Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Coffee Plantation Excursion Reviews

You will see a real coffee plantation, walk through the process of growing and cultivating Costa Rican coffee beans and sample the crop on this fun excursion in Puntarenas.
Our guide made the difference here.
Our guide made the difference here. He spoke clearly and slowly and shared many interesting facts, demonstrating the passion he has for his country. The Doka coffee plantation tour was informative, with a close-up view of the plants as ... Read More
Our guide made the difference here. He spoke clearly and slowly and shared many interesting facts, demonstrating the passion he has for his country. The Doka coffee plantation tour was informative, with a close-up view of the plants as well as the processing equipment (because it was off-season). There were really too many people for the space so that was unfortunate. We also visited a botanical garden featuring a huge range of orchids as well as cacao and cashew trees, which is interesting to anyone who has never seen them before. Our guide, Josue Morales Blanco, was very informative throughout the tour. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
One of the best tours we had.
One of the best tours we had. Our guide made coffee one of the best tours we had.
One of the best tours we had. Our guide made coffee one of the best tours we had. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The Starbucks hacienda tour was very nice.
The Starbucks hacienda tour was very nice. A great way for a coffee enthusiast to spend the day.
The Starbucks hacienda tour was very nice. A great way for a coffee enthusiast to spend the day. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Tour was booked sign NCL Coffee Tour and it was a good tour with a good hot lunch included.
Tour was booked sign NCL Coffee Tour and it was a good tour with a good hot lunch included.
Tour was booked sign NCL Coffee Tour and it was a good tour with a good hot lunch included. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Very interesting tour, good cafeteria lunch provided.
Very interesting tour, good cafeteria lunch provided.
Very interesting tour, good cafeteria lunch provided. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The Plantation was nice but the other stops (souvenir shop) were a waste of time.
The Plantation was nice but the other stops (souvenir shop) were a waste of time.
The Plantation was nice but the other stops (souvenir shop) were a waste of time. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The title of the excursion was A Real Coffee Experience.
The title of the excursion was A Real Coffee Experience. This was our favorite excursion of the cruise. It was really interesting to see how coffee is grown, harvested and roasted. We also got to sample several coffees and had the best ... Read More
The title of the excursion was A Real Coffee Experience. This was our favorite excursion of the cruise. It was really interesting to see how coffee is grown, harvested and roasted. We also got to sample several coffees and had the best cup of coffee we have ever had. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Coffee plantation tour was excellent.
Coffee plantation tour was excellent. Learned quite a bit about coffee growing, roasting and brewing. Luis, the guide, speaks better English than I do! Even better was the Ox Cart factory. Nice facility, interesting artwork being done ... Read More
Coffee plantation tour was excellent. Learned quite a bit about coffee growing, roasting and brewing. Luis, the guide, speaks better English than I do! Even better was the Ox Cart factory. Nice facility, interesting artwork being done and a factory that is active and fascinating. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Had a nice day touring around a bit of Costa Rica.
Had a nice day touring around a bit of Costa Rica. First stop was a small botanical garden, and then we drove up and up to the coffee plantation where we had a tour and a decent lunch. Finally more driving and a stop in a small town with ... Read More
Had a nice day touring around a bit of Costa Rica. First stop was a small botanical garden, and then we drove up and up to the coffee plantation where we had a tour and a decent lunch. Finally more driving and a stop in a small town with an old church. All in all it gave us an impression of the high valley where most Costa Ricans live. Glad we did it! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Long ride to the plantation but very nice once we got there.
Long ride to the plantation but very nice once we got there.
Long ride to the plantation but very nice once we got there. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We loved our visit to the coffee plantation...learned a lot about how to not brew coffee.
We loved our visit to the coffee plantation...learned a lot about how to not brew coffee. The views were spectacular. We stopped in Sarchi but did not do a walking tour....did see how they made ox carts and it was our guides home town. ... Read More
We loved our visit to the coffee plantation...learned a lot about how to not brew coffee. The views were spectacular. We stopped in Sarchi but did not do a walking tour....did see how they made ox carts and it was our guides home town. Loved this experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The coffee plantation was very informative and great lunch.
The coffee plantation was very informative and great lunch.
The coffee plantation was very informative and great lunch. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Fascinating.
Fascinating. Good tour and very interesting about coffee. Walk was very hilly and difficult if you were handicapped.
Fascinating. Good tour and very interesting about coffee. Walk was very hilly and difficult if you were handicapped. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
From the bean to the pot to the cup...we saw it all.
