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Costa Rica Cruises

When a country is named ‘Rich Coast’, it’s a good bet that it will be beautiful. Costa Rica is indeed gorgeous, and the country’s government has taken strong steps to preserve the natural environment.

 It’s ranked fifth in the world for environmental sustainability, and has plans to become the first carbon-neutral country by 2021. 

More than 25% of the country is covered in national parks, both on land and underwater off the coast. It’s well known as one of the best places in the world to see a whole variety of animals not seen anywhere else.

A cruise to Costa Rica reveals the Central American nation’s rich forests and untouched coastlines. Before it was colonised by Spanish conquistadors, Costa Rica was a sparsely populated place, inhabited by scattered indigenous tribes. Nowadays, nearly a quarter of the country’s 4.5 million people live in the capital of San Jose, and there are bustling cities vying for your attention everywhere. 

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Costa Rica has no standing army.
  • The country has three regional languages (Mekately, Bribri, Patois).
  • Coffee was first planted in Costa Rica in the early 19th century.
  • The highest point in the country is Cerro Chirripó, at 12,500 feet.
  • Costa Rica contains 5% of the world's biodiversity.
 

Highlights

A treasure trove

Costa Rica is a treasure trove for anyone with an interest in our natural world. From national parks, to turtle nesting sites to modern adventures, it’s an exciting holiday choice. The country’s natural beauty has made it a prime eco-tourism destination. However, beyond the abundant wildlife in the country there is much more to see. 

Puerto Limón is a peaceful place, with swamps and jungles to the north and mountains to the south. With national parks, craggy beaches and mangrove swamps it’s an interesting place to be. 

Diverse cuisine

People here are mostly Jamaican Afro-Caribbeans, which is reflected in the interesting regional diversity in the food offered – Rondón is a delicious fish soup, and of course rice and beans drenched in coconut milk comes as standard. 

The port city of Puntarenas is centred around the cruise ship culture – you can enjoy the lively fish market as soon as you step off the ship. ‘Punta de arenas’ literally means ‘point of sand’ so you can expect a nice beach, along with beautiful sunsets. The beachfront promenade is lined with seafood restaurants and ice cream sellers 

 

Wildlife

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The national parks of Costa Rica are home to spider, howler and white-throated capuchin monkeys, two-toed and three-toed sloth, as well as 320 species of birds, jaguars and reptiles. 

You can find more than 100 species of mammals in the country’s many different ecological habitats. 

Tortuguero National Park is a must-see when you cruise to Costa Rica. Located in Limón province on the northern Caribbean side, ‘Tortuguero’ can be translated as ‘full of turtles’. Unsurprisingly, the park is a sanctuary for nesting sea turtles and, if you visit at the right time of year, you can watch the baby turtles crawling out to sea. 

 The white sand beaches in Costa Rica are home to coral reefs with brightly coloured tropical fish, colour-changing octopuses, and brain, fire, and staghorn coral. Hippies, surfers, scuba divers, yogis and nature lovers flock to the beaches of Costa Rica thanks to the space, tranquillity, natural riches and laid-back feel. 

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting Costa Rica

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