Puntarenas Province
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Our most recommended Puntarenas Province Cruises & Boat Tours

From Manuel Antonio: 4-Hour Mangrove Boat Tour

1. From Manuel Antonio: 4-Hour Mangrove Boat Tour

The mangrove forest is one of the most vital and astounding ecosystems in the world. Damas Island, located just 10 minutes from Manuel Antonio is currently one of the most important remaining mangroves in Costa Rica. Covering thousands of acres of protected forest, this amazing biodiversity is home to a large number of birds, reptiles, mammals, and insects. Our experienced guides will take you on an unforgettable boat tour through the channels of the mangrove forest, far away from civilization. You can discover an abundance of species native to the area such as white-faced monkeys, anteaters, boas, iguanas, birds and thousands of colorful crabs. Our boats have the capacity to hold 12 passengers and are fully equipped for your comfort and security.

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Quepos: Damas Island Mangrove’s Boat Tour

2. Quepos: Damas Island Mangrove’s Boat Tour

Be sure to keep your eyes wide open, in order to identify the countless birds, monkeys and reptiles on this tour. The roofed boats used are environmentally friendly, comfortable as well as risk-free. Because of the boat design it is easy to interact with white-faced monkeys as they, from time to time, love to hop on board. As you are observing this luxuriant atmosphere, your guide will describe the flora and fauna seen in this amazing and impressive area. This tour explores the natural canals and offers a perfect chance to see marine birds such as kingfishers and frigate birds among others. Your journey will go through briny waters glimpsing the tropical island and pass under natural tunnels created by trees. This is why you are going to enjoy this haven of nature. Lunch is served at the end of the tour. Transportation back to your hotel is included. This tour is for all ages and physical conditions.

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Sailing & Snorkeling Exclusive Experience

3. Sailing & Snorkeling Exclusive Experience

Enjoy an exclusive private tour with a naturalist guide and captain. swim in the water, sail in a small and classic sailing boat, go snorkeling, practice your abilities on a paddleboard, or just relax on the sun deck while navigating the peaceful waters of the Pacific Ocean. Begin your adventure with a relaxing 90-minute drive through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside with air-conditioned transportation. Arrive at Playa Herradura, where a “Panga” or water taxi will take you out to The Reliant for a pleasant journey along the beautiful coast of Herradura Bay. Enjoy complimentary red and white wine, beer, sangria, soft drinks, bottled water, and rum punch as well as a variety of local fresh fruits and snacks. Sail over and anchor with the beautiful Isla Herradura in the background. Take a life vest if you feel less comfortable in the water. An experienced person will go with your group over to the reef.

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Puntarenas: Horseback Riding & Safari Boat Shore Excursion

4. Puntarenas: Horseback Riding & Safari Boat Shore Excursion

Experience a unique way to see the incredible natural beauty of Costa Rica with a tour that combines a 2-hour horseback riding trek and a 1-hour boat ride on the Tarcoles River. After being picked up from the cruise pier, enjoy a relaxing in the journey through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside and see from the vehicle many sights of interest including mango, coffee, sugar and citrus plantations, diverse fruit stands, and rural farming communities.  Meet your guide for the day, who help to pair you with the perfect horse based on your skill level. After receiving horse-riding instructions, embark on your riding adventure using a western saddle. Ride through lush mangroves, green rainforests, the beach, and across the river, where many wildlife species are easy to see. Continue to Tarcoles River, and go on a boat tour to see the abundant wildlife of the area, including huge crocodiles, multiple aquatic birds, scarlet macaws, howler monkeys, and other unique tropical species. After the boat tour, return to the cruise pier where you will be dropped off.

