand, where we tried all of the fruits that they grow right there on their property. They also squeezed sugar cane and we drank a little of that too. Next stop was the Tortuga River for a wildlife tour. It was a little slow as the animals are not out at that time of the day. But we saw some iguanas, sloths, a crocadile and lots of birds. After that we went to lunch at a restaurant at Bonita Beach. We thought that we would be actually going on the beach, so we brought swimsuits and towels, but we just stayed at the restaurant and looked at the beach views. Lastly we toured a little of Puerto Limon and went up in a neighborhood for a highpoint view of the town, ocean and our ship. Jorge did tell us to not buy coffee anywhere along the route as it is too expensive. So, we stopped at a local grocery store on the way back to the ship and coffee was only $4.00 a pound! Very nice day. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Very poor area. Took a taxi for our tour. We toured a banana plantation and saw the process after the bananas are picked. Took a boat ride down a river looking for wildlife. The boat reminded me of the African Queen.
Very poor area. Took a taxi for our tour. We toured a banana plantation and saw the process after the bananas are picked. Took a boat ride down a river looking for wildlife. The boat reminded me of the African Queen. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Rainforest Lagoon Kayaking. This was quite nice. It's a pretty leisurely pace so 1 1/2 hours is doable. I don't have a lot of upper body strength so I wouldn't want it too much longer. We saw sloth, iguanas and a bunch of ... Read More
Rainforest Lagoon Kayaking. This was quite nice. It's a pretty leisurely pace so 1 1/2 hours is doable. I don't have a lot of upper body strength so I wouldn't want it too much longer. We saw sloth, iguanas and a bunch of different birds. The guides were good at pointing out things. You got a little container of fruit at the end. Where you dock at Puerto Limon and drive through to get to the Kayaking is very poor and dirty. A little shocking. Not set up for tourists at all. Would recommend booking an excursion here. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
We booked a private tour to Cahuita National Park through Okeydokey tours. We would highly recommend going to the park; it is beautiful! You feel like a castaway on a private caribbean paradise. The beach is beautiful and clearly marked ... Read More
We booked a private tour to Cahuita National Park through Okeydokey tours. We would highly recommend going to the park; it is beautiful! You feel like a castaway on a private caribbean paradise. The beach is beautiful and clearly marked where it is safe for swimming. There is a great jungle path in the rainforest where we saw LOTS of Howler and White-Faced monkeys as well as a couple of sloths; much more wildlife to see compared to Tortuguero National Park. We would NOT recommend OkeyDokey tours. Although Charlie was great to deal with, his guide ripped us off! The tour was supposed to include snorkeling from a boat at the National Park reef. When we got to the park he told us that we didn't need the boat because he would take us to a good snorkeling spot from the beach. (He pocketed the boat $) We should have insisted because the spot he took us to was awful for snorkeling; nothing to see! He didn't provide a guided tour at all because he spoke to the driver in Spanish the whole time we were there; essentially ignoring us! At the end of the tour, he said that he had no change; forcing us to give him a $10 tip that he didn't deserve! Take a taxi to the park yourself and book the snorkeling boat there yourself. You will have a great day and see lots! Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Okey Dokey Tours and our guide Rey and driver Jose were absolutely great. They were a little difficult to find as we had to go out of the pier area to find them but they delivered exactly what we were promised and more. There were only 4 ... Read More
Okey Dokey Tours and our guide Rey and driver Jose were absolutely great. They were a little difficult to find as we had to go out of the pier area to find them but they delivered exactly what we were promised and more. There were only 4 on our tour (8 others did not show up) making it a much more person experience. We started our tour with a river cruise of the Tortugero Canal, Rene the driver of our boat spotted numerous sloths, birds, lizards and fauna (the man had eyes like a hawk) while Rey explained the different types of plants and trees. We stopped at a roadside fruit stand and sampled fresh fruit and had a short tour of the grounds where Rey pointed out herbs and explained their uses. We continued to the Del Monte banana plantation. Rey gave us an informative tour of the plantation, explaining how the bananas are grown and harvested. We then visited the processing plant and learned what goes into getting the banana from the tree to the supermarket. I have a new appreciated from the perfect yellow fruit now. We then visited a local farm where Rey pointed out many herbs and trees, explaining how they're grown and their uses. We were then taken to a local beach restaurant and enjoyed a typical local meal consisting of chicken, rice and beans, fried plantains and a coleslaw salad with the beverage of our choice. It was absolutely delicious and included in the cost of the tour. It was a truly enjoyable day. Rey and Jose went out of their way to make sure we were satisfied. They made bathroom stops without being asked and provided us with beverages while driving. Although Rey was concerned about his English he was very easy to understand and very well spoken. Costa Rica is an ecologically conscious, developing country. Her beauty is everywhere to be seen. We would love to visit again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Loved, loved, loved Costa Rica! We took a tour with JJ. After meeting with him, we took a van with driver(no English)and a tour guide, Edmon. We took the tour with a great couple, Mary and Bert. We stopped at a local fruit stand and ... Read More
