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Sail Date: February 2011
Okey Dokey Tours and our guide Rey and driver Jose were absolutely great. They were a little difficult to find as we had to go out of the pier area to find them but they delivered exactly what we were promised and more. There were only 4 ... Read More
Okey Dokey Tours and our guide Rey and driver Jose were absolutely great. They were a little difficult to find as we had to go out of the pier area to find them but they delivered exactly what we were promised and more. There were only 4 on our tour (8 others did not show up) making it a much more person experience. We started our tour with a river cruise of the Tortugero Canal, Rene the driver of our boat spotted numerous sloths, birds, lizards and fauna (the man had eyes like a hawk) while Rey explained the different types of plants and trees. We stopped at a roadside fruit stand and sampled fresh fruit and had a short tour of the grounds where Rey pointed out herbs and explained their uses. We continued to the Del Monte banana plantation. Rey gave us an informative tour of the plantation, explaining how the bananas are grown and harvested. We then visited the processing plant and learned what goes into getting the banana from the tree to the supermarket. I have a new appreciated from the perfect yellow fruit now. We then visited a local farm where Rey pointed out many herbs and trees, explaining how they're grown and their uses. We were then taken to a local beach restaurant and enjoyed a typical local meal consisting of chicken, rice and beans, fried plantains and a coleslaw salad with the beverage of our choice. It was absolutely delicious and included in the cost of the tour. It was a truly enjoyable day. Rey and Jose went out of their way to make sure we were satisfied. They made bathroom stops without being asked and provided us with beverages while driving. Although Rey was concerned about his English he was very easy to understand and very well spoken. Costa Rica is an ecologically conscious, developing country. Her beauty is everywhere to be seen. We would love to visit again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2011
Loved, loved, loved Costa Rica! We took a tour with JJ. After meeting with him, we took a van with driver(no English)and a tour guide, Edmon. We took the tour with a great couple, Mary and Bert. We stopped at a local fruit stand and ... Read More
Loved, loved, loved Costa Rica! We took a tour with JJ. After meeting with him, we took a van with driver(no English)and a tour guide, Edmon. We took the tour with a great couple, Mary and Bert. We stopped at a local fruit stand and sampled native fruits.The trip to the jaguar rescue was pretty long and the road was very rough at times, but not too bad. We took a tour of the rescue center and got to hold baby howler monkeys. The tiny coastal towns we went through were so quaint and laid back. We stopped for lunch at Elana's in Puerto Viejo for a lunch of Caribbean food. Elena and her family were very gracious and the food was amazing! SInce we had a small group, we were able to decide what to do for the rest of the day. We then went to a national park. The trail along the beach meandered through the forest were we spotted sloths, howler monkeys, iguana, and capuchin monkeys. We swam in the the beautiful waters for a while before, with regret, making the trip back to civilization.We stopped at a local supermarket to buy some local coffee and then returned to the ship. We would love to go back to Costa Rica and explore its treasures. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2011
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica -- Ariel tram and zip-line through the rain forest -- this is a must do for everyone who visits Costa Rica!
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica -- Ariel tram and zip-line through the rain forest -- this is a must do for everyone who visits Costa Rica! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2011
We loved this port. Took an Okeydokey excursion and had a wonderful time. Got to see the rain forest, banana plantation, sloths (and got to hold one too), tour the Tortuguero Canal by boat, eat authentic Costa Rican dinner, and see how ... Read More
We loved this port. Took an Okeydokey excursion and had a wonderful time. Got to see the rain forest, banana plantation, sloths (and got to hold one too), tour the Tortuguero Canal by boat, eat authentic Costa Rican dinner, and see how they live and exist from day to day. It's a beautiful place. Seeing the wildlife native to the country was wonderful and enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2011
We chose the off road adventure and were delighted! The 6x6 truck was as well appointed as a traditional tour bus with large windows, A/C and comfortable seats. The guide Eric was very informative and entertaining. The tour begins with a ... Read More
We chose the off road adventure and were delighted! The 6x6 truck was as well appointed as a traditional tour bus with large windows, A/C and comfortable seats. The guide Eric was very informative and entertaining. The tour begins with a drive on a highway along the coast. We then began to travel inland where the vegetation was the main sight. On onThe truck is able to travel roads not suited for larger tours, so we were on some "roads" which offered some "up close" looks at the plants and animals. We stopped at one point for a short nature walk where Eric pointed out tiny poisonous frogs along the treeline. We also were lucky enough to view a sloth, monkeys and toucans! After a short rest stop/bathroom break at a coral where horseback riding is available we visited a banana plantation. Eric and Jose our driver set out a nice array of refreshments for us with pineapple, salsa and crackers, soft drinks, beer and a local cocktail which Eric mixed. While we enjoyed our snacks Eric explained the banana plantations operations. Sipping a cool drink standing in the middle of a dirt road in the shade of a banana tree is about as close to "roughing it" as I care to get. While driving back to civilization several zip-liners shot past overhead on cables I hadn't noticed on the trip out. Our tour may be a bit tame for those folks and may be a bit too adult for the kids, but we loved it! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2010
