Costa Rica's Limon Province boasts pristine beaches, sprawling banana plantations and dense rainforest.
These Caribbean lowlands are still sparsely populated--nearly a third of the province's population lives around Puerto Limon--and conservation efforts have led to growing eco-tourism. Limon Province offers other charms as well. Afro-Caribbean influences abound, from the lilting speech and reggae rhythms brought by Jamaican settlers to the colorful bungalows lining small fishing villages. Limon is a zesty little slice of heaven.
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Scenic Drive & Folkloric Show
2.75 hours | Limon | LIO-120
A compact cultural adventure is the perfect introduction to intriguing Limón. Your 2.75-hour excursion begins when you sit back and enjoy the sights on a scenic motorcoach drive narrated by a knowledgeable guide. As you watch stunning landscapes go by, learn the fascinating Costa Rican history and its role in Afro-Caribbean culture. See Cieneguita, one of Limón's oldest neighborhoods, built originally by the country's first settlers, the Limón Airport, expansive banana and cassava plantations and beautiful vistas of the Caribbean Sea fringed by charming palm trees. Your destination is a private venue set against the spectacular backdrop of the world-famous Tortuguero canals. You'll be greeted by local dancers dressed in authentic costumes, who will share their customs and traditions followed by a traditional cultural performance set to the Caribbean beat. Before returning to the ship take a moment to peruse the souvenir shop and sample a scrumptious seasonal fruit buffet and cold beverage. Relax on the return to port.
Sightsee, sample and shop during this interactive excursion that begins with a visit to the United Fruit Company. Founded in 1899 by American entrepreneurs to transport bananas to the U.S., a guided tour through the 116-year-old building features several food stations where you can taste a variety of traditional foods, popular sweets, and roasted chocolate beans followed by a chance to purchase these locally made snacks. Back on the coach, you'll travel along picturesque coastal roads and past the banana plantations of Bananito Village, a planned community designed for plantation workers. A roadside stop includes a visit to a local fruit and souvenir store where a banana and a bottle of water will be provided and you'll have a chance to purchase locally-made souvenirs to take back home. When your exciting venture comes to an end, sit back and relax as you head back to the pier.
Take in the beauty and color of Puerto Limon by waterway on this engaging 2.5-hour adventure. Begin the day with a short work to the pier, where you'll board your sturdy vessel and set off into the ocean to explore. Expect some choppy conditions, but it will be worth it when the uninhabited "Isla Uvita" comes into view. In 1502, during his final voyage to America, Christopher Columbus anchored his ships on this island for repairs, but today this pristine island is known for its beauty. Weather permitting, you'll circle this tiny sanctuary before continuing to Limon's colorful waterfront, where you can admire the luxury hotels, public buildings and other landmarks set among the natural vegetation. Continue your journey to the backstreet canals and marvel at the variety of wildlife that coexist with the friendly locals in this urban environment. Although not guaranteed, keep an eye out for three-toed sloths and howler monkeys swinging in the trees, turtles, and a variety of birdlife. Return to the boarding pier with plenty of time left to explore Puerto Limon independently.
Travel through time on the railroad that gave birth to the banana industry on this easy, half-day tour. The Atlantic Railroad, described by one engineer as "the most difficult damned piece of railroading in the world," is considered the Panama Canal of Costa Rica, and in 1890, the line was finally completed, forever changing the landscape, the economy, and the local way of life. Your quaint, open-air rail car journey includes stunning scenery, expert narration, and photo stops along the way. Keep your camera handy, as it is not uncommon to sight black monkeys and two-toed sloths resting peacefully in the trees. This tour does not visit a banana plantation, but an explanation of the banana growing process is provided during the train ride as is excellent information on the flora and fauna and the ecosystem and a local's insight into the country's people and culture. Return to port via a scenic countryside drive.
