Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) City Tour Excursion Reviews

Take an unforgettable city tour in one of the most ecologically diverse destinations on the planet. Puntarenas is a lively town jam-packed with places to shop and eat, and remarkable sites that make this excursion worth the visit!
city tour and aiport transfer.
Sail Date: December 2018
city tour and aiport transfer. As noted above, disembarkation was poor and we were an hour late to start. There were only supposed to be folks with the airport transfer and one hotel transfer on our bus, but somehow a number of people were ... Read More
city tour and aiport transfer. As noted above, disembarkation was poor and we were an hour late to start. There were only supposed to be folks with the airport transfer and one hotel transfer on our bus, but somehow a number of people were booked into other hotels and thought they could find their way from either the airport or the other hotel, not really checking to see how far their hotels were from those drop-offs. We had also picked up folks from the Wind Star sailing ship which had docked right next to us, and they had told passengers to get on our bus and they would be dropped off at a downtown hotel – and they weren’t supposed to be. It was all a cluster. The San Jose city tour was worthless. The city is ugly (1960’s/1970’s almost communist-era looking architecture) and crowded and a bit dirty, though there are pedestrian ways for shopping. We went to a gold/currency museum that was half closed (not that interesting) and the Opera House (where we could only get into the lobby), and mostly dealt with traffic. I would have no interest in seeing this city. Waiting at the airport for 4 extra hours would have been preferable. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Windstar Cruises
This tour was okay, but not wonderful.
Sail Date: November 2018
This tour was okay, but not wonderful. We saw some children perform dances, drove past lots of places, few stops.
This tour was okay, but not wonderful. We saw some children perform dances, drove past lots of places, few stops. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
we got to see lots of Crocodiles and white faced monkeys.
Sail Date: April 2018
we got to see lots of Crocodiles and white faced monkeys. Our tour stopped along the road and our guide called the monkeys and treated them with cookies. We also went up in the mountains and had a stop and a very interesting restaurant ... Read More
we got to see lots of Crocodiles and white faced monkeys. Our tour stopped along the road and our guide called the monkeys and treated them with cookies. We also went up in the mountains and had a stop and a very interesting restaurant called Ti Ko. A unique structure that is half open air with a fabulous view if the valley below. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Excellent tour, lunch and guide.
Sail Date: March 2018
Excellent tour, lunch and guide. Need to stop at the local city market in downtown San Jose for a real local experience. On previous tours and fly-in visits I love this market with its coffee roaster.
Excellent tour, lunch and guide. Need to stop at the local city market in downtown San Jose for a real local experience. On previous tours and fly-in visits I love this market with its coffee roaster. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We enjoyed learning about the area from our guide.
Sail Date: December 2017
We enjoyed learning about the area from our guide. There was a shopping stop that we wished was a little longer! We don't usually say that about shopping stops - but this place had a huge selection of high quality items, and we only ... Read More
We enjoyed learning about the area from our guide. There was a shopping stop that we wished was a little longer! We don't usually say that about shopping stops - but this place had a huge selection of high quality items, and we only had 20 minutes there! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Another 90 minute bus ride that allowed us to see a good portion of the countryside.
Sail Date: October 2017
Another 90 minute bus ride that allowed us to see a good portion of the countryside. The city was only mild interesting and the craft brewery at the end too new to be really interesting. No hardware or processing, just a tasting with great ... Read More
Another 90 minute bus ride that allowed us to see a good portion of the countryside. The city was only mild interesting and the craft brewery at the end too new to be really interesting. No hardware or processing, just a tasting with great snacks. Good WiFi though. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We were supposed to have a private tour and they put us on a bus.
Sail Date: February 2017
We were supposed to have a private tour and they put us on a bus. It was not what we booked. We did get to see some things, but were very disappointed that we were on a bus and did not get a private tour where we had control over the ... Read More
We were supposed to have a private tour and they put us on a bus. It was not what we booked. We did get to see some things, but were very disappointed that we were on a bus and did not get a private tour where we had control over the sights we were to see. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
OK but Patagonia Institute was a big waste of an hour; could have been 15 minutes if included at all
Sail Date: January 2017
OK but Patagonia Institute was a big waste of an hour; could have been 15 minutes if included at all
OK but Patagonia Institute was a big waste of an hour; could have been 15 minutes if included at all Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
economical and great, Saw Monkeys, Crocodiles river cruise on the Tarccoles river, bird watching, ...
