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Sail Date: January 2009
Puerto Limon is a very scary place. I wouldn't say that lightly, but the city itself had a lot of seedy looking people and it was very dirty and run down. Please don't judge Costa Rica by this port! We've been to Guanacaste ... Read More
Puerto Limon is a very scary place. I wouldn't say that lightly, but the city itself had a lot of seedy looking people and it was very dirty and run down. Please don't judge Costa Rica by this port! We've been to Guanacaste ( near Liberia airport) a couple of times so far, and it is nothing like this. But, we did have a pretty good day anyway. We took a tour through www.okeydokeytours.com and we had a great time. We had an excellent guide named Jorge and he showed us monkeys, sloths and lots of different flowers and fauna. He was very excited about showing us anything he could, before the rain started. It absolutely poured and unfortunately we were on a boat tour of the tortugero canals at the time. We were soaked! But life is an adventure, so we had fun anyway. We had lunch on the beach, and thankfully the restaurant was under cover. The food was local, rice beans and either chicken, beef or fish, and was very fresh and cooked well. We even had local beers to wash it all down. If you are going there I would highly recommend taking a tour or stay on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
This was our first time in Costa Rica. Apparently it rains a lot there, but it is still a beautiful country. We did a tour through the ship involving River Tubing; basically two people sit in a large inflatable tube and you drift down a ... Read More
This was our first time in Costa Rica. Apparently it rains a lot there, but it is still a beautiful country. We did a tour through the ship involving River Tubing; basically two people sit in a large inflatable tube and you drift down a river, periodically hitting some rapids. It was a lot of fun. The drive to the river tubing area was quite long, but very scenic and with an informative naturalist. The bus driver stopped when he saw a family of monkeys and we were allowed to exit the bus for photos/viewing (we later learned that this type of monkey will throw their poop at humans if they feel threatened, but fortunately they liked us OK). There was a decent shopping area near the ship and we bought more coffee (Cafe Britt). Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
Our visit to this port was marred by pouring rain the whole day. We took the Caribbean Train, Eco Cruise & Countryside tour, but most of the wildlife was curled up in the trees trying to keep warm & dry
Our visit to this port was marred by pouring rain the whole day. We took the Caribbean Train, Eco Cruise & Countryside tour, but most of the wildlife was curled up in the trees trying to keep warm & dry Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
This was the only port that was disappointing. The weather was terrible! I would strongly advise everyone to skip the Tortuguero Canal boat ride. It was a miserable and dangerous experience. The driver of the boat did not maintain control ... Read More
This was the only port that was disappointing. The weather was terrible! I would strongly advise everyone to skip the Tortuguero Canal boat ride. It was a miserable and dangerous experience. The driver of the boat did not maintain control of the craft. He continually crossed his own wake and each time he did filthy brackish water poured into the back of the boat where I was seated. The last three rows were knee deep in water before long. The guide promised that each time an animal was spotted the boat would try to turn around so the passengers on both sides could see and take photos. On one of these attempts, another boat got too close to us. Our boat listed badly and we barely missed a tree. Limbs from the tree snapped into the boat hitting several passengers in the head and face. By this time, the motor and battery compartments flooded and we feared that the engines might stop working. The driver speeded up and again lost control. The boat rammed into the support of a bridge over the canal. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured. On shore, I asked for a towel because I was soaked to the skin. We were shown an interesting film about banana production on the way to the aerial tram park. When we got there, we were "soaked" again. It was pouring rain by this time and they sold us ponchos for $10 each. Now they were nice but not worth $10! Advice: Bring a poncho! Then we were informed that the road to the tram was under water and we would have to walk across a rope bridge to get there. I am afraid of heights but was amazed that I crossed the sturdy bridge without panicking. A buffet lunch of local cuisine was served to us before we broke into groups of six for the tram ride. The Aerial Tram ride was breathtaking. Even though we were cold and wet and the animals were much too smart to be out on such a dreadful day, the views were worth the discomfort. The ride back to the ship was terrifying. Several areas of the road were washed out. We passed a local bus that had been swept into a ditch. They told us of contingency plans to put us up for the night and fly us to Grand Cayman if we could not get back to the ship. Our bus driver did a great job and we got back to the ship before it was scheduled to depart the port. There were still two tours that had not yet returned. The ship waited another hour until all passengers were onboard before pulling in the gangway and setting sail. In response to numerous complaints about this Costa Rica Favorites tour, we were given a partial refund. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
Another great port. When I research the available excursion on Internet before the cruise I found a couple of good reviews about a local tour company called "Strictly Business". So we booked with him prior to our departure and ... Read More
Another great port. When I research the available excursion on Internet before the cruise I found a couple of good reviews about a local tour company called "Strictly Business". So we booked with him prior to our departure and this was a very good decision. It cost us 45$ per person but we got a private tour of Puerto Limon since we were just four passenger in his minivan. The guide (Marshall Scott) took us around the city in place where most of the big tour bus cannot go. He also took us on a boat ride on the Tortuga Canals (The best part of the tour), a visit to a banana plantation and to a national park. He was fun and informative about the area and we really appreciated him. You can contact this guy at eventosinternacionalessb@yahoo.com.mx I recommend him. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2008
This part of Central America has a more tropical island feel and is very pretty from the ship. However be prepared for seeing quite a lot of poverty. There is a welfare system so you don't get hassled by street sellers. The excursion ... Read More
This part of Central America has a more tropical island feel and is very pretty from the ship. However be prepared for seeing quite a lot of poverty. There is a welfare system so you don't get hassled by street sellers. The excursion we went on involved seeing the country by rail, road and bus. It was the longest, slowest,boring and most expensive excursion we have ever been on. We wish we'd stayed on ship. The rest of my family agreed that their excursions in Costa Rica were also too long and too expensive. Read Less

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