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Old Oct 23, 13, 1:08 pm
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Windstar Costa Rica cruise-6 ports

DH and I will be on the Wind Surf Feb. 9, 2014 sailing from Puerto Caldera. Ports we will stop at are:
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Playas del Coco
Curu
Tortuga Island
Puerto Quepos
Bahia Drake

I am looking for things to see and do at each stop independent of ship excursions. I plan to visit Manuel Antonia Park from Quepos and Corcovado Park from Bahia Drake. I have been to Granada from SJDS before from another cruise.

Any suggestions for these ports? Any local tour operators anyone has used?
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Old Oct 23, 13, 2:25 pm
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I hope you're not picturing that any of these places will be like St. Thomas or Puerto Vallarta. Windstar's claim to fame is that it calls at places the big guys don't and can't. The destinations are pretty small. SJDS will be the largest port of call here; Quepos will be similar in size. Playas del Coco is a small town. The other three are tiny. There's plenty to do, but my point is that I think your best option will probably be Windstar's shore excursions. Especially in Curu, Drake, and Tortuga, they may be your only options.

Everybody I've talked to who has done this cruise has loved it for exactly this reason. The destinations are small and intimate.
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Old Oct 24, 13, 7:12 am
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playas del coco is a good point for a trip to rincon de la vieja national park, may be its in the ones offered by the cruise
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Old Oct 24, 13, 8:36 am
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Originally Posted by SJOGuy View Post
I hope you're not picturing that any of these places will be like St. Thomas or Puerto Vallarta. Windstar's claim to fame is that it calls at places the big guys don't and can't. The destinations are pretty small. SJDS will be the largest port of call here; Quepos will be similar in size. Playas del Coco is a small town. The other three are tiny. There's plenty to do, but my point is that I think your best option will probably be Windstar's shore excursions. Especially in Curu, Drake, and Tortuga, they may be your only options.

Everybody I've talked to who has done this cruise has loved it for exactly this reason. The destinations are small and intimate.
No, I'm not expecting these places to be like the Caribbean. That's why I booked this cruise, for the small towns and national parks that can be visited.

As I've been to Granada, I've found a local guy who will take us on a tour to the Masaya Volcano. I have to research whether it's worth spending all day to get there and back.

I have found a local tour provider at Bahia Drake who will do the same tour to Corcovado Park as the ship does, twice as long and less cost. I know I can find someone local at Quepos to be a guide at Manuel Antonio Park when we get there. We'll take a cab or bus from Quepos to the park and hire a guide at the park entrance.

Windstar is only offering shore excursions at Quepos and Bahia Drake. There is nothing available through them for the other ports.
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