302 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Cruise Reviews

I booked our own tour with Odyssey Tours (odysseytours@gmail.com), called 'Puntarenas 10 in 1 Tour". We were out exploring the local area all day. Two other couples joined us, so it was very comfortable with six of us in the ... Read More
I booked our own tour with Odyssey Tours (odysseytours@gmail.com), called 'Puntarenas 10 in 1 Tour". We were out exploring the local area all day. Two other couples joined us, so it was very comfortable with six of us in the air conditioned minibus (with seatbelts and in great condition) - we paid US$75 each. They were highly recommended when I researched them in Tripadvisor and I would also recommend them. It included a lovely lunch. I really prefer not shuffling around in big coach parties, and also prefer to stop in smaller places, rather than restaurants set up for coach tours. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Not too much to see other than beaches and local vendors. We have visited Costa Rica before so weren't too interested in the other excursions (which are very interesting but we didn't need to repeat them). An hour walking around ... Read More
Not too much to see other than beaches and local vendors. We have visited Costa Rica before so weren't too interested in the other excursions (which are very interesting but we didn't need to repeat them). An hour walking around was enough for us. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Roll call arranged tour with Thumbs up Tours (10 in 1 Combo) was the best. Ali our guide went out of her way to make sure we had the best day and saw plenty of wildlife. My favourite day!
Roll call arranged tour with Thumbs up Tours (10 in 1 Combo) was the best. Ali our guide went out of her way to make sure we had the best day and saw plenty of wildlife. My favourite day! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Very disappointed in this port. We were in Costa Rica four years ago so we were surprised that this port was very dirty. We walked around a little bit to check out the area and didn't find much. The BIGGEST disappointment was the ... Read More
Very disappointed in this port. We were in Costa Rica four years ago so we were surprised that this port was very dirty. We walked around a little bit to check out the area and didn't find much. The BIGGEST disappointment was the trash. I got into the ocean using the local beach right there at the port only to have garbage float past me on the waves. The other disappointment was not being able to find an espresso in coffee country. We only located one business with an espresso machine and the employees totally ignored us, so we left. Not a good showing for Costa Rica. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
You can easily walk this port on your own. The town isn't very pretty but it was an ok stop. I wish we had of done a shore excursion after seeing how blah the town was.
You can easily walk this port on your own. The town isn't very pretty but it was an ok stop. I wish we had of done a shore excursion after seeing how blah the town was. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Costarica more developed than Nicaragua. Booked independently with odyssey tours so got much more for our money than Princess could offer
Costarica more developed than Nicaragua. Booked independently with odyssey tours so got much more for our money than Princess could offer Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We booked the 10 in 1 Puntarenas tour with Thumbs Up tours. Andrew, the manager, was great to deal with and replied to emails very quickly. He met us at the dock when we got off the ship. Allie was our guide and Marcos was our driver. They ... Read More
We booked the 10 in 1 Puntarenas tour with Thumbs Up tours. Andrew, the manager, was great to deal with and replied to emails very quickly. He met us at the dock when we got off the ship. Allie was our guide and Marcos was our driver. They were an excellent team. Allie was very personable and had a wealth of knowledge about Costa Rica and Central America. Marcos could spot a bird or monkey in a tree that no one else could. He knew all about the local animals. We saw toucans, macaws and monkeys in their natural habitat, took a boat tour through a lake full of crocodiles, stopped at a fruit stand, ate lunch in a local restaurant (which was excellent), toured downtown Puntarenas and made a few other stops along the way, all in a new air conditioned Mercedes van. A great tour I would highly recommend. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We did a 10 in 1 tour with Thumbs Up. Probably the best tour we have been on in years. Carlos was a wonderful guide and Junior an excellent drivers especially on the dirt mountain road. Saw lots of wildlife and had a great lunch which ... Read More
We did a 10 in 1 tour with Thumbs Up. Probably the best tour we have been on in years. Carlos was a wonderful guide and Junior an excellent drivers especially on the dirt mountain road. Saw lots of wildlife and had a great lunch which was included in the price of the tour. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Again, we walked around. Lots of tables just where the ship docks. Looked for free wifi and found it at restaurant, Kiosco on the front street, behind the tables of vendors. Just buy something and you can get wifi.
Again, we walked around. Lots of tables just where the ship docks. Looked for free wifi and found it at restaurant, Kiosco on the front street, behind the tables of vendors. Just buy something and you can get wifi. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We took a private tour with Thumbs Up Tours. The highlight was the crocodile boat tour with many bird sightings and crocodile encounter by boat tour guide Jason. The tour took us to local spots to view monkeys, birds and crocodiles. They ... Read More
We took a private tour with Thumbs Up Tours. The highlight was the crocodile boat tour with many bird sightings and crocodile encounter by boat tour guide Jason. The tour took us to local spots to view monkeys, birds and crocodiles. They had a telescope to help with sightings. The highly recommended lunch was not that good. There was also a quick drive through of Puntarenas. They returned us to the cruise in plenty of time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017

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