Things to do when traveling to Costa Rica on a cruise ship include shore excursions to visit the country's rain forests and cloud forests, tour banana and coffee plantations, view an active volcano, take a river trip through tropical mangroves, and relax in natural hot springs. More adventurous travelers can enjoy zip-lining though forest canopies and river rafting. The capital city of San Jose and traditional towns and villages are also within driving distance of cruise ship ports.
Cruise ships typically stop at Puntarenas on Costa Rica's Pacific coast, or Puerto Limon, located in the center of the country's Caribbean coast. Both ports offer a wide range of tours and activities. The Pacific coast offers gondola rides through the rainforest, a river cruise to visit the Scarlet Macaw Sanctuary and a trip through cloud forests to the Poas Volcano. Other excursions include a walk through the San Luis Park and cloud forest that follows trails crossing narrow suspension bridges 100 feet above the forest floor.
Excursions from the Caribbean coast also include rainforest tours and a river cruise through the Tortuguero National Park, offering visitors the chance to see monkeys, sloths, frogs, butterflies and a variety of exotic birds, such as hummingbirds and toucan.