Explore the wonders of Limón, prized for its vibrant Caribbean culture, stunning scenery and intricate waterways, on this pleasant four-hour adventure that discovers the region and delves into its history. Travel by air-conditioned motorcoach as your guide points out places of interest, charming villages and fertile plantations. Stop to stretch your legs with a walk through the rainforest along a sturdy walkway. Keep your camera at the ready for wildlife such as monkeys and other creatures that call this paradise home. Next, board a pontoon boat for a journey along the peaceful Tortuguero Canals. Your boat ride offers one of the most exuberant landscapes in Costa Rica, showcasing more than 400 species of trees, 2,000 species of other plants and 60 species of amphibians and abundant birdlife. At a restaurant, you'll enjoy tropical fruits and other natural refreshments. Stop at a family gift shop for souvenirs before returning to port.
A sun-sational day awaits on Puerto Viejo Beach, located on the Caribbean side, a scenic 90-minute motorcoach ride from port. Costa Rica's topography is one of the most diverse in the world. Rolling hills, high mountains, plains, valleys and riverbeds are just some of the gorgeous landscapes you'll see from the window as you make your way to Puerto Viejo Beach. Your spot on the sand is within a boutique hotel's beachfront property. Here, you'll settle on the sand, take a swim in the inviting turquoise waters and enjoy fruity beverages from the bar (at your own expense). Take a stroll to admire the natural beauty of this locale set against deep green forest vegetation and refresh with some seasonal fruit. Then, head on over to the funky and colorful Puerto Viejo Village, formerly a fishing village, where unique shops, surf shacks, and artisan boutiques are the perfect place to find a handcrafted memento of your day. Return to port on a relaxed drive.
Climb aboard an air-conditioned "6X6 Monster Bus" all-terrain vehicle with extra wide panoramic windows. Travel west, passing small villages and towns down winding roads that ribbon alongside the Banano River. Take in majestic views from lookout points, then stop on the river banks for a Costa Rican style picnic (weather permitting). You will be treated to seasonal fruits, soft drinks, bottled water and "bizcocho" snacks with Lizano sauce. Refreshed, immerse yourself in the rainforest on a leisurely walk with a naturalist guide to learn more about the area's spectacular flora and fauna, keeping your camera at the ready for poison dart frogs, monkeys and birds. Reboard the motorcoach and enjoy a scenic drive to a small valley with a banana plantation, where a tour of the grounds introduces you to banana production, one of Costa Rica's chief industries. Return to port on along a picturesque coastal route.
Travel to the region hailed as Costa Rica's Amazon for a leisurely pontoon boat ride through the rainforest on this half-day excursion. The heavy annual rainfall fills the area with rich flora and fauna. Along the canals, you can see gorgeous orchids and water lilies. Your guide will explain the rainforest ecosystem and points out sights of interest. Keep your eyes open for monkeys, crocodiles, sloths and toucans..
Take a culture trip with a local guide and discover the colorful sights and sounds of Limon. From the pier, it's a short drive to Parque Vargas for a walking tour. Some of the treasures inside this historic park are monuments, the City Hall and views of the beautiful Uvita Island where Christopher Columbus landed in 1502. Next, you'll board a bus for a scenic drive along a coastal road to Playa Bonita Beach, where you can shop for local handicrafts. Back in Limon, you'll stop at Casa de la Cultura Theater for a live performance of calypso music and dancers (and don't be shy, you can join in!). The cultural journey continues with a visit to the historic United Fruit Company for an interactive Caribbean gastronomical experience. Here, you'll learn how to prepare traditional Caribbean dishes like "gallo pinto" and "plantintá," a sweet tart made with plantains.
Outdoor enthusiasts will thrill to the opportunity to discover the serenity and beauty of the Costa Rican rainforest from the seat of a kayak. Your approximately four-hour adventure begins with a 45-minute motorcoach drive to the kayak dock, where you'll receive safety instructions and a demonstration on how to use your equipment. Then, set off caravan-style to glide through the glassine waters lined with intensely lush and vibrant flora. Admire the vibrant rainforest with the help of your naturalist guide, who will point out different types of unique tropical plants, like orchids, bromeliads, water lilies and many others. Be alert to spot the exotic birdlife along the riverbank as well as other animals, such as caimans, turtles, monkeys and sloths -just a sample of the biodiversity present around you. Refresh with some seasonal fruit before returning to port with a camera filled with memories at the end of the day.
