357 Puerto Limon Cruise Reviews

We took the ships Aerial Tram over the canopy and were very disappointed with the entire trip. They charged to much money for so little to see and it took 2 hours there and 2 hours back.
We took the ships Aerial Tram over the canopy and were very disappointed with the entire trip. They charged to much money for so little to see and it took 2 hours there and 2 hours back. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
We docked at a remote container port. The area was not what I expected as we hear of many Americans moving to Costa Rico. Obviously they are not coming to Puerto Limon as the area is very "developing" not yet meeting many tourist ... Read More
We docked at a remote container port. The area was not what I expected as we hear of many Americans moving to Costa Rico. Obviously they are not coming to Puerto Limon as the area is very "developing" not yet meeting many tourist standards. I would not return to this port. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
Excellent. We did white water rafting. We had a blast! The water was warm, so getting wet didn't matter. We did rafting in Colorado and the water was COLD. This was probably the best of the cruise.
Excellent. We did white water rafting. We had a blast! The water was warm, so getting wet didn't matter. We did rafting in Colorado and the water was COLD. This was probably the best of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
I love sloths, so there was no decision necessary on what tour to do... the sloth sanctuary and canoe ride. It was a 45 minute ride to the sloth sanctuary and the guide gave us some information about the area and sloths. When we got to the ... Read More
I love sloths, so there was no decision necessary on what tour to do... the sloth sanctuary and canoe ride. It was a 45 minute ride to the sloth sanctuary and the guide gave us some information about the area and sloths. When we got to the sanctuary, we could see an enclosure with lots of fuzzy little guys. First we watched a movie on sloths which enhanced my excitement to see them close up! And then Buttercup arrived! She was so adorable with her little smile, she was very calm. We went outside and whomever wanted could get a picture with her and her handler. I got to touch her arm and she was soft and sweet. Then we went into an area with a few of the residents and the guide introduced us to them. One of the residents was one of the only babies born at the sanctuary, she was with her mother. After this, we went on a canoe ride through the jungle. The boats were low in the water, but very safe. My mom was nervous about them, but she agreed afterwards that it was very fun and she felt safe. We saw a sloth in the wild climbing down a tree. We also saw crabs, birds, crocodile, and bright green iguana. It was very relaxing, but I would suggest that you put on some bug spray. The mosquitos were not terrible, but they were biting a bit. Then we went on a walking tour in the jungle and our guide talked about the plants of the area. We went to a porch and ate fresh fruit. The final part of the tour was the baby sloth introduction. They were in little bins on towels. Some were sleeping, some were eating, some were making cute faces. You could not touch them, but you could take pictures (no flash). Finally, there was a nice gift shop with lots of sloth items. The bus took us back to the port after we were done in the shop. Overall, the sanctuary tour was very nice because our group was the only ones at each step of the tour. So it was not crowded. There were a couple children on the tour and they got tired and bored partway through the canoe ride. At the port, there was a very nice market under a tent (which was good because it rained while we were in there). We also went out into the town where there were shops and restaurants as well. Everywhere accepted US dollars in this area. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
We took a private tour with Oscar Brown - white water rafting and ziplining - which was excellent. The tour included a terrific lunch at the ziplining venue and Oscar gave us a lot of information about Costa Rica and the town. Right at the ... Read More
We took a private tour with Oscar Brown - white water rafting and ziplining - which was excellent. The tour included a terrific lunch at the ziplining venue and Oscar gave us a lot of information about Costa Rica and the town. Right at the end of the pier there is a nice craft market where we bought some gifts to bring home. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
This was by far our most enjoyable day. We visited the Sloth Sanctuary. What beautiful, gentle animals and to get up close and personal was really quite special as was the journey through the rain forest enabling us to see again many of ... Read More
This was by far our most enjoyable day. We visited the Sloth Sanctuary. What beautiful, gentle animals and to get up close and personal was really quite special as was the journey through the rain forest enabling us to see again many of the amazing wildlife Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
I was most impacted by the living conditions in Puerto Limon, and it was a far cry from the travel brochures boasting about the five-start resorts, which are apparently on the Pacific Ocean side of this island. However, it was still ... Read More