Loved, loved, loved Costa Rica! We took a tour with JJ. After meeting with him, we took a van with driver(no English)and a tour guide, Edmon. We took the tour with a great couple, Mary and Bert. We stopped at a local fruit stand and sampled native fruits.The trip to the jaguar rescue was pretty long and the road was very rough at times, but not too bad. We took a tour of the rescue center and got to hold baby howler monkeys. The tiny coastal towns we went through were so quaint and laid back. We stopped for lunch at Elana's in Puerto Viejo for a lunch of Caribbean food. Elena and her family were very gracious and the food was amazing! SInce we had a small group, we were able to decide what to do for the rest of the day. We then went to a national park. The trail along the beach meandered through the forest were we spotted sloths, howler monkeys, iguana, and capuchin monkeys. We swam in the the beautiful waters for a while before, with regret, making the trip back to civilization.We stopped at a local supermarket to buy some local coffee and then returned to the ship. We would love to go back to Costa Rica and explore its treasures. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
In Puerto Limon we also joined a cruise critic booked excursion which went to the Tortuguero Canal tour which was nothing special in my mind - boat ride on the canal, saw a few birds and a sloth. From there we went to the Veragua ... Read More
In Puerto Limon we also joined a cruise critic booked excursion which went to the Tortuguero Canal tour which was nothing special in my mind - boat ride on the canal, saw a few birds and a sloth. From there we went to the Veragua Rainforest and did the aerial tram - the road is pretty rough and bumpy but enjoyed this part of the tour and fortunately it didn't rain in the rain forest that day. The exhibits there were pretty interesting. After the rain forest we went to lunch not sure where but the food was good and the beer cold. After lunch we went to do a zip line, I think it was Las Brisas since we didn't end at a beach and they drove us up to the first platform with a tractor. It was toward late afternoon and there were only five of us from the ship and the two zip line guides. The others on the tour, including my wife, went to see a banana plantation while we zip lined. My wife said the banana plantation was pretty interesting in what goes into really processing bananas prior to being shipped out. I really enjoyed the zip line, hadn't done it previously and definitely would do it again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
another mostly industrial oriented port. flea market adjacent to pier had a few items (wood bowls) worth considering. Best was the rainforest zipline adventure, about 1/2 hour bus ride from ship. definitely worth the $79 excursion price.... Read More
another mostly industrial oriented port. flea market adjacent to pier had a few items (wood bowls) worth considering. Best was the rainforest zipline adventure, about 1/2 hour bus ride from ship. definitely worth the $79 excursion price. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Did the Aerial Tram tour. It was expensive for what we got - took 2 hours to get to the tram during which our guide did a good job of telling us all about costa rica, it's economy and it's people. Although we didn't stop at ... Read More
Did the Aerial Tram tour. It was expensive for what we got - took 2 hours to get to the tram during which our guide did a good job of telling us all about costa rica, it's economy and it's people. Although we didn't stop at the banana or pineapple plantation, we passed many along the way and now I feel very education about these fruits. We were hoping to see monkeys or slots or birds or even butterflies on this tour, but we did not. Turns out, they don't like tourists very much, and by mid day when you get to the tram, it's often hot and they are off sleeping somewhere. The rainforest canopy was neat, especially if you like plants. Big, big, plants. It was okay, but we would not do it again. Many said that the Puntarenas side of Costa Rica was much better. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
We loved this port. Took an Okeydokey excursion and had a wonderful time. Got to see the rain forest, banana plantation, sloths (and got to hold one too), tour the Tortuguero Canal by boat, eat authentic Costa Rican dinner, and see how ... Read More
We loved this port. Took an Okeydokey excursion and had a wonderful time. Got to see the rain forest, banana plantation, sloths (and got to hold one too), tour the Tortuguero Canal by boat, eat authentic Costa Rican dinner, and see how they live and exist from day to day. It's a beautiful place. Seeing the wildlife native to the country was wonderful and enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
Costa Rica - We all booked the ship excursion bus, boat & train tour. It was adequate but all agreed not the best. The boat ride on the canal was not very much - just a very short distance looking for monkeys, birds, and sloths.