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Puntarenas: ATV Adventure and River Boat Shore Excursion

5. Puntarenas: ATV Adventure and River Boat Shore Excursion

Experience a unique way to see the incredible natural beauty of Costa Rica with a tour that combines riding thrilling 2-hour ATV bike ride and a 1-hour boat cruise on the Tarcoles River. After being picked up from the cruise pier, enjoy a relaxing in the journey through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside and see from the vehicle many sights of interest including mango, coffee, sugar and citrus plantations, diverse fruit stands, and rural farming communities.  Pick up your ATV bikes and receive instructions and take test runs so you can feel comfortable on the bikes. Follow your guide along the jungle trails, teak plantations, 14 river crossings, bumpy dirt rainforest paths, and 2 different beaches.  If weather allowing, take a quick swim at Bochinche Beach, a pristine and almost private beach where the group will have a break. During the tour, your guide will provide bottled water and serve fresh tropical fruits.  Continue to Tarcoles River, and go on a boat tour to see the abundant wildlife of the area, including huge crocodiles, multiple aquatic birds, scarlet macaws, howler monkeys, and other unique tropical species. After the boat tour, return to the cruise pier where you will be dropped off.

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Puntarenas: Rainforest Wagon and Safari Boat Shore Excursion

6. Puntarenas: Rainforest Wagon and Safari Boat Shore Excursion

Get picked up from the cruise pier. Journey through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside and see from the vehicle many sights of interest including mango, coffee, sugar and citrus plantations, diverse fruit stands and rural farming communities.  Begin your journey through the rainforest at the Tarcolitos River canyon, in a 200-hectare private reserve. You will be crossing the river eight times, in a cart drawn by a tractor, so that you can appreciate both the flora and fauna of the region. During the tour, make several stops for birdwatching and to discover the important trees of the area. If weather conditions permit, stop to get off the wagon and swim in a natural pool.  The tour will continue with a short drive to the Tarcoles River, where you will head out on an hour-long boat tour. Experience the abundant wildlife of the area, including crocodiles, multiple aquatic birds, scarlet macaws, howler monkeys, and other amazing tropical species. Finally, return to the Puntarenas cruise ship pier, where you will be dropped off.

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From San José: Carara National Park and Tárcoles River Tour

7. From San José: Carara National Park and Tárcoles River Tour

Begin your journey by being picked up from your hotel, and going on a scenic 1.5-hour drive along Route 27, making your way to your first stop at Carara National Park. Head straight out onto some flat walking trails suitable for all fitness levels and wheelchair users, and admire the biological reserve's abundant jungle life in person. Look up to the 40-meter high canopy, and keep an eye out for bright scarlet macaws, agouti rodents, stunning poison dart frogs, spider monkeys, dozens of birds, fantastic fungi, and huge wild cashew trees. Next, enjoy lunch like a local and eat at a traditional soda diner, where you have the option of eating fresh fish or seafood. Re-energized, lower your gears and enjoy a relaxing optional boat ride for some birdwatching on the Tárcoles River. Admire the river's mangroves, which are some of the most unique and scarce ecosystems of the world, and considered to be biodiversity hotspots. Keep a lookout for the 6-meter-long American crocodiles — the largest of the continent. Finally, dig your toes into the white sand of a peaceful beach at your last stop, where you will taste some delicious seasonal fruits and relax with the sound of the waves before heading back to your accommodation.

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Puntarenas: Zip Line and Eco Boat Tour Shore Excursion

8. Puntarenas: Zip Line and Eco Boat Tour Shore Excursion

Combine two amazing and fun experiences on your cruise stop in Puntarenas. Fly around the treetops of the rainforest on zip line canopy tour and embark on a 1-hour boat ride along the Tarcoles River, offering plenty of crocodile spotting opportunities. Get picked up from the cruise pier for your shorex adventure and head to Carara Adventure Park, a privately own reserve with 80 acres of rainforest with stunning views of the Pacific Coast, Carara National Park, and Puntarenas City. First, get a safety and orientation briefing during which the rules and regulations for your safety are explained thoroughly. It is imperative that you follow the instructions and adhere to the rules given throughout your experience. After the safety briefing, transfer to the top of the mountain by a modified open truck where the zip line begins. This zip line includes 12 cables, 15 platforms, and 3 hanging bridges. The longest cable is 1.200 feet long and the highest point about 100 feet. Set off on your thrilling zip line experience to fly around the treetops and catch some incredible birdseye views along the way.  Next, it is a short drive to Tarcoles River, where a 1-hour eco boat tour will allow you to discover the abundant wildlife in the area. As you cruise along the river you will have the opportunity to see huge crocodiles, multiple aquatic birds, scarlet macaws, howler monkeys, and other amazing tropical species. Then, return back to the Puntarenas cruise pier where you will be dropped off.

