Powdery, white sand beaches, a laid-back pace, and culture abound in this peaceful island paradise. Located in the middle of the Western Hemisphere, in the Central American isthmus between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica attracts more than one million visitors each year. Costa Rica is rich with beauty and it has the perfect climate for outdoor adventure — the perfect setting for a Costa Rica cruise.
During your Costa Rica cruise you will come across active volcanoes, unique landscapes, and mountains reaching up to 13,000 feet high, as well as dreamlike beaches, and all types of dazzling creatures ranging from the capuchin monkey to colorful toucans. 10,000 different species of plants can be found throughout Costa Rica, along with 112 volcanoes, 220 species of reptiles, 850 species of birds, and towering trees that reach 150 feet into the sky.
Not only is a Costa Rica cruise filled with visual stimulation, Costa Rica cruises also offer plenty of physical stimulation as well. Costa Rica cruise shore excursions (if you so choose) may include hiking trips through a rainforest or golfing on challenging greens. You may also go mountain biking around the countryside, surfing in spectacular waters, white water rafting in wild rivers, horseback riding through both challenging and not-so-challenging trails, as well as fishing, kayaking, swimming, exploring reefs, sunbathing, canoeing, snorkeling, and more.
So what are the best times to enjoy all that Costa Rica and a Costa Rica cruise have to offer? The short answer is anytime, simply because magical things tend to happen in just about every month of the year. Some months are excellent for surfing and fishing, while others are perfect for spotting rare creatures. So, here’s the scoop on the climate. Because Costa Rica is a tropical country it has only two seasons — wet and dry.
The dry season occurs between late December and April, and the wet season lasts May through November, so basically the rest of the year. The highlands are cold: San JosÃ© and the Central Valley (the highlands) are considered cold by Costa Rican standards, with lows averaging 60Â°F and highs averaging around 79Â°F. The Caribbean and Pacific Coasts are very hot and humid year-round – great for water sports and hanging out on the water, bad for strenuous activities.
Costa Rica cruises have numerous ports of call for both small and large ships. Smaller ships tend to visit the following ports: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua; Playa del Coco, Costa Rica; Quepos, Costa Rica; Drake Bay, Costa Rica; Bahia Paraiso, Curu (Reserve), Costa Rica; Tortuga Island, Costa Rica; Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica. Some of the most popular ports of call for larger ships are Caldera, Golfito, Corcovado, Puntarenas and Quepos on the Pacific coast and Limon on the Caribbean coast.
If you are ready to begin planning your Costa Rica cruise, first you must decide whether you are interested in a big ship cruise or a small ship cruise. Once you decide, on either side, the number of options is endless. For small ship cruises, check out Windstar Cruises. Windstar Cruises offers so many Costa Rica sailings, you’ll lose count. Other popular cruise lines with a wide variety of sailings to Costa Rica include: Crystal Cruises, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, and P&O Cruises. You can select from 10-day cruises up to 50 days or more.
When you are ready to book, you may contact your favorite cruise line directly through their website. While Costa Rica translates to “Rich Coast,” you don’t have to be rich to enjoy a Costa Rica cruise. Call a cruise travel specialist if you’re looking for a deal, and for deep discounts and cheap cruises check out the websites listed below.