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Adventures In Panama & Costa Rica

Adventures In Panama & Costa Rica

At a glance

Duration: 11-12 Days, 10-11 Nights

Coverage: Colón to Puerto Caldera

From: $3,299

Season: January, December

Activities: Culture, History, Wildlife

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Wind Star Cruises

Experience the full majesty of Costa Rica and Panama’s natural and man-made wonders on this 11- or 12-day Costa Rica and Panama Canal cruise. Wiggle your toes in Panama’s white-sand beaches, world-famous Playa Flamingo beach and the black sands of Bahia Herradura. Explore rainforests and cloudforests that are bastions of biodiversity. Transit the Panama Canal, appreciating its incredible scale and triumph of engineering in a way those on mega-cruise ships never will.

Highlights

  • Onboard presentations from a Costa Rican Naturalist throughout your cruise
  • A voyage that encompasses the entire region from the tropical dry forest to the tropical rainforest to bustling Panama City
  • The coastline beauty of Golfo Dulce’s rainforest flora and tropical creatures like monkeys and sloths
  • An opportunity to view the plentiful marine life surrounding Isla Parida
  • Daylight transit of the Panama Canal, one of the greatest feats of 20th century engineering
  • Shop for traditional Panamanian crafts made by the Kuna Indians
  • Discover the remote and pristine Caribbean coastline of Panama at Bocas del Toro
  • This cruise utilizes wet landings to get you up-close to natural wonders. Zodiacs, rugged inflatable boats, deliver you directly from the yacht to the beach, where you will disembark directly in the water.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

Absorb Costa Rica’s magnificent biodiversity by adding a land package to your cruise. Venture to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where 300-year-old trees and orchids form a spectacular backdrop to resplendent quetzals, tapirs, monkeys, sloths, and other rainforest residents. Or head to Tortuguero National Park, one of the most remote places in Costa Rica, known for being a primary nesting site of endangered green turtles.

Day 2 - Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica

Playa Flamingo is considered one of Central America’s most beautiful beaches with it pristine blue water, exotic marine life, and some of the best deep sea fishing to be found. Located in Punta Salinas on the country’s Gold Coast, Playa Flamingo is the only full-service marina between Acapulco and Panama. Other water activities include year-round SCUBA diving, swimming, and snorkeling. The stunning and unspoiled white-sand beaches will remain in your memory for years to come.

Day 3 - Bahia Herradura, Costa Rica

The coastal area of Bahia Herradura is known worldwide as the fishing capital of Costa Rica. It is a popular tourist destination with close proximity to Jaco Beach, with its excellent surfing conditions. This area offers many other outdoor recreational options along the black-sand beaches lined with palm trees. You will not have to worry about running out of daylight regardless of the time you visit because the sun rises and sets at the same time in Costa Rica all year long.

Day 4 - Quepos, Costa Rica

The former banana-exporting town of Quepos is your basecamp for a day of rainforest adventure. Take a walk along trails that weave up to waterfalls, or ride horseback to a beautiful jungle pool. A float trip through a mangrove swamp populated by monkeys, crocodiles, egrets, and herons is also available. Or you may choose a nature walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, with its lovely beaches, easy trails, and abundant animal life.

Day 5 - Golfo Dulce (Puerto Jimenez), Costa Rica

Picture Jurassic foliage growing down steep hillsides all the way to the waterline, the hoots of monkeys echoing through trees choked by orchids. Golfo Dulce is one of Costa Rica’s most biodiverse areas, where both the jungle and the sea brim with life. Explore the canals by kayak in search of javelinas, butterflies, and more bird species than in all of North America.

Day 6 - Isla Parida, Panama

Located within a Nature Preserve of 50 islands, and part of Chiriqui Marine National Park lovely Isla Parida boasts magnificent white-sand beaches, one of which is over 1,300 feet long. The crystal clear waters stay at 82 degrees year round and are filled with marine life. There are numerous hardwood trees like teak, mahogany, and eucalyptus, and fruit trees like mango, banana and coconut trees. Here you will be treated to a delicious barbecue hosted by Windstar on a secluded beach that faces the Pacific Ocean.

Day 7 - At Sea

Day 8 - Isla Contadora, Pearl Islands, Panama

The most frequented of the Pearl Islands (known and named for the large pearls found there), Isla Contadora is small, covering less than 1 square mile. It was the island the Spanish stopped at to count the harvested pearls collected prior to returning to Spain. The pearls found here were of many colors and sizes and the industry thrived until the early 1900s when an underwater epidemic killed most of the pearl oysters. This lovely island offers white-sand beaches and warm, turquoise waters. There is excellent snorkeling around the island and it became a vacation destination in the early 1970s. The island’s most famous resident was the Shah of Iran, who recovered from heart surgery there. Activities here include deep-sea fishing and SCUBA diving.

Note: Not included in 11-day sailings.

Day 9 - Balboa, Panama (Overnight)

One of the entrances to the Panama Canal on the Pacific side, Balboa/Fuerte Amador was founded in 1519 and is a short distance from Panama City. In 2012 Balboa was ranked #1 in Latin America in the category of world's busiest container ports. Sightseeing highlights include the colonial homes, the Administration Building, the Goethais Memorial, the Prado, and the local handicraft markets of traditional Panamanian crafts.

Day 10 - Transit Panama Canal

At nearly 48 miles long, on your transit through the Panama Canal you will enter three sets of locks that raise and lower the vessel 85 feet between the calm Pacific Ocean and the shimmering waters of the Atlantic. Your voyage features a daylight hours transit with numerous observation vantage points for outside viewing and comfortable indoor air-conditioned lounges. Expert onboard commentary enhances your journey as you watch the day to day workings of this bucket list experience.

Day 11 - Bocas del Toro, Panama

Bocas del Toro, better known as Bocas town was visited by Columbus in 1502 and then built up with colorful and Caribbean-style clapboard houses by the United Fruit Company in the early 20th century. Situated on the beautiful Bocas del Toro archipelago, the laid-back and friendly community is a great combination of races and ethnicities living harmoniously. West Indians, Latinos and Extraneros (the resident gringos) make this an easy place to feel right at home and embrace the relaxed Caribbean vibe of the town. Not far from town is the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, as well as two national parks, Isla Bastimentos and La Amistad and many banana plantations.

Day 12 - Colón, Panama

Explore the inner workings of the Panama Canal, head into the jungle to meet with Embera Indians, or take an aerial tram ride through the rainforest canopy.

Dates & Rates

Dates # Days Ocean View Suite Ocean View Suite 1 Ocean View Suite 2 Ocean View Suite 3 Balcony Suite Balcony Suite 1 Classic Suite Owner's Suite
Dec 23, 2017 11 $4,199 $4,399 $4,599 $4,899 $5,399 $5,799 $7,599 $9,399
Jan 2, 2018 12 $3,399 $3,599 $3,699 $3,999 $4,399 $4,699 $6,099 $7,499
Jan 13, 2018 11 $3,299 $3,499 $3,599 $3,899 $4,299 $4,599 $5,899 $7,299
Jan 23, 2018 12 $3,899 $4,099 $4,299 $4,499 $4,999 $5,399 $6,999 $8,599

*Rates shown are per person, based on double occupancy, reflect all discounts and include non-discountable amounts. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses are additional.

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