Great fun being pulled on special carts deep into the rain forest behind a John Deer tractor. Awesome tour guide who truly took the time to share his love and enthusiasm (and his deep knowledge) of this beautiful country and its people. ... Read More
Great fun being pulled on special carts deep into the rain forest behind a John Deer tractor. Awesome tour guide who truly took the time to share his love and enthusiasm (and his deep knowledge) of this beautiful country and its people. Great 'driver' who did not mind jumping off his seat every few minutes to capture poison arrow frogs and other small creatures to show us and allow us to photograph them. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2010
Limon, Costa Rica We took the Eco-Cruise and Train Ride. The eco-cruise was fabulous---we saw monkeys and a sloth in the wild. The train ride was a little boring. It's rainy and damp in Costa Rica so I was glad I had a raincoat with ... Read More
Limon, Costa Rica We took the Eco-Cruise and Train Ride. The eco-cruise was fabulous---we saw monkeys and a sloth in the wild. The train ride was a little boring. It's rainy and damp in Costa Rica so I was glad I had a raincoat with a hood. We also visited a Del Monte banana plantation. It was well presented and we came out with a deep appreciation for all the work that goes into the production of bananas. There was a busy straw market near the ship's dock, so we were able to purchase some gifts at reasonable prices without having to go too far from the ship. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2010
The port itself is gritty and I don't think anyone would want to walk around town. We opted for a natural history tour organized by our tour director. Costa Rica is beautiful and there seems to be a concerted effort to keep everything ... Read More
The port itself is gritty and I don't think anyone would want to walk around town. We opted for a natural history tour organized by our tour director. Costa Rica is beautiful and there seems to be a concerted effort to keep everything as clean and natural as possible. The tour included a boat ride down a river (maybe a large canal) where we saw sloths, monkeys and quite a few species of birds. We then continued on to a rain forest tour on a tractor-pulled covered wagon. We stopped many times along the way and the guide picked up spiders and (very carefully) poisonous frogs and brought them over to the wagon so that we could take pictures. This was a very nice tour, but I would suggest mosquito repellent, because whenever we stopped, the bugs found the wagon. Fortunately we had sprayed ourselves with Off. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
Having visited Costa Rica before, I knew I wanted our group to experience the countryside. Ship excursions did not offer Zip line tours so Okey Dokey Tours was the best for our group on 12. We saw wildlife on the Canal, walked in the ... Read More
Having visited Costa Rica before, I knew I wanted our group to experience the countryside. Ship excursions did not offer Zip line tours so Okey Dokey Tours was the best for our group on 12. We saw wildlife on the Canal, walked in the rainforest, tasted local fruit, shopped in a grocery store, and zip lined. This was the best excursion ever. Carlos was entertaining and made sure we got all items requested in. We saw a banana plantation, cashew tree, and cocca tree. We held a sloth, tasted green coconut milk, and lots more. I can't say enough about the good time we had. Only drawback was I forgot to get a t-shirt of our zip line experience. Stalls at the port did not have any. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
Costa Rica..We booked a zip-line excursion through Greenway Tours and saved about 60% from Carnival prices. They guarantee you will not miss your ship so book with confidence. We were met on the pier at 10am by Jackie and promptly taken to ... Read More
Costa Rica..We booked a zip-line excursion through Greenway Tours and saved about 60% from Carnival prices. They guarantee you will not miss your ship so book with confidence. We were met on the pier at 10am by Jackie and promptly taken to our awaiting bus. She was full of local history and information during our ride to the zip-line,about an hour trip away. Zip-line was a blast and would do it again in a heartbeat. Afterwards we were taken to the Del Monte Banana Plantation. This may sound boring but quite the contrary. Extremely interesting...did you know that bananas are actually an herb? Greenway Tours got us back to the ship by 2pm leaving us with 2 hours of shopping time. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
Costa Rica was definitely the highlight port of our cruise. I booked a tour on my own over the internet with a company called Oscar Brown. Oscar was at the port to meet us and presented us with our private driver who took us all over the ... Read More
Costa Rica was definitely the highlight port of our cruise. I booked a tour on my own over the internet with a company called Oscar Brown. Oscar was at the port to meet us and presented us with our private driver who took us all over the country side. We stopped to see and hold a monkey, a sloth and an iguana. We stopped at a local organic market. Visited the Del Monte banana plantation, which was very interesting. Took a canal ride in the rain forest and saw tons of birds, a sloth, an alligator. Stopped at a beautiful beach and had a wonderful lunch overlooking the ocean. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
No planned excursion here. We decided to catch a cab to a beach resort north of town. We had pina colodas and spent the day there. At the resort there were guys with conga and guitar. We took a hike to the top of a hill there which was ... Read More
No planned excursion here. We decided to catch a cab to a beach resort north of town. We had pina colodas and spent the day there. At the resort there were guys with conga and guitar. We took a hike to the top of a hill there which was nice. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
Excellent. We did white water rafting. We had a blast! The water was warm, so getting wet didn't matter. We did rafting in Colorado and the water was COLD. This was probably the best of the cruise.
