LAND AHOY!

This country麓s port industry honors the name of 鈥淐osta Rica鈥, which in English means 鈥渞ich coast鈥. Each cruise ship that comes to its coasts will find optimum conditions for disembarkation: Specialized operators, excellent flotilla, surveillance and security from the Ministry of Public Safety, traffic police, and ambulances. Professional guides will be waiting to take tourists along the many available tours that will attract everyone.

Costa Ricans value highly the great natural treasures they have inherited. At the present time, approximately 25% of the territory has several protected areas: National Parks, Biological Reserves, National Wildlife Refuges. This exotic display of flora and fauna, is waiting for tourists from all over the world in a unique place, different from any other destination.

 

All this natural beauty comes with advantages that will make your trip more enjoyable: Tour operators with broad experience in serving cruises, multi-cultural cuisine, a safe atmosphere, and many recreational activities. The beautiful coasts of the Caribbean and Pacific Region can also be easily accessed.

In addition to the above-mentioned facts, visiting Costa Rica will be an unforget- table experience, not only for its natural beauty and a world-known democracy, but also for its people. 鈥淭icos鈥 are warm, friendly, and many foreigners who visit the country, find their conservative manner, quite appealing. With all this, tourists can feel free to explore and venture, traveling short distances 鈥 less than one day 鈥 between each location.

COAST TO COAST, CLOSE TO ANY DESTINATION

Cruise disembarkation, in the Pacific as well as in the Caribbean coasts, is done in a professional and safe manner. Both have suitable infrastructure from where tourists can join several exciting tours throughout the country.

The capital city, San José, is less than 3 hours away from any of those ports of call, which is very convenient to reach the active business center and enjoy the many opportunities for adventure this country has to offer.

The uniqueness of Costa Rica lies in the numerous options tourists can find to go on tours that will make them go deeply into nature and fun. Some of these exciting choices include: Visits to volcanoes, national parks, forests, expe - riencing the 鈥渢ico鈥 culture, hiking, bird watching, and many others. The National Theatre, located downtown, is an architectonic jewel that no one should miss plus the Gold and Jade Museums for an enriching cultural visit, creating a perfect complement for pleasure traveling.

PORTS IN THE CARIBBEAN COAST

Puerto Limón, the most important spot in the Caribbean for cruise calls, awaits visitors with an exuberant vegetation and its friendly Afro-Caribbean culture.

When you arrive in Limón, you will find many options to enjoy your visit. In the Northern Caribbean region you can be more in contact with nature while visiting the Tortuguero National Park. This zone offers bird watch, turtle watch, sailing along canals, and an enormous variety of flora to complete the tour.

The Southern Caribbean region has beautiful beaches. Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, and Gandoca Manzanillo are the villages that best represent the Caribbean flavor, shown in their architecture and cuisine.

All this scenic beauty is complemented by an excellent tour system. They offer a great variety of options for the visitor: Canopy tours, horseback tours, nature observation, the canals of Tortuguero, visits to pineapple plantations, tropical flower plantations, sugar haciendas or banana plantations and even a city tour.

Puerto Limón has a privileged location in the Caribbean, for its proximity to the Panama Canal, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Southern part of the United States. At 160 kms from San José, this port is run by JAPDEVA ( Port Authorities for the Atlantic Region). Located at 9掳, 59麓, 30 鈥 Latitude to the North, and 83掳, 01麓, 48鈥 Latitude to the West, Puerto Limón has a 280 m-long and 70 m 鈥搘ide breakwater, with a new multipurpose quay. Works to dredge a new harbor are presently under way. It will be 14 m deep with a 500 m turning diameter.

The cruise terminal and the roll-on/roll-off post were built in 1997, and modernized in 2003, to meet the requirements of passenger ships. It is 10 m deep, 295 m long, and 16 m wide, and it also has a tourist terminal. The port complex offers all the necessary services for an adequate operation, such as drinking water, fuel, pilotage, medical services, and others.

Distinguished cruise companies, such as Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Premier Holland America, and many others come to Puerto Limon during cruise season that runs from October through April..

The Port of Moin is 8.2 kms to the west from Limón. It is located at 10掳00麓 N and 83掳05 W. The Limon-Moin port complex is one of the most important of its kind in Central America. It connects Costa Rica with major international markets in the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

PORTS IN THE PACIFIC COAST

Puntarenas and Caldera are the two main ports in the Costa Rican Pacific coast. These two ports are run by the INCOP (Port Authority for the Pacific Region ).

Leaving from Puntarenas or Caldera, tourists will be less than 2 hours away from the many exciting tours of the zone: National Parks in the Middle Pacific region, like Manuel Antonio and Carara. In the Central Valley, there is the awesome Poas Volcano and Sarchí, where tourists will find a wide display of the work of local artisans at affordable prices. San José, the capital city, is approximately 2 hours away from Puntarenas.

The Central Pacific region has numerous interesting options, like: tours on Horseback, alligator watch, aerial trams, white water rafting, and walks along bridges suspended from the tree tops.

Base ships, which are those cruises with Costa Rica as their final destination, come to Puerto Caldera. Passengers then fly back to their country, or they sometimes choose to visit the country for a few more days. This port has a marginal wharf with a 490 m- long docking area.

The port of Puntarenas is located at 9掳, 58 麓 latitude to the North. It has a jetty, divided in two sections: the first one starts on the coast shore, with a 207 m- long access bridge. The second one is a docking platform, with fenders on both sides and bollards for mooring. A 16 x 8 cluster of piles for docking and mooring, and an 8 x 8 m cluster of piles for mooring connected by two zinc-coated steel bridges. It also has two 265 m 鈥 long docking areas, with a 14 m- wide floor. Average depth is 10.5 m and the ocean current is at two knots. The port also has pipes for a good supply of drinking water, fuel, cables for power supply and telephone lines, plus all the necessary services to suit large cruise companies, such as: Carnival, Princess Cruises, Crystal, and Norwegian among others.

A COMPLETE TOUR

Because of its geographical location, Costa Rica is an exuberant biological bridge for botanical and zoological species. Its territory forms a narrow passage that shelters flora and fauna from North and South America. There is also a wide range of indigenous species that will amaze everyone.

The beauty of the natural resources found in the Caribbean and Pacific coasts will invite you to return.

 
 
 
 
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