Costa Rica has two ports of call the cruise ships stop at:, Punterenas and Puerto Limon.
Puerto Limon was discovered by Columbus on his fourth voyage to the America’s and was so impressed that he named it Costa Rica, or the rich land. Puerto Limon is overflowing with natural wonders – towering mountains once thought to house gold and silver, magnificent rain forests containing more than 2,000 varieties of orchids and of course, seductive, sun-drenched beaches.
You won’t want to miss the Braulio Carrillo National park where you can glide across the canopy of the rain forest in a tram. It’s a beautiful way to see the fragile ecosystem of the rain forest up close. Other things you won’t want to miss is to absorb the tranquility of the Tortuguero canals as you float dreamily up to the north of Limon. Take in the fragrance of white ginger blossoms, lavender water hyacinths and the ilan flower. If you are looking for something with a bit action, go white-water rafting or off-roading on an exciting rain forest adventure. You can also take in a banana plantation, tour a coffee farm (finca) where some of the finest coffee in the world is grown or take in a pontoon ride on the river through the jungle.
Puntarenas is in the Central American isthmus, with Nicaragua to the North and panama to the South. On the west the Pacific Ocean and the East the Caribbean. Spanish is the official language, but many Costa Ricans speak English and French. Craft stands are available within walking distance of the port. Shopping stops are available on selected shore excursions. A small supply of red colored taxis are available at the pier. Drivers speak little English. Taxis can be expensive, so be sure to set a price before departing.