Tropical beaches, rainforests, volcanic mountains and a wide array of different wildlife species are amongst the treats that await on a cruise around Costa Rica; one of the most diverse nations to be found in Central America.
A cruise break is the ideal way to explore everything that the small country bordering Nicaragua and Panama has to offer, with the opportunity to sail into Costa Rica from either the Pacific or the Caribbean.
Those who are cruising from the Caribbean can sample the delights of Puerto Limón, an area known for its beaches and rainforest – making it the perfect destination for those with an interest in ecotourism.
The Veragua Rainforest is home to a research centre and a wide selection of wildlife, some of which can be viewed on an aerial tram ride through the rainforest canopy.
Monkeys, slots and numerous birds live can be seen as the tram, which is similar to a cable car, descends through the forest to the Victoria River canyon below where a number of hiking trails are available.
Those with a head for heights could also enjoy a ride along the network of zip lines that cross the forest.
The Costa Rica Animal Rescue Centre is also to be found near to Limón for those with an interest in wildlife, while train ride along a route previously used to transport bananas from plantations down to the port provides the chance to take in views along the coast.
A trip through the Panama Canal opens up the chance to visit Costa Rica’s Pacific coast and the area round Puntarenas.
From here, you can head into the Monteverde Forest, pay a visit to the Poas Volcano, cruise along the Corobici River or head further inland to visit the vibrant capital city of San Jose.
Those who elect to spend their time around Puntarenas itself will enjoy the chance to stroll around a vibrant seaside resort where there will be ample opportunity to shop or to grab a bite to eat.