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Puntarenas: Rainforest Canopy & River Boat Shore Excursion

9. Puntarenas: Rainforest Canopy & River Boat Shore Excursion

Join a naturalist tour guide on a guided walk along rainforest trails and hanging bridges above the canopies. Later, explore Tarcoles River on a boat tour and see the rich and diverse wildlife native to these habitats. Meet your guides at the Puntarenas cruise pier and drive over to the begin your 1.5-mile skyway canopy tour. Admire the beauty of the rainforest through as you cross the and five suspended bridges at more than 180 feet (55 m) above the ground.  Each of these bridges is 300 feet (91 m) length, crossing through the very heart of the tropical rainforest. This all-ages tour lets you observe the primary and secondary rainforest vegetation, making yourself one with the jungle.  Keep your eyes open to see the numerous bird species, mammals, and other varied fauna that call this forest home.  Continue with a short drive to Tarcoles River, and go on a 1-hour boat tour to see the abundant wildlife of the area, including huge crocodiles, multiple aquatic birds, scarlet macaws, howler monkeys, and other unique tropical species. After the boat tour, return to the Puntarenas cruise pier where you will be dropped off.

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Puntarenas: Buggy Ride and River Boat Shore Excursion

10. Puntarenas: Buggy Ride and River Boat Shore Excursion

Experience a unique way to see the incredible natural beauty of Costa Rica with a tour that combines riding thrilling 2-hour buggy car ride and a 1-hour boat cruise on the Tarcoles River. After being picked up from the cruise pier, enjoy a relaxing in the journey through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside and see from the vehicle many sights of interest including mango, coffee, sugar and citrus plantations, diverse fruit stands, and rural farming communities.  Each buggy has capacity for bookings of a maximum of 4 persons and is private per group. So whether you are alone or in pairs, you'll have your own vehicle to enjoy. Get on your buggy and follow your guide along the jungle trails, teak plantations, 14 river crossings, bumpy dirt rainforest paths, and 2 different beaches.  If weather allowing, take a quick swim at Bochinche Beach, a pristine and almost private beach where the group will have a break. During the tour, your guide will provide bottled water and serve fresh tropical fruits.  Continue to Tarcoles River, and go on a boat tour to see the abundant wildlife of the area, including huge crocodiles, multiple aquatic birds, scarlet macaws, howler monkeys, and other unique tropical species. After the boat tour, return to the cruise pier where you will be dropped off.

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What people are saying about Puntarenas Province

The tour itself was great BUT we gave it 4 stars bc we didn’t see very many animals. Just a few birds and iguanas that we would’ve seen most anywhere else in CR. But like I said everything else was excellent from transportation, to our guide Guiner who was an avid birder, to the boat driver, and lastly dinner which was typical CR meal and incredibly delicious!!

Due to the pandemic, the tour through the mangroves was carried out for us alone. The guide was good, the boat driver was well-versed and pointed out many animals such as snakes, frogs and birds. Breakfast was rescheduled at our request (instead of gallo pinto we got toast with fruit).

Very nice, attentive staff water, lemonade, coffee including food: pasta salad, fruit, fish, meat skewers snorkeling unfortunately not good Otherwise nice boat tour with fun (jump off the boat, slide)

Magnificent. Instructive. Animals in their natural environment .. The extra passionate and fascinating Raoul guide ..