Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)

Costa Rica

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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 colorful 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.


  • 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.


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.


Pacific Train, Bus & Boat Adventure

This combination excursion gives you the opportunity to ride a historical train that has been in service for more than 5...


Aerial Tram, River Cruise & Lunch

Enjoy the most exciting adventure in the natural wonderland of Costa Rica. Board the Pacific Tropical Forest Aerial Tram...


Scenic Costa Rica

Your sightseeing drive through rolling hills, high mountains, plains, valleys, and riverbeds is just part of the gorgeou...


Vintage Rail, River Safari & Folkloric Show

Explore the more remote areas around Puntarenas by riding a vintage train inland and then boarding a boat for a cruise u...


Featured Puerto Caldera CRUISE ITINERARIES

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San Diego, California

16-Day Panama Canal from Miami to Los Angeles

Experience a daylight transit through the Panama Canal. | Hop aboard Norwegian Encore, our newest and most exciting ship.
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Cartagena (Colombia); Colón (Panama); Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) (Costa Rica); Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala); Puerto Vallarta (Mexico); Cabo San Lucas (Mexico); San Diego (California);
DISEMBARK Los Angeles (California);
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Church of St. Peter Claver, Cartagena, Colombia

15-Day Panama Canal from Los Angeles to Miami: Mexico & Costa Rica

Cruise the world's most famous short cut - the Panama Canal. | Experience Norwegian Jewel’s amazing renovations.
SHIP Norwegian Jewel
PORTS OF CALL EMBARK Los Angeles (California);
Cabo San Lucas (Mexico); Puerto Vallarta (Mexico); Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala); San Juan del Sur (Nicaragua); Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) (Costa Rica); Cartagena (Colombia); Great Stirrup Cay (Bahamas);
DISEMBARK Miami (Florida);
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Marina Bay, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

17-Day Panama Canal from San Francisco to Miami: Mexico & Costa Rica

Experience the largest race track at sea on Norwegian Encore. | CruiseCritic’s Best Cruise in the Panama Canal.
SHIP Norwegian Encore
PORTS OF CALL EMBARK San Francisco (California);
San Diego (California); Cabo San Lucas (Mexico); Puerto Vallarta (Mexico); Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala); San Juan del Sur (Nicaragua); Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) (Costa Rica); Panama City (Fuerte Amador) (Panama); Cartagena (Colombia);
DISEMBARK Miami (Florida);
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