Costa Rica is a stable democratic country in Central America with no army for 60 years. Costa Rica faces the Caribbean Sea on one side, and the Pacific Ocean on the other. Dividing the Caribbean from the Pacific, the central mountain ranges contain cloud forests and even volcanoes. In the pacific north west are large areas of pristine rainforest running to the sea and further south are tropical beaches with secluded fringed palm trees.
Costa Rica is one of the world's major wildlife habitats, with over 25% of the country in protected areas and National Parks. Costa Rica has 6% of the world's biodiversity, and is home to some colorful flowers and wildlife with an amazing range of insects, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and birds.
Every year hundreds of cruises visit or depart from Costa Rica. Cruises to Costa Rica's Caribbean coast visit Puerto Limon, a small port and jumping point for exciting excursions to places like Turtuguero and Cahita National Park. Turtuguero National Park is an extensive floodplain of rivers and canals explored by boat or canoe. There are nesting grounds for leatherback turtles; and monkeys, reptiles and rare frogs can be seen.
Cruises to the Pacific coast may call on one of eight ports, the most popular of which are Los Suenos, Puntarenas and Puerto Caldera, about two hours from the capital San Jose. Further south is Bahia Drake with nearby Corcovado National Park nearby. The Park is a unique ecosystem and the last virgin natural area in Central Americs. Its marshes, mangroves, rivers, humid forest and low-altitude cloud forest are world-renowned for their biodiversity.
Depending on which cruise line you choose to go with, possible embarking points for cruises leaving the United States are found in eastern cities like Tampa and Fort Laurderdale, while for the west coast cities like Seatle, Los Angeles, San Diego and Canada's Vancouver are possible starting points. Some cruises originate in Panama, and most Costa Rica only cruises originating within Costa Rica use Puerto Caldera on the Pacific coast as their starting point. A number of cruises to Costa Rica include a crossing from the Caribbean to the Pacific through the Panama Canal.
Winter is prime time for Costa Rica cruises and you will find departures beginning in December through April.