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Sail Date: January 2010
PUERTO LIMON: We did the 7:30 AM TORTUGUERO CANAL tour. I highly recommend this early tour, before sun gets hot. Wildlife was still active, we saw several sloths, several Howler monkeys, 1 squirrel monkey, lots of birds, several lizards. ... Read More
PUERTO LIMON: We did the 7:30 AM TORTUGUERO CANAL tour. I highly recommend this early tour, before sun gets hot. Wildlife was still active, we saw several sloths, several Howler monkeys, 1 squirrel monkey, lots of birds, several lizards. We came back and shopped again, got LOTS of Costa Rican coffee and found place at back of straw mkt to buy a phone card and we called our daughter. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
Took the trip to the Sloth Sanctuary and canoe "adventure" Sloth Sanctuary was great - the baby sloths are really cute. The canoe adventure is a bit of an overstatement - 15 minutes along the river close to the Sloth Santuary - ... Read More
Took the trip to the Sloth Sanctuary and canoe "adventure" Sloth Sanctuary was great - the baby sloths are really cute. The canoe adventure is a bit of an overstatement - 15 minutes along the river close to the Sloth Santuary - was expecting a bit more. Craft market at the port is worth a visit - cheap manicures and pedicures - 15 Dollars. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Puerto Limon is also a pit, but not as dangerous as Colon. Our trip to the Veragua nature preserve was SPECTACULAR - all of the guides were trained naturalists, everyone was very professional, we saw lots of rainforest flora and fauna, and ... Read More
Puerto Limon is also a pit, but not as dangerous as Colon. Our trip to the Veragua nature preserve was SPECTACULAR - all of the guides were trained naturalists, everyone was very professional, we saw lots of rainforest flora and fauna, and the facilities there were spotless, beautifully designed, and delightful. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Didn't get a chance to see a lot of the city as we had hope. but I did get to go zip lining in the rain forest. That had to be one of the greatest thrills ever Had a great guide that really knew her stuff. That really help because it ... Read More
Didn't get a chance to see a lot of the city as we had hope. but I did get to go zip lining in the rain forest. That had to be one of the greatest thrills ever Had a great guide that really knew her stuff. That really help because it was a two hour ride from ship to the rain forest. Hope to get back there again to see more of the city next time. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
There is also a little touristy market at the end of the pier where you can by some local crafts and coffee. The town is very close with a pedestrian zone with a market.
There is also a little touristy market at the end of the pier where you can by some local crafts and coffee. The town is very close with a pedestrian zone with a market. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Puerto Limon is Spanish for "there is no reason to get off the ship": extremely hot and humid, I imagine it is fine for those who are interested in rain forests. For everyone else, stay indoors.
Puerto Limon is Spanish for "there is no reason to get off the ship": extremely hot and humid, I imagine it is fine for those who are interested in rain forests. For everyone else, stay indoors. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
We signed up for the White Water Rafting. It was great. We got on the nice buses and took us about an hour to get into Costa Rica to the river. We had a nice tour guide, and we learned a lot about Costa Rica. It is a very nice country. A ... Read More
We signed up for the White Water Rafting. It was great. We got on the nice buses and took us about an hour to get into Costa Rica to the river. We had a nice tour guide, and we learned a lot about Costa Rica. It is a very nice country. A lot of lush trees including lots of banana trees! We got to the rafting facility which is very nice and got ready for rafting. Took a bus down to the river and for about an hour went rafting down the river. It was great! Lots of great rapids. Good for all ages – even beginners. I even jumped in the water – twice! I specifically chose this cruise to go white water rafting in Costa Rica and it was well worth it. Port Limon, I wouldn’t walk around myself. I didn’t see a lot of shopping places, so I think it is best to do a shore excursion. I would certainly return to Costa Rica. Seems like a laid back country. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Our 2nd shore excursion was the zip line/Canopy tour in Costa Rica. Our tour guide was Rhyan (pronounced Ryan). The bus ride was a little longer then we would have liked but the trip was well worth the adventure! The staff were all about ... Read More
Our 2nd shore excursion was the zip line/Canopy tour in Costa Rica. Our tour guide was Rhyan (pronounced Ryan). The bus ride was a little longer then we would have liked but the trip was well worth the adventure! The staff were all about safety. From the harness hookups to the helmets...we were checked and triple checked at each point. Instruction began from the moment we headed out on the bus to the moment before we stepped off the 1st platform. It was glorious! We highly recommend this trip to the young and old. It's even set up for the wheelchair bound guests. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Awesome ziplining. 3rd time doing it and this was far and away the best best ever
Awesome ziplining. 3rd time doing it and this was far and away the best best ever Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Did a tour with Oscar Brown and had an okay time. Our tour was supposed to include lunch but we never stopped to eat lunch. We were extremely hungry by time we got back to the ship around 3 pm.
