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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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...

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Scenic Costa Rica

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

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Discover Costa Rica

Your day begins with a scenic drive to Palmares County. Along the way, a knowledgeable guide will provide you with fasci...

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Tropical Forest Trekking & Waterfall Climbing

Enjoy a completely amazing experience as you climb a tropical waterfall within a Costa Rican rain forest and then later,...

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Featured Puerto Caldera CRUISE ITINERARIES

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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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Work on your tan in Puerto Vallarta, one of the Pacific Coast’s most stunning beaches.

16-Day Panama Canal from Los Angeles

Reimagine coast-to-coast travel aboard Norwegian Joy.
SHIP Norwegian Joy
PORTS OF CALL EMBARK Los Angeles (California);
Cabo San Lucas (Mexico); Puerto Vallarta (Mexico); Mazatlan (Mexico); Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala); Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) (Costa Rica); Oranjestad (Aruba);
DISEMBARK Miami (Florida);
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16-Day Panama Canal from Miami

16-Day Panama Canal from Miami

Enjoy a bucket-list journey through the Panama Canal. |
SHIP Norwegian Joy
PORTS OF CALL EMBARK Miami (Florida);
Great Stirrup Cay (Bahamas); Cartagena (Colombia); Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) (Costa Rica); Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala); Mazatlan (Mexico); Puerto Vallarta (Mexico); Cabo San Lucas (Mexico);
DISEMBARK Los Angeles (California);
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