It’s not surprising that Costa Rica is full of exotic wildlife that thrives within its diverse landscapes, whether it’s the mountainous and volcanic areas, jungle waterways, or in and around the sea. Animals you might be lucky enough to spot include the scarlet macaw, which is native to Costa Rica, green iguanas, anteaters and the white-headed capuchin monkey.

Popular ports in Costa Rica

Puerto Limon Port

The port of Puerto Limon sits next to the city of Limon, which is located on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. It’s a place where bustling local life plays out against a backdrop of rustic buildings, with strong Afro-Caribbean influences on its melting-pot culture. As a result, you’ll find plenty of Caribbean food on offer throughout the area, with delicacies including rice and beans and chicken patties.

Many of Puerto Limon’s attractions revolve around the natural beauty of the city. Parque Vargas is a particular highlight, with palm tree-lined paths dotted with statues and a gazebo. You might even be lucky enough to spot sloths and iguanas in the trees. Playa Bonita is a lovely golden-sand beach on which to relax and watch the waves gently crashing against the shore. Also be sure to visit Catedral Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, a beautiful cathedral at the heart of the city.

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A cruise to the exotic and exciting country of Costa Rica means travelling in luxury onboard a ship that offers a wide range of dining and entertainment options that suit all ages and tastes.

Marella Discovery 2

A cruise on Marella Discovery 2 is an experience that offers excellent value for money, thanks to All Inclusive as standard. The majority of your activities, meals and drinks are included in the price you pay, so feel free to treat yourself. There are seven restaurants serving a range of cuisines, including Italian and Asian, with the chance to also enjoy a traditional steak dinner.

Kids of all ages are kept happy by the clubs that cater for specific age groups, and the adults-only Veranda area is perfect for the grown-ups to relax and unwind. In the evenings, enjoy a variety of fun shows in the Broadway Show Lounge, or snuggle up under the stars for Movies by Moonlight, a wonderful open-air cinema experience.

Shore excursion ideas

Don’t just dream about the sights and sounds of the diverse landscapes that Costa Rica has to offer, head to shore and make your ideas of intrepid exploration a reality.

Go wild at Veragua Rainforest Park

Travel less than an hour from the port of Puerto Limon and you can be high in a rainforest canopy. Ride the open tram to be within almost touching distance of untouched vegetation that’s home to exotic wildlife. Animals to be spotted include sloths, monkeys and all sorts of colourful birds.

Down at ground level you can enjoy talks from knowledgeable guides and guest speakers on topics related to the conservation projects the park run. Visit hundreds of butterflies as you walk through a large enclosure and safely view a variety of snakes and reptiles in glass enclosures.

Sightseeing around Puerto Limon

Puerto Limon has a fascinating history, so a guided tour is a great way to learn more about its past and how it’s shaped the city you see today. Tours last around two-and-a-half hours and take in Puerto Limon’s most interesting monuments and buildings.

It starts from the beautiful gazebo in Parque Vargas, a picturesque park full of attractive statues, many of which are related to Christopher Colombus and his arrival in the city more than 500 years ago. Highlights of the tour include a beautiful Catholic church and buildings associated with the famous United Fruit Company.

Tortuguero Canal tour

It’s only a 45-minute journey from Puerto Limon port to Tortuguero Canal, but arriving into this area of Costa Rican jungle feels like you’ve entered another world. A guided boat trip down the canal gives you the chance to see so many of the country’s animals in their natural habitat, such as howler monkeys, bats, crocodiles, snakes and sloths.

Even if you’re not lucky enough to spot many creatures, the surroundings are beautiful enough on their own, with exotic trees and flowers to admire all around you.

Top ports of call in this destination

  • Puerto Limon