You'll have a chance to partake in all kinds of adventures while on a Caribbean cruise, but perhaps no destination offers quite as much variety as Costa Rica shore excursions.
After disembarking in Puntarenas, you'll have a plethora of options at your fingertips. If you're interested in soaking up the local culture, you'll definitely want to head to the nearby city of San Jose, where you'll have a chance to shop and sample some local cuisine. Be sure to visit the National Theater, which many believe to be the most beautiful building on the island.
San Jose is a good representation of city life in Costa Rica, but the country is worth visiting as well. Pay a visit to the village of Sarchi in order to see local handcrafted work, or tour a coffee plantation to learn about the important role that the crop has had in the country's history.
Of course, Costa Rica excursions also offer lots of adventure. Once you’ve checked out the cities, discover Costa Rica’s dense natural rainforest from the surface to the canopy with aerial tram tours that let you soar above the treetops.
Ziplining through a rainforest canopy is one of the more memorable Caribbean shore excursions that are offered here, but it's far from the only one. Rafting down a rainforest river is definitely an adventure, but it's relaxing enough that you'll be able to take in the scenery as well.
Also, be sure to explore the most exciting feature of Costa Rica’s landscape – its explosive active volcanos, all within convenient driving distance of San Jose. Poás Volcano National Park features a gorgeous blue-green lake at the bottom of a crater a mile deep into the earth with clouds and mist dancing above. Touring Poás offers you hiking and breathtaking views you will never forget.
No matter your interests – from the tranquil to the thrilling – Costa Rica excursions are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.