I was most impacted by the living conditions in Puerto Limon, and it was a far cry from the travel brochures boasting about the five-start resorts, which are apparently on the Pacific Ocean side of this island. However, it was still wonderful to see Costa Rica, and I had scheduled horseback riding through the rain forest. Once again, the tour guide hired by Holland America went out of his way to ensure that we got a glimpse of Costa Rican culture and history, and made several unscheduled stops to point out cocoa trees, banana plantations, and other points of interest. The guides at the ranch were capable and ensured that everybody was fitted for a horse suitable for their comfort in riding. Most striking to me about this island is the number of dogs. They are napping in front of houses EVERYWHERE (since I didn't see a lot of front doors, I think that's the dog's job). Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
We'd booked a rain forest excursion but decided to fore go it as the weather looked quite threatening. As it worked out the weather held and all who went said the excursions were excellent. We did a bit of shopping right off the ship, ... Read More
We'd booked a rain forest excursion but decided to fore go it as the weather looked quite threatening. As it worked out the weather held and all who went said the excursions were excellent. We did a bit of shopping right off the ship, met a very nice young man living in Costa Rica now but was recently from Boston, our home state capital. We had a very interesting conversation w/him regarding living conditions and found out the Pacific side is the more affluent coast. We walked around the town a bit and had a local beer, never felt uncomfortable as there was a number of police walking around as well. We enjoyed the experience tremendously. Read Less
Sail Date February 2010
Port is very blah. But, Costa Rica is beautiful! We did the Veragua Rainforest tour. Had a wonderful, educational time. I am ready to go back to Costa Rica to spend a week on my own based on this visit. Panama needs to pay attention to ... Read More
Port is very blah. But, Costa Rica is beautiful! We did the Veragua Rainforest tour. Had a wonderful, educational time. I am ready to go back to Costa Rica to spend a week on my own based on this visit. Panama needs to pay attention to Costa Rica if they want to be serious about tourism.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2010
We chose a private tour in Costa Rica with Oscar Brown Tours and all of us left knowing that this was our favorite port. Costa Rica is very tropical and we went to a banana plantation, a national park and a private plantation. The private ... Read More
We chose a private tour in Costa Rica with Oscar Brown Tours and all of us left knowing that this was our favorite port. Costa Rica is very tropical and we went to a banana plantation, a national park and a private plantation. The private plantation was amazing. Oscar and his assistant,Katherine, walked us through a very dense rain forest and we were treated to many wonderful sites and tastes. We were able to taste sugar cane,bananas, pineapple, 2 kinds of coconut, papaya and lemons. We learned about the "Pepto Bismol" tree, the "hackey" plant, the noni plant, the shampoo plant and many beautiful species of flowers, including ginger. The helper at the plantation climbed a tree and presented us with an adolescent sloth which we could pet and hold. We saw many birds and trees and left with an unbelievable appreciation of how Costa Ricans use their natural resources in many unique ways. We toured the Cahuita National Park and saw howler monkeys high up in the trees. We were then treated to an authentic lunch at a local restaurant. Oscar and Katherine helped us with the menu and Oscar shared his own water and beer with us. He was a friend of the owner. The food was great and although it was raining, the rain just added to the feeling of being in a rain forest. On our way back to the pier Oscar stopped at a local supermarket and Katherine helped us shop for local coffee, vanilla and tea. Prices were much less expensive then at the souvenir shops. We had a few minutes upon returning to the ship to shop for some local crafts and say goodbye to a wonderful country and a fabulous day with both our guides. Read Less
Sail Date February 2010
Saved some money by finding a tour off of the ship. Had our own private taxi. He took us to the canal to wildlife, we saw a bit but it was kinda boring. Then he drove us around, took us to see some wildlife, a fresh fruit stand(don't ... Read More
Saved some money by finding a tour off of the ship. Had our own private taxi. He took us to the canal to wildlife, we saw a bit but it was kinda boring. Then he drove us around, took us to see some wildlife, a fresh fruit stand(don't eat the corn), then took us shopping. His name was Hilario...he was great! Read Less
Sail Date February 2010
We enjoyed Costa Rica so much. Our cab driver Hector was so sweet and as we made a couple of stops we realised that he was known by everyone there. People waived at us (or perhaps it was him) but, hey, we waived back anyway. We went into a ... Read More
We enjoyed Costa Rica so much. Our cab driver Hector was so sweet and as we made a couple of stops we realised that he was known by everyone there. People waived at us (or perhaps it was him) but, hey, we waived back anyway. We went into a banana field and Hector showed us a baby banana pod and told us about the process. This part of the tour was cut short by me when I spotted a HUGE spider web close by. As the song goes, "I don't like spiders and snakes". If you don't have an excursion booked, by all means hire a taxi (it's very safe) and have a tour of the area, it's wonderful. Shopping was fun, so many stores and venders. Again, we found some really great bargains. Read Less
Sail Date February 2010
We visited a banana plantation which was very interesting and we took a boat cruise where we saw sloughs, birds, termites nests, bats and iguanas. We also took a train ride but it was not very exciting.
We visited a banana plantation which was very interesting and we took a boat cruise where we saw sloughs, birds, termites nests, bats and iguanas. We also took a train ride but it was not very exciting. Read Less
Sail Date February 2010
My sister and I decided to go on the Coffee Plantation tour even though the bus ride was 2 hours each way. We were glad we did. We not only got to see the banana plantation on the way but were able to see the mountains up close and ... Read More
My sister and I decided to go on the Coffee Plantation tour even though the bus ride was 2 hours each way. We were glad we did. We not only got to see the banana plantation on the way but were able to see the mountains up close and personal. Away from the city, you can see how people really live. The tour guide was very friendly and informative. She was very proud to be a Costa Rican.The tour itself was again informative. The coffee plantation employee took us out in the field so wee could see how the coffee is actually grown and then we went into the barns to see the processing procedure. All the beans are picked by hand. I'm surprised that coffee is as cheap as it is once I saw how much goes into producing a pound. We then proceeded to the area where they roast the beans and then were able to taste the finished product. Their store was very nice and they dealt with US currency. I bought a pound ($7) for regular coffee and a pound of their special blend($10). I tried the special blend when I got home and it was delicious. After the tour we were driven to a very beautiful hotel but they called it a Bed and Breakfast type establishment. When we arrived we went to the patio/ pool area. They had plates of fruit along with some sweet pastry offerings already made up. We just grabbed and plate and drink and sat by the pool. The food was refreshing(Pineapple juice never tasted this good at home). It wasn't enough to fill me up but was a nice break. My son and daughter in law went on the boat tour which was only 4 hours. They enjoyed the banana plantation tour and also remarked that the pineapple that was served was the best they ever had. The did see monkeys on the tour and some birds. They were satisfied. Read Less
Sail Date January 2010
This was the best port of the trip. See review of our excursion to Veragua Rainforest, above. Very beautiful country and the people are very friendly and not pushy. I would like more time in the rain forests. (People with spider phobia, ... Read More
This was the best port of the trip. See review of our excursion to Veragua Rainforest, above. Very beautiful country and the people are very friendly and not pushy. I would like more time in the rain forests. (People with spider phobia, beware... there are huge spiders and webs everywhere, although I was lucky not to see a tarantula except behind a glass case. Apparently they live in holes and you are unlikely to see them.) Read Less
Sail Date January 2010
The tour we chose for this port was the Sloth Sanctuary. The only bad part of our tour was the road conditions for our 45 minute ride. At the Sanctuary, we were shown a film about the Sanctuary's activities, then we met Buttercup, a ... Read More
The tour we chose for this port was the Sloth Sanctuary. The only bad part of our tour was the road conditions for our 45 minute ride. At the Sanctuary, we were shown a film about the Sanctuary's activities, then we met Buttercup, a sloth, and time was given for everyone to have their picture taken with her. Next we were taken on a canoe ride with a native paddlist, thru a waterway in the rainforest. After we went on a walk thru the rainforest. We saw Howler monkeys, sloths, crocs, and other assorted animals. Finally, we had a fresh tropical fruit buffet before the 45 min. bumpy ride back to the port. The shopping market at the port was full of the popular items that the tourists want, coffee, t shirts, etc. Read Less
Sail Date January 2010
We had a fabulous tour of the area with Oscar Brown, it is not a port where I would walk on my own, very poor and dirty. We went farther for a walk in the rain forest, to a Del Monte banana plantation, to a boat canal tour ( Tortugero ... Read More
We had a fabulous tour of the area with Oscar Brown, it is not a port where I would walk on my own, very poor and dirty. We went farther for a walk in the rain forest, to a Del Monte banana plantation, to a boat canal tour ( Tortugero canal)along with several stops to sample local fruits or vistas. We also stopped at the beach ( Playa Bonita) but it was really crowded with the locals ( probably because it was a Sunday). Read Less
Sail Date January 2010
Highlight of the trip was our stop in Limon, Costa Rica with a non-ship excursion provided by JJ Tours. It was less expensive and included more then what the ship excursions included. JJ was very informative and helpful. He also had the ... Read More
Highlight of the trip was our stop in Limon, Costa Rica with a non-ship excursion provided by JJ Tours. It was less expensive and included more then what the ship excursions included. JJ was very informative and helpful. He also had the foresight to take those of us to the Jungle Breeze zip line first before the ship tours arrived. He was also flexible in allowing us to choose what we wanted to do after a trip on the Canal. We opted to do shopping rather then doing a banana plantation tour. Of ports of call on this cruise this port had the largest facility at the pier to purchase souvenirs. They are all under a large tent at the entrance. Read Less
Sail Date January 2010
We used Okeydokey tours and they were really excellent. It really felt like an ecotour beginning with a walk through the forest, stops to see a sloth, howler monkeys, etc. We toured a banana plantation and then did the boat ride on the ... Read More
We used Okeydokey tours and they were really excellent. It really felt like an ecotour beginning with a walk through the forest, stops to see a sloth, howler monkeys, etc. We toured a banana plantation and then did the boat ride on the canals. Saw tons of wildlife. It was all wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date January 2010

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