Costa Rica - We all booked the ship excursion bus, boat & train tour. It was adequate but all agreed not the best. The boat ride on the canal was not very much - just a very short distance looking for monkeys, birds, and sloths. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
After hours of Internet research, we booked this Limon, Costa Rica tour online 5 months before our cruise ship landed on January 31, 2011. And we are so glad we did! Most nature tours you seldom see much, but not with Greenway Nature ... Read More
After hours of Internet research, we booked this Limon, Costa Rica tour online 5 months before our cruise ship landed on January 31, 2011. And we are so glad we did! Most nature tours you seldom see much, but not with Greenway Nature Tours. We saw a lot of nature in their natural settings. Our guide Jacqeline "Jackie" met us at the dock and we went to our air-conditioned bus. Jackie introduced us to our driver - Victor & off we went. Our first stop was to the rain forest, where we rode on a wagon with padded seats being pulled by a tractor. Our fearless guide/tractor driver Chico pointed out several howler monkeys, sought out both the red and green poisonous frogs, we watched many family groups of sloths and a very colorful spider (see photos) During the tractor ride Chico and Jackie pointed out bamboo, birds of paradise, red torch ginger and orange malinche trees and cheese plant (which grows flat against tree trunks) and walked on a 300 ft metal bridge that ended at the highest point where we could look down onto the Banano River. Then off to the Del Monte banana plantation where we got to observe the banana fields & the packing house. Next we went to the Tortuguero Canals. Cornellio was our driver for the covered canal boat. While he was driving he spotted sloths, green iguanas, blue herons, tiger herons and a crocodile. A green iguana with lust tropical greenery - I couldn't spot it at all! Fortunately, Jackie was very helpful in taking a photo of the green iguana for me. As we returned to the cruise dock - there were souvenir shops set up. I had read on Trip Advisor about the puzzle boxes. They are carved out of solid hardwood into different designs with hidden compartments. I bought three wooden puzzle boxes (a cat, a heart and a sea shell) for $20. If you buy coffee in Costa Rica or another Southern Caribbean country - buy the whole beans. If you buy the ground coffee, sometimes they are not 100% coffee - but they can have added chicory or grains. The usual charge is $95 per person for a 6 hour tour. We paid $171 for the two of us, using the 10% Cruise Critic discount. Some walking, had to climb onto the wagon in the rain forest and climb down into the canal boat. Fruit was served at the Tortuguero Canals and samples of fruit was offered on the bus and at the rain forest gift shop. Water was available on the bus also. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
The port is all industrial with a small local bazaar. The area around the port is poor and I don't think I would have felt safe exploring on my own here. We took an excursion to the rain forest and was shown traditional chocolate ... Read More
The port is all industrial with a small local bazaar. The area around the port is poor and I don't think I would have felt safe exploring on my own here. We took an excursion to the rain forest and was shown traditional chocolate making. Yummy! We saw lots of wildlife: sloths, toucans and the biggest iguana I'd ever seen in my life. Our guide was wonderful and informative. Lunch was local food and very enjoyable. The only downfall was the 2.5 hour drive there and back but we did get to see was a beautiful country Costa Rica is. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
We chose the off road adventure and were delighted! The 6x6 truck was as well appointed as a traditional tour bus with large windows, A/C and comfortable seats. The guide Eric was very informative and entertaining. The tour begins with a ... Read More
We chose the off road adventure and were delighted! The 6x6 truck was as well appointed as a traditional tour bus with large windows, A/C and comfortable seats. The guide Eric was very informative and entertaining. The tour begins with a drive on a highway along the coast. We then began to travel inland where the vegetation was the main sight. On onThe truck is able to travel roads not suited for larger tours, so we were on some "roads" which offered some "up close" looks at the plants and animals. We stopped at one point for a short nature walk where Eric pointed out tiny poisonous frogs along the treeline. We also were lucky enough to view a sloth, monkeys and toucans! After a short rest stop/bathroom break at a coral where horseback riding is available we visited a banana plantation. Eric and Jose our driver set out a nice array of refreshments for us with pineapple, salsa and crackers, soft drinks, beer and a local cocktail which Eric mixed. While we enjoyed our snacks Eric explained the banana plantations operations. Sipping a cool drink standing in the middle of a dirt road in the shade of a banana tree is about as close to "roughing it" as I care to get. While driving back to civilization several zip-liners shot past overhead on cables I hadn't noticed on the trip out. Our tour may be a bit tame for those folks and may be a bit too adult for the kids, but we loved it! Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
Immediate Port area can be visited, as well a main streets in Town. To really get a feel for Costa Rica (and get outside of the immediate port area) there are a variety of excursions available here. Hacienda Experience Tour was very ... Read More
Immediate Port area can be visited, as well a main streets in Town. To really get a feel for Costa Rica (and get outside of the immediate port area) there are a variety of excursions available here. Hacienda Experience Tour was very informative / Good Experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
“Rainforest Lagoon Kayaking” (from Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, $74). A short bus ride to a tired locals' resort hotel bordering a canal to a river where you board 2-person modern kayaks for about 90 minutes of paddling through the ... Read More
“Rainforest Lagoon Kayaking” (from Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, $74). A short bus ride to a tired locals' resort hotel bordering a canal to a river where you board 2-person modern kayaks for about 90 minutes of paddling through the rainforest lagoon. Fine as far as it goes, but: The rainforest lagoon is really an open, “uncanopied”, canal-like river bordering a highway behind the trees. Saw one sloth, some birds, some small bats. Not at all the tropical rainforest you might expect. Overall, not awful, but not worth the money. Other more genuine rainforest tours probably better. Oh, and it poured, but that was actually part of the fun! After all, it's a “rainforest”... Read Less
Sail Date December 2010

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