Did a tour with Oscar Brown and had an okay time. Our tour was supposed to include lunch but we never stopped to eat lunch. We were extremely hungry by time we got back to the ship around 3 pm. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
We toured the Veragua rainforest. We boarded a bus with a narrator-guide for about an hour's ride to the facility. It is very new, opening in July, 2008. We had another wonderful informative guided tour thru the facility, including a ... Read More
We toured the Veragua rainforest. We boarded a bus with a narrator-guide for about an hour's ride to the facility. It is very new, opening in July, 2008. We had another wonderful informative guided tour thru the facility, including a ten minute aerial tram ride over the rainforest. We took a short hike to see a waterfall thru a downpour, but we had ponchos in our bag. While waiting for the tram, my husband spotted a poisonous strawberry dart frog several feet below the station. While on the tram, my son pointed out a tree sloth. This is a perfect excursion for kids; in fact, visits by Costa Rican school children are partially funded by the ticket sales. Lots of reptiles, locked up in cages with viewing windows, an open butterfly garden with unusual species, and a dark, dark frog room, where visitors, with a guide, can view nocturnal species. There are educational information boards thru out the park. A simple lunch of fruit, sandwiches, coffee and iced teas was served from a small cafeteria line. There is a gift shop. Bathrooms were very clean and new. Trip back after rain was an adventure as we traveled the rutted and wet dirt one lane road out of the park in our bus. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
We used Okeydokey tours and they were awesome. Now the port itself was lackluster, area was dirty; and the town itself was desolate. We were taken on a tour looking at the natural wildlife, getting to hold a 3 toed sloth, finding howler ... Read More
We used Okeydokey tours and they were awesome. Now the port itself was lackluster, area was dirty; and the town itself was desolate. We were taken on a tour looking at the natural wildlife, getting to hold a 3 toed sloth, finding howler monkeys; went on a boat tour on the Tortoquero canal and saw beautiful birds, lizards and caymans; also made a roadside stop at a local fruit market and ate wild banana's right off the vines; Charlie Soto was excellent! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
The port is not that great here. Lots of shopping, flea market style. Town is dirty and be aware of your surroundings. Tour bookings with Oscar Brown tours are directly outside of the port. We booked ahead of time but you can do it once ... Read More
The port is not that great here. Lots of shopping, flea market style. Town is dirty and be aware of your surroundings. Tour bookings with Oscar Brown tours are directly outside of the port. We booked ahead of time but you can do it once you get there. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
The port area of Limon itself is nothing to get excited about, but the Veragua Rain Forest (about an hour's drive) was awesome. We booked independent arrangements thru Charlie Soto (Okey Dokey tours), and shared a van with one other ... Read More
The port area of Limon itself is nothing to get excited about, but the Veragua Rain Forest (about an hour's drive) was awesome. We booked independent arrangements thru Charlie Soto (Okey Dokey tours), and shared a van with one other couple from our cruise (along with the driver and the tour guide). In addition to touring the rain forest, hiking to a waterfall, enjoying a local lunch (including Costa Rican coffee), our guide also adjusted the itinerary to take us to see a 3-toed sloth, and also to a local grocery store where we picked up five pounds of Costa Rican coffee beans -- an inexpensive gift for friends, and delicious! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
Jungles and boat trip. Took taxi for jungle water taxi tour for $10.00 each person. Cab 5.00 out to jungle tour boat. Interesting with Slough monkeys, wildlife, turtles, birds, etc. Had lunch on local beach restaurant.
Jungles and boat trip. Took taxi for jungle water taxi tour for $10.00 each person. Cab 5.00 out to jungle tour boat. Interesting with Slough monkeys, wildlife, turtles, birds, etc. Had lunch on local beach restaurant. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
We were originally booked for a Canopy Tour in Costa Rica. We consulted with the excursion desk on what was best in Costa Rica. The man suggested we go white water rafting. This was our other favorite excursion. Rios Tropicales took great ... Read More
We were originally booked for a Canopy Tour in Costa Rica. We consulted with the excursion desk on what was best in Costa Rica. The man suggested we go white water rafting. This was our other favorite excursion. Rios Tropicales took great care of us. After we rafted down the Reventazon River we arrived back at their HQ where we had access to showers (freezing cold, but still good because I was covered in mud). They served us a traditional Costa Rican lunch, I am a huge fan of hispanic foods, so I enjoyed this. There was salad, pasta salad, pasta & sauce, beans & rice, yucca, plantains, pork, chicken, etc. They offered a $30 DVD of pictures from our trip down the river. There was a photographer that follow our rafts in a kayak. At first I was apprehensive to order it because it was expensive and I was afraid I would never receive the DVD in the mail. I was very happy when I received the DVD about a week after returning from the cruise. The photos were of very high quality and captured great moments, there were over 100 pictures on the disc. While pricey, it was well worth it. I was unable to get those same photographs with my waterproof camera. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
This was one of my other favorite places and I'd really like to go back. The country is beautiful and the people are friendly. I recommend walking around the town a bit and especially to see the beautiful Cathedral. Sloths all over ... Read More