From the bean to the pot to the cup...we saw it all. This is a great way to get away from the ship and find out about Costa Rica and why they have the best coffee in the world. I was even able to pick some coffee beans. You see the ... Read More
From the bean to the pot to the cup...we saw it all. This is a great way to get away from the ship and find out about Costa Rica and why they have the best coffee in the world. I was even able to pick some coffee beans. You see the growing and grooming of the coffee plants, the harvesting and processing. At the end there is a little time, but not too much, to buy that rich coffee. Buy it here. The prices are ok... but you have limited opportunity to purchase it anywhere else, before the ship sails. This excursion is sincere, friendly and interesting. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Got a late start due to utter disorganization by the ship in getting people off the ship.
Got a late start due to utter disorganization by the ship in getting people off the ship. The guide was beyond hyper which was tiring to watch & listen to. Lunch at the Dalton coffee plantation was after 3pm. so we were starved. The ... Read More
Got a late start due to utter disorganization by the ship in getting people off the ship. The guide was beyond hyper which was tiring to watch & listen to. Lunch at the Dalton coffee plantation was after 3pm. so we were starved. The plantation was OK but lunch poor. Much better tour at Filadelfia coffee estate. Saw a botanical garden which was lovely. We ended up going to Sarchi that was not part of our tour as the road was closed that we would have taken to see the church. Sarchi was very interesting. Arrived over 4 hours late back to the ship due to problems with the highways so we ended up taking a mountain road (no fault of the tour folks). Driver did a great job navigating the big bus along the twisting, narrow mountain road. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
informative, especially for a coffee drinker like.
informative, especially for a coffee drinker like. Going to take what I learned and hopefully enhance my coffee drinking experience
informative, especially for a coffee drinker like. Going to take what I learned and hopefully enhance my coffee drinking experience Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
First stop was to a botanical garden and exotic birds.
First stop was to a botanical garden and exotic birds. Most of the flowers were gone had some macaws, parakeet and others in small enclosures with all these fellow tourists running shooting pictures of anything. Next stop, lunch and a ... Read More
First stop was to a botanical garden and exotic birds. Most of the flowers were gone had some macaws, parakeet and others in small enclosures with all these fellow tourists running shooting pictures of anything. Next stop, lunch and a quick self guided tour of the butterfly enclosure. Then off to the coffee plantation. no coffee beans left in the fields. a very crowded tour of the Doka estates and still operating 96 yr old water driven coffee processing mill. Quick stop in a town built in the crater of a ancient volcano then off to some rip off shopping store for some quick shopping then back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Very interesting, nice, and good lunch, but tour company needs to give us more time here.
Very interesting, nice, and good lunch, but tour company needs to give us more time here. Rushed thru lunch.
Very interesting, nice, and good lunch, but tour company needs to give us more time here. Rushed thru lunch. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Very interesting - you learn about their politics, country and immigrant problems.
Very interesting - you learn about their politics, country and immigrant problems. We did a B2B and took the Jungle Crocodile Safari also. Both tours were worth the price.
Very interesting - you learn about their politics, country and immigrant problems. We did a B2B and took the Jungle Crocodile Safari also. Both tours were worth the price. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Very informative, enjoyed it very much.
Very informative, enjoyed it very much. Lunch was included and very good.
Very informative, enjoyed it very much. Lunch was included and very good. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
It was very interesting to see how coffee is harvested and then prepared for sale as a beverage.
It was very interesting to see how coffee is harvested and then prepared for sale as a beverage.
It was very interesting to see how coffee is harvested and then prepared for sale as a beverage. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
bus ride was too long..
bus ride was too long.. had no lunch.. came back starving... the plantation itself was very interesting... coffee was great!
bus ride was too long.. had no lunch.. came back starving... the plantation itself was very interesting... coffee was great! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
As we had done the 10 in 1 before here we decided to do the coffee tour.
As we had done the 10 in 1 before here we decided to do the coffee tour. we were not disappointed. Great tour up into the mountains to a co-op coffee plantation and some great coffee. highly recommend
As we had done the 10 in 1 before here we decided to do the coffee tour. we were not disappointed. Great tour up into the mountains to a co-op coffee plantation and some great coffee. highly recommend Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This is a more sedate excursion.
This is a more sedate excursion. It was nice to see some of this beautiful country and learn a little about its history and people. In addition to the coffee plantation and lunch, we stopped at a church, an unexpectedly nice souvenir shop ... Read More
This is a more sedate excursion. It was nice to see some of this beautiful country and learn a little about its history and people. In addition to the coffee plantation and lunch, we stopped at a church, an unexpectedly nice souvenir shop with some gorgeous gardens and a botanical garden. The botanical garden was a disappointment, but the other stops were very nice. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises