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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: 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
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
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
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: 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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Sail Date: July 2009
This is a port you will want to book an excusion to see. They do not advise you walk around the town by yourself. We took cruisecritics advice and booked a tour of the rain forest using the tour line Okeydokey.com. Usually we book through ... Read More
This is a port you will want to book an excusion to see. They do not advise you walk around the town by yourself. We took cruisecritics advice and booked a tour of the rain forest using the tour line Okeydokey.com. Usually we book through the ship but I'm glad we didn't this time. The tour cost half as much as the ships plus they have air conditioned vans that only hold nine people plus the driver. We were able to go places the busses couldn't. They gave us free water, pop, beer, and fresh fruit. We also had a free lunch at Bonita Beach. We went on a tour of the town, then up into the mountains to see the monkeys. We also went down the canal for an hour and a half. We saw sloths, crocodiles, huge butterflys, Jesus lizards, and numerous other 'things' I have never seen before. Our driver was knowledgable and easy to understand. I would recommend this company to all. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
Took the zip line and aerial canopy tour through the rain forest. great trip with lots to see. the only negative is the time it takes to drive to and from the location.
Took the zip line and aerial canopy tour through the rain forest. great trip with lots to see. the only negative is the time it takes to drive to and from the location. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
We took the advice we read on Cruise Critic and contacted Okey Dokey tours. They have a website. They were waiting for us when we disembarked. We were escorted in a mini van and had our own personal guide, Carlos, and driver, Staton. ... Read More
We took the advice we read on Cruise Critic and contacted Okey Dokey tours. They have a website. They were waiting for us when we disembarked. We were escorted in a mini van and had our own personal guide, Carlos, and driver, Staton. We were able to go down roads the tour buses couldn't take. We walked through a small plantation/jungle area and saw many amazing plants and tasted fresh bananas and coconuts. We then went to the banana plantation and saw how bananas were grown, picked and processed. Then we visited with a sloth, took a trip on the canal in a small boat and went for lunch at the beach and ate a Costa Rican meal (grilled chicken, beans and rice, salad and fried plantains). On the way back Carlos took us to a Costa Rican grocery where he showed us the ingredients that were used in the meal. It was very good. We were gone 5-6 hours and it only cost $59 each. Quite a bargain. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
In Limon, we took the Rainforest Aerial Tram shore excursion. It's a great way to see the rainforest up close and personal. We were 5 people in one tram car, plus our personal guide, who pointed out the flora (not too much fauna to be ... Read More
In Limon, we took the Rainforest Aerial Tram shore excursion. It's a great way to see the rainforest up close and personal. We were 5 people in one tram car, plus our personal guide, who pointed out the flora (not too much fauna to be seen; they say the animals disappear when the tourists arrive). We had an excellent meal at the facility's restaurant (chicken, salad, beans and rice and fried plantains washed down with a tropical fruit drink). We then went into the well-stocked gift shop to buy Costa Rican coffee. Before getting back on the bus, we went on a short nature walk on a paved path through the forest. The only disappointing parts of this trip were our over-enthusiastic tour guide on the bus who wanted to stop the bus to point out sloths and plants and nests; and the fact that our group picture was taken while we were on the tram and then sold to us later for $10 (we did not buy it, and think it should have been included in the price). Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
Actual port was Puntarenas Costa Rica. very friendly staff at the dock, nice market, a fantastic country. We took an outstanding local tour to Carara National Park and the Taricolas River with Greenway Tours. Would highly recommend Mario ... Read More