If you thrive on outdoor adventure, then this exciting three-hour excursion will really get you moving. Fun for seasoned zip line pros, novices, thrill seekers and kids of all ages (eight and over), this zip-line trek takes you across 12 cables and 13 platforms stretched across the length of the rainforest. The longest cable is 270 yards, and you'll experience heights of up to 240 feet above the ground. An experienced guide will lead you through a detailed safety and equipment orientation. Then, you'll buckle in, latch on and soar into adrenaline pumping action. The platforms are arranged at different heights and levels of excitement-up to platform five, all cables are of similar length; however, from platform six onwards, the cables become even more thrilling. Relax and recharge with fresh fruit and water at a local restaurant before you head back to the ship.
Two exciting adventures await on this full-day excursion that makes the most of Costa Rica's incredibly natural beauty. Start the day with a ride back in time on the railroad that gave birth to the banana industry. The Atlantic Railroad is considered the Panama Canal of Costa Rica. Your quaint, open-air rail car journey includes stunning scenery and expert narration. Keep your camera handy, as it is not uncommon to sight black monkeys and two-toed sloths resting peacefully in the trees. This tour does not visit a banana plantation, but an explanation of the banana growing process is provided during the train ride. Next, settle in for a pontoon cruise along the Tortuguero Canals to discover the wetlands ecosystem and exotic fauna and flora from a different perspective. Finally, a picturesque motorcoach drive through the lush countryside, passing emblematic rural towns and villages, returns you to port. (Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.)
Enjoy a scenic rafting trip down the mighty Reventazon River on this full-day excursion. Accompanied by your guide, you'll paddle a Class II* section of whitewater river for an exhilarating time. Drive through the picturesque Caribbean side of the country to the Operations Center where you'll don your gear and enjoy some refreshments prior to heading out for the put-in point. Your professional guide will provide some basic instruction and paddling techniques, as well as a safety briefing before putting in. Your approximate 90-minute rafting trip features wide stretches of smooth water punctuated by small Class II rapids. Your take-out point is alongside a banana plantation where you'll transfer back to the Operations Center. Following showering, enjoy a snack and time for souvenir shopping before heading back to the ship.
A Day with Costa Rica's Native People: Conservation & Culture
4.5 hours | Limon | LIO-250
A perfect experience for those wanting to give back to the local community, this heart-warming 4.5-hour tour visits the small mountain community of Las Brisas. Settle in for a 50-minute motorcoach ride to the home of the native Cabecar tribe of Costa Rica. Begin with a walk through an organic orchard to learn about sustainable growing methods in Costa Rica's mountainous communities. Next, visit a small dairy farm to learn about milk production. Continue on to a tree nursery for a deeper understanding of the rainforest's significance in the world biosphere, and plant a seedling at the forest recovery site. Return to the Cabecar tribe's community center, prepare a snack of orchard produce and visit with local musicians and artisans. Here, you may purchase handicrafts to support their trade. Proceeds from this excursion are shared with the local community and the Foundation for Rainforest Research & Preservation. Return to port after this enriching experience.
Savor the flavors and culture of Costa Rica on this memorable, all-day excursion. Journey on a scenic two-hour drive to visit a 100-year-old hacienda nestled in the mountains near Turrialba, a charming little town in the lush Central Valley of Costa Rica. Upon arrival at this family-owned hacienda, you'll have the opportunity to relive its colonial days. At a macadamia plant, see how the sweet nuts are dried and peeled. Next, learn traditional methods for cultivating and processing sugarcane. You'll also get an introduction to coffee cultivation with a little coffee-tasting session. Lunch will be served on the hacienda grounds in a covered hall surrounded by exotic gardens. After lunch, visit the picturesque colonial metallic and wood chapel, brought by German pilgrims in 1880, for a memorable photo. You'll have time to peruse the gift shop brimming with locally produced products before the relaxed drive back to port.
See how your cup of coffee is actually produced as you follow the coffee bean from the field to the processing plant on this full-day excursion. The narrated drive takes you through picturesque countryside to Grano de Oro, or Golden Bean, a nearly 100-year-old coffee mill nestled in a lush valley. Upon arrival at the coffee estate, learn about the production of seedlings and techniques for growing this product. Harvesting is the next step in the process, and a demonstration will show how Costa Ricans pick the ripe fruit, called "cherries," by hand to ensure the best quality-their method of harvesting coffee for more than 200 years. Finally, watch the beans roast and enjoy a cup of freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee. Afterward, continue on to Casa Turire, a luxurious boutique hotel where you'll be served a delicious Costa Rican lunch. Stroll the property's beautiful grounds before returning to port.
The Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica is the world's first sloth-only facility and was featured in "Meet the Sloths" on Animal Planet. Many sloths arrive at the sanctuary injured, orphaned or abandoned. The knowledgeable and caring staff members tend to the animals until they are ready to be released onto the sanctuary grounds. Ideal for all ages, this delightful half-day tour provides an enriched introduction to sloths and their habitat. After a 40-minute drive, you will meet adult sloth ambassadors in the Learning Center.To fully experience the sloths' natural habitat, you will glide peacefully in a large canoe along the Estrella River, your local guide pointing out the rainforest foliage and diverse wildlife along the way. Don't forget to stop in the gift shop for a wonderful assortment of sloth-inspired souvenirs. Return to port along a scenic route.
The splendor of the Veragua Rainforest, the ultimate research and eco-adventure park, is yours to uncover on a 5.5-hour excursion. Travel approximately one hour to La Amistad National Park and climb aboard the state-of-the-art open-air aerial gondola that will take you on an enchanting ride through the primary rainforest. Admire 300-year-old trees and enjoy fantastic, uninterrupted views of the virgin rainforest in the largest national park in Central America. Upon reaching the river, disembark and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the rainforest on the "Trail of the Giants," so named for the gigantic trees that line the trails, to view a magnificent waterfall, or visit Costa Rica's best snake, frog, and butterfly exhibitions in an unparalleled interactive setting. Conclude with a visit to the university biological research station where work is dedicated to ecology and forest preservation. Stop for a snack at the Rainforest Cafeteria and visit the gift shop before returning to port.
The splendor of the Veragua Rainforest, the ultimate research and eco-adventure park, is yours to uncover on a 5.5-hour excursion that is wheelchair accessible. Travel approximately one hour to La Amistad National Park and climb aboard the state-of-the-art open-air aerial gondola that will take you on an enchanting ride through the primary rainforest. Admire 300-year-old trees and enjoy fantastic, uninterrupted views of the virgin rainforest in the largest national park in Central America. Upon reaching the river, disembark and enjoy nature trails through the rainforest on the "Trail of the Giants," so named for the gigantic trees that line the path, to view a magnificent waterfall, or visit Costa Rica's best snake, frog, and butterfly exhibitions in an unparalleled interactive setting. Conclude with a visit to the university biological research station where work is dedicated to ecology and forest preservation. Stop for a snack at the Rainforest Cafeteria and visit the gift shop before returning to port.
Marvel at the beauty of the Costa Rican rainforest from the treetops to the forest floor on this full-day adventure. Begin with a scenic three-hour air-conditioned motorcoach drive to the Rainforest Aerial Tram, located at an ecotourism and research facility near Braulio Carrillo National Park. Board an aerial tram accompanied by a naturalist guide and glide above the treetops as you learn about the marvels of the rainforest. Enjoy a bird's-eye view of this formerly inaccessible area, home to two thirds of Costa Rica's rainforest species. Towering trees, giant ferns, bursts of color, and wildlife make up a large part of this incredible hanging garden. A naturalist guide will accompany you, explaining the delicate balance of this intricate ecosystem. Delight in a Costa Rican lunch in the Rainforest Restaurant, then conclude with a nature walk along the forest floor for up-close views of the colorful flora and fauna. Return to port after this memorable day.
Explore the lush tropical rainforest by water, land and air while contributing to research and conservation in a full-day combination tour. From the moment you board your air-conditioned motorcoach, you'll be led by professional naturalist guides, expertly prepared to share their knowledge about the biodiversity of the rainforest around you. Your exciting day begins with a leisurely pontoon boat ride on the world-famous Tortuguero Canals, where you'll observe the verdant flora and fauna around you along this peaceful and calm waterway. Next, you'll visit the award-winning Veragua Rainforest Eco Adventure park, where you'll glide through the treetop canopy on an aerial tram, followed by a walk on the forest floor and through a one-of-a-kind frog exhibit. You'll mingle with hundreds of butterflies, photograph a two-tiered waterfall and visit the Veragua researchers in their laboratories. Return to the visitor center for a lunch buffet at the Rainforest Cafeteria and free time at the gift shop.
