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Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Shore Excursion Reviews

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20 Excursions Found

#1 of 20 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Shore Excursions

Tarcoles River

45 Reviews
Take a trip down the Tarcoles River for a fun and relaxing day of immersion in the Costa Rican wilderness.
#2 of 20 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Shore Excursions

Train ride

40 Reviews
Hop aboard a train for a new and fun way to see Puntarenas' picturesque sites!
#3 of 20 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Shore Excursions


39 Reviews
Zip-lining is a safe and exhilarating way the experience the beautiful jungles of Costa Rica.
#4 of 20 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Shore Excursions

Coffee Plantation

38 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.
#5 of 20 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Shore Excursions

Mangrove River Tour

35 Reviews
Take a ride down the beautiful Mangrove River for a pleasant afternoon immersed in local wildlife.
#6 of 20 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Shore Excursions

Rainforest Tour

28 Reviews
Step into enchantment as you tour the awe-inspiring rainforest in Puntarenas. This lively town is overflowing with lush natural beauty and biodiversity that you will be glad you tapped into.
#7 of 20 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Shore Excursions

River Cruise & Scarlet Macaw Sanctuary

26 Reviews
If you want your breath to be taken away by amazingly rare wildlife, you must put the River Cruise and Scarlet Macaw Sanctuary excursion in Puntarenas on your to-do list!
#8 of 20 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Shore Excursions

Tram Through Rainforest

26 Reviews
Costa Rica's incredible aerial trams offer an intimate ride above the treetops past numerous waterfalls while a knowledgeable naturalist guide points out highlights along the way.
#9 of 20 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Shore Excursions

City Tour

22 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!
#10 of 20 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Shore Excursions

Pura Vida Botanical Garden

22 Reviews
Pura Vida Gardens is a unique sight not to be missed in Costa Rica. Feast your eyes on the millions of plants, flowers and orchids from all over the world that have been added. Manicured walkways meander long a river and at the crest of the mountain which make the entire 50 acre gardens accessible to all.
#11 of 20 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Shore Excursions

Cloud Forest National Park

10 Reviews
Visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and experience the ethereal clouds drifting through the trees.
#12 of 20 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Shore Excursions

Skyway Hike

10 Reviews
Enjoy a totally different perspective while walking among the treetops in the forest. It's a truly scenic adventure!
#13 of 20 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Shore Excursions

Island Tour

9 Reviews
Take an island tour to see the best that Costa Rica has to offer.
#14 of 20 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Shore Excursions

Poas Volcano

7 Reviews
The Poás Volcano, Costa Rica's natural wonder, sits at 8,880 feet above sea level. It is one of the few active craters in the Americas, and is famed for its geyser-like eruptions of gas and ash.
#15 of 20 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Shore Excursions

Sarchi Walking Tour

5 Reviews
Stroll through Sarchi's village, picking up souvenirs from local vendors and a bit of history along the way!
#16 of 20 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Shore Excursions

White Water Rafting

5 Reviews
Set your sights for excitement on an adventure-filled White Water Rafting excursion in Puntarenas! Kick off your eco-venture with this unforgettable experience -- you will not be disappointed!
#17 of 20 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Shore Excursions

Arenal Volcano

2 Reviews
#18 of 20 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Shore Excursions

Corobici River

2 Reviews
Take a raft down Costa Rica's Corobici River for a fun and active day.
#19 of 20 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Shore Excursions

Monteverde Trainforest

2 Reviews
All aboard a vintage train to be whisked away on an amazing Monteverde Trainforest guided tour! Become one with nature as you view remarkable Puntarenas vegetation and wildlife -- don't forget your camera!
#20 of 20 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Shore Excursions

Carara National Park

1 Reviews

Food and Drink in Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)

Grabbing a bite to eat in Puntarenas is easy -- there's a string of open-air food counters, called sodas, as you walk along the Paseo de los Turistas. They offer ample seating on wooden benches, shaded by overhangs. Sandwiches, such as cheese (queso) and ham and cheese (jamon con queso), start from about $2 -- or 1000 colones; the vendors will take U.S. currency. Not surprisingly, as this is a seaport, fried fish and ceviche (citrus-marinated seafood salads) are also staple items at the sodas.

Don't Miss in Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)

Zip-lining. Canopy tours -- during which travelers glide among the treetops attached to a series of suspended cables -- are all the rage throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America. However, we'd argue that there's no better place to experience this adventure, best known as zip-lining, than in the lush rainforests of Costa Rica, where the concept originated. There are several companies that offer canopy tours, and cruise lines offer zip-lining as a ship-sponsored excursion here.

Monteverde Cloud Forest. You've heard of the rainforest, but what's a cloud forest? Also called a fog forest, a cloud forest is a moist tropical or subtropical rainforest that occurs high in the mountains. At Monteverde in Costa Rica, the varied climate and altitude promote high biodiversity of mammals and plants; it's also a particular hot-spot for birders.

Poas Volcano National Park. Poas is an active volcano that has spewed forth lava, ash and gases from three craters over thousands of years -- though two are now dormant. (One contains a lake.) The main crater is a 15-minute walk from the visitor's center and is almost a mile in diameter -- one of the world's largest active craters. The park is open from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. daily, and there are marked hiking trails. Editors Note: The Park closed in 2017 due to eruptions and has no named open date.

Carara National Park. This biological reserve sits between the dry forests to the north and the rainier ones to the south, bordering the crocodile-filled Tarcoles River. (Carara reportedly means river of crocodiles.) Carara is one of the most likely places in the country to spot scarlet macaws. Other inhabitants include monkeys, sloths and armadillos. The park is open from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily, and there are marked walking trails for guests.

San Jose. Costa Rica's modern capital city, San Jose, is set high in the mountains and is a viable day trip. A few things to consider, though: First, it's a long drive -- two hours each way -- so we recommend booking your cruise line's tour rather than going it alone, say, by taxi; you don't want to get stuck in traffic and miss the ship. Also, the city is gritty and does not reflect the best of what Costa Rica has to offer, which, again, is eco-diversity and active adventures. However, if you've already gotten your fill of hiking, boating, kayaking and so on -- or if you simply miss city life by the time you call there -- the sights (particularly the landmark, neo-classical National Theater) are worth seeing.

Orchid Garden. Monteverde Orchid Garden offers tours of its gardens and greenhouses, where orchids -- the national flower of Costa Rica, which boasts more than 1,400 individual species -- bloom year-round.

Editor's note: Orchids cannot be brought back to the United States, due to agricultural regulations.

Sarchi. A scenic, 40-minute drive from Puntarenas in the Central Valley of Costa Rica is Sarchi, an arts and crafts paradise. It's a great option for picking up unique souvenirs, such as woodcrafts and leather goods. Sarchi is a focal point in Costa Rica's farming and artisanal history. Look for the brightly painted oxcarts, or carretas, once used to carry goods to Sarchi from nearby port towns like Puntarenas.

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