The best Costa Rica cruises can take you from your native country to this popular Central American vacation destination in leisurely luxury, or simply tour a bay or an island for an afternoon. The choices are many, and prices vary according to budget and need.
For a high-end splurge, choose from one of hundreds of Costa Rica cruises that take you there slowly and comfortably. Cruises to Costa Rica are offered by more than 150 cruise lines, and offer the chance for travelers kick back and enjoy the sun and the sea on the way.
The best way to book an ocean cruise is to choose a travel agency that specializes in cruise travel and allow the agency to set you up. Almost all major cruise lines offer trips with a Costa Rica stopover, but travel agencies buy up the best rooms at a discount ahead of time, so you’ll get your best price and most customized Costa Rica cruise by leaving booking to the experts.
If you don’t have a week or more to spare to reach Costa Rica before touring the country, you can still opt for any one of dozens of mini-cruises. Costa Rica cruises within country range from large cruisers that set up a quick shoreline cruise between voyages, all the way down to small fishing boats that ferry a few passengers around a bay or out to an island for a small fee.
The most popular of the one-day Costa Cruises goes from San Jose to Isla Tortuga in the Nicoya Gulf, and includes a gourmet lunch. For a shorter option that does not include lunch, you can book a Costa Rica cruise for about $40 USD that sails from Tortuga to Playa Montezuma at the tip of the Nicoya peninsular.
Another popular option is run by Windstar Cruises (www.windstarcruises.com). From January through March of every year, the tall mast cruise ship Wind Star leaves for weeklong excursions. The tall ship Wind Star departs out of Caldera, and prices range from around $2500 USD to $5500 USD depending on the options chosen.
If you’ve ever daydreamed about life on a tall ship, a Costa Rica cruise on the Wind Star is a great choice if you have the time.
If motorized cruise ships are not your style, you can charter a Costa Rica cruise aboard a sailboat out of Playa del Coca, Playa Hermosa, or Playa Flamingo in Guanacaste province.
Plentiful sailboat charters sail from Playa Herradura and Quepos as well, and Golfito is one of the best places of all to charter a Costa Rica cruise on a sailboat. Cruising Costa Rica around the Golfo Dulce on a sailboat for a day or an afternoon relaxes even the most avid type-A personality, and the cost is reasonable.
Finally, if adventure is what you are after, charter a ten-day Costa Rica cruise to Cocos Island, and explore one of the best marine diving locations in the world. You’ll stay on the ship by night, dive and explore the remote, unsettled island by day, and dine on deck under the stars. Cruising Costa Rica doesn’t get any better than that.