Excellent. We did white water rafting. We had a blast! The water was warm, so getting wet didn't matter. We did rafting in Colorado and the water was COLD. This was probably the best of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
I love sloths, so there was no decision necessary on what tour to do... the sloth sanctuary and canoe ride. It was a 45 minute ride to the sloth sanctuary and the guide gave us some information about the area and sloths. When we got to the ... Read More
I love sloths, so there was no decision necessary on what tour to do... the sloth sanctuary and canoe ride. It was a 45 minute ride to the sloth sanctuary and the guide gave us some information about the area and sloths. When we got to the sanctuary, we could see an enclosure with lots of fuzzy little guys. First we watched a movie on sloths which enhanced my excitement to see them close up! And then Buttercup arrived! She was so adorable with her little smile, she was very calm. We went outside and whomever wanted could get a picture with her and her handler. I got to touch her arm and she was soft and sweet. Then we went into an area with a few of the residents and the guide introduced us to them. One of the residents was one of the only babies born at the sanctuary, she was with her mother. After this, we went on a canoe ride through the jungle. The boats were low in the water, but very safe. My mom was nervous about them, but she agreed afterwards that it was very fun and she felt safe. We saw a sloth in the wild climbing down a tree. We also saw crabs, birds, crocodile, and bright green iguana. It was very relaxing, but I would suggest that you put on some bug spray. The mosquitos were not terrible, but they were biting a bit. Then we went on a walking tour in the jungle and our guide talked about the plants of the area. We went to a porch and ate fresh fruit. The final part of the tour was the baby sloth introduction. They were in little bins on towels. Some were sleeping, some were eating, some were making cute faces. You could not touch them, but you could take pictures (no flash). Finally, there was a nice gift shop with lots of sloth items. The bus took us back to the port after we were done in the shop. Overall, the sanctuary tour was very nice because our group was the only ones at each step of the tour. So it was not crowded. There were a couple children on the tour and they got tired and bored partway through the canoe ride. At the port, there was a very nice market under a tent (which was good because it rained while we were in there). We also went out into the town where there were shops and restaurants as well. Everywhere accepted US dollars in this area. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
This was by far our most enjoyable day. We visited the Sloth Sanctuary. What beautiful, gentle animals and to get up close and personal was really quite special as was the journey through the rain forest enabling us to see again many of ... Read More
This was by far our most enjoyable day. We visited the Sloth Sanctuary. What beautiful, gentle animals and to get up close and personal was really quite special as was the journey through the rain forest enabling us to see again many of the amazing wildlife Read Less
Sail Date: February 2010
Port is very blah. But, Costa Rica is beautiful! We did the Veragua Rainforest tour. Had a wonderful, educational time. I am ready to go back to Costa Rica to spend a week on my own based on this visit. Panama needs to pay attention to ... Read More
Port is very blah. But, Costa Rica is beautiful! We did the Veragua Rainforest tour. Had a wonderful, educational time. I am ready to go back to Costa Rica to spend a week on my own based on this visit. Panama needs to pay attention to Costa Rica if they want to be serious about tourism.   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2010
We chose a private tour in Costa Rica with Oscar Brown Tours and all of us left knowing that this was our favorite port. Costa Rica is very tropical and we went to a banana plantation, a national park and a private plantation. The private ... Read More