This was one of my other favorite places and I'd really like to go back. The country is beautiful and the people are friendly. I recommend walking around the town a bit and especially to see the beautiful Cathedral. Sloths all over the place here. Look up in the trees in the park near the port. We saw at least 4. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
We have visited this port before and were familiar with the surroundings so chose to do our own walking tour. We visited a large local market as well as a number of more modern shops. To our amusement we again found a tiny beauty salon in ... Read More
We have visited this port before and were familiar with the surroundings so chose to do our own walking tour. We visited a large local market as well as a number of more modern shops. To our amusement we again found a tiny beauty salon in the middle of which is growing a large tree (painted to match the interior color of the shop!) Most of the locals speak English so communication is not a problem. These folks are not pushy to sell you something and in fact are very accommodating. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
Limon itself is an industrial port, with lots of poverty. We took an excellent excursion with elderly frail parents -- Eco River Jungle Cruise and Banana Plantation (a bus and a boat). The guide was a naturalist who really knew her stuff. ... Read More
Limon itself is an industrial port, with lots of poverty. We took an excellent excursion with elderly frail parents -- Eco River Jungle Cruise and Banana Plantation (a bus and a boat). The guide was a naturalist who really knew her stuff. This was one of the unexpected highlights of the trip. Our trip was in the afternoon. Apparently many animals sleep in the heat of the day, so we were afraid we wouldn't see much. But, we saw lots of wildlife, including sloths and howler monkeys, herons and bats. Wonderful trip, not too expensive, not too tiring for older people and plenty interesting for the young. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
Well organised Independant Tours allowed to offer tours at the port.Small Duty free but we shopped outside in small stores.Did the Banana Plantations...really didn't know there was so much in growing a banana( did the Del Monte ... Read More
Well organised Independant Tours allowed to offer tours at the port.Small Duty free but we shopped outside in small stores.Did the Banana Plantations...really didn't know there was so much in growing a banana( did the Del Monte one...will really appreciate my banana on toast from now on! Playa Bonita...close to port is amazing when your guide can show you how it existed before the massive earthquake in 1991 ( it didn't exist actually!)Did the Tueguerno Canal boat trip and although we saw some fantastic animals, we were told that this was obviously hit and miss but we managed to see sloths,fruit bats,iguanas and more...so well worth it! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
Our group of 8 went on an independent tour with Danilo Hall and tour guide Shanny to Cedar Valley to zipline.(one of us took the wagon ride while the others zipped). Danilo drove while Shanny narrated. She was extremely knowledgeable and ... Read More
Our group of 8 went on an independent tour with Danilo Hall and tour guide Shanny to Cedar Valley to zipline.(one of us took the wagon ride while the others zipped). Danilo drove while Shanny narrated. She was extremely knowledgeable and very proud of her country. She was also good at keeping the incessant child beggars away from the van after one of the women in our group started handing out dollar bills to them. Shanny explained that this was a school day and the kids were all breaking the law cutting class in order to beg from cruise tourists. The van's A/C only took 2 minutes to turn deliciously icy cold, and bottled juice/water were provided in a cooler. We first stopped at a fruit stand to try out local varieties of tropical fruits. I thought that this would be boring (a fruit stand, really ) but we all enjoyed it very much. Then on to ziplining -- 10 platforms that included a high altitude zip across a river gorge (yikes). A minor strenuous bit of gravel trail/stair climbing is required before the first and before the 2nd platform. After ziplining Danilo talked to the other tour operators there and found out where the Howler monkeys were hanging out that day. A short drive later into the middle of farm country we piled out of the van to take photos of a troop of Howlers hanging out in the treetops. A cute local kid who lived in a modest home across the street came out and offered to show us where iguanas hung out a few yards away. After we took photos of the iguanas he wouldn't take a tip but he did accept the offer of my submarine hat. We then opted to skip the banana plantation tour (did a drive-by photo-op instead) and headed directly to the beach for an al fresco seafood lunch of shrimp ceviche, fresh caught whole red snapper, and Imperial cervezas. Yum! (They had a full menu if seafood isn't your thing). Then back to the port for shopping and to bid goodbye to the best run tour (and best tour bargain) we've ever had. $60 pp paid for everything (except lunch on the beach). My large snapper was $13 (included mashed fried plantains), the shrimp ceviche was $8 or so, Cerveza's were $2 each, they added a 15% service charge automatically, so check your bill before you tip. Our service was quite spotty, with the first round of beer barely below room temperature, but the food was very good and worth the wait. The local brand of hot sauce was so good we went through 2 full bottles between the 8 of us, and bought 3 more to take home. Danilo was constantly stopping the van to run over to the bushes and point out beautiful varieties of wild flowers, or fruits, or herbs, etc. It was like the world's coolest Botany lecture. Read Less

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