Activities in Costa Rica that are accessible to cruise ship passengers include hiking or ziplining through rainforests or cloud forests, taking a boat tour through canals while looking out for exotic wildlife, and visiting banana or coffee plantations. Other adventures include river rafting, bathing in hot thermal springs and visiting an active volcano. Visitors wishing to experience the cultural side of the country can take a day-trip to the country's capital city San José to visit museums and National Theater,
Costa Rica has coastlines on the Caribbean to the east and Pacific to the west. Cruise ships normally stop off at Puerto Limon on the Caribbean coast or Puntarenas on the Pacific coast. Visitors to Puntarenas are within traveling distance of the Monteverde Cloud Forests, where they can take a sky walk on suspension bridges high up in the tree canopy and visit a coffee plantation or a butterfly garden. Visitors to Puerto Limon can take a boat trip through rainforests along Tortuguero's canal network, looking out for sloths, monkeys and other wildlife, followed by a trip to a banana plantation.
A number of independent tour operators, such as Gio Tours and Greenway Nature Tours, offer tours to cruise ship passengers for booking online. Cruise ship companies such as Princess Cruises and Holland America also sell excursions to their passengers through their websites and on board their ships.