Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)

Costa Rica

Cruises to Puerto Caldera

Just a few miles from Puerto Caldera is Puntarenas, where stunning beaches, an array of wildlife, and streets lined with restaurants, bars and cafés await. Carara National Park is a must for nature lovers and features ancestral trees and secondary forests, perfect for spotting wildlife such as crocodiles and 400-plus species of birds, including colourful scarlet macaws. Or, switch gears and party with the locals at Jaco, about 30 miles south. There, find sun, fun and sand with plenty of bars and places to grab a bite.

What you NEED TO KNOW

  • Port Name & Location
    Port of Caldera Ship will DOCK at this port.
  • Time Zone
    CST (Central Standard Time) UTC/GMT -6 hours
  • Language
    The official language is Spanish.
  • Currency & Shopping
    Costa Rican colon
    • Famous For
      Puerto Caldera is the oldest port in the country. The port of Puntarenas was only developed in 1840, when coffee production reached exportable levels.
    • Fun Fact #1
      Coffee cultivation has been the primary source of income for many Costa Rican families since the turn of the 19th century.
    • Fun Fact #2
      It rains year-round in Costa Rica. Wherever you go, take an umbrella or rain poncho just in case. And remember, it gets chilly in the mountains.
    • Fun Fact: Foodies
      Gallo pinto, stir-fried rice and beans, is Costa Rica's national dish and usually served at breakfast. Ceviche is also popular, as are tamales.

Puerto Caldera TOP EXCURSIONS

A Variety of Choices

We know the destinations you'll be visiting and what there is to see, do and experience. We offer you a variety of excursions to choose from, in every port you'll visit.

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Aerial Tram & Rainforest Adventure

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Pacific Train, Bus & Boat Adventure

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Discover Costa Rica

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Scenic Costa Rica

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Discover the Church of San Pedro Claver in Cartagena.

14-Day Panama Canal from Los Angeles

Enjoy unmatched views in our revolutionary Observation Lounges
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PORTS OF CALL EMBARK Los Angeles (California);
Puerto Vallarta (Mexico); Manzanillo (Mexico); Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala); Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) (Costa Rica); Cartagena (Colombia);
DISEMBARK Miami (Florida);
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Discover the charming coastline of Manzanillo City.

15-Day Panama Canal from Miami

Soak in all the views from the revolutionary Observation Lounge
SHIP Norwegian Bliss
PORTS OF CALL EMBARK Miami (Florida);
Cartagena (Colombia); Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) (Costa Rica); Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala); Puerto Chiapas (Mexico); Manzanillo (Mexico); Puerto Vallarta (Mexico);
DISEMBARK Los Angeles (California);
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Explore Colombia’s Tayrona National Natural Park.

21-Day Panama Canal from Los Angeles

Cruise one of our newest ships across the | engineered marvel, the Panama Canal.
SHIP Norwegian Bliss
PORTS OF CALL EMBARK Los Angeles (California);
Cabo San Lucas (Mexico); Mazatlan (Mexico); Puerto Vallarta (Mexico); Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala); Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) (Costa Rica); Cartagena (Colombia); Santa Marta (Colombia); Oranjestad (Aruba); Willemstad (Curacao); Philipsburg (St. Maarten);
DISEMBARK New York (New York);
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