Natural beauty abounds from the treetops to the forest floor and along the Tortuguero Canals on this adventure-filled full-day adventure. Begin with a scenic three-hour air-conditioned motorcoach drive to the Rainforest Aerial Tram, located at an ecotourism and research facility near Braulio Carrillo National Park. Board the tram accompanied by a naturalist guide and glide above the treetops as you learn about the marvels of the rainforest. Enjoy a bird's-eye view of this formerly inaccessible area, home to two thirds of Costa Rica's rainforest species. You can also walk along the forest floor on nature trails for up-close views of the flora and fauna. Tuck into a Costa Rican lunch in the Rainforest Restaurant. Continue on to the launch site of the Tortuguero Canals, and board a covered boat for a leisurely cruise through what is considered the Caribbean Amazon. Return to port after this memorable day.
Local Connections: Wildlife Rescue Center & La Ceiba Private Reserve
7 hours | Limon | LIO-240
Costa Rica's animal conservation efforts are sure to impress all nature lovers on this full-day Local Connections tour that visits both the Jaguar Animal Rescue Center and La Ceiba Private Reserve. Begin the day with a 60-minute motorcoach ride along the coast. Crafted by local expert, Encarnacion García "Encar", owner and founder of the Jaguar Animal Rescue Center in Puerto Viego, you'll set off on an interactive exploration of the varied wildlife that has found sanctuary on the grounds. Many of the animals found on this private eco-reserve and conservation center -including monkeys, sloths, deer, and a host of birds -are being rehabilitated so they can be released back into the wild. Your next stop is La Ceiba Primary Forest. Linked to the Jaguar Animal Rescue Center. Here, you'll enjoy a stunning nature walk through a lush rainforest to see the volunteers working firsthand with the animals. In the middle of this pristine refuge, a typical Costa Rican lunch is served. Return to port after this memorable day.
VERAGUA RAINFOREST AERIAL TRAM &THE ORIGINAL CANOPY TOUR COMBINATION
8 hours | Limon | LIO-405
Rainforest Aerial Tram
Canopy Zipline Tour
Bypass the beaten path and take to the treetops of the lush Veragua Rainforest, just an hour's drive up into the mountains. A professional naturalist guide will meet you upon arrival and lead you on a stroll along easily accessible trails to the open-air gondola. Enjoy endless views as you glide past 300-year-old trees and down to the riverbank for a walk along the centuries-old Trail of the Giants or op to hike the Puma Waterfall trail. Back on the tram, you'll ride up to the Biological Research Station for a look at Veragua's flora and fauna. Following lunch, more panoramic views are yours on the Original Canopy Tour. Straddling the border between Costa Rica and Panama, the patented dual line system features 11 traverses that reach up to 150 feet high. At the end of the day, you'll be rewarded with refreshments and souvenirs.
MEET THE SLOTHS: BEHIND THE SCENES- AN ANIMAL PLANET EXCLUSIVE TOUR
6 hours | Limon | LIO-230
An Animal Planet™ exclusive, this unique up-close and personal encounter at Aviarios del Caribe/Sloth Sanctuary brings a small group of six participants face to face with this enigmatic mammal in the world's first sloth-only facility that was featured in "Meet the Sloths" on Animal Planet. Ideal for all ages, this tour provides an enriched introduction to sloths and their habitat, then goes "behind the scenes" to the Slothpital clinic and NICU/Nursery. You will meet adult sloth ambassadors in the Learning Center and tiny rescued infant sloths hugging stuffed toys. To fully experience the sloths' natural habitat, you will glide peacefully in a large canoe along the Estrella River, as your local boatman/guide points out the indigenous rainforest foliage and diverse wildlife along the way. You will also meet sloths in a pre-release enclosure on a well-tended nature trail with towering trees and beautiful birds. Pause for a light refreshment break and a visit to the Gift Shop for sloth-inspired souvenirs. Return to the port with wonderful memories of this sloth-filled day.