We chose a private tour in Costa Rica with Oscar Brown Tours and all of us left knowing that this was our favorite port. Costa Rica is very tropical and we went to a banana plantation, a national park and a private plantation. The private plantation was amazing. Oscar and his assistant,Katherine, walked us through a very dense rain forest and we were treated to many wonderful sites and tastes. We were able to taste sugar cane,bananas, pineapple, 2 kinds of coconut, papaya and lemons. We learned about the "Pepto Bismol" tree, the "hackey" plant, the noni plant, the shampoo plant and many beautiful species of flowers, including ginger. The helper at the plantation climbed a tree and presented us with an adolescent sloth which we could pet and hold. We saw many birds and trees and left with an unbelievable appreciation of how Costa Ricans use their natural resources in many unique ways. We toured the Cahuita National Park and saw howler monkeys high up in the trees. We were then treated to an authentic lunch at a local restaurant. Oscar and Katherine helped us with the menu and Oscar shared his own water and beer with us. He was a friend of the owner. The food was great and although it was raining, the rain just added to the feeling of being in a rain forest. On our way back to the pier Oscar stopped at a local supermarket and Katherine helped us shop for local coffee, vanilla and tea. Prices were much less expensive then at the souvenir shops. We had a few minutes upon returning to the ship to shop for some local crafts and say goodbye to a wonderful country and a fabulous day with both our guides. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2010
We enjoyed Costa Rica so much. Our cab driver Hector was so sweet and as we made a couple of stops we realised that he was known by everyone there. People waived at us (or perhaps it was him) but, hey, we waived back anyway. We went into a ... Read More
We enjoyed Costa Rica so much. Our cab driver Hector was so sweet and as we made a couple of stops we realised that he was known by everyone there. People waived at us (or perhaps it was him) but, hey, we waived back anyway. We went into a banana field and Hector showed us a baby banana pod and told us about the process. This part of the tour was cut short by me when I spotted a HUGE spider web close by. As the song goes, "I don't like spiders and snakes". If you don't have an excursion booked, by all means hire a taxi (it's very safe) and have a tour of the area, it's wonderful. Shopping was fun, so many stores and venders. Again, we found some really great bargains. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2010
We visited a banana plantation which was very interesting and we took a boat cruise where we saw sloughs, birds, termites nests, bats and iguanas. We also took a train ride but it was not very exciting.
We visited a banana plantation which was very interesting and we took a boat cruise where we saw sloughs, birds, termites nests, bats and iguanas. We also took a train ride but it was not very exciting. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
This was the best port of the trip. See review of our excursion to Veragua Rainforest, above. Very beautiful country and the people are very friendly and not pushy. I would like more time in the rain forests. (People with spider phobia, ... Read More
This was the best port of the trip. See review of our excursion to Veragua Rainforest, above. Very beautiful country and the people are very friendly and not pushy. I would like more time in the rain forests. (People with spider phobia, beware... there are huge spiders and webs everywhere, although I was lucky not to see a tarantula except behind a glass case. Apparently they live in holes and you are unlikely to see them.) Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
The tour we chose for this port was the Sloth Sanctuary. The only bad part of our tour was the road conditions for our 45 minute ride. At the Sanctuary, we were shown a film about the Sanctuary's activities, then we met Buttercup, a ... Read More
The tour we chose for this port was the Sloth Sanctuary. The only bad part of our tour was the road conditions for our 45 minute ride. At the Sanctuary, we were shown a film about the Sanctuary's activities, then we met Buttercup, a sloth, and time was given for everyone to have their picture taken with her. Next we were taken on a canoe ride with a native paddlist, thru a waterway in the rainforest. After we went on a walk thru the rainforest. We saw Howler monkeys, sloths, crocs, and other assorted animals. Finally, we had a fresh tropical fruit buffet before the 45 min. bumpy ride back to the port. The shopping market at the port was full of the popular items that the tourists want, coffee, t shirts, etc. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
We used Okeydokey tours and they were really excellent. It really felt like an ecotour beginning with a walk through the forest, stops to see a sloth, howler monkeys, etc. We toured a banana plantation and then did the boat ride on the ... Read More
We used Okeydokey tours and they were really excellent. It really felt like an ecotour beginning with a walk through the forest, stops to see a sloth, howler monkeys, etc. We toured a banana plantation and then did the boat ride on the canals. Saw tons of wildlife. It was all wonderful. Read Less

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