Actual port was Puntarenas Costa Rica. very friendly staff at the dock, nice market, a fantastic country. We took an outstanding local tour to Carara National Park and the Taricolas River with Greenway Tours. Would highly recommend Mario and his company. A new clean, air conditioned van with tour guide Ollie were fantastic. http://www.costarica-ecotourism.com/costa-rica-tours.htm or www.greenwaytours.com Will go to the volcanoes and canopy tour another time. Walked through the rainforest, saw much wildlife and interesting trees/vegetation. A short boat ride on the Taricolas River were the capper, with Lizard/Iguana sighting and a wide variety of birds and fish and wild crocodiles. The boat guide was a daredevil feeding the crocs on the riverbank. Unbelieveable photo ops. Seeing a pair of scarlet macaws flying by brought my wife to tears. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
Took the Off Road Adventure and it was fabulous. Eric and Jose made this a wonderful adventure. They have a custom built vehicle that holds 40 passengers and can go into the mountains on very rough roads. They wanted to develop a ... Read More
Took the Off Road Adventure and it was fabulous. Eric and Jose made this a wonderful adventure. They have a custom built vehicle that holds 40 passengers and can go into the mountains on very rough roads. They wanted to develop a special tour to areas not usually visited by tourists, or locals, and they certainly have succeeded. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
What a beautiful day in Puerto Limon, clear as a bell and very hot & humid, I enjoyed it very much. All eight of us did the Eco-train, Del Monte Banana Plantation and the Tortuguero Jungle Canals. Everyone enjoyed it all but could ... Read More
What a beautiful day in Puerto Limon, clear as a bell and very hot & humid, I enjoyed it very much. All eight of us did the Eco-train, Del Monte Banana Plantation and the Tortuguero Jungle Canals. Everyone enjoyed it all but could have done without the train, it was very old, very stuffy, no A/C, you went up the track very slowly to look at very small Monkeys/Sloths in the trees that were very hard to see in the first place, we then stopped and went backwards back to where the buses were. We then got to the canals were there was cold bottled water, fruit juices and beer to drink and fresh fruit, bananas, watermelon, pineapple and then a small shop to buy local art and great smelling coffee, I bought five bags. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
In Puerto Limon we took the Veragua Rainforest Tour with Humberto as our tour guide.   Humberto made the trip very enjoyable and we learned about the history and geography of Costa Rica on our way to the rainforest.  We lucked out with ... Read More
In Puerto Limon we took the Veragua Rainforest Tour with Humberto as our tour guide.   Humberto made the trip very enjoyable and we learned about the history and geography of Costa Rica on our way to the rainforest.  We lucked out with sunny weather even though we could see rain clouds elsewhere.   The Veraugua Rainforest park has a terrific lizard, amphibian and snake exhibit.  They also have an awesome butterfly collection and enclosure with live butterflies.  We took the aerial tram down the mountainside and you could feel the temperature and humidity rise as we rode down into the valley.   We elected to walk the optional 350 steps to the waterfall at the bottom and back again.  Whew!  We earned the lunch that was served back at the top of the mountain.  The promised 'snack' was a subway sandwich and delicious fresh fruit plus fabulous fresh Costa Rican coffee - my mouth is watering just remembering the aroma!Humberto told us where to buy coffee in town and what brand to get - it is cheaper to go and buy it at the grocery store which is in walking distance from the ship than to buy it from the ship or the vendors beside the ship!   We chose to buy premium Oro for approx. $5 US a pound. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
Another great port. When I research the available excursion on Internet before the cruise I found a couple of good reviews about a local tour company called "Strictly Business". So we booked with him prior to our departure and ... Read More
Another great port. When I research the available excursion on Internet before the cruise I found a couple of good reviews about a local tour company called "Strictly Business". So we booked with him prior to our departure and this was a very good decision. It cost us 45$ 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
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Sail Date: December 2018
Chose to go ashore at the port on this occasion as we have visited Puerto Limon previously and did an excursion. The town itself is a little run down but the people are very friendly and there is a nice park at the port where, if you are ... Read More
Chose to go ashore at the port on this occasion as we have visited Puerto Limon previously and did an excursion. The town itself is a little run down but the people are very friendly and there is a nice park at the port where, if you are lucky, you will spot the odd sloth in the tree canopy or as I did a family of owls. Read Less

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