Sail Date: November 2016
economical and great, Saw Monkeys, Crocodiles river cruise on the Tarccoles river, bird watching, mangrove forest. Ate a lovely lunch included in the tour price. Punta Leona beach was nice too
economical and great, Saw Monkeys, Crocodiles river cruise on the Tarccoles river, bird watching, mangrove forest. Ate a lovely lunch included in the tour price. Punta Leona beach was nice too Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
This gave us a chance to see more than just the beach.
Sail Date: September 2016
This gave us a chance to see more than just the beach. It was interesting to see Managua, volcanic lakes, and just the regular houses and countryside in between. Nicaragua is trying to boost its tourism and is not to where Costa Rica is. ... Read More
This gave us a chance to see more than just the beach. It was interesting to see Managua, volcanic lakes, and just the regular houses and countryside in between. Nicaragua is trying to boost its tourism and is not to where Costa Rica is. This is still a dictatorship in most respects. We didn't feel unsafe but there was one part where we were told not to take photos out one side of the bus at the risk of having our camera confiscated. That side was the national military headquarters and and armed soldier came up and reminded the guide and bus driver about it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Interesting tour.
Sail Date: March 2016
Interesting tour. Found excellent Chilean restaurant. Dress for cold weather.
Interesting tour. Found excellent Chilean restaurant. Dress for cold weather. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Our booked tour of the city and train ride was cancelled.
Sail Date: December 2015
Our booked tour of the city and train ride was cancelled. We heard all kinds of rumors as to why, bot never head an official explanation from Princess. We ended up taking a taxi tour to a monkey sanctuary where we were able to see and ... Read More
Our booked tour of the city and train ride was cancelled. We heard all kinds of rumors as to why, bot never head an official explanation from Princess. We ended up taking a taxi tour to a monkey sanctuary where we were able to see and feed the monkeys and a local racoon-looking creature. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We did the San Jose city tour.
Sail Date: April 2015
We did the San Jose city tour. This was terrible. The first place they took us to was El Jardin, a souvenir store. 10 minutes to get there off the main road, 40 minutes there, 10 minutes back......what a waste. We hadn't even ... Read More
We did the San Jose city tour. This was terrible. The first place they took us to was El Jardin, a souvenir store. 10 minutes to get there off the main road, 40 minutes there, 10 minutes back......what a waste. We hadn't even seen anything yet. Salad bowls were 100$, hoodies were 45$....I don't think so. Then we finally get to San Jose, rushed thru the National Museum, and the National Theatre. Such a shame. Do not do this tour, a shame they don't offer a bus transfer into town, then let you do your own thing. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
was okay
Sail Date: April 2013
was okay
was okay Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Very poor area.
Sail Date: September 2012
Very poor area. You are bombarded constantly with people hawking trinkets. Guide was good, kept us close and ran interference. We had a nice lunch at a good local place.
Very poor area. You are bombarded constantly with people hawking trinkets. Guide was good, kept us close and ran interference. We had a nice lunch at a good local place. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Outstanding tour including all the main attractions!!
Sail Date: May 2012
Outstanding tour including all the main attractions!!
Outstanding tour including all the main attractions!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
I do recommend Charlie Soto if Okey Dokey tours for this stop.
Sail Date: April 2012
I do recommend Charlie Soto if Okey Dokey tours for this stop. We got a really good tour of the area, fed Monkeys, saw the beach( it was very smelly due to some type of Algae breakout), saw a Butterfly house but the biggie was the 8-part ... Read More
I do recommend Charlie Soto if Okey Dokey tours for this stop. We got a really good tour of the area, fed Monkeys, saw the beach( it was very smelly due to some type of Algae breakout), saw a Butterfly house but the biggie was the 8-part zipline. It was great. 89.00 Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
I did the zip line, my wife went touring with our friends.
Sail Date: April 2012
I did the zip line, my wife went touring with our friends.
I did the zip line, my wife went touring with our friends. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Charlie Soto was recommended by other Cruise Critic members and arranged a great tour.
Sail Date: March 2012
Charlie Soto was recommended by other Cruise Critic members and arranged a great tour. We had a 5 hour tour which included a river cruise, visited the rain forest, saw many birds, crocodiles, etc. Tour was reasonably priced and a ... Read More
Charlie Soto was recommended by other Cruise Critic members and arranged a great tour. We had a 5 hour tour which included a river cruise, visited the rain forest, saw many birds, crocodiles, etc. Tour was reasonably priced and a discount given to Cruise Critic members. I would highly recommend this tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises